A drastic change in climate, light and environment has slowed down the growth of the majority of my Hoya Collection significantly since departure in February of 2014. Although the sun room was built to be sunny and bright to humans, and that it is, the plants have a far different opinion. This opinion has become evident as I provided the necessities to the plants during the bright and sunny days of summer in the North Eastern United States. I noticed a slight response and a bit of growth being added but ever so slowly. I struggled with what it was they could be in need of since these plants are native to the rain forests and underbrush of the jungles of the far east. No matter how often I told myself that they will adjust and recover from the change I put them through…I knew it was never going to be the same as the sunny, humid natural environment they previously thrived in down south in SRQ, Florida.
So as the days became shorter and grayer I decided it was time to unpack the lights and grow bulbs that were in the basement storage room and find a way to hang them as to benefit the hoyas and not destroy the beautiful structure of my room. The lights have been hung and shining from 7am through 9pm for almost a months to date. I have fed the hoyas their 6 month supply of Osmocote for steady feeding. The humidifier is set to 70% humidity for most of the time. I continue use water from the outside rain barrel that I pump into the space to mist as well as my weekly waterings. The result from all of these changes has been phenomenal and not even in Florida have I experienced this magnitude of growth or kind of growth I am seeing appear now on 90% of the plants.
While it is normal to see the hoyas put out the long vines that reach to the light and twine and twist and eventually spit out a peduncle which results in beautiful flowers..it it not normal to see the plant fill out with leaves at each old woody node. Many of my plants lost their leaves during the trip to PA and I had lost hope that they would ever be more than leggy and brown at the base of the plant. As they proceeded to pop out greenery at the tips and base remained unsightly.
But since implementing the changes and improvements to the living space I am elated each day that I notice new life sprouting from even the oldest brown growth. This photo is a good example of the new greenery as it looks today…I wish I had a photo of the hoya just 4 short weeks ago. I even have hopes that this one will bloom again since the peduncle seems to be puffing up too!!!