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?