Highly sought after Hoya caudata ‘Gold’, produces two sets of twins, while it prepares to bloom for the fifth time this winter season. This is a rare occurrence in my experience with this hoya or any other hoya in my collection. Although many hoya bloom on multiple peduncles at once, they tend to form at different nodes along the vines. Hoya caudata is following through at many nodes but also doubling up at these particularly fertile nodes. As I further examine the photos, the bloom spurs are actually growing from separate nodes but I will still consider them Twins!
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Hoya lacunosa is one of the most fragrant flowers in my collection and it comes in all sizes and colors. This is one of the easiest hoyas to grow for those of you who decide that fragrance is a requirement for you to grow. These hoyas are beautiful growing in a Hanging Basket and hang down, producing many many blooms throughout the year. When you walk into your space and a Hoya lacunosa is in full bloom, there is no mistaking the pungent yet pleasant fragrance you are enjoying.
My keys to successfully growing these hoya plants is to keep them from direct light and do not let them dry out. A space with a medium amount of light will mean the leaves will be dark, lush and show many markings. I have found the Hoya lacunosa-s do not always require the normal bright light to bring into full bloom. You will soon learn how much water these hoya need because the vines will shrivel up quickly if the mix is completely dry. Humidity is also required which means they should not be hung near an air conditioning or heat vent. The only downside to growing this great hoya species is the susceptibility to attract Mealy Bugs. Treating the pot, by drenching with a systemic pesticide will ensure the bugs stay away!!!
Hoya lasiantha seems to be a very popular hoya, evident on the feedback left at SRQHoyas.com. I certainly know why since the species is very easy to grow as long as it is watered regularly and not allowed to dry out. I have also noticed that the leaves tend to turn yellow if I neglect feeding it for a few months. When I notice this, I drench with a bit of Epsom Salts Rain Water, for the next few waterings.
The blooms, once described as fuzzy chicks, appear on very newly established plants. This young Hoya lasiantha (below) shows three stages of blooms. Sometimes, just following a growth spurt, one vine will display many peduncles getting ready to burst open and bloom at various times. It seems to me that as soon as the stem is strong enough to support the weight of the flowers, the nodes will begin to push out the flowers. I have never detected a scent from these orange, strangely unique flowers, but that’s ok with me!!!
The plant can be a bit temperamental if allowed to dry out at all. I water this one usually every other day with a bit of water…but do not drench each time. The relatively large, thick, heavy, stiff and marbled leaves are a beautiful backdrop to this bloom cluster. The leaves resemble a green colored slab or marble or granite. The leaf variations are as stable as the flower color for me.
Despite my hesitation to rely on the name of a hoya that contains a color, this one has been very consistently gold in color as opposed to the other Hoya caudatas that bloom with more of a white to very pale green flower. This happens to be my favorite bloom and I even had a mouse-pad printed with a photo of Hoya caudata IML 1882.
What’s not to like about this prolific blooming hoya? The plant can be easily started from a cutting due to the air roots that are usually found at each node. This fast growing hoya is satisfying enough but wait until you see and smell the flowers. The bright, deep pink petals frame out a deep yellow middle and put out a scent that is unmistakably butterscotch. In many instances, a bald vine will bloom at least two nodes prior to pushing out fresh new leaves. This hoya make Hoya davidcummingii a MUST for every collector!
If you have space for a possibly huge hoya, you might consider Hoya sp. 910307. I received this great hoya as a cuttings many years ago and it rooted easily and have never given me any problems what-so-ever. Hoya sp. 910307 is easy to grow and blooms on a regular basis, on many peduncles at one time. The flowers are a lemony yellow but I detect little if any fragrance which may be a good thing since so many flowers showing at once may become overwhelming. I just love this one and do not hesitate to take many cuttings at one time to be able to share as starter plants.
The species of hoyas known as Hoya lacunosa are some of the most fragrant ones you can grow. At the moment, the tiniest of all of them, my Hoya lacunosa ‘Langkawi Island’, is blooming on just one peduncle and the scent fills the entire corner of the sun-room in the evening. I would describe the scent as a sorta of lilac/rose which is very pleasant to me. Goes to show you that bigger does not always mean better when it comes to fragrance and hoyas!
As a rule, hoyas love to grow wildly and bloom and there are many that I end up taking for granted because it is the normal here at SRQHoyas. Hoya sp. EPC 694 is one of these plants that I have learned to love as well as neglect. When it arrived from overseas, it was healthy, hydrated and in great condition even thought the root system was sparse. After potting it into a 2.5″ tiny pot filled with a mix of sphagnum peat moss and perlite, I placed it into a medium lighting situation and provided a good amount of humidity each morning.
This hoya has grown into vibrant full plant that wraps around a bamboo hoop structure many many times with ease and support from clips. The first blooms appeared in January of 2015 and even though the umbel was sparse, it was unique and pretty. For the past 8 months, this hoya has turned into one that has the energy to push out not only one full umbel of flowers but upwards of five at one time. The scent is a mix of wintergreen and sweet rose. I plan to move this plant to a lower light position in hopes of growing the leaves a darker green but hoping the flowers will continue to show their colors.
There is some confusion regarding both of these great hoyas. I am going to explain my experience and documentation since I have grown both of these which I purchased from the David Liddle collection directly. I no longer have the Hoya Estrella Waterfall IML 1627 in my collection but still have photos to document the exact plant, here on my website.
I received both of these hoyas as cuttings in a group purchase in the spring of 2011. They both arrived in great shape and tagged with the typed, white narrow tag stapled to each cuttings, so there are no mistakes in identification. Those tags do not fade away, tear, fall off or just get lost as many of my plants still have them attached from almost 10 years ago.
The Hoya sp. Estrella Waterfall IML 1627 bloomed for me back on July 31, 2011 which was just a few months after I rooted the cutting. That is what I consider a great rooter and great grower! According to the Liddle Master List I have, ends with IML 1902, this particular cutting was obtained from Ted Green. To my knowledge, this hoya has not been published and/or renamed.
The Hoya sp. Estrella Waterfalls IML 1256 just recently bloomed for me and was so beautiful that I decided to share it on Ebay! Enjoy it!!! According to the Liddle Master List I previously referenced, David Liddle obtained this hoya from DMC, David Cummings, who also collected this in the Philippines and called it DMC 5459 along with IML 1257 & IML 1258. Not sure if this is a typo as I am reporting from the list. To the best of my knowledge, this one has been published as Hoya estrellaensis, if the IML #s are accurate. From the photos I have seen of Hoya estrellaensis, I am going to caution you to NOT update names just yet. In my opinion, the plants and blooms are not similar in any way. Since I am not yet convinced of the correct identification, I will continue to refer to this one as Hoya sp. Estrella Waterfalls IML 1256.
Welcome to the World of Hoyas!!! Naming and renaming happens as well as correctly and incorrectly identifying. I am very very diligent when it comes to making sure the tags are intact and are not fading as I believe that in my business…a hoya without a tag is one that really should not be traded, much less sold. Even if what is written on the tag is incorrect or named for ‘fun’, at least it has a trail of IDs that can be compared with the tags in your collection. Purchasing duplicate hoyas is not pleasant and turn this hobby into a frustrating and very expensive one.
Hoya deykeae ‘Splash’ has been pushing out an abundance of growth for the past year and now I also have the honor of enjoying the lime scented flowers. The foliage displays heart shaped greenery with very prominent splashes of grey. The is a must have even if the plant never would bloom for you but this one is an early bloomer with many rewards. The ball of blooms is a tad smaller than a golf ball and so very perfectly round. I also grow the Hoya deykeae which is a pretty plant too. I am not positive they are different species but I can say that they bloom at different times of the year….the latter blooming in May.