Category Archives: Hoyas

Growing Hoya sp. MT-02 Part Two

I tried various fertilizing regimes over the years, moved the plant from place to place giving it variously different micro climates. I had it outside in the greenhouse and directly outdoors, but nothing would induce this plant to form a peduncle. Tomorrow I tell what I think finally did the trick.

Growing Hoya sp. MT-02 Part One

Like I said in an earlier post, Hoya sp. MT-02 was not a hard Hoya to grow. I potted it up in my regular mix back 2013, and transplanted it a few times over time. The mystifying part of the plant is why year after year it would never put on a peduncle. Below the flowers of Hoya sp. MT-02:

Hoya sp. MT-02 Comes From The Philippines

Hoya sp. MT-02 is endemic to the Philippines. I Knew nothing about this plant until it flowered and I asked Julie Kennedy if she could tell me anything. She contacted Torill Nyhuus who supplied her with the plant. She said that it was given to Nathalie Simonsson by May Tolentino in the Philippines, hence the MT in the accession number. Below the plant in all of its glory:

Time To Talk About Hoya sp. MT-02

Hoya sp. MT-02 came to me as a cutting from Julie Kennedy in the UK. It seems that so many of my most prized Hoyas came from her. I can’t say enough good things about her, but I digress. This was a easy to grow plant that was a bear to flower. Below a typical Leaf from this plant:

The Red Leaves of Hoya soligamiana

The leaves of Hoya soligamiana turned intensely red under a strong LED light. I don’t believe that it is necessarily good for a plant to have this happen, but it has not hindered its flowering too much.

Final Day With Hoya thailandica

All good things must come to an end and Hoya thailandica is no exception. This is a plant that is difficult to obtain as most of the Thai vendors can’t grow it, because their conditions are too warm for it. Floridians who can grow most everything better than I can, will not do well with this plant because of the heat. I believe this might be a good species for those northern gardeners that have good windows that get some sun with adequate humidity. I’ve seen some of these plants grown very well online in semi-hydro, which I might experiment with in the future. For now, I’m just going to bask in the glory of finally flowering one of my toughest Hoyas!

Hoya thailandica Flowers Smell of Musty Lemon

The flowers of this plant smell not altogether pleasant and can best be described as musty lemon. The fragrance is not overwhelming and the flowers last a long time. They fell off between 2 and 3 weeks after opening. I believe that they are among the most photogenic blooms in the Hoya world.

A Little About The History of Hoya thailandica

 “Dr. Thaithong collected Hoya thailandica in northern Thailand at 2,000 meters above sea level in the Doi Inthanon mountain range. She described and illustrated it and published it in the Nordic Journal of Botany 19th January 2001″. (from P.S. The Hoyan Vol. 5 #2 written by Christine Burton) This plant belongs to the Hoya albiflora complex and is closely related to Hoya australis ssp. tenuipes.

Hoya thailandica Flowers!

In early 2019, I looked closely at the peduncles of Hoya thailandica, and I thought I could almost see that tiny buds were trying to form on one of them. I was unsure if it was just wishful thinking, but in another week the beginnings of buds were unmistakable. Only one peduncle out of 12 or so was budding up, but I was ecstatic; now would they make it to term?

At the end of January of 2019, I finally got my wish and the rather large buds began to slowly open!

My First Few Years with Hoya thailandica Part Three

The Summer of 2018 was one of the hottest here on record. Hoya serpens which had flowered regularly in the summer for years refused to flower. My poor Hoya thailandica was close to dead or so I thought, but rather than throw it out, I hung it in my shadiest tent greenhouse under a big maple tree. It kept the squirrels from doing any more damage and slowly it began to recover putting on more new growth and many more peduncles.

At summer’s end, I decided to put the plant back into a basement grow tent since it did so poorly in the regular house. It grew well, but I had little hope that it would ever produce buds. Tomorrow – It flowers!