Category Archives: Hoya Chat

Hoya rubida Foliage and Flowers are Red

IML 1722 is the best Hoya rubida to grow for year round beauty.  The flowers are a soft red with a hint of purple and the leaves begin a fire red if growing in high light.  The dramatic appearance continues over and over throughout the year when the plant is not putting out stiff vines will fill in nicely with leaves.  This plant is more tree like and less vining than most other hoyas.  The flowers opened on January 3, 2013 makers it the second bloom of the past year!

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 rubida Foliage and Flowers are Red

Hoya rubida IML 1722

Hoya rubuda's Foliage and Flowers are Red

Hoya rubida IML 1722

Hoya rubida Foliage and Flowers are Red

Hoya rubida IML 1722

Hoya rubida Foliage and Flowers are Red

Hoya rubida IML 1722

Hoya rubida Foliage and Flowers are Red

Hoya rubida IML 1722

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Hoya wibergiae – New Year’s Day Bloomer

I cannot recall what I did last year to kick off 2014 but I do know that Hoya wibergiae was the New Year’s Day Bloomer!  Although the flowers are nice and the scent is pleasant, this hoya is better know for it’s foliage since the splotches on the leaves are always pink.  It is very common for this to occur at different times throughout the year but for some unknown reason, IML 1618 always has pink in the foliage.  The second Hoya wibergiae that I also grow came from my friend, Carol Noel, who lives on the Big Island of Hawaii.  She actually collected this one on a hoya hunting trip, not sure exactly where it was found.  The leaves look quite different but the blooms are very similar.  If you are interested in comparing the two go here.

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 wibergiae IML 1618

Hoya wibergiae IML 1618

New Year's Day Bloomer

Hoya wibergiae IML 1618

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Final Hoya Flowers of 2013 @ SRQHoyas

The year had just abut come to a close and these are the final hoya flowers of 2013.  The days were only getting longer but also getting chillier when these were blooming and thriving inside under artificial lighting.  Hoya ‘Mathilde’ is a hardy cultivar whose parents are Hoya carnosa x Hoya serpens.  One unique characteristic of this one is that the peduncles proceed to drop after the flowers are finished entertaining.  Most peduncles are spared and continue to push out flowers for many cycles.  Have no fear though because she seems to produce spurs at many many nodes and that number increases with age.

I just love the color combination of Hoya fuscomarginata. The yellow and light shade of purple is complimentary and only nature would choose to display these so closely together with such success.

Hoya macrophylla ‘Splash’ is a gorgeous leafed hoya and even though the flowers show beauty, they are fairly small and insignificant when in bloom.

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!

Final Hoya Flowers of 2013

Hoya ‘Mathilde’ SRQ 3075

Final Flowers of 2013

Hoya fuscomarginata SRQ 3078

Final Flowers of 2013

Hoya macrophylla ‘Splash SRQ 3221

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Winter did not Stop these Hoyas from Blooming

Last year in the midst of the Holidays…even winter did not stop these blooms from brightening up the space!  I had moved them into the garage greenhouse a couple of months prior and by now they had adjusted to the regimented daylight hours and darkness.  If I recall correctly daytime began around 8am and night fall was just before 9pm.  The temperatures inside were always above 70°F during the day and rarely fell below 60°F during the night.

I posted the photo of Hoya ‘Jennifer’ when she bloomed for the first time.  Although she did not have a full or complete unbrel, I found it quite whimsical and unique.  Even the ‘four’ is evident the first time. After the initial attempt she filled out quite nicely as seen on my website product page.

Hoya elliptica Clone B seemed to be always in bloom and rarely did it put out much growth.  This may be a goof thing to some but I like to grow full lush plants.  Either way it is beautiful since the leaves themselves remind me on turtle backs seen here under Additional Images tab.

I hope to touch on the others in a future blog.

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!

Winter did not stop Blooming

Hoya ‘Jennifer’ SRQ 3170

 

Winter did not stop Blooming

Hoya elliptica SRQ 3155

Hoya sp. KPS SRQ 3168

Hoya sp. KPS SRQ 3168

Winter did not stop Blooming

Hoya sp. 97005 SRQ 3044

Winter did not stop Blooming

Hoya callistophylla SRQ 3212

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Stable Variegated Hoya is Must for Collections

 

Hoya collectors are no different from other plant collectors as they enjoy variation and variegation.  Though many of the variegated hoyas are are temporary look with most reverting back to green, Hoya australis ‘Lisa’ is a stable variegated hoya.  This hoya grows in compact rosette like leave pattern and seems to have no issues as soon as it is well rooted.  Since the compact growth pattern is constant, it can sometimes be difficult to root.  The best way is to remove a couple of leaves and after tucking it into the mix…do not move it again until roots form.  The rooting end will be tiny but sufficient if kept moist and in touch with the soil.  I’ve not attempted to root using hydroponics or semi-hydroponics but can imagine that would be a success also.

Since I have yet to enjoy the sweet blooms on this particular hoya I have stared a second plant and decided that I will not cut on it until it blooms!!!

Stable Variegated Hoya

Hoya australis ‘Lisa’ SRQ 3093

Stable Variegated Hoya

Hoya australis ‘Lisa’ Red New Growth

Steady Variegated Hoya

Hoya ‘Lisa’ New Growth

 

 

 

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Hoya lockii is a Blooming Machine

I grow many hoyas and this one is hands down the Best Blooming, Earliest Blooming, Easiest Growing, Longest Blooming!  From a small rooted cutting which I obtained from Thailand earlier this season, there have been no problems with growing this Hoya Lockii.  The plant itself is very beautiful and stands tall with a few branches, and more branches are sprouting from near the base. Watering is no chore and I have not noticed a preference as to how much it prefers.  The leaves are unblemished and pleasantly spotted with ruffles on the edges.

Just looking at the plant from a normal view point is not the surprise, just pick up the pot and hold it overhead to see the amazing beauty from below!  The leaves are veined nicely and the many peduncles show the many stages of blooming!  I cannot begin to capture the beauty but I am going to try my best to show you what I find stunning about Hoya lockii.  It is a BLOOMING MACHINE!

Young Hoya is a Blooming Machine

Hoya lockii SRQ 3229 Full Plant

Young Hoya is a Blooming Machine

Hoya lockii from Below

Young Hoya is a Blooming Machine

Hoya lockii Blooms at Consecutive Nodes

Young Hoya is a Blooming Machine

Hoya lockii Just Beginning

Young Hoya is a Blooming Machine

Hoya lockii Filling Out

Young Hoya is a Blooming Machine

Hoya lockii Buds Forming

Young Hoya is a Blooming Machine

Hoya lockii Becoming Shapely

Young Hoya is a Blooming Machine

Hoya lockii Ready to Pop Open

Young Hoya is a Blooming Machine

Hoya lockii Fully Open

 

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Two Prolific Hoyas Bloom Last Year

There is no surprise any more when these two prolific hoyas bloom but I still enjoy seeing if the size of the flowers or duration change significantly.  The first, Hoya camphorifolia, is grown as a hanging plant but always seem to end up grasping onto a hook or another vine to pull itself up higher.  I must confess that this is one of the plants that I can always find mingling among other closeby. The vine itself looks fragile and frail but it is very deceiving since it is a very tough plant.

The other of the two prolific hoyas blooming is Hoya sipitangensis.  This one has a knack for just hanging down in the pot and rarely decides to use a new vine to go vertical.  The leaves vary greatly in sizes according to their environment and they turn a blush of red in high light.  The flowers are small but lend a punch of color to compete with their foliage.  If you want to grow a hoya that will fill out a pot quickly and bloom early…consider growing Hoya sipitangensis.

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!

Prolific Hoyas Bloom

Hoya camphorifolia IML 0418

Prolific Hoyas Bloom

Hoya sipitangensis IML 1603

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Holiday Season Bloomers are Plentiful

As most of the world was celebrating the holidays of 2013 the Holiday Season Bloomers were plentiful.  Keep in mind that these were in Sarasota, Florida and inside my greenhouse/garage and under artificial lighting.  Only one of these, Hoya pachyclada, is about to bloom here in the Pennsylvania sun-room under similar lighting fixtures.  Also two other Hoya pachycladas that I grow now and did not grow last year have been in bloom for at least the past week. They always smell so sweet and bloom for about one week or longer.  A favorite for it’s grape scent is Hoya subcalva which is being stingy this holiday season.  Hoya lacunosa ‘Tove’ seems to be the stingiest of all of the many sports of the lacunosa family and also the largest leaf and flower.  To round out the season were blooming hoyas, Hoya clandestina, Hoya macgregorii and Hoya bicknellii, all very beautiful and unique hoyas! Next year at this time of year I will again document and comment of the Holiday Season Bloomers.

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 subcalva IML 0229

Hoya subcalva IML 0229

Hoya pachyclada IML 0529

Hoya pachyclada IML 0529

Hoya bicknellii IML 1597

Hoya bicknellii IML 1597

Hoya macgregorii SRQ 3214

Hoya macgregorii SRQ 3214

Hoya lacunosa 'Tove' SRQ 3026

Hoya lacunosa ‘Tove’ SRQ 3026

Hoya aff. clandestina IM 1590

Hoya aff. clandestina IM 1590

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Hoya sp. Ko Chang Island Now and Then

It amazes me when I notice a hoya blooming now and then, ‘then’ meaning last year on this date.  That is the case with Hoya sp. Ko Chang Island IML 1508 which is assisting me in drawing possible conclusions to similar Blooming Dates around the world.  In addition to this hoya there were others blooming in 2013 that are not blooming for me this year.  My favorite of them all is Hoya caudata which is a superstar because of the foliage as well as the hairy but silky flowers that appears many times throughout the year.  The foliage is a bit like cardboard but turns a nice red if grown in highlight.

As you can see from the photos, December 24, 2013 was an exciting day with an abundance of flowers showing their beauty in Sarasota, FL.  Hoya motoskei is a late bloomer but once it begins it can show flowers on many peduncles at a time.  The stunning leaves on Hoya macrophylla overpower the tiny delicate pink blooms making it satisfactory, to me, if no blooms happen.  Hoya ‘Rebecca’ is a nice small leafed hoya that love to fill a hanging basket and show it’s clean smelling blooms during any season.

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 sp Ko Chang Island IML 1508

Hoya sp Ko Chang Island IML 1508

Hoya motoskei IML 0050

Hoya motoskei IML 0050

Hoya macrophylla vari IML 1622

Hoya macrophylla vari IML 1622

Hoya caudata IML 1882

Hoya caudata IML 1882

Hoya 'Rebecca'  SRQ 3182

Hoya ‘Rebecca’ SRQ 3182

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Growing Hoyas from Seed Can Be Frustrating

No matter how many times I see hoya seeds that have recently exploded from a seed pod I get excited and hopeful to grow them out. This time is a little different since Hoya papaschonii has had multiple seed pods develop but all but this one fell off prior to ripening. I did pass by this hoya yesterday and noticed that the pod had turned yellow and immediately assumed the pod was about to abort as the prior seed pods had done.  As I was manicuring other hoyas in the area this day, I now saw a number of fuzzy beings and know what had happened.  I carefully moved the pot to my potting bench so I would not forget to make small pots, label them and tuck the many seeds into the mix. As always, now I hope for the best and hope the seeds germinate and mature.  The majority of my experiences have not ended well but if you are like me…I must grow!  There is a lot of trial and error growing hoyas from seed.  The only success story to date is a couple of seedlings from Hoya erythrostemma IML 1428. The seeds ripened in 2012 and as you see the plant is healthy and happy and looks very much like its mother.

As you can see from the photos below, the seedlings of Hoya erythrostemma very much resemble the mother plant so it is quite possible this hoya was self pollinated. The only way to be sure is to have the blooming plant in isolation while in bloom or actually perform the pollination yourself.  Manual pollination is a very difficult process and one I know little about. One last note…If you decide to trade or sell from a Seedling…please be sure it is properly labeled as such!!!

Hoya papaschonii Seed Pod

Hoya papaschonii Seed Pod

 

Hoya erythrostemma IML 1428 - Seedlings from 2012

Hoya erythrostemma IML 1428 – Growing Hoyas from Seeds 2012

Hoya erythrostemma IML 1428 - Mother Plant

Hoya erythrostemma IML 1428 – Mother Plant

Hoya erythrostemma IML 1428 Blooms

Hoya erythrostemma IML 1428 Blooms

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