I received Hoya soidaoensis as a very tiny plant from AH Hoyas in the spring of 2015. I potted it up in a orchid bark mix of large bark, perlite, and charcoal. This mix caused me big issues with all of my Hoyas, proving that you should never stray far from what you know the best.
Final day with Hoya Kaimuki; tomorrow back to the saga of first-time-bloomer Hoya soidaoensis!
Hoya Kaimuki flowers regularly because I am able to give it enough 12-14 hour days using grow lights. If you live in an area where that is not necessary, more power to you; I need the lights, and the results speak for themselves!
Hoya Kaimuki has just opened her flowers and I bought a new photo/video light to hopefully be able to take some photos without using a flash. Here are the results on Kaimuki day one:
While we wait for the rest of the buds on Hoya soidaoensis to open I’ve got a couple of other Hoyas that have just opens their buds. Here are the flowers of Hoya kanyakumariana for this year. It only flowers about once a year for me because of the unfavorable conditions, but I’m always thrilled when it happens.
I’ve said that you can jinx blooming by speaking of it too soon, and actually experienced it. Right after showing the buds and saying that I was going to flower Hoya soidaoensis, eight large buds yellowed and fell right off the plant just before opening! Fortunately I figured out the problem, and am confident that the rest of the buds will open soon. Here is the first flower to open on the plant so at least now I can say that I have flowered this difficult little Hoya.
When I received Hoya soidaoensis as a cutting from AH Hoyas three years ago, it was called Hoya sp. Khao Soi Dao named after Khao Soi Dao, Chanthaburi Province, Southeastern (SE) Thailand where it was discovered. Below the foliage and buds of Hoya soidaoensis:
It has been a very long road from cutting to flower with Hoya soidaoensis. I have had to start the plant over twice, but now it will flower in a very big way, as it is dripping with peduncles in various stages of bud.
Hoya sp. Gunung Gadig is a beautiful Hoya that is fairly expensive to buy and difficult to grow, but the leaves make it a must have for the avid collector. I recommend it for advanced grower, but be very careful not to over water.
Although I should not be giving growing tips for Hoya sp. Gunung Gadig, because of my difficulties with the plant, I will none the less give some pointers:
Use a very chunky mix, Grow plant in a net pot, don’t water unless you’re sure the mix is dry, keep warm and humid all the time.