As most of the world was celebrating the holidays of 2013 the Holiday Season Bloomers were plentiful. Keep in mind that these were in Sarasota, Florida and inside my greenhouse/garage and under artificial lighting. Only one of these, Hoya pachyclada, is about to bloom here in the Pennsylvania sun-room under similar lighting fixtures. Also two other Hoya pachycladas that I grow now and did not grow last year have been in bloom for at least the past week. They always smell so sweet and bloom for about one week or longer. A favorite for it’s grape scent is Hoya subcalva which is being stingy this holiday season. Hoya lacunosa ‘Tove’ seems to be the stingiest of all of the many sports of the lacunosa family and also the largest leaf and flower. To round out the season were blooming hoyas, Hoya clandestina, Hoya macgregorii and Hoya bicknellii, all very beautiful and unique hoyas! Next year at this time of year I will again document and comment of the Holiday Season Bloomers.
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!