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The Strange and The Odd in Hoya Species

Very often as I inspect the hoyas for new blooms, new growth or dryness, I notice these strange or just out of the ordinary ‘freaks of nature’.  I thought I would share of few of them with you!

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Hoya fitchii – if you notice where the white arrows are pointing, you will see that this bloom has many flowers that consist of ‘four petals’ and not the normal five. I see this often in blooming peduncles but maybe one or two…not usually 40% of the flowers.

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Hoya fitchii – the same plant that bloomed the odd number of petals put out a leaf that appear to be ‘Siamese’, like Siamese twins? I thought is was attractive and I left it on the plant to see if the vine would continue to produce odd foliage. I have yet to see this repeat on the plant.

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Hoya cv. Mathilde – This plant is actually grown by my mom in Pennsylvania when she noticed the plant growing out the drainage she sent me the photo. My question was…”Did I plant one of the vines upside down?” It is very possible but if yes, it goes to show you that nature has a way of correcting what we do wrong.

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Hoya subcalva – As I was enjoying this evident Grape Scented flower I saw that this flower is a square and not five -sided. It is still as beautiful as it’s brothers and sisters but lacking a bit.  This is one of the blooming-est hoyas with one of my favorite fragrances.

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Hoya pallida – New growth being put out on this hoya vine is evidently rounded. If you take a look at the leaf on the right, this is an indication of the leaves on the entire plant. They are very very pointed and the veins are mostly sculpted or raised.  This end node has no points and does not even look like it belongs to this species.  I will watch to see how the rest of the vine progresses since the plant is growing at a rate of about 12 inches per day. Does the fast rate of new growth have something to do with this oddity?

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Hoya lacunosa ‘Ruby Sue’ – This photo is from a baby plant that was rooted and happily filling out the tiny pot it was growing in. It almost looks like it did not quite have enough energy to push open the other buds because it depleted it’s energy on just this single flower. On it’s second attempt…all of the flowers opened and filled the space with a nice fragrance.

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Hoya megalaster– You must know that this bloom is approximately 3 inches wide and absolutely gorgeous despite it’s shortcomings. It happened to be one of eight flowers on this active peduncle. It also was the only one of the bunch that actually opened up into a flat flower. Normally this species keeps it’s flowers in a wide cup shape.

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Close but no Cigar – Hoya spartioides SRQ 3219

This very unique hoya came to me a few months ago as a rooted plant with 3 or four ‘stems'(?) and a slim trunk. Since I had lost one prior, due to under watering, I sat this one in a small bowl and replenished the water supply when it was dry. It did very well inside under artificial lights but nothing compared to how it has been thriving since I was able to move it outside into nature. The past couple of weeks I have patiently watched as the ends of these ‘stems’ puffed up and are now trying to push out about a dozen little orange flowers. As I continue to observe this odd plant I am wondering if the entire plant is made up of a plethora of peduncles and the stick like growth is there to solely support the flowers? Since leaves are nonexistent, how does this plant survive and take in sunshine and moisture? I guess I have my answer by how much I much water this one but there is no greenery at all? Another big question is on the propagation method. How would I begin to root an offspring to produce a new hoya plant?

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The Hoya elliptica everyone MUST grow – SRQ 3200

This is the absolutely easiest grower and best blooming Hoya elliptica that I grow…hands down. The first species I tried to grow was IML 1679, and although it rooted with no issues it never grew into a full plant. I was forced to take cuttings and try again and again and again and yet again about one week ago. This will be my final attempt at succeed with Hoya elliptica IML 1679. I love the shape of the leaves and that the veins resemble a turtle shell. But it just does not like me or my care or growing conditions.

Since receiving that original cutting from the Liddle Nursery in Australia, I have obtained three other species from Thailand.  They are Hoya elliptica (Clone A), (Clone B) and EPC 641. From the very beginning these great plants took off and grew like wild. Each of them bloomed in their own time and kept on growing into large but compact plants. The blooms are very similar and the foliage varies a bit depending on how it is grown, meaning inside or outside.

The species that has pulled out ahead of the others is the Hoya elliptica (Clone A) EPC 311. It is on my ‘Bloomingest’ list and there it will stay.  I water it as much or as little as I want to and it never suffers or struggles to put out the new ‘turtle-shell’ leaves and beautiful white blooms. In my opinion the leaves are a dead ringer for the must coveted IML 1679.

If you want an easy and rewarding Hoya elliptica in your collection, please consider growing this one from a cutting. You will wonder why you struggled over and over to try to succeed with IML 1679.

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Virtually Foolproof Method of Watering Hoya Plants

A question I am asked probably more than any other is “How often should I water my hoya plant?”  This is a question with no definitive answer since there are various conditions to consider before giving a ‘blanket’ response. Some of the conditions are to type of mix that you plant is growing in, the size pot, and the material the pot is made of. Then is the environment you are growing the plant in which includes amount of sunshine, amount of air movement and the amount of humidity surrounding your hoya plant or cutting. On top of those extensive variables is the all important one of what species are you growing and how much moisture does it actually want and expect in order to thrive.

I have come to a conclusive way to know when the plant wants or needs to be watered or even sometimes only misted. Touch the leaves, are they soft and flexible when a well hydrated leaf is firm and stiff? If you conclude ‘Yes’ to that touch…then it is most likely time to give your hoya plant a thorough and soaking gulp of water.  Of course, there will be exceptions to this rule but it seems that since I have adopted this method of watering schedule I have lost no plant due to root rot.

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The Effects of High Light on Hoya Plants

A very desirable characteristic of a good many hoyas is how their foliage changes colors in various light situations. As a rule, the leaves of a hoya plant is green but in many cases that will change slightly when the leaves are exposed to bright light. I see most of the drastic reddening of leaves during the winter months as opposed to the summer months when the sun is brightest. This fact in itself is confusing to me. The sun is hottest and brightest during the summer months here in Florida. But, what is the exact reasoning behind what causes the leaves to turn a blush to even a total burgundy color. The species that come to mind include Hoya obscura, Hoya sipitangensis, Hoya flavida and Hoya sp. Gunung Gading. There are many more but these are a great start to the long list of red leaves on Hoyas.

Here is the exact plant, Hoya sp. Gunung Gading last summer and today after if had been under a metal halide light for the past 5 months. My next question is…will the leaves return to green while they are growing under the Florida sun for the next 5 months? Only time will tell and I will report back in the fall or when I notice a significant change.

Hoya plant under natural sunshine during summer months

Hoya plant under natural sunshine during summer months

Hoya plant under artificial light during winter months

Hoya plant under artificial light during winter months

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Species Detail – Explanation for these symbols

While browsing the website I sure you have seen this table which has been customized for each species of hoya.  I am hoping with the simple diagram below you will gain understanding of my intentions for each symbol.  This is to be used as an “At a Glance’ guide and of course you may have different finding while growing these plants in your environment.


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2013 is for Cuttings ONLY

This year will be a season that I will propagate few if any plants to offer to collectors. That being said, cuttings will be plenty and hopefully very generous since the plants will not have been ‘cut on’ for the purpose of starting plants. During the past I would put 2-3 two node cuttings into the pots to offer up as plants when they were well rooted. Since the plants will only be grown to offer fresh cuttings this season, I suspect they will be thriving in the Florida sunshine and warmth and cuttings will be plenty.

My reasoning behind this change in product comes from many places. The first reason being the space I have to offer my plants is limited. Although I have much space inside as well as outside, set up for growing, I am always striving to bring more species into the country to grow for distribution. This change will allow me to do this without worry of running out of productive space.  The second reason comes from the comments of many of my customers. They have expressed that their success with growing out a cutting has equal success with receiving a plant already rooted that may just sit there for months on end as it becomes acclimated to its new surroundings. In some cases you have told me that you cuttings far exceed the plants in new growth and blooms.  The third reason is the cost and excessive use of electricity involved in nursing the stock until they are ready to sell.  During the summer months I will be able to decrease the amount of lights needed inside the greenhouse/garage and use primarily sunshine. This will be better for the environment as well as keep my costs down. With lower operating costs I will be able to offer hoyas at a stable and lower price to my customers around the world! Now if I could only lower the cost of shipping them via USPS :0)

What will the 2014 Season bring…? This can only be answered at the close of this season. There is a chance I will begin propagating to again offer plants. I never say NEVER!!! Your comments, questions and concerns with this announcement are VERY welcomed and expected.

P.S. You are still able to purchase PLANTS that are still in stock from 2012…but when these are gone they are gone.

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Leaf Damage from Misting under Lights

The luxury of growing under a full spectrum of grow light is not all fun and games. This being the second year I have grown exclusively under artificial lights from roughly mid October thru Mid March I still have much to learn.  At the beginning of the season as the weather turned chilly and dry….I thought it would be beneficial to mist…mist and mist the plants throughout the day each and every day. After about a month of doing so, I discovered some disturbing leaf damage.  Not all plants and not all the same looking symptoms. As I backed off the misting to no null…the damage has ceased but many plants do not look so pretty. Here are the different looks of leaves that have been ‘burned’ by the intense light shining thru the water drops.

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Bloom-time as an ID indicator?

Many times when I see a bloom posted on Facebook or another forum I immediately go the that particular species on my collection to see if mine too is in the midst of putting out the same bloom. My findings are that hoyas bloom simultaneously from every location around the world. Despite the living conditions such as altitude, temperature, inside or out in nature, they seem to know when they are supposed to go into bloom. Of course there are exceptions since many collector’s have yet to experience the thrill of their first hoya show but as a general rule…we cannot fool ‘Mother Nature’.

So…does this mean that bloom-time is an indicator for identifying the various species I have compiled many bloom times for all of the hoyas that have blessed me with blooms so far. The results will soon be visible on my website by going to the Bloom Calendar page. I will continue to update this throughout the year. When you have a plant in bloom…compare to my calendar and see if this theory holds true!?

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Hoya rigida IML 1395

As I was untangling and re-clipping the overgrown vines yesterday I pulled out my Hoya rigida to notice that new leaves were about three times the size of the previous growth. I thought this was odd since this plant was sitting amongst many plants and so the light it received was minimal to the exposure during the summer on the lanai. The plant was so huge that I decided to just sit it on the outside shelf on the lanai since the temps should be warm enough for the hoyas now…fingers crossed.

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