I’ve had Hoya dekeae now for around three years and was just waiting for it to flower so I could talk about it here. Well that time has finally arrived and now we will spend a week talking about it.
Published in 1883, this Himalayan native is one of our most magnificent and spectacular Hoyas.
This photo should give you a good idea of the size of these Hoya griffithii flowers. They are almost an inch and a half point to point.
I wish everyone could smell how powerfully perfumed these flowers actually are. Lilacs are the closest that I can come to it.
Hoya imperialis makes a fantastic cut flower. It lasted seven days in the vase, the exact amount of time the flowers lasted attached to the plant. Here is a photo of it where it sat above the bathroom sink for a week:
Hoya wightii has now passed on to that great Hoya graveyard in the sky. Before it went on its journey, I snipped a peduncle of flowers off for a comparison of it and Hoya krohniana.
I don’t believe these two have ever met before, and I doubt they ever will again, but once again here they are for posterity.
Hoya imperialis flowers from a few days ago. The reddish tint is from the strong Led lighting under which it lives. I expect to have buds or flowers on this one through out most of the winter and into spring.
It seems to come in cycles; last year was not a good one for Hoya griffithii, but this year I should be overwhelmed with flowers. Here are the buds from a few days ago:
Hoya archboldiana is in such a tight corner of the grow-tent that in order to get photos all I can do is cut flowers off. Here is the first time that I’ve been able to photograph it with the white Hoya patella.