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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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Felt the Need to Watermark SRQHoya Photos

After really taking the time to delve into the many photos that have been lifted off my website, I felt the need to watermark SRQHoya photos.  I feel a mixture of feelings from ‘It’s a compliment’ to ‘How dare they profit from my hard work’.  There is really no action to take than to email the responsible person, which usually ends up being ignored or misunderstood due to the language barrier.  I am sure they understand the laws of plagiarism and also know it is literally impossible for me to impose consequences across the many miles of web addresses.

The task was not as difficult as I thought it would be since finding Watermark WS, a great tool out of Canada.  Setting this up with my logo and copyright was done using my Corel Draw graphics program and as simple as creating a JPEG of the artwork I intended to add to each and every photo from now on.  Using the tools of Watermark WS I uploaded the SRQHoyas logo and such, positioned it, sized it and chose the opacity to be used.  My goal is to attract attention but not distract from the beauty of the hoyas.  I feel like I have achieved this and welcome any feedback positive or otherwise.  Although I have fought and postponed this for many years I now felt the need to watermark the SRQHoya photos.

Need to Watermark SRQHoya Photos

Nico with Watermark

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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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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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Peduncles Show ‘Rings’ for Each Bloom Cycle

This is one easy way to prove which hoyas bloom over and over and over again.  Count how many times this hoya has bloomed from this one peduncle! It is like rings on a tree…!  After time the peduncle will dry up and fall off but I find it only happens when the plant is not happy. I find this amazing!!!

Hoya sp. 97005 Rings

Hoya sp. 97005 Peduncle Rings

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Does Removing Peduncles Encourage New Growth?

My Hoya megalaster plants, I have four different clones, continue to push out the huge red blooms month after month.  Will removing peduncles encourage new growth?  Although this is a good thing to many, it is not to me since I’d like to have new growth so I am able to share these plants with collectors.  After many months of the blooming cycle I have decided to remove the peduncles from two plants, blooming or not, and discard them.  My hope now is that the plants push out the new vines and fill in with leaves which may or may not happen.  The result may be that the vines go out and produce more peduncles prior to the greenery.  It will be interesting to see what kind of reaction each plant shows since cutting off their ‘reproductive tools’.

For the follow on this blog and experiment go here.

Does Removing Peduncles Encourage New Growth?

Hoya megalaster IML 1080

Does removing peduncles Encourage new growth

No more Peduncles

removing peduncles to encourage new growth

Hoya megalaster peduncles

removing peduncles to encourage new growth

Hoya megalaster Peduncles

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Not Even in Florida’s Climate

A drastic change in climate, light and environment has slowed down the growth of the majority of my Hoya Collection significantly since departure in February of 2014.  Although the sun room was built to be sunny and bright to humans, and that it is, the plants have a far different opinion. This opinion has become evident as I provided the necessities to the plants during the bright and sunny days of summer in the North Eastern United States.  I noticed a slight response and a bit of growth being added but ever so slowly.  I struggled with what it was they could be in need of since these plants are native to the rain forests and underbrush of the jungles of the far east.  No matter how often I told myself that they will adjust and recover from the change I put them through…I knew it was never going to be the same as the sunny, humid natural environment they previously thrived in down south in SRQ, Florida.

So as the days became shorter and grayer I decided it was time to unpack the lights and grow bulbs that were in the basement storage room and find a way to hang them as to benefit the hoyas and not destroy the beautiful structure of my room.  The lights have been hung and shining from 7am through 9pm for almost a months to date.  I have fed the hoyas their 6 month supply of Osmocote for steady feeding.  The humidifier is set to 70% humidity for most of the time.  I continue use water from the outside rain barrel that I pump into the space to mist as well as my weekly waterings.  The result from all of these changes has been phenomenal and not even in Florida have I experienced this magnitude of growth or kind of growth I am seeing appear now on 90% of the plants.

While it is normal to see the hoyas put out the long vines that reach to the light and twine and twist and eventually spit out a peduncle which results in beautiful flowers..it it not normal to see the plant fill out with leaves at each old woody node.  Many of my plants lost their leaves during the trip to PA and I had lost hope that they would ever be more than leggy and brown at the base of the plant.  As they proceeded to pop out greenery at the tips and base remained unsightly.

But since implementing the changes and improvements to the living space I am elated each day that I notice new life sprouting from even the oldest brown growth.  This photo is a good example of the new greenery as it looks today…I wish I had a photo of the hoya just 4 short weeks ago. I even have hopes that this one will bloom again since the peduncle seems to be puffing up too!!!

Growth Pattern of Hoyas

Growth Pattern of Hoyas

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