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Hoya Leaf Drop During Travel

When asked about availability of larger specimen hoyas that I may have to offer, my response has been the same from the beginning.  I have had much success with sending and receiving small plants. They adapt faster to the new environment and push out new growth almost immediately. Larger plants seem to die back and growth is stunted for a period of time.”  Today I am documenting another reason that I do not often offer and ship mature hoya plants.  The plants I received are absolutely gorgeously grown and packed superbly but…the pile of fallen leaves breaks my heart.  Luckily the plant is huge and has many many more still on the vine.  Hoya leaf drop during travel is a valid reason for purchasing cuttings or well rooted cuttings which I refer to as small plants.

After further inspection for the reason of the excessive leaf drop it seems to be due to the fact that the plant was just well hydrated and the leaves got knocked around during travel and just popped off.  Some hoyas are much more flexible and they bend as opposed to ‘popping’ right off the vine.  The leaves are fresh and show no signs of stress from being cooped up for three days.  In conclusion, I see no way to avoid this happening through better prep…it just happens due to the size of the plant.  The box is arrived in was almost waist high!

I rest my case and will continue to offer small plants and cuttings but I am still thrilled with my new plants from Vermont!!!

Hoya rotundiflora's Fallen Leaves

Hoya rotundiflora’s Fallen Leaves

 

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Is this Hoya Dead or Not?

Not even close to dying in these photos but I really thought it was.  This Hoya pachyclada started looking wrinkled and dehydrated so the thing to do is water it…right?  That is the complicated part of growing the thick succulent hoyas.  Dehydrated could mean just the opposite of what you would think.

I tipped the small plant out of the pot and when I examined the root system I discovered that I had over-watered it and most of the plant was not viable by cutting away the stem until I noticed sap and a green inner stem.  This cutting sat in a tiny 2.5″ square pot for almost three weeks being kept in moist but not wet mixx.  It is amazing that it will definitely live longer with no roots than it will with any section of the stem rotting.

Last evening while inspecting my newly rooting stock I glanced at the Hoya pachyclada and decided to toss it in the compost pile.  Sometimes it’s easier to rid my spae of struggling/dead hoyas than wait until they are for sure gone.  When I did so I noticed this long fresh viable root growing from the bottom!  I would have never guessed this would be the case.  I ever so carefully tucked this stem back into the mixx and watered it well.

Phew…that was a close one.  This was my last piece of this species and I did not want to move it to my RETIRED category.  Luckily I didn’t have to.  It is not a sure thing yet because it still may struggle or rot due to the large size of cutting but now I have hope.  Lesson learned…a hoya is never dead and gone until it is totally dead with no sap or green stem!!!

Hoya pachyclada struggling but not dead

Hoya pachyclada struggling but not dead

Hoya pachyclada SRQ 3313 sends out roots

Hoya pachyclada SRQ 3313 sends out roots

 

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First Time Bloomer is Lime Scented

Hoya deykeae ‘Splash’ has been pushing out an abundance of growth for the past year and now I also have the honor of enjoying the lime scented flowers.  The foliage displays heart shaped greenery with very prominent splashes of grey.  The is a must have even if the plant never would bloom for you but this one is an early bloomer with many rewards.  The ball of blooms is a tad smaller than a golf ball and so very perfectly round.  I also grow the Hoya deykeae which is a pretty plant too.  I am not positive they are different species but I can say that they bloom at different times of the year….the latter blooming in May.

Hoya deykeae 'Splash' has a Lime Scent

Hoya deykeae ‘Splash’ has a Lime Scent

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SRQHoyas is Offering Colloidal Silver

Many years ago I added Colloidal Silver as a supplement to mine routine as well as my dog Nico’s diet.  It appears to be the liquid that can conquer just about anything in humans, animals and around the house.  I too add it to the water reservoir in my hydroponics system and plan to spray it on my hoyas when necessary for pest control.  According to Silver Gen this miracle liquid will do the accomplish the following items:

A FEW UNIQUE PLUS TRADITIONAL USES FOR COLLOIDAL SILVER

  • When you control a source of penny’s-per-gallon make-it-yourself high concentration silver colloid you can use it for hundreds of health improvement applications. A few are suggested here.
  • Add to suspected drinking water when traveling or camping.
  • Silver-sprayed burns heal rapidly without scarring.
  • Safely sterilize anything from toothbrushes to surgical instruments.
  • Use topically on cuts, wounds, abrasions, rashes, sunburn, insect bites, razor nicks and bandages.
  • Spray on garbage to prevent decay odors.
  • Mist kitchen sponges, towels, cutting boards to eliminate E. Coli and salmonella bacteria to
    prevent food poisoning and gastrointestinal inflammation.
  • Add when canning, preserving or bottling.
  • Use like peroxide on zits and acne.
  • Add to juices and milk to prevent spoiling, fermenting, deteriorating, clabbering or curdling.
  • Spray in shoes and between toes to stop most skin itch, athletes foot and fungi.
  • Diminish dandruff, psoriasis, skin rashes, etc.
  • Add to bath water, gargle, douches, colon irrigation, nasal spray and dental water-pic solutions.
  • Cuts downtime dramatically from colds, flu, pneumonia, staph, strep, respiratory infections and
    rhino viruses.
  • Skin itch, eye irritation or infection (dilute a small amount with an equal amount of distilled water for eye use) and ear infections (warm slightly first), some moles and warts vanish (put on band aid pad and wear on wart overnight each night until gone).
  • Use with Q-tips on fingernail, toenail, and ear fungi.
  • Can impede tooth decay and bad breath.
  • Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, Colloidal Silver never permits strain-resistant pathogens to evolve.
  • Toothaches, mouth sores, bacterial irritations are diminished.
  • Soak dentures.
  • Spray refrigerator, freezer and food storage bin interiors.
  • Mix in postage stamp, envelope, and tape moistening wells, paint and paste pots to prevent bacterial growth, odors, spoiling or souring.
  • Add to water-based paints, wallpaper paste, dishwater, cleaning and mopping solutions, etc.
  • Spray pet bedding and let dry.
  • Spray on top of contents of opened jam, jelly, and condiment containers and inside lids before replacing.
  • Mix a little in pet water, birdbaths, cut flower vases.
  • Add to swamp cooler water.
  • Spray air conditioner filters after cleaning.
  • Swab air ducts and vents to prevent breeding sites for germs.
  • Use routinely in laundry final rinse water and always before packing away seasonal clothes.
  • Damp clothes or towels and washcloths will not sour or mildew.
  • Eliminate unwanted microorganisms in planter soils and hydroponics systems.
  • Spray plant foliage to stop fungi, molds, rot, and most plant diseases.
  • Silver is an excellent plant-growth stimulator.
  • Treat pools, fountains, humidifiers, Jacuzzis, hot tubs, baths, dishwashers, re-circulating cooling tower water, gymnasium foot dips, and bath and shower mats.
  • Spray inside shoes, watch bands and gloves and under fingernails periodically.
  • Treat shower stalls, tubs, fonts, animal watering troughs, shavers to avoid trading germs.
  • Rinse fruit and vegetables before storing or using.
  • Put in cooking water.
  • Add to human and animal shampoos and they become disinfectants.
  • Prevent carpets, drapes and wallpaper from mildewing.
  • Wipe telephone mouthpieces, pipe stems, headphones, hearing aids, eyeglass frames, hairbrushes, combs, loofas.
  • Excellent for diapers and diaper rash.
  • Do toilet seats, bowls, tile floors, sinks, urinals, door knobs.
  • Kills persistent odors.
  • Rinse invalid’s pillowcases, sheets, towels and bedclothes.
  • There are literally thousands of other essential uses for this odorless, nearly tasteless and colorless, totally benign, powerful, non-toxic disinfectant and healing agent.
  • You’ll find that a spray or misting bottle of Colloidal Silver solution may be the most useful
    health enhancement tool in your environment.
  • Dosage:
    Some people, when first ingesting Colloidal Silver, have the experience that is called the Herxheimer effect.
  • This experience is a result of the silver very efficiently killing off too many pathogens too fast
    for the body to dispose of through the normal eliminative organs.
  • This forces the body to utilize the secondary eliminative organs: the lungs, sinuses and skin.
  • Sometimes a new Colloidal Silver user who ingests Colloidal Silver for the first time will
    experience what feels like a cold or the flu (or diarrhea). This can be stopped by cutting back on the dosage (or completely abstaining for a day or so), or prevented by starting with a small dose (1/4 to 1 teaspoon twice a day) and gradually increasing the dosage.
  • Some people even find they need to start off at first with just a few drops.
  • People who are trying to self-treat a significant health condition (like asthma, or an internal infection) may need to work up to fairly large quantities each day (4 to 6 oz 2-3 times per day) before they see an improvement. There are no known instances of anyone overdosing with Colloidal Silver.
  • The Silver Safety Calculation is simple enough: 12 times pounds divided by ppm equals drops per day.

After deciding I was going to use this forever, I went ahead and purchased the Colloidal Silver Generator as well as the meter accurately measure the strength of each batch.  It appears to be quite expensive through most sources.  What I am doing is privately generating this supplement and offering it with many bottle uses for a very affordable price.  If you are interested in learning more please go to SILVERGEN.com to learn an then go to my Ebay page to purchase the many bottled options at a very discounted price.  I may be able to brew a larger amount if this is something you request.  Please feel free to contact me at SRQHoyas@gmail.com.

Colloidal Silver 1oz Nasal Spray

Colloidal Silver 1oz Nasal Spray $10.00 w/ FREE SHIP

Colloidal Silver 4oz Dropper

Colloidal Silver 4oz Dropper $14.50 w/FREE SHIP

Colloidal Silver 4oz Pump

Colloidal Silver 4oz Pump $14.50 w/ FREES SHIP

Colloidal Silver 4oz Spray

Colloidal Silver 4oz Spray $14.40 w/ FREE SHIP

Colloidal Silver 8oz Pour

Colloidal Silver 8oz Pour  $20 w/ FREE SHIP

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Grow Lights Heat up a Space

As I read product details for most grow lights I notice that the fact of providing heat seems to be a negative aspect.  To date, the heat that my many lights give off is a great asset since the temperatures outside have been the coldest of the century on certain nights.  This may change as the outdoor temperatures heat up for the summer months but for now I really appreciate the double duty the lights are accomplishing.  Literally no heat is needed from my heat pumps for the hours that the lights are running which is 7am until 9pm.  Actually most days the heat will kick in to assist until about 8am if it is extremely cold over night but after then they lights are the source of the heat in the sun-room.  The maximum temperature I experienced is 85°F which happened when I was gone for the day and the door to the rest of the home was closed.  The heat built up quickly which makes me a little concerned about what will happen when the temperatures outside are 85°F and the door is closed due to the air conditioning needed inside my home.

No worries though…I will have the windows open and the ceiling fans running.  If it happens to be just stifling…I will turn on the air conditioning in the sun-room to make it bearable to work in the space.  I have not doubt the hoyas will love the climate but my concern is for me.  I am grateful for the necessary light and heat the lights have provided during this very cold few months here in Pennsylvania.

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Interesting to notice the change in humidity?

 

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Protecting Hoyas from the Weather During Winter

The most asked question from my website this time of year is ‘How will I be protecting hoyas from the Weather during winter times of shipping?’  My response is ‘With the aid of a 72 hour Heat Pack and insulating boxes.”  There have been no casualties yet this 2014-2015 cold season.  The only weekends I refrained from sending out the boxes on Saturday morning, due to cold temperatures, are the Holiday weekends.  The reason behind that decision is the 72 hours will have expired while still in transit.

Hoya plants are watered the Wednesday prior to shipping so they have had the chance to dry out to protect the roots from freezing.  The dry mixx is contained by carefully placing packing peanuts in a puzzle-like design on the surface and secured with masking tape.  The second step is to roll the hoya pot with the plant into a funnel shape with tissue paper.  This creates a space to further insulate the plant with Styrofoam peanuts and also support the vine.

Protecting Hoyas from the Weather During Winter

Create a Tissue Paper Funnel

Protecting Hoyas from the Weather During Winter

Hoya Plant with Mixx Secured

Protecting Hoyas from the Weather During Winter

Insulate the Hoya with Styrafoam Peanuts

With that accomplished, I wrap the newly activated 72 Hour Heat Pack in a half sheet of tissue and carefully place it on the bottom of the box.  The goal is to position this pack near where the roots of the plant will be but keeping the foliage shielded from the direct heat since this will burn the leaves for sure.  On top of the pack goes a sheet of insulting material whether it be foam or bubble wrap or simply some paper.

Protecting Hoyas from the Weather During Winter

Insulated Shipping Box with Heat Pack

If possible I also line the sides with insulation and then enclose the top with the same.  The inner protection must be warm but not air tight so that the plant is overwhelmed with heat.

Protecting Hoyas from the Weather During Winter

Close Insulated Box of Hoyas

This  method along with the inner packing peanuts between the plants has proven to be very easy to accomplished and since most of my materials are recycled it is also cost effective.  Now that you have knowledge of how I protect your order form the outside temperatures rest assure that your hoyas will arrive in about the same condition they left SRQHoyas PA.  Of course dehydration can occur but nothing a few hours of hydrating will not cure.

 

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Hoyas try their Best to Attract Pollinators

While hoyas try their best to attract pollinators to produce seeds for expanding their species, they can become very sloppy but still beautiful.  This blooming umbel opened fully a full ten days ago and seems to be going strong even today but just a different kind of look.  It went from a tidy bunch of mint green re-curved flowers with tidy centers to this nectar stained dripping oozing bunch with the flower petals showing completely.  If the pollinators have yet to notice this yummy oasis, I doubt they ever will.  Being inside my sun room I doubt that many, if any, have gotten past Charlie the Anole, to discover this smorgasbord.

I wonder how many more days the umbel will hold onto these flowers before dropping the stained petal to the surface below?  Blooming for ten days is a very long time in the world of hoyas!  Rest assured that this is not the normal behavior for most Hoyas in bloom.  They are rarely this sticky and rarely ever present trouble for their surrounding that could be damaged from the syrup or nectar.

Hoyas try their Best to Attract Pollinators

Hoya kerrii on day 10 of Blooming

Hoya kerrii 'Revolute Margins' at SRQHoyas

Hoya kerrii SRQ 3293 @ SRQHoyas PA

 

 

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Hoya ‘Joy’ Flowers are Flawed

Setting up for the photo shoot, I noticed that Hoya ‘Joy’ flowers are very flawed this time around.  The ball of blooms measures approximately 1.5 inches across and has 31 flowers in total.  As a rule each flower has 5 corona scales which are fleshy and easy to spot.  On this umbel I notice about half of the coronas contain only 4 lobes and one only has 3 lobes.  I find this very odd and out of the ordinary.  I often chuckle I spot this oddity but this is the very first time I have noticed a ‘three’ on any hoya.  This same plant is about to open bloom on another umbel this week and I am curious to see how the coronas are developed on this second bunch of flowers.

Hoya ‘Joy’ is a cultivar (Hoya sp. Laos x Hoya vitellina) that grows easy and blooms usually 3 times per year here at SRQHoyas.  Although short lived, the blooms are open long enough to enjoy and usually bloom on multiple umbel throughout the mature plant.  The fragrance of the flowers is a slight citrus with an after scent of earthy.  The scent is not strong by evident when I actually sniff the umbel.  This is a fairly large plant but has very flexible vines so it can be tamed and trained to grow around a hoop or trellis easily.

Hoya 'Joy' Flowers are Flawed

Hoya ‘Joy’ with Four Corona Lobes

Hoya 'Joy' Flowers are Flawed

Hoya ‘Joy’ Blooms with a Bright Yellow and Melon

Hoya 'Joy' Flowers are Flawed

Hoya ‘Joy’ has a Three Lobed Corona

Hoya 'Joy' Flowers are Flawed

Hoya ‘Joy’ has a Fresh Citrus Scent

Hoya 'Joy' Flowers are Flawed

Hoya ‘Joy’ blooms on many Umbels at Once

Hoya 'Joy' Flowers are Flawed

‘Joy’ Makes a Beautiful Plant

 

 

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Using Hydroponics to Root Hoyas

In my experiences, with this method of soil-less growing, using hydroponics to root hoyas is the easiest way to root those sometimes impossible species.  Certainly I am not able to root all my cutting using this method because it would be too laborious to then switch the rooted plants into a mixx for them to go to their new homes.  But a select few will be added to this system throughout the year to ensure they root and not rot.  As a rule, when I import a bunch of rooted cuttings from Thailand or the Philippines , this is the first place they end up for a few reasons.  I feel that when hoyas are in this system, it is virtually impossible to over or under water them since the roots are tucked into some form of media that does not hold water for a longtime and allows for airflow above the plant and below in the reservoir.

This time I am experimenting with using a small form of Growstones which is made from glass but not sharp of shiny.  I have medium sized nuggets also but chose to begin with the tiny stones.  To the water reservoir I add rainwater, humic acid and Super Plant Tonic, which is an organic feed from Blue Mountain Organics.  I run the pump 24 hours day and 7 days a week and I have the system near the T5 grow lights but not under them.  It is positioned near a west facing window and has a heat pads underneath the tray that it is sitting on.  Although the cutting appreciate light, I feel that being directly under the lights would mean they may dry out and become dehydrated since until roots have developed, humidity is their only form of hydration.  I mist them at least twice per day being careful to not let the water sit on the leaves because too much moisture will still lead to rot.

If you are wondering which hoyas I have in this system they are: Hoya lacunosa ‘Langkawi Island’, Hoya platycaulis, Hoya linusii, Hoya lockii, Hoya lacunosa ‘Thai Clone’.  I hope to follow up in a couple of weeks when these have roots and I am ready to add another tough bunch to the system for rooting!

Using Hydroponics to Root Hoyas

Rooting Hoyas in Hydroponic System

 

 

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Hoya australis ‘Lisa’ Roots without Issues

What is not to love about Hoya australis ‘Lisa’, she is beautiful when not in bloom and this hoya roots easily, quickly and with no signs of stress.  I have been growing this hoya for many years and she is so popular among hoya collectors that I have yet to watch her flowers grow from any of my plants.  Back in the fall I decided to start another plant that I would not take cuttings from in order to see the flowers and experience their sweet perfume.  This plant is growing beautifully as I would expect nothing less out of Hoya australis ‘Lisa’.

The compact growth of this hoya sometimes frustrates collectors who choose to root on their own.  The best way is to cut back some of the leaves and expose more of the stem.  I know that it is a tough thing to do but it is more advantageous to do that than let the leaves get buried in the mixx and end up rotting.  This rot in turn may spread to the stem and hinder the rooting process. So, if you find yourself in this predicament with this or any other hoya, the best thing to do is remove leaves to expose the healthy node and touch this just below the surface of the mixx.  In contrast to many other hoyas that root best in a moist to wet mixx, Hoya ‘Lisa’ prefers to be on the dry side and with more humidity than water touching her stem.  I mist these cuttings twice a day and add Humic Acid in the spray bottle to help in root development.

These are actual cuttings that will root and begin to grow here at SRQHoyas.  If you are interested in obtaining one of these beauties be sure to Add to your Wish List to be notified the minute they are added to inventory and available to purchase.

Hoyas are Rooting

Hoya australis ‘Lisa’ babies that are Rooting

 

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