Category Archives: What’s Blooming

Hoyas try their Best to Attract Pollinators

While hoyas try their best to attract pollinators to produce seeds for expanding their species, they can become very sloppy but still beautiful.  This blooming umbel opened fully a full ten days ago and seems to be going strong even today but just a different kind of look.  It went from a tidy bunch of mint green re-curved flowers with tidy centers to this nectar stained dripping oozing bunch with the flower petals showing completely.  If the pollinators have yet to notice this yummy oasis, I doubt they ever will.  Being inside my sun room I doubt that many, if any, have gotten past Charlie the Anole, to discover this smorgasbord.

I wonder how many more days the umbel will hold onto these flowers before dropping the stained petal to the surface below?  Blooming for ten days is a very long time in the world of hoyas!  Rest assured that this is not the normal behavior for most Hoyas in bloom.  They are rarely this sticky and rarely ever present trouble for their surrounding that could be damaged from the syrup or nectar.

Hoyas try their Best to Attract Pollinators

Hoya kerrii on day 10 of Blooming

Hoya kerrii 'Revolute Margins' at SRQHoyas

Hoya kerrii SRQ 3293 @ SRQHoyas PA

 

 

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Hoya ‘Joy’ Flowers are Flawed

Setting up for the photo shoot, I noticed that Hoya ‘Joy’ flowers are very flawed this time around.  The ball of blooms measures approximately 1.5 inches across and has 31 flowers in total.  As a rule each flower has 5 corona scales which are fleshy and easy to spot.  On this umbel I notice about half of the coronas contain only 4 lobes and one only has 3 lobes.  I find this very odd and out of the ordinary.  I often chuckle I spot this oddity but this is the very first time I have noticed a ‘three’ on any hoya.  This same plant is about to open bloom on another umbel this week and I am curious to see how the coronas are developed on this second bunch of flowers.

Hoya ‘Joy’ is a cultivar (Hoya sp. Laos x Hoya vitellina) that grows easy and blooms usually 3 times per year here at SRQHoyas.  Although short lived, the blooms are open long enough to enjoy and usually bloom on multiple umbel throughout the mature plant.  The fragrance of the flowers is a slight citrus with an after scent of earthy.  The scent is not strong by evident when I actually sniff the umbel.  This is a fairly large plant but has very flexible vines so it can be tamed and trained to grow around a hoop or trellis easily.

Hoya 'Joy' Flowers are Flawed

Hoya ‘Joy’ with Four Corona Lobes

Hoya 'Joy' Flowers are Flawed

Hoya ‘Joy’ Blooms with a Bright Yellow and Melon

Hoya 'Joy' Flowers are Flawed

Hoya ‘Joy’ has a Three Lobed Corona

Hoya 'Joy' Flowers are Flawed

Hoya ‘Joy’ has a Fresh Citrus Scent

Hoya 'Joy' Flowers are Flawed

Hoya ‘Joy’ blooms on many Umbels at Once

Hoya 'Joy' Flowers are Flawed

‘Joy’ Makes a Beautiful Plant

 

 

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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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Closing Flowers Resemble Fuzzy Pink Flying Bats

As this peduncle is just about out of energy the petals begins to open to close.  I really enjoy following the stages of all blooming hoyas.  From the time they begin puffing up to the time the stems drop to the floor they are fascinating to me. Sometime I enjoy the beginning or ending stages more than the actual flower in bloom.

This flower went from looking like a good old fashioned Hostess Sno Ball cake to a Fuzzy Pink Flying Bat. With the scent a mix of grape and wintergreen these are very cool to experience at close up!

Flowers Resemble Fuzzy Pink Flying Bats

Hoya obscura SRQ 3082 as a Hostess Sno Ball

Flowers Resemble Fuzzy Pink Flying Bats

Hoya obscura SRQ 3082

Flowers Resemble Fuzzy Pink Flying Bats

Hoya obscura SRQ 3082

Flowers Resemble Fuzzy Pink Flying Bats

Hoya obscura SRQ 3082

 

Hoya obscura SRQ 3082 as Furry Pink Flying Bats

Hoya obscura SRQ 3082 as Furry Pink Flying Bats

 

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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

 

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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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Blooming on the 10th of January

In the dead of winter many hoyas were blooming on the 10th of January 2014 at SRQHoyas.  Although it never really seemed like winter in Florida, more like spring and fall combined, the days were brief and the hoya reacted to that.

Hoya tjad is a hoya that you will love and grow for the sculpted leaves and compact growth.  The flowers are small but very nice and often.  Of course, the Hoya pubicalyx clan had one blooming on this day and most days throughout the year.  Hoya pubicalyx ‘Red Buttons’  is an early bloomer and loves to carry the red onto the new growth as well as the flowers.  The tiniest flowers of the day were Hoya panchoi IML 0249 which is one of the two I grow.  This one blooms much easier and grows without issues as opposed to IML 0228.  I would love to hear from another grower regarding their experiences with this Hoya panchoi duo.  The most fragrant on January 10 was Hoya naumannii IML 0198 which shared its pungent jasmine scent throughout the next week!  If you enjoy a variegated leaf Hoya incrassata ‘Moonshadow’ fits the bill although I am still a bit leery of the stability of the awesome colored leaves.

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!

Blooming on the 10th

Hoya tjadasmalangensis IML 1181

 

Blooming on the 10th

Hoya pubicalyx ‘Red Buttons’ IML 0268

Blooming on the 10th

Hoya naumannii IML 0198

Blooming on the 10th

Hoya incrassata ‘Moonshadow’ SRQ 3024

Blooming on the 10th

Hoya panchoi IML 0249

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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

 

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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 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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