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Does Removing Peduncles Encourage New Growth?

My Hoya megalaster plants, I have four different clones, continue to push out the huge red blooms month after month.  Will removing peduncles encourage new growth?  Although this is a good thing to many, it is not to me since I’d like to have new growth so I am able to share these plants with collectors.  After many months of the blooming cycle I have decided to remove the peduncles from two plants, blooming or not, and discard them.  My hope now is that the plants push out the new vines and fill in with leaves which may or may not happen.  The result may be that the vines go out and produce more peduncles prior to the greenery.  It will be interesting to see what kind of reaction each plant shows since cutting off their ‘reproductive tools’.

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Does Removing Peduncles Encourage New Growth?

Hoya megalaster IML 1080

Does removing peduncles Encourage new growth

No more Peduncles

removing peduncles to encourage new growth

Hoya megalaster peduncles

removing peduncles to encourage new growth

Hoya megalaster Peduncles

Posted in Hoya Chat, SRQHoyas Happenings, What's Blooming.

4 Hoyas were Blooming in Florida last year at this time

These hoyas were showing me their colors last year at this time. Although it was many miles away I believe location does not matter when it comes to species in bloom. Hoya bicknelli is a willing bloomer soon after your plant is established.  Hoya flavida was not an early bloomer for me but well worth the wait.  Hoya macrophylla flowers are pretty but you will not be disappointed if this one never blooms since the leaves are colorful as well.  Unfortunately I have lost my Hoya sp. Komarini River since it’s blooming spurt.  It would be worth replacing if I can find a willing collector to cut their plant?

I have been collecting and recording information daily on which hoyas are in bloom for quite some time now and would like to compare facts about when each species is in bloom. Are the same hoyas in bloom all over the world at the same time? Go to my Bloom Calendar to see which hoyas were in bloom on a specific date at SRQHoyas.  Your comments may help me draw conclusions as to what triggers a hoya to bloom and what factors may contribute to when they bloom.  To date I have not been able to suggest with confidence as to how to make a hoya plant bloom. Is it related to fertilizer?…light intensity?…temperature?…maturity?…humidity?…air movement?…geographic location?  If you have any information, opinions, concerns or comments on anything you are learning about the ‘Bloom Times’ of hoyas…please feel free to add a comment to this blog, email me through the website or post on Facebook!

Blooming hoya December 15

Hoya bicknelli IML 1597

Blooming Hoya December

Hoya flavida IML 0423

Hoya macrophylla varigated IML 1622

Hoya macrophylla varigated IML 1622

Hoya sp. Komarindi River IML 0950

Hoya sp. Komarindi River IML 0950

Posted in What's Blooming.

A pair of Hoyas that Bloomed @ SRQHoyas on December 11, 2013

These two hoyas were blooming at SRQHoyas one year ago today and Hoya anulata is also in bloom today!!!  Hoya anulata is quite the easy hoya to grow as the stems are stiff and the leaves are fleshy.  Some of the leaves appear to be variegated but since it is not always the norm I would not classify this species as such.  Hoya tjadasmalangensis has one of the largest leafs if the collection.  The veins are sculpted and the shape of a huge teardrop.  This one is very easy to grow and can be contained if the vines are wrapped around a support when they are young and flexible. To read more about this great hoya click on the photo!

I have been collecting and recording information daily on which hoyas are in bloom for quite some time now and would like to compare facts about when each species is in bloom. Are the same hoyas in bloom all over the world at the same time? Go to my Bloom Calendar to see which hoyas were in bloom on a specific date at SRQHoyas.  Your comments may help me draw conclusions as to what triggers a hoya to bloom and what factors may contribute to when they bloom.  To date I have not been able to suggest with confidence as to how to make a hoya plant bloom. Is it related to fertilizer?…light intensity?…temperature?…maturity?…humidity?…air movement?…geographic location?  If you have any information, opinions, concerns or comments on anything you are learning about the ‘Bloom Times’ of hoyas…please feel free to add a comment to this blog, email me through the website or post on Facebook!

Hoya anulata IML 1120

Hoya anulata IML 1120

Hoya tjadasmalangensis IML 1181

Hoya tjadasmalangensis IML 1181

Posted in What's Blooming.

Hoya ‘Eskimo’ shows Flowers and Strong Scent

This hoya has been with me for about one year now.  I acquired it from Thailand as a small plant and fell in love with the sweet teardrop shaped leaves that were spotted as if snow had just begun to fall on them.  It filled out the 4 inch pot very quickly in the Florida sun but soon most of the spot faded due to the intense light. As I unpacked it after moving to a cooler darker place the plant went downhill fast…do not know why.  Usually when this happens I assume it is not happy from the roots to the stems so I took cuttings and made a new pot.  My thoughts are that a hoya grows much faster and stronger if it develops its root system in the environment that it will be spending its time.  Sometimes this holds true and other time it seems to mean nothing.

With it’s new roots and now new grow and the first bloom…Hoya ‘Eskimo’, a mutant from H. khoniana, is doing great and is on it’s way to filling out the 4 inch pink pot that I chose for it. You can notice the ‘flaws’ that occur in nature…especially the first time a hoya decides to push out flowers.  The open blooms smell of lilacs!

Hoya sp. Eskimo (close up)

Grown in Bright Sunshine

Grown in Bright Sunshine

Better contrast grown indoors under Grow Lights

Better contrast grown indoors under Grow Lights

Posted in What's Blooming.

Rooting Hoyas is a Year Round Option

Many hoya collectors have debated the issue of whether to stop attempting to root during certain months of the year and the consensus seems to be that it is a ‘No No’ from October through March.  I suppose if you reside in the southern hemisphere the months will be opposite but I am being specific to the northern hemisphere.  For many years I had slowed down on the rooting of cuttings during those months too but only because the area I was placing the cuttings was outside where the daylight had changed with the sun’s angle and the daylight hours had diminished greatly. Another factor was the chilly nighttime temperatures.  If this is the case, I would agree that rooting is an expensive and frustrating waste of time.

The way I have continued to root with almost a 100% success rate is using bottom heat and grow lights for assistance.  The bottom heat is provided with Heat Mats that are about 78°F and constant and T5 fluorescent lights that are shining down for 14 hours per day.  Roots are evident after a week or so and when I reduce the amount of water given to the mix the cuttings fill out the tiny pots with a strong root system.  After about 2 weeks I notice new growth on the majority of the now ‘Plants’.  At that point I treat them as I do my larger plants but do not repot into a larger pot. Many of them are even pushing out flowers on the existing peduncles.

Blooming Young Hoya

Blooming Young Hoya

Well Rooted Cutting SRQHoyas

Well Rooted Cutting SRQHoyas

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Blooming @ SRQHoyas – December 7, 2013

This hoya was blooming at SRQHoyas on this day one year ago. To read more about this great hoya click on the photo!

I have been collecting and recording information daily on which hoyas are in bloom for quite some time now and would like to compare facts about when each species is in bloom. Are the same hoyas in bloom all over the world at the same time? Go to my Bloom Calendar to see which hoyas were in bloom on a specific date at SRQHoyas.  Your comments may help me draw conclusions as to what triggers a hoya to bloom and what factors may contribute to when they bloom.  To date I have not been able to suggest with confidence as to how to make a hoya plant bloom. Is it related to fertilizer?…light intensity?…temperature?…maturity?…humidity?…air movement?…geographic location?  If you have any information, opinions, concerns or comments on anything you are learning about the ‘Bloom Times’ of hoyas…please feel free to add a comment to this blog, email me through the website or post on Facebook!

Hoya heuschkeliana IML 0904

Hoya heuschkeliana IML 0904

Posted in What's Blooming.

An Early Bloom from Hoya lasiantha SRQ 3300

Hoya lasiantha is in full bloom!  It came from Thailand during the summer and traveled, rooted and bloomed easily. A real keeper if you like to water your plants…it does not mind plenty of water. The leaves have some funky veining/coloring right now…hoping they return to green. Peduncles have formed at each node so I am guessing I will enjoy these blooms far into the winter months!

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Posted in New Arrivals, What's Blooming.

Not Even in Florida’s Climate

A drastic change in climate, light and environment has slowed down the growth of the majority of my Hoya Collection significantly since departure in February of 2014.  Although the sun room was built to be sunny and bright to humans, and that it is, the plants have a far different opinion. This opinion has become evident as I provided the necessities to the plants during the bright and sunny days of summer in the North Eastern United States.  I noticed a slight response and a bit of growth being added but ever so slowly.  I struggled with what it was they could be in need of since these plants are native to the rain forests and underbrush of the jungles of the far east.  No matter how often I told myself that they will adjust and recover from the change I put them through…I knew it was never going to be the same as the sunny, humid natural environment they previously thrived in down south in SRQ, Florida.

So as the days became shorter and grayer I decided it was time to unpack the lights and grow bulbs that were in the basement storage room and find a way to hang them as to benefit the hoyas and not destroy the beautiful structure of my room.  The lights have been hung and shining from 7am through 9pm for almost a months to date.  I have fed the hoyas their 6 month supply of Osmocote for steady feeding.  The humidifier is set to 70% humidity for most of the time.  I continue use water from the outside rain barrel that I pump into the space to mist as well as my weekly waterings.  The result from all of these changes has been phenomenal and not even in Florida have I experienced this magnitude of growth or kind of growth I am seeing appear now on 90% of the plants.

While it is normal to see the hoyas put out the long vines that reach to the light and twine and twist and eventually spit out a peduncle which results in beautiful flowers..it it not normal to see the plant fill out with leaves at each old woody node.  Many of my plants lost their leaves during the trip to PA and I had lost hope that they would ever be more than leggy and brown at the base of the plant.  As they proceeded to pop out greenery at the tips and base remained unsightly.

But since implementing the changes and improvements to the living space I am elated each day that I notice new life sprouting from even the oldest brown growth.  This photo is a good example of the new greenery as it looks today…I wish I had a photo of the hoya just 4 short weeks ago. I even have hopes that this one will bloom again since the peduncle seems to be puffing up too!!!

Growth Pattern of Hoyas

Growth Pattern of Hoyas

Posted in Hoya Chat, SRQHoyas Happenings.

LED Lights are in the Sunroom

The newest and best technology has made it’s way to SRQHoyas.  Among the T5 fluorescent and the Metal Halide fixtures is now some pink and blue LED spot lights.  I had a need to illuminate the plants that are hanging along the longest wall of windows of the sun-room which meant the lights have to face horizontal as opposed to shining down on the hoyas.  These great bulbs with the aid of some handmade fixture holdings and fancy wiring made this happen.  Now my hope is that the hanging plants will get the necessary spectrum of rays to thrive since the summer light has lessened due to the angle of the sun in Pennsylvania.

Homemade LED Hanging Light

Homemade LED Hanging Light

Pink and Blue Lights shine on SRQHoyas

Pink and Blue Lights shine on SRQHoyas

LED Lights in SRQHoyas

LED Lights in SRQHoyas

 

Posted in Hoya Chat, SRQHoyas Happenings.

Growth on Old Wood Vines is Quite Odd

My past week has been spent rearranging the hoya plants in attempt to position them all under lights and in alphabetical order. Many have been happily growing under the warmth and sunlight of T5 fluorescent fixtures but some were still relying on the natural sunshine from the windows of my sun-room.  As I moved them I was making mental notes as to which plants’ growth has been stagnant or even halted since the relocation.  These are hoyas that I would soon take cuttings and start a new, lush ‘Mother Plant.’  I do this regularly throughout the year but this year has been quite different in that the majority have shown sluggish growth habits so I knew this year the task would be very very laborious.

I was pleasantly surprised when in handling the hoyas I noticed that many were showing new vines as well as leaves sprouting from very old woody stems.  This occurrence seems very unexpected and odd to me since in my years of growing I’ve not seen old leggy plants begin to again ‘fill out’.  I know that many plants do this and it is why I pinch back and hard prune other vines and bushes that I used to grow in the landscape but never the hoya plants? I have documented with photos to share and hope that in a month from now I’ll be able to report back that this odd growth spurt has continued and the plants that were struggling are now green and viable. It will certainly make my chore of restarting ‘Mother Plants’ very brief this season.

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Posted in Hoya Chat, SRQHoyas Happenings.