Category Archives: SRQHoyas Happenings

Hoya kerrii ‘Revolute Margins’ at SRQHoyas

I imported Hoya kerrii ‘revolute margins’ from Thailand in the spring of 2014 and it has been a cinch to grow and maintain and now bloom.  This is not the normal Hoya kerrii that usually has the flat and very distinct heart shaped leaves.  Instead, this one has very large more rounded leaves with a dimple indentation on the end.  They resemble strangely stiff, solid green lily pads out connected to a stiff vine that reaches upwards.  The flowers were strong and determined to bloom fully on their first attempt.  They succeeded and continue to show their flowers even 4 days later.  The nectar is a perfectly round clear drop on the end of each corona on each of the flowers.  I find this amazing!  No scent has been detected which is a shame but the beauty of this plant makes it a must-have for your succulent collection.

Hoya kerrii 'Revolute Margins' at SRQHoyas

Hoya kerrii SRQ 3293 @ SRQHoyas PA

Hoya kerrii 'revolute margins'

Hoya kerrii SRQ 3293 a Stiff Vine

 

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Hoya Buds Appealing to Charlie the Anole

What would make these hoya buds appealing to Charlie the Anole?  The closed buds were not wet with water or yet open when they might have had nectar to offer. The photo below was taken a split second after I noticed Charlie’s nose stretching upwards to the buds on my Hoya pachyclada IML 0529.

This sweet little creature was added to my sun-room full of hoyas to  feast on anything he could find living in there, described by some as ‘Living Pesticide’.  He has done a really great job since absolutely no pests have been spotted on any of the plants to date and he looks well nourished.  I had hoped to run the sun-room/greenhouse without pesticides and with organics fertilizers and rain water and so far I have achieved great success within these guidelines.  I will continue to monitor his surroundings and antics as I mist to provide the much needed humidity to the hoyas.  I have also placed about half a dozen metal water bowls around the plant benches to serve as pseudo ponds when all other puddles have been dried but the heat and lights that are required for the hoyas to thrive indoors.

I have not seen Charlie’s buddy Freddie in sometime and although I do not want to conclude the worst…I think that he may no longer reside in my jungle of hoyas.  This is a very sad thing and I may never know for sure.

Charlie the Anole Interested in Hoya Buds

Charlie the Anole Interested in Hoya Buds

Posted in Hoya Chat, SRQHoyas Happenings.

Light Intensity May Result in Intense Color

There is always speculation that light intensity may result in intense color for hoya flowers.  I am going to go out on a limb and say that maybe a factor in the coloring of some hoya flowers but there are always other factors that may also have a role in that theory.  As I scroll through the many photos of hoya blooms that I have, it is obvious that most species bloom very different from time to time and color would not be a constant in identification.  I will not pretend to draw conclusions to what alters the spectrum of color within a hoya species because there is no possible way to know for sure.

As I have grown outside under the intense Florida sunshine as well as under intense artificial lighting I notice there is not much change in the color of the flowers.  Does that mean that the grow lights and inside conditions can be mimicked closely enough to take out the nature factor?  Hoya obscura is one hoya that grows easily and blooms quite often under any conditions and you will notice the contrast in color of the cute fuzzy flowers.  Each just as beautiful and unique as the other.  The white flowers happened while growing 5 feet from a tinted west window in the middle of summer.  The intense pink color is from a flowing cycle that happened growing outdoors under a screened lanai covering in the middle of summer.  You decide which one you prefer.  For me, it is always interesting to experience what the blooms will eventually mature into since noting is consistent in nature!

Light Intensity May Result in Intense Color

Hoya obscura SRQ 3082 grown in Nature’s Light

Hoya obscura SRQ 3082 grown behind Tinted Glass

 

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

Twisted and Deformed Leaves – Part 2

Now an update to a prior post describing Hoya sp. UT-039 and it’s twisted and deformed leaves.  My reaction to this plant, that had much new growth, was to remove and destroy the deformed leaves and only keep the normal leaves in tact.  I also rooted a cutting with the same leaves removed and it rooted quickly even on woody growth.  New growth started quickly on the woody old stems and it seems like the flat leaves returned to the new vines but not to the old vine nodes.  I will again remove the unsightly leaves in hopes of promoting more new healthy growth and report back on my findings.

I do not feel these are diseased in any way but just not so attractive.  I continue to be confused about why this is happening on 50% of the new growth.

Twisted and Deformed Leaves

Hoya so. UT-039 Normal Flat Leaves

Twisted and Deformed Leaves

Hoya sp. UT-039

Twisted and Deformed Leaves

Hoya sp. UT-039 Newly Rooted Cutting

Twisted and Deformed Leaves

Hoya sp. UT-039

Twisted and Deformed Leaves

Hoya sp. UT-039

Posted in Hoya Chat, SRQHoyas Happenings.

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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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

 

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

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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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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Anole as an Effective Organic Pesticide

Have you ever thought of an anole as an effective organic pesticide?  As the days turned colder and the days shortened I began to notice a few critters, mainly spiders, were making my hoya sun-room their comfortable space for the winter.  I am not afraid of spiders for the most part, at least they do not bother me like snakes and frogs do, but the webs they were weaving were getting out of hand.  I even had one blocking the screen of my television that hangs up high in the space?  My first attempt to control these webs was the small Shop-Vac I purchased for just this issue.  After about an hour of sucking up the webs I felt a sense of accomplishment that I had also vacuumed up a few six legged creatures.  Yes, I realize that they are good and eat other insects but the other insects do not spin webs across my plants and light and television and chairs etc.  The lights went out for the evening just after 9pm as they do each night.  What I thought would be a quiet and uneventful night was not.  Does anyone know how far a spider can travel in one night? Well I would estimate they run marathons from sundown to sun up.  These are not ordinary webs either, they resemble string and possibly rope when would together.

Remembering and but not missing the varmints that lived in my Florida Greenhouse/Garage I decided to adopt an anole or two the next day when I went to the local pet store, Just For Pets, to retrieve my doggie who just had a bath.  The majority of the anole stock had long striped snake-like tails which I wanted no part of.  I have made great strides in trying to forget the trauma caused by those slithering creatures and would not enjoy being spooked by adding this variety of anole to my room. The first two, that were able to be caught, were the lucky one to come home to my oasis.

As I released them into the ‘hoya jungle’, I hoped that they would live and I would be able to spot them once in awhile in that space and NOT in my home.  Since the sun-room is an extension of my home that was quite possible.  This little dude is doing one heck of a job keeping the spider & webs at a minimum in the sun-room. I see him just about every day when I mist the hoyas. He has a smaller brown friend whom I rarely see except when he is scurrying across the floor from the hose bib. I am guessing he’s finding water sometimes in that area!

The result was not immediate but it’s been over a month since I brought them home and rarely do I find a spider web and if I do, it is NOT the ropes that I once found connecting what seemed like every plant and surface of the room.

Spider Ropes at SRQHoyas

Spider Ropes at SRQHoyas

Charlie the Anole @ SRQHoyas

Charlie the Anole @ SRQHoyas

Freddie the Anole @ SRQHoyas

Freddie the Anole @ SRQHoyas

Posted in New Arrivals, SRQHoyas Happenings.

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

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