Category Archives: What’s Blooming

Shiney White Discs – Hoya danumensis

This plant has bloomed many times but never had the energy to push out the flowers to their most beautiful stage. The shiney white discs speak for themselves but for reference on size, each flower measures 30mm across and 10mm deep. This hoya is from the family of ‘thin-leafed’ hoyas which most view as difficult to receive/root/grow and bloom. I would like to say this one is not difficult for me in anyway…most are.

Hoya campanulata SRQ 3014

Hoya campanulata SRQ 3014

Hoya campanulata SRQ 3014

Hoya campanulata SRQ 3014

Hoya campanulata SRQ 3014

Hoya campanulata SRQ 3014

Hoya campanulata SRQ 3014

Hoya campanulata SRQ 3014

Hoya campanulata SRQ 3014

Hoya campanulata SRQ 3014

 

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Hoya monetteae – A SUPER fragrant bloom

As the last few days went by I continually enjoyed a fragrance that I thought must be the Hoya lacunosas that are in continual bloom. To my pleasant surprise, I finally noticed the large umbrel on my Hoya monetteae was totally open. When I got close to the plant, to move outside to photograph before the sunset for the day, I was treated to the strongest pleasant fragrance that I have yet to experience from one umbrel. I can only imagine the joy it would bring if the plant was full of open blooms!

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The Tiniest Hoya Flower that I grow…so far

So many hoyas are known for their spectacular huge blooms but have you read anywhere about the wonderful tiny blooms on the Hoya parviflora? This hoya seems to have fallen through the cracks of the Hoya collectors’ must-have list. It grows with no trouble at all and fills out a hanging pot beautifully. I did not detect a scent on the 3mm flowers but I have watched a bee enjoy the nectar which had to be ever to minimal. Consider adding this one to your Wish List!

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Hoya inflata

Since I’ve rooted this cutting last winter I have watched the plant struggle to push out many gorgeous little yellow ‘lanterns’. But on the 4th or 5th try it had enough energy to do so and with that being said seems to continue time after time. The blooms are a faint lemony fragrance and only in the evening. This is a must have for every collection!

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Hoya subcalva IML 0229

This hoya continues to fill the garage/greenhouse with grape scented blooms day after day and month after month. I purchased this as a cutting in 2012 and the plant did little or nothing all summer outside on the lanai. As soon as I brought it inside to grow under artificial light and conditions it has taken off and rewarded me with beautiful blooms for most of the winter. Today I noticed five open umbrels so I decided that scene warranted a photo shoot. ENJOY…

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Bloom-time as an ID indicator?

Many times when I see a bloom posted on Facebook or another forum I immediately go the that particular species on my collection to see if mine too is in the midst of putting out the same bloom. My findings are that hoyas bloom simultaneously from every location around the world. Despite the living conditions such as altitude, temperature, inside or out in nature, they seem to know when they are supposed to go into bloom. Of course there are exceptions since many collector’s have yet to experience the thrill of their first hoya show but as a general rule…we cannot fool ‘Mother Nature’.

So…does this mean that bloom-time is an indicator for identifying the various species I have compiled many bloom times for all of the hoyas that have blessed me with blooms so far. The results will soon be visible on my website by going to the Bloom Calendar page. I will continue to update this throughout the year. When you have a plant in bloom…compare to my calendar and see if this theory holds true!?



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One lonely flower full of burnt orange sap…

Hoya diversifolia IML 0083

Hoya diversifolia is one of my great large bulky hoyas that I think gets overlooked because of those traits. Yes it is lanky and the leaves are sorta plain green with no visible veins.  But it blooms quite often and in ‘waves’ of flowers. If there is a scent I cannot detect one but the soft yellow and pink flowers are show stoppers!

Consider adding this one to your collection…you will not be sorry.


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Hoya megalaster is one of the ‘Bloomingest’ Hoyas I grow

There has not been a week gone by that one of the species of Hoya megalaster has not been forming buds or blooming since mid summer. As soon as I brought the plants inside for the season and exposed them to grow lights for 12-14 hours/day they have been rewarding me with beautiful flowers.  They receive no special treatment…just a watering maybe once a week and the MSU fertilizer injected as I water.  I love the 2″ flowers and would not wish them to stop blooming except…as you know they do not put out new growth when in bloom so I am unable to share. Look for my ‘Bloomingest Hoyas’ on my Guidelines page to be published shortly. The list may surprise you!!!

Hoya megalaster IML 1099

Hoya megalaster IML 1099

 



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