It amazes me when I notice a hoya blooming now and then, ‘then’ meaning last year on this date. That is the case with Hoya sp. Ko Chang Island IML 1508 which is assisting me in drawing possible conclusions to similar Blooming Dates around the world. In addition to this hoya there were others blooming in 2013 that are not blooming for me this year. My favorite of them all is Hoya caudata which is a superstar because of the foliage as well as the hairy but silky flowers that appears many times throughout the year. The foliage is a bit like cardboard but turns a nice red if grown in highlight.
As you can see from the photos, December 24, 2013 was an exciting day with an abundance of flowers showing their beauty in Sarasota, FL. Hoya motoskei is a late bloomer but once it begins it can show flowers on many peduncles at a time. The stunning leaves on Hoya macrophylla overpower the tiny delicate pink blooms making it satisfactory, to me, if no blooms happen. Hoya ‘Rebecca’ is a nice small leafed hoya that love to fill a hanging basket and show it’s clean smelling blooms during any season.
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!