Hoya curtisii will flower in its own time without regard to sun, or day length, or any other factor. Here are the photos I took on Christmas Day:
This may or may not be the world’s first photo comparison of the flowers between Hoya imperialis and Hoya wallachii, but it is my first!
Here is a fully opened Hoya wallachii flower on a pink background. The plant is now flowering regularly, but the plant looks like #!@%
I used to think that Hoya curtisii needed full sun to form peduncles and buds. That theory has now been completely shot down with this plant budding up in December. This photo was taken December 14th as the day length continued to shorten; in addition, the window that it lives in is northwest with no sun penetrating at all at this time of the year. If you despair that your curtisii has never flowered, don’t give up; it just has to get old enough, and pot-bound enough to do it.
I gave one of my famous Hoya imperialis cuttings to Julie Kennedy from the UK a number of years ago. She has just produced the most amazing group of flowers with that plant which I have ever seen. Look at the coronas and the corolla tips. There are are flowers with 4,5,6, and 7 tips!!!! Thanks to Julie for the photo and allowing me to show it off here – just unbelievable!!
I thought Hoya celata was white, but it is clearly not when compared against the snow white of Hoya bella White PES03.
I am lucky enough to have both of these beautiful plants flowering at the same time so why not show them off together.
The plant opened her flowers in mid-December, just seven months after starting from cuttings. This is one of the faster bloomers in the Hoya world. For a plant that I cared little about when first ordered, it has turned into a favorite. I really can’t recommend this Hoya highly enough!
As the months passed and the daylight grew shorter, I noticed peduncles beginning to form in mid-November. Worried that there would not be enough light in the darkest month of the year to bring buds to term, I moved the plant into one of my grow-tents. Almost immediately the leaves began to take on the characteristic red color, and the buds began to form.
Moving from a 2 inch to a 3 inch net pot very quickly, Hoya ‘Rebecca’ soon needed transplanting again. The roots were so tangled in in the ‘net’ that I just sunk the entire thing, pot and all, into a 4 inch plastic pot. I then attached a hanger and hung it up in the regular house.