Sap-filled Blooms of Hoya manipurensis

This hoya is one of my favorite for three reasons. The first being the cute heart shaped leaves that are almost always pubescent and so perfectly lined up along the strong upward vines. The second reason to fall in love with this species is that it is super easy to propagate/root during the long as well as the short days of the year. No issues what so ever from the time I snip the cutting until the stable roots and new velvety growth appear. The final reason to grow this hoya is that it blooms ate an early age and does so at just about every node along the vines with tiny but stunning flowers.  The yellow trumpets are fuzzy and filled with dark red sap that appears to ooze from the horn as the flower matures. No, this is not a messy flower since I’ve not yet noticed any drops ever falling from the opening. If you have the chance to add this one to your collection I assure you will not be disappointed one bit.

Ever Blooming H. manipurensis

Ever Blooming H. manipurensis

Hoya manipurensis SRQ 3296 EPC 07777

Hoya manipurensis SRQ 3296 EPC 0777

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Twisted and Deformed Leaves

As I was organizing and better arranging my collection under the newly hung grow lights I noticed this very odd plant. I imported this hoya from Thailand in the spring of 2013 and it has done very well but I’ve noticed some very strange leaf growth happening. Although I am not positive this growth appeared while positioned under a T5 fluorescent light fixture…I did not notice these odd shaped leaves when I moved it to the lighter spot. One of the long lean sculpted leaves is even twisted. I checked the leaves thoroughly and did not notice any pests or any foreign substances on any part of the plant? Anyone else have this happen? I have since…moved it to a position under a Metal Halide light which provides the needed light without being so close to the actual bulb. This hoya is labeled Hoya sp. UT 039.

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Twisted and Deformed Leaves

Hoya sp. UT-039

Twisted and Deformed Leaves

What is the cause of deformed leaves?

Twisted and Deformed Leaves

Compare to growing outdoors in Florida sunshine.

 

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Heavy Feeding Hoyas

I have noticed again that some of my plants are losing the green in their leaves and turning a yellow in an almost ‘variegated manner’. I’ve never documented this but just feed those plants an extra strong dose or added Osmocote to their mix. This time I have photographed the many disturbing leaves and set the plant aside to monitor the changes. I am interested to see how quickly or slowly they leaves turn back into healthy looking growth. This condition is not to be confused with the yellowing of leaves that results from over or under watering which usually results in leaf shed. This condition appears to be definitely a lack of nitrogen since the leaves stay firm and intact and end up blending back in with the rest of the plant. I have started a list on my GUIDELINES page on my website of the species that seem to need more ‘nutrition’.  Check back to see the results after the feeding has had a chance to replenish what is lacking in these hoyas.

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Hoya minihassae IML 1863

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Hoya litoralis IML 0930

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Hoya subcalva IML 0229

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Hoya sp. MPR02 IML 1866

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Hoya siariae SRQ 3060

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Hoya obscura IML IML 0234

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Feeding Hoyas and Giving them what they Need and Like

There are a few ways to feed hoyas and many choices of products they seem to respond to. The easiest and fastest method is foliar feeding or misting. This can be accomplished using a regular spray bottle, small manual pump spray bottle or a garden hose using an injector filled with full strength fertilizer. I have used each method and I find the easiest and most accurate method to be the Pump Sprayer.  Mixing is a cinch, and for me, pumping is much easier than squeezing since it takes quite sometime to be sure each leaf of my collection is moist.

The other way to feed is through drenching the roots or just watering the fertilizer into the mix or soil.  I choose to use collected Rain Water, weather permitting and when the barrels are dry I use my Tap Water which has all of the chlorine removed using a Whole House Purifier.

These are the feed choices I use regularly or have used in the past and some quick thoughts on each.  They are in no particular order and I have provided links to the products when available. I presently offer the MSU in a 8oz. size for convenience.

FOLIAR FEEDING or DRENCHING

Fish Emulsion – 1 teaspoon / gallon of non-chlorinated water – smells bad but the plants love it – use with EM-1 and the fishy smell seems to lessen

Humax – 1 teaspoon / gallon of non-chlorinated water – used to strengthen the root system – I use this in conjunction with other fertilizers

MSU – 1 oz. / gallon of non-chlorinated water  – promotes green growth and blooms – a weak feed that can be used at every watering

EM-1 – 1 oz. / gallon of non-chlorinated water – a soil conditioner that provides living organisms to the plant –  I use this in conjunction with other fertilizers

Grow & Gain – 1/2 teaspoon / gallon of non-chlorinated water  – promotes green growth and blooms

Blue Mountain Organics – Flower Power – 1 oz. / gallon of non-chlorinated water – Bloom Booster – relatively pricey if you have a large collection –  first season I’ve used this one – living organisms

Blue Mountain Organics – Grow it Green – .5 oz. / gallon of non-chlorinated water – first season I’ve used this one – living organisms

Blue Mountain Organics – Super Plant Tonic – 1 oz. / gallon of non-chlorinated water – good for starting out cuttings and reviving plants that just seem to ‘sit there’ (not for foliar feeding)

Superthrive – 1/4 teaspoon / gallon of non-chlorinated water – a carbohydrate for your hoyas – a must for soaking cutting just prior to potting them up for rooting

Compost Tea – use home grown compost or organic store bought soaked in water and sitting in the sun for a few days – I mix a super strong tea into my rainbarrels just prior to watering the hoyas each week during the summer months

 

 

 

 

 

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Shipping Dates

Summer is here in the NorthEast and it is absolutely beautiful and comfortable and the hoyas are loving having the outside come in thru the open windows. I wanted to let you know that I will not be shipping orders on July 12. All orders received and paid for after July 3 will be shipped out on July 19. Thanks so much for all your support and feedback thru this transitional season at SRQHoyas!

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Look at the Contrast of Leaves – Direct FL Sunlight vs. PA Sunroom Grown

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Hoya oreogena IML 1214

I am just totally amazed and delighted all at the same time when I see the new beautiful leaves that are beginning to grow on my hoyas!  After many years of growing in the bright Florida sunshine for most of the year I now get to see first hand how many hoya plants should look in different growing conditions.  These photos show the contrast and are quite evident throughout the collection already.

Although they were growing underneath a screen enclosure the sun was for many hours and very direct for most of the season in Sarasota, FL.  The rate of growth with the humidity and moisture was extreme and soon I will be able to compare the factors that may affect the growth habits of these plants.  Here in PA they get little or no direct sunshine and at best it comes through windows that are tinted and double pane.  The skylights overhead provide light but certainly nothing direct.

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Hoya baleansis ‘Splash’ SRQ 3191

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Hoya waymaniae IML 1024

I have always been envious of the beautiful leafed hoyas I see in photos from particularly Sweden and wondered how to achieve their beauty along with still having the bounty of blooms. Maybe this environment I have created with give me the best of both worlds…only time will tell.

 

 

 

 

Hoya sp. Gunung Gading SRQ 3189

Hoya sp. Gunung Gading SRQ 3189

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Settling Into our New Home as Well as SRQHoyas’ New home

Life as I knew it in sunny warm Florida is no more. I now have family near me which leads to many visits, get togethers and the like. My time is much more spread out among Mom, Dad sisters, aunts and the hoyas, which is the reason for moving here.  The week that I finally finished unpacking was the week of Spring Break for my out-of-state sisters’ kids so guess where they visited for their Break?  Yep…as usual, they visit me which used to be near the beach with a swimming pool in the back yard. That is no longer the case so they had to plan trips to local attractions to entertain.  Another disappointment to them was that they were not able to help me with the plants since they were still adjusting an really not growing.  Also, since SRQHoyas was still on hiatus for the season…there were no orders to help process.

After family departed I was able to organize the entire stock and prepare to offer cuttings once again. Here are a few photos from the ‘setting up’ of the new Sunroom.  Again the species are in alphabetical order on the benches as well as the hanging hoyas. My hanging plants are so happy on that bar that spans the entire width of the 36′ room lined with floor to ceiling windows facing west.

 

 

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Are you seeing what I see? Lots and lots and lots of space for new species!!!  I still cannot figure out why I have so much empty space on the same number of benches as when I was set up in Sarasota but since I do…I plan to fill much of the space this week with my normal annual order from Epiphytica.  It is still just the most exciting thing to open up a box that is full of new hoyas.  They should arrive on Tuesday at the latest if US Customs does a quick turnaround.

Anyhow…I guess I got off the subject for a bit.  This is the new space and I am seeing much growth and quite a few blooms and first time bloomers.  I am hoping for warmer weather soon so that I will be able to open up the room and let nature come into greet the hoyas.  I know they will be taking off growing as they did before. Why wouldn’t they?

Nico and her doggie cousin doggie, Nilla (Vanilla Bean)

Nico and her doggie cousin, Nilla (Vanilla Bean)

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Arriving in PA just before the Next Snow Storm

The trek up North on Interstate 95 took us 2 days and we arrived at our destination on Saturday afternoon. I decided that before going to my new home and Greenhouse/Sunroom, which I had not seen yet, I would unpack and get settled into my mom’s home since we would stay there until my belongings arrived later in the week.  The great news was that the Atlas truck that hauled SRQHoyas for me was also near and would be delivering and unloading early on Sunday morning.  The driver had contacted me earlier to ask if I would let him deliver my load then since a snow storm was supposed to arrive later on Sunday evening….I was certainly in agreement with that time frame!

I arrived at my new residence the next morning to see the Atlas Truck full of plants, benches, lights and supplies arriving right on schedule.  I was never so relieved to see a huge truck pull up to my home as I was on that frigid morning.

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The precious cargo had spent less than 48 hours on the road in the climate controlled trailer so I was positive there would be a great outcome.  My dad and I placed the benches at the perfect distance around the room quickly so when the plant boxes were brought in we could unpack them quickly and orderly.  The hoyas looked the same as when when I boxed them up 4 days prior.  I was so happy and relieved and excited that the trip was a great success.  The delivering of the rest of my belongings was a totally different story which I won’t bore you with.  The snow storm that threatened, arrived with 4 inches on the ground the next morning.

Unpacking and placing the plants took mom and I about a day and a half since I insisted they be placed into alphabetical order right from the start.  The cloudy days following delivery was welcomed since it served as a time where they could become used to being in the bright light again.  The room temperature had been set at 76­°F and I misted the hoyas often.  After a week I decided to water then well and hope they were ready for the hydration and that the roots were warm enough to absorb the moisture.

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2014 SRQHoyas is OPEN for Business

It has been 47 days since the SRQHoyas and I left sunny Florida to relocate to York, Pennsylvania and I am happy to say I am finally ready to resume offering many of the hoyas that were lucky enough to make the trip.  The journey seems much longer than it actually was but all of the planning and struggling was well worth it and we are settled into our new homes.

I will be adding entries periodically to document our journey so check back often.

On February 28 the climate controlled moving truck arrived and quickly began loading the many boxes of hoyas onto the warmest area of the trailer. Although it was warm in Sarasota for the beginning of the journey we knew it would turn cold by the end of the first day of travel.  When all of the plants were safely loaded and I felt confident the guys could finish loading the rest of the supplies, benches, lights, I coaxed Nico into her plush travel crate and headed north.

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Nico’s Plush Travel Crate

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Meeting Ric Morier for the first time…it was a pleasure

Earlier this week, I received an invite from a local Hoya enthusiast to travel just north of here to St. Petersburg, Florida to attend a Rare Plant Network meeting.  I accepted since I knew of Ric for many years but our paths never crossed even though we lived in nearby communities for many years.  I also heard that he was offering some cuttings for sale and of course I could not resist.

The lights were dimmed and the meticulously planned slide show began.  With much detail but not too much, Ric introduced this Genus to a room full of receptive plant enthusiasts. It still amazes me how very few people know about hoyas.  About one in 20 will mention seeing the Hoya carnosa growing somewhere or maybe the Hoya compacta (Hindu Rope) plant. But that is about the extent of recollection of these wonderfully diverse and rewarding plants.  The show began with foliage and then finished with the spectacular blooms from Ric’s collection.  He was very knowledgeable and very patient when it came to explaining the differences and demands of each species.  Much more than I usually am when trying to introduce…I seem to go with my condensed version, leaving out many points and highlights.  Some of us are ‘teachers’ and others not so much.

There was some conversation as he went along but not much.  This was not due to boredom but because he covered so many points and questions along the way.  As he concluded the group quickly moved the the table set up in the front of the room which displayed the cuttings and a few potted plants.  Touching the leaves was what everyone wanted to do as they could have cared less about the ID label given.  I was asked most, “What color is this bloom? Which end of this vine do I plant?”  Since this was not my moment and Ric was the Guest Speaker I at first hesitated to get involved but after seeing he did not mind I assisted with some of the eager collectors.

Of course I could not resist buying a few cuttings that I did not currently grow. It was not hard to find “New to Me!!!” species but I kept it to a modest 6 new cuttings. Overall it was a very inspiring evening and I was honored to finally meet Ric Morier who grows many beautiful hoyas outside year-round here in Florida.

P.S Ric, Have fun on your visit to Thailand!!!! I am sure you will represent our part of the world well.

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