Is Hoya EPC sp. 600 also Hoya sp. IML 1508?

I received Hoya EPC 600 as a small plant in the spring of 2014 and now that it has bloomed I am wondering…Is Hoya EPC 600 also Hoya IML 1508?  It grew fast and furious and needed little or no time to acclimate to it’s new environment.  At one point, a vine shot up towards the ceiling and luckily stopped short of the T5 lights which might have burned the tip.  Then after I lent some support for the rogue vine…the leaves begun to fill out the nodes and peduncles formed at more than one.

I continued to check on the peduncle that was puffing up to open and one morning before I made my way to check on it I got a whiff of the perfume way before I got near the plant.  It is the familiar lilac-like scent I experience with other species.  The blooms also seemed familiar so I decided to check in on Hoya sp. Ko Chang Island IML 1508 to see if this one is also going to present flowers in the near future.  Low and behold it was, and also on many peduncles as the Hoya sp. EPC 600.  A theory I have is that the same species of hoya will bloom simultaneously around the world and may be a factor used in identifying these plants.  I have been documenting this on my Bloom Calendar since 2013 and am finding interesting results but still no conclusions.

Since I am no botanist and do not qualify to conclude similarities from these plants…I have posted them for you to compare!

 

Is Hoya EPC 600 also Hoya IML 1508?

Compare EPC 600 & IML 1508

Is Hoya EPC 600 also Hoya IML 1508?

Hoya EPC 600 Hoya sp. Ko Chang Island IML 1508

Is Hoya EPC 600 also Hoya IML 1508?

Hoya EPC 600 Hoya sp. Ko Chang Island IML 1508

Posted in Hoya Chat, SRQHoyas Happenings, What's Blooming.

New Hoya Leaves are Starting out Black

I have noticed that new hoya leaves can be very colorful in the beginning stages but none as black as this one and for as long as this one.  Hoya pentaphlebia is a hearty grower for the most part and the foliage fills out into a large plant fairly quickly.  The youngest blackest leaves are on near the top of the photo and the leaves that are about one week old are in the foreground.  If you think these are attractive…you should see the blooms!

This is a hoya that I hear little about and I feel is oddly overlooked. The hoya is one of the easiest to grow with the most rewards.  Although it looks like it can be a large plant…the vines are very flexible and easily trained to a support.  I have yet to try it as a hanging plant but I wouldn’t know why it wouldn’t be happy growing that way too.  The flowers begin on a young plant and continue 4-6 times per year on the same peduncle.  If you have yet to discover Hoya pentaphlebia, by all means do so when you have the chance to.

Hoya Leaves are Starting out Black

Hoya pentaphlebia IML 0391

Hoya Leaves are Starting out Black

Hoya pentaphlebia IML 0391

 

Posted in Hoya Chat.

Hoya mani takes a Detour and Arrives Safely

Sometimes it happens that a package full or hoya plants gets on the wrong plane and takes a detour and still arrives safely at its destination.  I am guessing it has happened a half a dozen times since I started shipping these great plants and cuttings.  Those odds are fairly good and puts the chance at about one time per year.  Out of the many, many, many packages that leaves SRQHoyas, this is a great statistic!

Last week a small box containing only Hoya manipurensis, had detoured to Washington State on it’s way to it’s final destination of California?  I shipped as I usually do on Saturday and it arrived at the pseudo destination of Kent, Washington on Monday afternoon.  Unfortunately, the package was addressed to be shipped to Santa Monica, California.  It amazes me that the USPS is able to sort and deliver mail as efficiently as it does but sometimes mistakes do indeed happen. It is a good thing that hoya plants are tough enough to endure these detours even with extreme temperatures they are exposed to.  Granted the package contained a 72 hour Heat Pack that I offer as assurance that weather will not have a negative effect on the plant while in transit.

Here is the email I received which does have a happy ending…just no reason why it happened?


Hi Joni,

Well here is a success story.  I wondered why my plant had gone to Kent, Washington on the 29th.  I just got mani 5 days from shipment.  The heat pack was still working.  Plant was slightly moist but looked fine.  Just gave it a drink.  Tonight it will be 38° here which is pretty cold for us.

Happy New Year!


A success story indeed!  Like I said, it does happen and the USPS has no explanation for why is happened or any compensation if the plant had not arrived safely.  For these reasons I continue to pack well, insulate the box and add a heat pack during the winter months.  I have also learned that during these cold days I will not be able to use the ‘Pick Up’ service that the USPS offers but instead I hand deliver the package to the nearest Post Office each Saturday morning.  This eliminates the packages spending time in the cold and/or snow before it leaves SRQHoyas.
If you decide to NOT have your hoyas shipped until the weather is more favorable…I will be happy to hold your plants  or Rooted Cuttings here in the sun-room until the weather warms up.  Keep in mind that the small hoya plant you purchase may be a full grown plant in a few months!

Hoya mani takes a detour

USPS Tracking of Hoya manipurensis

Hoya mani takes a detour

Hoya manipurensis SRQ 3296

Hoya takes detour

Hoya manipurensis SRQ 3296

 

Posted in Hoya Chat, SRQHoyas Happenings.

Hoya rubida Foliage and Flowers are Red

IML 1722 is the best Hoya rubida to grow for year round beauty.  The flowers are a soft red with a hint of purple and the leaves begin a fire red if growing in high light.  The dramatic appearance continues over and over throughout the year when the plant is not putting out stiff vines will fill in nicely with leaves.  This plant is more tree like and less vining than most other hoyas.  The flowers opened on January 3, 2013 makers it the second bloom of the past year!

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 rubida Foliage and Flowers are Red

Hoya rubida IML 1722

Hoya rubuda's Foliage and Flowers are Red

Hoya rubida IML 1722

Hoya rubida Foliage and Flowers are Red

Hoya rubida IML 1722

Hoya rubida Foliage and Flowers are Red

Hoya rubida IML 1722

Hoya rubida Foliage and Flowers are Red

Hoya rubida IML 1722

Posted in Hoya Chat.

Anole as an Effective Organic Pesticide

Have you ever thought of an anole as an effective organic pesticide?  As the days turned colder and the days shortened I began to notice a few critters, mainly spiders, were making my hoya sun-room their comfortable space for the winter.  I am not afraid of spiders for the most part, at least they do not bother me like snakes and frogs do, but the webs they were weaving were getting out of hand.  I even had one blocking the screen of my television that hangs up high in the space?  My first attempt to control these webs was the small Shop-Vac I purchased for just this issue.  After about an hour of sucking up the webs I felt a sense of accomplishment that I had also vacuumed up a few six legged creatures.  Yes, I realize that they are good and eat other insects but the other insects do not spin webs across my plants and light and television and chairs etc.  The lights went out for the evening just after 9pm as they do each night.  What I thought would be a quiet and uneventful night was not.  Does anyone know how far a spider can travel in one night? Well I would estimate they run marathons from sundown to sun up.  These are not ordinary webs either, they resemble string and possibly rope when would together.

Remembering and but not missing the varmints that lived in my Florida Greenhouse/Garage I decided to adopt an anole or two the next day when I went to the local pet store, Just For Pets, to retrieve my doggie who just had a bath.  The majority of the anole stock had long striped snake-like tails which I wanted no part of.  I have made great strides in trying to forget the trauma caused by those slithering creatures and would not enjoy being spooked by adding this variety of anole to my room. The first two, that were able to be caught, were the lucky one to come home to my oasis.

As I released them into the ‘hoya jungle’, I hoped that they would live and I would be able to spot them once in awhile in that space and NOT in my home.  Since the sun-room is an extension of my home that was quite possible.  This little dude is doing one heck of a job keeping the spider & webs at a minimum in the sun-room. I see him just about every day when I mist the hoyas. He has a smaller brown friend whom I rarely see except when he is scurrying across the floor from the hose bib. I am guessing he’s finding water sometimes in that area!

The result was not immediate but it’s been over a month since I brought them home and rarely do I find a spider web and if I do, it is NOT the ropes that I once found connecting what seemed like every plant and surface of the room.

Spider Ropes at SRQHoyas

Spider Ropes at SRQHoyas

Charlie the Anole @ SRQHoyas

Charlie the Anole @ SRQHoyas

Freddie the Anole @ SRQHoyas

Freddie the Anole @ SRQHoyas

Posted in New Arrivals, SRQHoyas Happenings.

Hoya wibergiae – New Year’s Day Bloomer

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!

Hoya wibergiae IML 1618

Hoya wibergiae IML 1618

New Year's Day Bloomer

Hoya wibergiae IML 1618

Posted in Hoya Chat, SRQHoyas Happenings, What's Blooming.

Final Hoya Flowers of 2013 @ SRQHoyas

The year had just abut come to a close and these are the final hoya flowers of 2013.  The days were only getting longer but also getting chillier when these were blooming and thriving inside under artificial lighting.  Hoya ‘Mathilde’ is a hardy cultivar whose parents are Hoya carnosa x Hoya serpens.  One unique characteristic of this one is that the peduncles proceed to drop after the flowers are finished entertaining.  Most peduncles are spared and continue to push out flowers for many cycles.  Have no fear though because she seems to produce spurs at many many nodes and that number increases with age.

I just love the color combination of Hoya fuscomarginata. The yellow and light shade of purple is complimentary and only nature would choose to display these so closely together with such success.

Hoya macrophylla ‘Splash’ is a gorgeous leafed hoya and even though the flowers show beauty, they are fairly small and insignificant when in bloom.

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!

Final Hoya Flowers of 2013

Hoya ‘Mathilde’ SRQ 3075

Final Flowers of 2013

Hoya fuscomarginata SRQ 3078

Final Flowers of 2013

Hoya macrophylla ‘Splash SRQ 3221

Posted in Hoya Chat, SRQHoyas Happenings, What's Blooming.

Winter did not Stop these Hoyas from Blooming

Last year in the midst of the Holidays…even winter did not stop these blooms from brightening up the space!  I had moved them into the garage greenhouse a couple of months prior and by now they had adjusted to the regimented daylight hours and darkness.  If I recall correctly daytime began around 8am and night fall was just before 9pm.  The temperatures inside were always above 70°F during the day and rarely fell below 60°F during the night.

I posted the photo of Hoya ‘Jennifer’ when she bloomed for the first time.  Although she did not have a full or complete unbrel, I found it quite whimsical and unique.  Even the ‘four’ is evident the first time. After the initial attempt she filled out quite nicely as seen on my website product page.

Hoya elliptica Clone B seemed to be always in bloom and rarely did it put out much growth.  This may be a goof thing to some but I like to grow full lush plants.  Either way it is beautiful since the leaves themselves remind me on turtle backs seen here under Additional Images tab.

I hope to touch on the others in a future blog.

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!

Winter did not stop Blooming

Hoya ‘Jennifer’ SRQ 3170

 

Winter did not stop Blooming

Hoya elliptica SRQ 3155

Hoya sp. KPS SRQ 3168

Hoya sp. KPS SRQ 3168

Winter did not stop Blooming

Hoya sp. 97005 SRQ 3044

Winter did not stop Blooming

Hoya callistophylla SRQ 3212

Posted in Hoya Chat, SRQHoyas Happenings, What's Blooming.

Felt the Need to Watermark SRQHoya Photos

After really taking the time to delve into the many photos that have been lifted off my website, I felt the need to watermark SRQHoya photos.  I feel a mixture of feelings from ‘It’s a compliment’ to ‘How dare they profit from my hard work’.  There is really no action to take than to email the responsible person, which usually ends up being ignored or misunderstood due to the language barrier.  I am sure they understand the laws of plagiarism and also know it is literally impossible for me to impose consequences across the many miles of web addresses.

The task was not as difficult as I thought it would be since finding Watermark WS, a great tool out of Canada.  Setting this up with my logo and copyright was done using my Corel Draw graphics program and as simple as creating a JPEG of the artwork I intended to add to each and every photo from now on.  Using the tools of Watermark WS I uploaded the SRQHoyas logo and such, positioned it, sized it and chose the opacity to be used.  My goal is to attract attention but not distract from the beauty of the hoyas.  I feel like I have achieved this and welcome any feedback positive or otherwise.  Although I have fought and postponed this for many years I now felt the need to watermark the SRQHoya photos.

Need to Watermark SRQHoya Photos

Nico with Watermark

Posted in SRQHoyas Happenings.

Stable Variegated Hoya is Must for Collections

 

Hoya collectors are no different from other plant collectors as they enjoy variation and variegation.  Though many of the variegated hoyas are are temporary look with most reverting back to green, Hoya australis ‘Lisa’ is a stable variegated hoya.  This hoya grows in compact rosette like leave pattern and seems to have no issues as soon as it is well rooted.  Since the compact growth pattern is constant, it can sometimes be difficult to root.  The best way is to remove a couple of leaves and after tucking it into the mix…do not move it again until roots form.  The rooting end will be tiny but sufficient if kept moist and in touch with the soil.  I’ve not attempted to root using hydroponics or semi-hydroponics but can imagine that would be a success also.

Since I have yet to enjoy the sweet blooms on this particular hoya I have stared a second plant and decided that I will not cut on it until it blooms!!!

Stable Variegated Hoya

Hoya australis ‘Lisa’ SRQ 3093

Stable Variegated Hoya

Hoya australis ‘Lisa’ Red New Growth

Steady Variegated Hoya

Hoya ‘Lisa’ New Growth

 

 

 

Posted in Hoya Chat.