Category Archives: What’s Blooming

Hoya vitiensis was the Lone Blooming Hoya on this Date Last Year

I no longer grow this hoya but I sure remember the nice velvety lavender flowers as being one of my favorites.  I am hoping to find it once again to add to my collection. If you have a plant or cutting to trade/purchase please contact me!  It’s a fast growing dainty vine that is easy to manage and fills out quickly.

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!

Bloomed on December 18, 2013

Hoya vitiensis IML 0270

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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

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

4 Hoyas were Blooming in Florida last year at this time

These hoyas were showing me their colors last year at this time. Although it was many miles away I believe location does not matter when it comes to species in bloom. Hoya bicknelli is a willing bloomer soon after your plant is established.  Hoya flavida was not an early bloomer for me but well worth the wait.  Hoya macrophylla flowers are pretty but you will not be disappointed if this one never blooms since the leaves are colorful as well.  Unfortunately I have lost my Hoya sp. Komarini River since it’s blooming spurt.  It would be worth replacing if I can find a willing collector to cut their plant?

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 hoya December 15

Hoya bicknelli IML 1597

Blooming Hoya December

Hoya flavida IML 0423

Hoya macrophylla varigated IML 1622

Hoya macrophylla varigated IML 1622

Hoya sp. Komarindi River IML 0950

Hoya sp. Komarindi River IML 0950

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A pair of Hoyas that Bloomed @ SRQHoyas on December 11, 2013

These two hoyas were blooming at SRQHoyas one year ago today and Hoya anulata is also in bloom today!!!  Hoya anulata is quite the easy hoya to grow as the stems are stiff and the leaves are fleshy.  Some of the leaves appear to be variegated but since it is not always the norm I would not classify this species as such.  Hoya tjadasmalangensis has one of the largest leafs if the collection.  The veins are sculpted and the shape of a huge teardrop.  This one is very easy to grow and can be contained if the vines are wrapped around a support when they are young and flexible. To read more about this great hoya click on the photo!

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 anulata IML 1120

Hoya anulata IML 1120

Hoya tjadasmalangensis IML 1181

Hoya tjadasmalangensis IML 1181

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Hoya ‘Eskimo’ shows Flowers and Strong Scent

This hoya has been with me for about one year now.  I acquired it from Thailand as a small plant and fell in love with the sweet teardrop shaped leaves that were spotted as if snow had just begun to fall on them.  It filled out the 4 inch pot very quickly in the Florida sun but soon most of the spot faded due to the intense light. As I unpacked it after moving to a cooler darker place the plant went downhill fast…do not know why.  Usually when this happens I assume it is not happy from the roots to the stems so I took cuttings and made a new pot.  My thoughts are that a hoya grows much faster and stronger if it develops its root system in the environment that it will be spending its time.  Sometimes this holds true and other time it seems to mean nothing.

With it’s new roots and now new grow and the first bloom…Hoya ‘Eskimo’, a mutant from H. khoniana, is doing great and is on it’s way to filling out the 4 inch pink pot that I chose for it. You can notice the ‘flaws’ that occur in nature…especially the first time a hoya decides to push out flowers.  The open blooms smell of lilacs!

Hoya sp. Eskimo (close up)

Grown in Bright Sunshine

Grown in Bright Sunshine

Better contrast grown indoors under Grow Lights

Better contrast grown indoors under Grow Lights

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Rooting Hoyas is a Year Round Option

Many hoya collectors have debated the issue of whether to stop attempting to root during certain months of the year and the consensus seems to be that it is a ‘No No’ from October through March.  I suppose if you reside in the southern hemisphere the months will be opposite but I am being specific to the northern hemisphere.  For many years I had slowed down on the rooting of cuttings during those months too but only because the area I was placing the cuttings was outside where the daylight had changed with the sun’s angle and the daylight hours had diminished greatly. Another factor was the chilly nighttime temperatures.  If this is the case, I would agree that rooting is an expensive and frustrating waste of time.

The way I have continued to root with almost a 100% success rate is using bottom heat and grow lights for assistance.  The bottom heat is provided with Heat Mats that are about 78°F and constant and T5 fluorescent lights that are shining down for 14 hours per day.  Roots are evident after a week or so and when I reduce the amount of water given to the mix the cuttings fill out the tiny pots with a strong root system.  After about 2 weeks I notice new growth on the majority of the now ‘Plants’.  At that point I treat them as I do my larger plants but do not repot into a larger pot. Many of them are even pushing out flowers on the existing peduncles.

Blooming Young Hoya

Blooming Young Hoya

Well Rooted Cutting SRQHoyas

Well Rooted Cutting SRQHoyas

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Blooming @ SRQHoyas – December 7, 2013

This hoya was blooming at SRQHoyas on this day one year ago. To read more about this great hoya click on the photo!

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 heuschkeliana IML 0904

Hoya heuschkeliana IML 0904

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An Early Bloom from Hoya lasiantha SRQ 3300

Hoya lasiantha is in full bloom!  It came from Thailand during the summer and traveled, rooted and bloomed easily. A real keeper if you like to water your plants…it does not mind plenty of water. The leaves have some funky veining/coloring right now…hoping they return to green. Peduncles have formed at each node so I am guessing I will enjoy these blooms far into the winter months!

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Sap-filled Blooms of Hoya manipurensis

This hoya is one of my favorite for three reasons. The first being the cute heart shaped leaves that are almost always pubescent and so perfectly lined up along the strong upward vines. The second reason to fall in love with this species is that it is super easy to propagate/root during the long as well as the short days of the year. No issues what so ever from the time I snip the cutting until the stable roots and new velvety growth appear. The final reason to grow this hoya is that it blooms ate an early age and does so at just about every node along the vines with tiny but stunning flowers.  The yellow trumpets are fuzzy and filled with dark red sap that appears to ooze from the horn as the flower matures. No, this is not a messy flower since I’ve not yet noticed any drops ever falling from the opening. If you have the chance to add this one to your collection I assure you will not be disappointed one bit.

Ever Blooming H. manipurensis

Ever Blooming H. manipurensis

Hoya manipurensis SRQ 3296 EPC 07777

Hoya manipurensis SRQ 3296 EPC 0777

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Business as Usual

In response to emails I have received I’d like to provide some updated information on the relocation of SRQHoyas.

For the time being it is business as usual here in sunny Sarasota, Florida. I am enjoying a unusually warm and sunny winter season and the plants are settled inside under lights but have the outside breeze each day when I open up the doors and windows.  This year the majority adapted well to the move with little or no leaf drop which resulted in continued growth and moderate blooming.  I am shipping on Saturdays and the plants are arriving to even the coldest destinations in fine condition with or without the warmth of the 72 Hr. Heat Pack that I offer.

Now for the update on my move to Pennsylvania…unfortunately the construction of the Sun-room has come to a halt for the time being due to the harsh weather conditions.  The crews are ready to dig the footers and pour the cement foundation just as soon as the 5″ of snow melts from the ground that has been prepared for the room.  I believe the next obstacle to conquer is the temperature and the possibility of the ground freezing prior to having the foundation in place and cured.  I am not sure of the acceptable conditions required but I have a great crew who keeps me well informed of their progress.  So for now, I’ll wait and look forward to the day I pack up the plants and head ‘home’ with Nico, my pooch!!!

It is Business as Usual here at SRQHoyas!!!

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