A Beauty is Getting Ready to Bloom

A true beauty is getting ready to bloom as it did least year at the this time!  A beauty in the world of hoyas with it’s unusual red colored flowers, Hoya ilagiorum is a must have for all collections.  This one is very easy to grow and is easy to forget and neglect.  I believe that whatever part of the world you growing this hoya, these flowers are exposing themselves to you around this time of year.  Go ahead and add this one to your Wish List because it grows quickly and I also have been rooting a few for you to obtain as a Plant.

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!

Beauty Getting Ready to Bloom

Hoya ilagiorum SRQ 3235

Beauty Ready to Bloom

Hoya ilagiorum – Jan 21

 

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Removing Peduncles Has Encouraged New Growth

This is a continuation of an experiment I decided to begin on December 17, 2014 in which I wondered if removing peduncles would encourage new growth on my Hoya megalaster plants.  Indeed from the looks of my hoya plants I was correct in thinking this would promote the much needed leaves and vines on these plants.  The original post and photos can be found here.  Please go back and read my thoughts at that time and see the photos of the ‘damage’ that I did to the blooming plants.

Since the time I reluctantly removed the bloom spurs which I refer to as peduncles I have placed the plants back on the bench where they reside normally.  Overhead in a fluorescent T5 lamp equipped with blue and pink bulbs which correspond with ‘Grow’ and ‘Bloom’ spectral ranges…nothing special done to encourage growth.  The hoya plant received normal dose of fertilizers as do all of my hoya plants.  I basically forgot about this study as to not give special care which would be considered out of the ordinary.

Last evening as I walked around the sun room looking for something that was noteworthy I noticed all of this new dark rich looking growth on this Hoya megalaster IML 1080.  I carefully removed the plant from the plants that are nearby, untangling vines as to not break any new growth.  I was delighted at the way this particular hoya has begun to fill out and become much more pleasing to look at.  I don’t know about you but brown woody vines are not the reason I enjoy these hoya plants.

My hopes are now that my Hoya megalaster leaves and stems will be as lush and bountiful as the blooms were and will be again.  I will monitor them closely from no one to be sure the blooms do not return prior to the plant filling out the way I’d like it to.  I also hope that I will not be punished for removing the peduncles and never see the big rubbery red flowers again?

 

Removing Peduncles Encourage New Growth

New Leaves 34 days after Removing Peduncles

Removing Peduncles Encourage New Growth

Growth 34 days after Removing Peduncles

Removing Peduncles Encourage New Growth

Growth 34 days after Removing Peduncles

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I Never Know What I will Find while Untangling Hoyas

It was long overdue, the chore of untangling hoya vines that had been growing for a couple of months.  Some situations are very easy to remedy and others take a bit of patience and more than two hands to accomplish without breaking or compromising any of the vines involved.

After accomplishing this task in a space under my 1000W Grow Light I found this!  I was a bit confused and although I know what hoyas were growing this area I did not recognize this leaf?  As I followed it back to the plant I realized it was Hoya polystachya IML 1043…as I had never seen it?  Indeed this leaf was the newest addition to this stunning plant.  Someday I am glad I am growing inside under constant conditions where the plants can be their best with shiny leaves untouched by nature and bugs.  Today was one of those days. Amazing!!!

I Never Know What I will Find

Hoya polystachya IML 1043 Now

I Never Know What I will Find

Hoya polystachya IML 1043 Now

I Never Know What I will Find

Hoya polystachya IML 1043 Then

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Hoyas Can Fill Out a Pot in Just 6 Months

A question I am asked often is “Will this hoya fill out a pot quickly” and “will this hoya bloom soon?”  These are questions that depend on many factors with nature being the biggest, most important and not able to control.  As I grow many many hoya plants it is difficult for me to judge and determine which hoyas have grown rapidly over the time I have had them in my sun-room.  The only real way is to compare photos from the time I acquired the cutting or yung plant and then distinguish actually how a plant has progressed through the months at SRQHoyas.

As I was updating photos to add to the website, which I try to do often, I found an amazing photograph that compared the growth habit of one hoya. I think you will be pleasantly surprised and delighted.  Keep in mind that I also have taken a few cutting from this plant to propagate into small plants to share.  Now I will await the blooms since I do not know what the flowers will be on Hoya sp. RB5 but can only hope they are impressive as the grow patterns and rapid growth of this extraordinary hoya!

Hoyas Can Fill Out a Pot in Just 6 Months

Hoya sp. RB5 SRQ 3161 on July 2, 2014

Hoyas Can Fill Out a Pot in Just 6 Months

Hoya sp. RB5 SRQ 3161 on January 16, 2015

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Hoya lacunosa ‘Tove’ the largest of the Clan

The largest of the many Hoya lacunosa clones that I grow is ‘Tove’ which measures in about twice the size of Hoya lacunosa ‘Langkawi Island’, the smallest.  The leaves and stems are thick and succulent and will easily rot if treated the same as the rest of the hoya lacunosas.  Give this one about half the moisture and ignore it and you will be rewarded with a full beautiful hanging plant!  The scent of the blooming plant is divinely sweet and clean at the same time. This one is a must for the beginning collector.

Hoya lacunosa ‘Tove’ the largest of the clan was blooming on this date last year…2014.

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!

Hoya lacunosa 'Tove' the largest

Hoya lacunosa ‘Tove’ SRQ 3026

Hoya lacunosa 'Tove' the largest

Hoya lacunosa ‘Tove’ SRQ 3026

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Change in Hoya Name but not SRQ Number

As you know, many hoyas are mislabeled and misnamed and and I have found out one such hoya has lingered inmy collection for some time now but now I am updating the identification.  I have decided to promote this change from careful examination of the flowers and leaves and from recommendations from a few good friends.

Hoya siamica SRQ 3143 is believed to be Hoya stoneana and I have made this change today. If you obtained this hoya from SRQHoyas at any point and time…please update the tag and your records.  I will attempt to contact those who I can identify as growing this great plant.  For more photos of the blooms go to Vermont Hoyas where Doug explains this observation as well as shares excellent photos.  I have yet to see the flowers live and my photo is from another collector who allowed me to share his photos.

Thanks so much for you cooperation in keeping these great plants with the correct name!

Hoya stoneana SRQ 3143

Hoya stoneana SRQ 3143

Change in Hoya name

Hoya stoneana SRQ 3143

 

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Water Hoyas with Warm Water

As I was pumping water from my rain-barrel to water my hoyas this morning, I was thinking this is not something I would appreciate and I am sure they do not either.  The outside temperatures were just above 32°F so the water had be just above that since I do hang a 100W aquarium heater in the barrel.  I have continued using rain water to irrigate the hoyas inside the sun room even as the days got shorter and the temperatures dropped significantly.  I have no noticeable changes to report and I feel very lucky about that.  The plants continue to thrive in their warm cozy room which stays at or about 73°F day and night with the aid of grow lights and two heat humps which hang on the wall.

When the hoyas had all been hydrated I decided to post on Facebook the question of using cold versus warm water to water in and also mist the hoyas.  I felt certain some of the Hoya Experts would have opinions and maybe even offer solutions to my dilemma.  Sure enough within minutes I had a unanimous consensus that I should always water hoyas with warm water if possible.  I was surprised though that nobody offered any reasons to back up their position but decided to find a remedy to continue to use the rain water to irrigate and mist the plants.  Since I have the pump, hose and barrel in place for summer and altered a bit for winter I was determined to utilize mother nature throughout the year.

A great idea came from a hoya grower/collector in Tennessee where it gets quite cold but probably not for as long as it does here in my neck of the woods.  She suggested adding an aquarium heater to the barrel and continue to use as always.  After doing a few calculations and researching a bit on the internet, I decided to call a business that offers/sells aquarium heaters and have them give their expert opinion which would save me time and the aggravation of speculating.  After a few minutes on the phone with the expert, he decided I should purchase 2-300W heaters to dangle in the barrel and the water should easily stay at the temperature of my choice all year round.  Also, adding a small pump for circulation would assist but I am not sure if I will do that yet since that means one more electrical connection I will have to maintain out in the elements of rain, snow sleet and cold.

I am hoping that this is the final hurdle I must cross in order to conduct business as usual through these cold cold wet snowy grey days in PA.  I surely have no experience growing or even living in these conditions but I am quickly adapting.  The hoyas seem as happy and as healthy as they can be so life is good here in the Northeast!

UPDATE January 18, 2014 – After installing the two 30oW aquarium heaters into my rain barrel as well as positioning an insulator on the top opening I have success!  The overnight temperatures were in the 20s and the water I used this morning to water the hoyas was about 88°F.  I was hoping to also position a small pump on the bottom to circulate the water for better warmth distribution, but not sure I should since I run the barrel dry quite often.  Nothing that a firm shake and maybe a stir cannot accomplish.

Water Hoyas with Warm Water

Using Rainbarrel during Winter

Water Hoyas with Warm Water

Use Heat Tape on Hose

Water Hoyas with Warm Water

Insulated Rain Barrel Hose

 

 

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Blooming on the 10th of January

In the dead of winter many hoyas were blooming on the 10th of January 2014 at SRQHoyas.  Although it never really seemed like winter in Florida, more like spring and fall combined, the days were brief and the hoya reacted to that.

Hoya tjad is a hoya that you will love and grow for the sculpted leaves and compact growth.  The flowers are small but very nice and often.  Of course, the Hoya pubicalyx clan had one blooming on this day and most days throughout the year.  Hoya pubicalyx ‘Red Buttons’  is an early bloomer and loves to carry the red onto the new growth as well as the flowers.  The tiniest flowers of the day were Hoya panchoi IML 0249 which is one of the two I grow.  This one blooms much easier and grows without issues as opposed to IML 0228.  I would love to hear from another grower regarding their experiences with this Hoya panchoi duo.  The most fragrant on January 10 was Hoya naumannii IML 0198 which shared its pungent jasmine scent throughout the next week!  If you enjoy a variegated leaf Hoya incrassata ‘Moonshadow’ fits the bill although I am still a bit leery of the stability of the awesome colored leaves.

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!

Blooming on the 10th

Hoya tjadasmalangensis IML 1181

 

Blooming on the 10th

Hoya pubicalyx ‘Red Buttons’ IML 0268

Blooming on the 10th

Hoya naumannii IML 0198

Blooming on the 10th

Hoya incrassata ‘Moonshadow’ SRQ 3024

Blooming on the 10th

Hoya panchoi IML 0249

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Hoya megalaster Shows Off in 2014… Just a Bit

There’s no other way to explain Hoya megalaster SRQ 3079 except that it is a ‘Show Off’ in every sense of the phrase.  This one blooms over and over, so much that it has no energy to put into new growth to fill out the plant.  The umbrel puffs up quickly and I swear I can see the flowers grow before my eyes! If only they had a big bold fragrance to even out the big bold rubber like red flowers.

Hoya megalaster was blooming on January 8th of 2014 in my previous home in Sarasota, FL.  I would like to compare to the plant this year but I have since removed the active peduncles hoping the plant would no have the energy to push out new growth at the nodes.  I feel confident that she will also form new peduncles at the new nodes!

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!

Hoya megalaster Shows Off

Hoya megalaster SRQ 3079

Hoya megalaster Shows Off

Hoya megalaster SRQ 3079

Hoya megalaster Shows Off

Hoya megalaster SRQ 3079

 

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Peek-a-Boo Hoya callistophylla

I happened to be watering the hoyas on a Sunday afternoon and if I’d not done so I would have missed the flowers on this Hoya callistophylla SRQ 3212.  As I lifted the tight pack of stunning leaves to reveal the dry mixx, I noticed one tiny flower poking out between the leaves.  I then carefully picked up the entire potted plant and brought it out from under the lights to further investigate.  The growth on this hoya is very compact the thus the flowers do not have a chance to push onto the top of them but have no choice except to stay below.  This is one plant that you may consider potting in a hanging pot so you are able to see the underside easily.  These are way too beautiful to miss!

This hoya is a cinch to grow with its forgiving habits.  Water when you feel like it and the tough leathery leaves will survive in virtually any light situation.  Please not that the leaves will be much more beautiful with high contrast in medium light or sunshine.  The flowers have no noticeable scent but who needs a scent with all of this beauty?

This one was blooming for me last year near the same time in Sarasota, FL and is documented on my Bloom Calendar.

Peek-A-Boo Hoya callistophylla

Hoya callistophylla SRQ 3212

Peek-A-Boo Hoya callistphylla

Hoya callistphylla SRQ 3212

 

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