Hoya ‘Joy’ Flowers are Flawed

Setting up for the photo shoot, I noticed that Hoya ‘Joy’ flowers are very flawed this time around.  The ball of blooms measures approximately 1.5 inches across and has 31 flowers in total.  As a rule each flower has 5 corona scales which are fleshy and easy to spot.  On this umbel I notice about half of the coronas contain only 4 lobes and one only has 3 lobes.  I find this very odd and out of the ordinary.  I often chuckle I spot this oddity but this is the very first time I have noticed a ‘three’ on any hoya.  This same plant is about to open bloom on another umbel this week and I am curious to see how the coronas are developed on this second bunch of flowers.

Hoya ‘Joy’ is a cultivar (Hoya sp. Laos x Hoya vitellina) that grows easy and blooms usually 3 times per year here at SRQHoyas.  Although short lived, the blooms are open long enough to enjoy and usually bloom on multiple umbel throughout the mature plant.  The fragrance of the flowers is a slight citrus with an after scent of earthy.  The scent is not strong by evident when I actually sniff the umbel.  This is a fairly large plant but has very flexible vines so it can be tamed and trained to grow around a hoop or trellis easily.

Hoya 'Joy' Flowers are Flawed

Hoya ‘Joy’ with Four Corona Lobes

Hoya 'Joy' Flowers are Flawed

Hoya ‘Joy’ Blooms with a Bright Yellow and Melon

Hoya 'Joy' Flowers are Flawed

Hoya ‘Joy’ has a Three Lobed Corona

Hoya 'Joy' Flowers are Flawed

Hoya ‘Joy’ has a Fresh Citrus Scent

Hoya 'Joy' Flowers are Flawed

Hoya ‘Joy’ blooms on many Umbels at Once

Hoya 'Joy' Flowers are Flawed

‘Joy’ Makes a Beautiful Plant

 

 

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Using Hydroponics to Root Hoyas

In my experiences, with this method of soil-less growing, using hydroponics to root hoyas is the easiest way to root those sometimes impossible species.  Certainly I am not able to root all my cutting using this method because it would be too laborious to then switch the rooted plants into a mixx for them to go to their new homes.  But a select few will be added to this system throughout the year to ensure they root and not rot.  As a rule, when I import a bunch of rooted cuttings from Thailand or the Philippines , this is the first place they end up for a few reasons.  I feel that when hoyas are in this system, it is virtually impossible to over or under water them since the roots are tucked into some form of media that does not hold water for a longtime and allows for airflow above the plant and below in the reservoir.

This time I am experimenting with using a small form of Growstones which is made from glass but not sharp of shiny.  I have medium sized nuggets also but chose to begin with the tiny stones.  To the water reservoir I add rainwater, humic acid and Super Plant Tonic, which is an organic feed from Blue Mountain Organics.  I run the pump 24 hours day and 7 days a week and I have the system near the T5 grow lights but not under them.  It is positioned near a west facing window and has a heat pads underneath the tray that it is sitting on.  Although the cutting appreciate light, I feel that being directly under the lights would mean they may dry out and become dehydrated since until roots have developed, humidity is their only form of hydration.  I mist them at least twice per day being careful to not let the water sit on the leaves because too much moisture will still lead to rot.

If you are wondering which hoyas I have in this system they are: Hoya lacunosa ‘Langkawi Island’, Hoya platycaulis, Hoya linusii, Hoya lockii, Hoya lacunosa ‘Thai Clone’.  I hope to follow up in a couple of weeks when these have roots and I am ready to add another tough bunch to the system for rooting!

Using Hydroponics to Root Hoyas

Rooting Hoyas in Hydroponic System

 

 

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Hoya australis ‘Lisa’ Roots without Issues

What is not to love about Hoya australis ‘Lisa’, she is beautiful when not in bloom and this hoya roots easily, quickly and with no signs of stress.  I have been growing this hoya for many years and she is so popular among hoya collectors that I have yet to watch her flowers grow from any of my plants.  Back in the fall I decided to start another plant that I would not take cuttings from in order to see the flowers and experience their sweet perfume.  This plant is growing beautifully as I would expect nothing less out of Hoya australis ‘Lisa’.

The compact growth of this hoya sometimes frustrates collectors who choose to root on their own.  The best way is to cut back some of the leaves and expose more of the stem.  I know that it is a tough thing to do but it is more advantageous to do that than let the leaves get buried in the mixx and end up rotting.  This rot in turn may spread to the stem and hinder the rooting process. So, if you find yourself in this predicament with this or any other hoya, the best thing to do is remove leaves to expose the healthy node and touch this just below the surface of the mixx.  In contrast to many other hoyas that root best in a moist to wet mixx, Hoya ‘Lisa’ prefers to be on the dry side and with more humidity than water touching her stem.  I mist these cuttings twice a day and add Humic Acid in the spray bottle to help in root development.

These are actual cuttings that will root and begin to grow here at SRQHoyas.  If you are interested in obtaining one of these beauties be sure to Add to your Wish List to be notified the minute they are added to inventory and available to purchase.

Hoyas are Rooting

Hoya australis ‘Lisa’ babies that are Rooting

 

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Hoya kerrii ‘Revolute Margins’ at SRQHoyas

I imported Hoya kerrii ‘revolute margins’ from Thailand in the spring of 2014 and it has been a cinch to grow and maintain and now bloom.  This is not the normal Hoya kerrii that usually has the flat and very distinct heart shaped leaves.  Instead, this one has very large more rounded leaves with a dimple indentation on the end.  They resemble strangely stiff, solid green lily pads out connected to a stiff vine that reaches upwards.  The flowers were strong and determined to bloom fully on their first attempt.  They succeeded and continue to show their flowers even 4 days later.  The nectar is a perfectly round clear drop on the end of each corona on each of the flowers.  I find this amazing!  No scent has been detected which is a shame but the beauty of this plant makes it a must-have for your succulent collection.

Hoya kerrii 'Revolute Margins' at SRQHoyas

Hoya kerrii SRQ 3293 @ SRQHoyas PA

Hoya kerrii 'revolute margins'

Hoya kerrii SRQ 3293 a Stiff Vine

 

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Hoya Buds Appealing to Charlie the Anole

What would make these hoya buds appealing to Charlie the Anole?  The closed buds were not wet with water or yet open when they might have had nectar to offer. The photo below was taken a split second after I noticed Charlie’s nose stretching upwards to the buds on my Hoya pachyclada IML 0529.

This sweet little creature was added to my sun-room full of hoyas to  feast on anything he could find living in there, described by some as ‘Living Pesticide’.  He has done a really great job since absolutely no pests have been spotted on any of the plants to date and he looks well nourished.  I had hoped to run the sun-room/greenhouse without pesticides and with organics fertilizers and rain water and so far I have achieved great success within these guidelines.  I will continue to monitor his surroundings and antics as I mist to provide the much needed humidity to the hoyas.  I have also placed about half a dozen metal water bowls around the plant benches to serve as pseudo ponds when all other puddles have been dried but the heat and lights that are required for the hoyas to thrive indoors.

I have not seen Charlie’s buddy Freddie in sometime and although I do not want to conclude the worst…I think that he may no longer reside in my jungle of hoyas.  This is a very sad thing and I may never know for sure.

Charlie the Anole Interested in Hoya Buds

Charlie the Anole Interested in Hoya Buds

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Misting Not Only for the Hoyas

I just realized why it is important and how important it is that I provide moisture as well as water to my hoyas each morning.  I was cleaning the room this morning so the last thing I needed was moisture when trying to vacuum and mop the floors. It is much easier to clean when the space is dry.  Five hours later the room is looking a lot better and the rain from the barrels now had to wet the plants.  You’re asking, “So what is the point?”  As I begun the spraying…I watched Charlie run to the highest leaf and begin lapping the drops from the leaf.  Poor thing was parched since the tray and plants were dry to the bone.  I must be more aware that I put him in this space to live and that I must provide what he needs to be happy and healthy.  Not sure what to do now that I removed my Greens Garden which provided many white flies for him to chow on?  I certainly did not want those around any longer…hoping he can find gnats or spiders to satisfy him.  Otherwise I may consider bringing in crickets for him to eat…yuk!

Charlie the Anole who lives at SRQHoyas

This is Charlie the Anole who lives at SRQHoyas

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Closing Flowers Resemble Fuzzy Pink Flying Bats

As this peduncle is just about out of energy the petals begins to open to close.  I really enjoy following the stages of all blooming hoyas.  From the time they begin puffing up to the time the stems drop to the floor they are fascinating to me. Sometime I enjoy the beginning or ending stages more than the actual flower in bloom.

This flower went from looking like a good old fashioned Hostess Sno Ball cake to a Fuzzy Pink Flying Bat. With the scent a mix of grape and wintergreen these are very cool to experience at close up!

Flowers Resemble Fuzzy Pink Flying Bats

Hoya obscura SRQ 3082 as a Hostess Sno Ball

Flowers Resemble Fuzzy Pink Flying Bats

Hoya obscura SRQ 3082

Flowers Resemble Fuzzy Pink Flying Bats

Hoya obscura SRQ 3082

Flowers Resemble Fuzzy Pink Flying Bats

Hoya obscura SRQ 3082

 

Hoya obscura SRQ 3082 as Furry Pink Flying Bats

Hoya obscura SRQ 3082 as Furry Pink Flying Bats

 

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Light Intensity May Result in Intense Color

There is always speculation that light intensity may result in intense color for hoya flowers.  I am going to go out on a limb and say that maybe a factor in the coloring of some hoya flowers but there are always other factors that may also have a role in that theory.  As I scroll through the many photos of hoya blooms that I have, it is obvious that most species bloom very different from time to time and color would not be a constant in identification.  I will not pretend to draw conclusions to what alters the spectrum of color within a hoya species because there is no possible way to know for sure.

As I have grown outside under the intense Florida sunshine as well as under intense artificial lighting I notice there is not much change in the color of the flowers.  Does that mean that the grow lights and inside conditions can be mimicked closely enough to take out the nature factor?  Hoya obscura is one hoya that grows easily and blooms quite often under any conditions and you will notice the contrast in color of the cute fuzzy flowers.  Each just as beautiful and unique as the other.  The white flowers happened while growing 5 feet from a tinted west window in the middle of summer.  The intense pink color is from a flowing cycle that happened growing outdoors under a screened lanai covering in the middle of summer.  You decide which one you prefer.  For me, it is always interesting to experience what the blooms will eventually mature into since noting is consistent in nature!

Light Intensity May Result in Intense Color

Hoya obscura SRQ 3082 grown in Nature’s Light

Hoya obscura SRQ 3082 grown behind Tinted Glass

 

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Twisted and Deformed Leaves – Part 2

Now an update to a prior post describing Hoya sp. UT-039 and it’s twisted and deformed leaves.  My reaction to this plant, that had much new growth, was to remove and destroy the deformed leaves and only keep the normal leaves in tact.  I also rooted a cutting with the same leaves removed and it rooted quickly even on woody growth.  New growth started quickly on the woody old stems and it seems like the flat leaves returned to the new vines but not to the old vine nodes.  I will again remove the unsightly leaves in hopes of promoting more new healthy growth and report back on my findings.

I do not feel these are diseased in any way but just not so attractive.  I continue to be confused about why this is happening on 50% of the new growth.

Twisted and Deformed Leaves

Hoya so. UT-039 Normal Flat Leaves

Twisted and Deformed Leaves

Hoya sp. UT-039

Twisted and Deformed Leaves

Hoya sp. UT-039 Newly Rooted Cutting

Twisted and Deformed Leaves

Hoya sp. UT-039

Twisted and Deformed Leaves

Hoya sp. UT-039

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Each Leaf on Hoya sigillatis Varies

This continues to be a very sought after hoya for many reasons one being the at each leaf on Hoya sigillatis varies in color and speckling. I know it may be a bear to root but when it does sprout roots it will continue to grow steadily and fill out a beautiful hanging pot.  I have grown this one from a cutting many times and I have yet to figure out exactly what makes this one happy.  The plants have grown beautifully and then reduced the growth down to almost one vine.  While growing in Florida it seemed the happiest if it hung under the overhang of the lanai and I watered it with each pass (3 times per week).  But when I packed it up into box to truck ship to PA it sulked and I had to begin again with a few viable sprigs.

When you get this one to grow and vine out to put out blooms you will confirm it was worth the trouble.  The flowers appear at an unexpected moment and they are unique in shape and color.  I must admit the color clashes with the leaves but who am I to judge Mother Nature?  I grow this one in high light which promotes a variation on each leaf.  The leaves vary in size, color and how much speckling they posses…very beautiful.

Each Leaf on Hoya sigillatis Varies

Hoya sigillatis SRQ 3089

Each Leaf on Hoya sigillatis Varies

Hoya sigillatis SRQ 3089

Each Leaf on Hoya sigillatis Varies

Hoya sigillatis SRQ 3089

Each Leaf on Hoya sigillatis Varies

Hoya sigillatis SRQ 3089

Each Leaf on Hoya sigillatis Varies

Hoya sigillatis SRQ 3089

 

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