Category Archives: Hoya Chat

Hoyas Can Fill Out a Pot in Just 6 Months

A question I am asked often is “Will this hoya fill out a pot quickly” and “will this hoya bloom soon?”  These are questions that depend on many factors with nature being the biggest, most important and not able to control.  As I grow many many hoya plants it is difficult for me to judge and determine which hoyas have grown rapidly over the time I have had them in my sun-room.  The only real way is to compare photos from the time I acquired the cutting or yung plant and then distinguish actually how a plant has progressed through the months at SRQHoyas.

As I was updating photos to add to the website, which I try to do often, I found an amazing photograph that compared the growth habit of one hoya. I think you will be pleasantly surprised and delighted.  Keep in mind that I also have taken a few cutting from this plant to propagate into small plants to share.  Now I will await the blooms since I do not know what the flowers will be on Hoya sp. RB5 but can only hope they are impressive as the grow patterns and rapid growth of this extraordinary hoya!

Hoyas Can Fill Out a Pot in Just 6 Months

Hoya sp. RB5 SRQ 3161 on July 2, 2014

Hoyas Can Fill Out a Pot in Just 6 Months

Hoya sp. RB5 SRQ 3161 on January 16, 2015

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Hoya lacunosa ‘Tove’ the largest of the Clan

The largest of the many Hoya lacunosa clones that I grow is ‘Tove’ which measures in about twice the size of Hoya lacunosa ‘Langkawi Island’, the smallest.  The leaves and stems are thick and succulent and will easily rot if treated the same as the rest of the hoya lacunosas.  Give this one about half the moisture and ignore it and you will be rewarded with a full beautiful hanging plant!  The scent of the blooming plant is divinely sweet and clean at the same time. This one is a must for the beginning collector.

Hoya lacunosa ‘Tove’ the largest of the clan was blooming on this date last year…2014.

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 lacunosa 'Tove' the largest

Hoya lacunosa ‘Tove’ SRQ 3026

Hoya lacunosa 'Tove' the largest

Hoya lacunosa ‘Tove’ SRQ 3026

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Change in Hoya Name but not SRQ Number

As you know, many hoyas are mislabeled and misnamed and and I have found out one such hoya has lingered inmy collection for some time now but now I am updating the identification.  I have decided to promote this change from careful examination of the flowers and leaves and from recommendations from a few good friends.

Hoya siamica SRQ 3143 is believed to be Hoya stoneana and I have made this change today. If you obtained this hoya from SRQHoyas at any point and time…please update the tag and your records.  I will attempt to contact those who I can identify as growing this great plant.  For more photos of the blooms go to Vermont Hoyas where Doug explains this observation as well as shares excellent photos.  I have yet to see the flowers live and my photo is from another collector who allowed me to share his photos.

Thanks so much for you cooperation in keeping these great plants with the correct name!

Hoya stoneana SRQ 3143

Hoya stoneana SRQ 3143

Change in Hoya name

Hoya stoneana SRQ 3143

 

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Water Hoyas with Warm Water

As I was pumping water from my rain-barrel to water my hoyas this morning, I was thinking this is not something I would appreciate and I am sure they do not either.  The outside temperatures were just above 32°F so the water had be just above that since I do hang a 100W aquarium heater in the barrel.  I have continued using rain water to irrigate the hoyas inside the sun room even as the days got shorter and the temperatures dropped significantly.  I have no noticeable changes to report and I feel very lucky about that.  The plants continue to thrive in their warm cozy room which stays at or about 73°F day and night with the aid of grow lights and two heat humps which hang on the wall.

When the hoyas had all been hydrated I decided to post on Facebook the question of using cold versus warm water to water in and also mist the hoyas.  I felt certain some of the Hoya Experts would have opinions and maybe even offer solutions to my dilemma.  Sure enough within minutes I had a unanimous consensus that I should always water hoyas with warm water if possible.  I was surprised though that nobody offered any reasons to back up their position but decided to find a remedy to continue to use the rain water to irrigate and mist the plants.  Since I have the pump, hose and barrel in place for summer and altered a bit for winter I was determined to utilize mother nature throughout the year.

A great idea came from a hoya grower/collector in Tennessee where it gets quite cold but probably not for as long as it does here in my neck of the woods.  She suggested adding an aquarium heater to the barrel and continue to use as always.  After doing a few calculations and researching a bit on the internet, I decided to call a business that offers/sells aquarium heaters and have them give their expert opinion which would save me time and the aggravation of speculating.  After a few minutes on the phone with the expert, he decided I should purchase 2-300W heaters to dangle in the barrel and the water should easily stay at the temperature of my choice all year round.  Also, adding a small pump for circulation would assist but I am not sure if I will do that yet since that means one more electrical connection I will have to maintain out in the elements of rain, snow sleet and cold.

I am hoping that this is the final hurdle I must cross in order to conduct business as usual through these cold cold wet snowy grey days in PA.  I surely have no experience growing or even living in these conditions but I am quickly adapting.  The hoyas seem as happy and as healthy as they can be so life is good here in the Northeast!

UPDATE January 18, 2014 – After installing the two 30oW aquarium heaters into my rain barrel as well as positioning an insulator on the top opening I have success!  The overnight temperatures were in the 20s and the water I used this morning to water the hoyas was about 88°F.  I was hoping to also position a small pump on the bottom to circulate the water for better warmth distribution, but not sure I should since I run the barrel dry quite often.  Nothing that a firm shake and maybe a stir cannot accomplish.

Water Hoyas with Warm Water

Using Rainbarrel during Winter

Water Hoyas with Warm Water

Use Heat Tape on Hose

Water Hoyas with Warm Water

Insulated Rain Barrel Hose

 

 

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Blooming on the 10th of January

In the dead of winter many hoyas were blooming on the 10th of January 2014 at SRQHoyas.  Although it never really seemed like winter in Florida, more like spring and fall combined, the days were brief and the hoya reacted to that.

Hoya tjad is a hoya that you will love and grow for the sculpted leaves and compact growth.  The flowers are small but very nice and often.  Of course, the Hoya pubicalyx clan had one blooming on this day and most days throughout the year.  Hoya pubicalyx ‘Red Buttons’  is an early bloomer and loves to carry the red onto the new growth as well as the flowers.  The tiniest flowers of the day were Hoya panchoi IML 0249 which is one of the two I grow.  This one blooms much easier and grows without issues as opposed to IML 0228.  I would love to hear from another grower regarding their experiences with this Hoya panchoi duo.  The most fragrant on January 10 was Hoya naumannii IML 0198 which shared its pungent jasmine scent throughout the next week!  If you enjoy a variegated leaf Hoya incrassata ‘Moonshadow’ fits the bill although I am still a bit leery of the stability of the awesome colored leaves.

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 on the 10th

Hoya tjadasmalangensis IML 1181

 

Blooming on the 10th

Hoya pubicalyx ‘Red Buttons’ IML 0268

Blooming on the 10th

Hoya naumannii IML 0198

Blooming on the 10th

Hoya incrassata ‘Moonshadow’ SRQ 3024

Blooming on the 10th

Hoya panchoi IML 0249

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Hoya megalaster Shows Off in 2014… Just a Bit

There’s no other way to explain Hoya megalaster SRQ 3079 except that it is a ‘Show Off’ in every sense of the phrase.  This one blooms over and over, so much that it has no energy to put into new growth to fill out the plant.  The umbrel puffs up quickly and I swear I can see the flowers grow before my eyes! If only they had a big bold fragrance to even out the big bold rubber like red flowers.

Hoya megalaster was blooming on January 8th of 2014 in my previous home in Sarasota, FL.  I would like to compare to the plant this year but I have since removed the active peduncles hoping the plant would no have the energy to push out new growth at the nodes.  I feel confident that she will also form new peduncles at the new nodes!

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 megalaster Shows Off

Hoya megalaster SRQ 3079

Hoya megalaster Shows Off

Hoya megalaster SRQ 3079

Hoya megalaster Shows Off

Hoya megalaster SRQ 3079

 

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Peek-a-Boo Hoya callistophylla

I happened to be watering the hoyas on a Sunday afternoon and if I’d not done so I would have missed the flowers on this Hoya callistophylla SRQ 3212.  As I lifted the tight pack of stunning leaves to reveal the dry mixx, I noticed one tiny flower poking out between the leaves.  I then carefully picked up the entire potted plant and brought it out from under the lights to further investigate.  The growth on this hoya is very compact the thus the flowers do not have a chance to push onto the top of them but have no choice except to stay below.  This is one plant that you may consider potting in a hanging pot so you are able to see the underside easily.  These are way too beautiful to miss!

This hoya is a cinch to grow with its forgiving habits.  Water when you feel like it and the tough leathery leaves will survive in virtually any light situation.  Please not that the leaves will be much more beautiful with high contrast in medium light or sunshine.  The flowers have no noticeable scent but who needs a scent with all of this beauty?

This one was blooming for me last year near the same time in Sarasota, FL and is documented on my Bloom Calendar.

Peek-A-Boo Hoya callistophylla

Hoya callistophylla SRQ 3212

Peek-A-Boo Hoya callistphylla

Hoya callistphylla SRQ 3212

 

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Is Hoya EPC sp. 600 also Hoya sp. IML 1508?

I received Hoya EPC 600 as a small plant in the spring of 2014 and now that it has bloomed I am wondering…Is Hoya EPC 600 also Hoya IML 1508?  It grew fast and furious and needed little or no time to acclimate to it’s new environment.  At one point, a vine shot up towards the ceiling and luckily stopped short of the T5 lights which might have burned the tip.  Then after I lent some support for the rogue vine…the leaves begun to fill out the nodes and peduncles formed at more than one.

I continued to check on the peduncle that was puffing up to open and one morning before I made my way to check on it I got a whiff of the perfume way before I got near the plant.  It is the familiar lilac-like scent I experience with other species.  The blooms also seemed familiar so I decided to check in on Hoya sp. Ko Chang Island IML 1508 to see if this one is also going to present flowers in the near future.  Low and behold it was, and also on many peduncles as the Hoya sp. EPC 600.  A theory I have is that the same species of hoya will bloom simultaneously around the world and may be a factor used in identifying these plants.  I have been documenting this on my Bloom Calendar since 2013 and am finding interesting results but still no conclusions.

Since I am no botanist and do not qualify to conclude similarities from these plants…I have posted them for you to compare!

 

Is Hoya EPC 600 also Hoya IML 1508?

Compare EPC 600 & IML 1508

Is Hoya EPC 600 also Hoya IML 1508?

Hoya EPC 600 Hoya sp. Ko Chang Island IML 1508

Is Hoya EPC 600 also Hoya IML 1508?

Hoya EPC 600 Hoya sp. Ko Chang Island IML 1508

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New Hoya Leaves are Starting out Black

I have noticed that new hoya leaves can be very colorful in the beginning stages but none as black as this one and for as long as this one.  Hoya pentaphlebia is a hearty grower for the most part and the foliage fills out into a large plant fairly quickly.  The youngest blackest leaves are on near the top of the photo and the leaves that are about one week old are in the foreground.  If you think these are attractive…you should see the blooms!

This is a hoya that I hear little about and I feel is oddly overlooked. The hoya is one of the easiest to grow with the most rewards.  Although it looks like it can be a large plant…the vines are very flexible and easily trained to a support.  I have yet to try it as a hanging plant but I wouldn’t know why it wouldn’t be happy growing that way too.  The flowers begin on a young plant and continue 4-6 times per year on the same peduncle.  If you have yet to discover Hoya pentaphlebia, by all means do so when you have the chance to.

Hoya Leaves are Starting out Black

Hoya pentaphlebia IML 0391

Hoya Leaves are Starting out Black

Hoya pentaphlebia IML 0391

 

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Hoya mani takes a Detour and Arrives Safely

Sometimes it happens that a package full or hoya plants gets on the wrong plane and takes a detour and still arrives safely at its destination.  I am guessing it has happened a half a dozen times since I started shipping these great plants and cuttings.  Those odds are fairly good and puts the chance at about one time per year.  Out of the many, many, many packages that leaves SRQHoyas, this is a great statistic!

Last week a small box containing only Hoya manipurensis, had detoured to Washington State on it’s way to it’s final destination of California?  I shipped as I usually do on Saturday and it arrived at the pseudo destination of Kent, Washington on Monday afternoon.  Unfortunately, the package was addressed to be shipped to Santa Monica, California.  It amazes me that the USPS is able to sort and deliver mail as efficiently as it does but sometimes mistakes do indeed happen. It is a good thing that hoya plants are tough enough to endure these detours even with extreme temperatures they are exposed to.  Granted the package contained a 72 hour Heat Pack that I offer as assurance that weather will not have a negative effect on the plant while in transit.

Here is the email I received which does have a happy ending…just no reason why it happened?


Hi Joni,

Well here is a success story.  I wondered why my plant had gone to Kent, Washington on the 29th.  I just got mani 5 days from shipment.  The heat pack was still working.  Plant was slightly moist but looked fine.  Just gave it a drink.  Tonight it will be 38° here which is pretty cold for us.

Happy New Year!


A success story indeed!  Like I said, it does happen and the USPS has no explanation for why is happened or any compensation if the plant had not arrived safely.  For these reasons I continue to pack well, insulate the box and add a heat pack during the winter months.  I have also learned that during these cold days I will not be able to use the ‘Pick Up’ service that the USPS offers but instead I hand deliver the package to the nearest Post Office each Saturday morning.  This eliminates the packages spending time in the cold and/or snow before it leaves SRQHoyas.
If you decide to NOT have your hoyas shipped until the weather is more favorable…I will be happy to hold your plants  or Rooted Cuttings here in the sun-room until the weather warms up.  Keep in mind that the small hoya plant you purchase may be a full grown plant in a few months!

Hoya mani takes a detour

USPS Tracking of Hoya manipurensis

Hoya mani takes a detour

Hoya manipurensis SRQ 3296

Hoya takes detour

Hoya manipurensis SRQ 3296

 

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