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!