Hoya onychoides was first collected on the Boana Road, Morobe Provence, Papua New Guinea in October of 1990. It is funny that while researching Morobe Provence, I learned that there are 101 languages spoken there. Communication must be difficult to say the least!
It seems like a couple of months now since I brought you the buds that were growing on Hoya onychoides. Well I finally found the time to work on the photos and bring the plant to this site. I will spend the next week or so discussing this large growing, large flowering plant. Below the flowers begin to open:
If I had to come up with a list of the ten most photogenic Hoya flowers, Hoya ruthiae would be near the top of the list.
I sold a number of cuttings of Hoya ruthiae in the spring and was afraid that I might have destroyed my plant, but I have to say that it has come back stronger than ever and is still flowering.
My Hoya acicularis is happier than it has been in years. If anyone remembers, I flowered this one about six years ago, which I think was stress related flowering to save itself from death. Soon after that event I started it over, and most of the cuttings did not take. The one that did barely hung on until showing signs of life about a year ago. Finally I have a nice healthy plant after six years of trying!
I’ve started experimenting with a substrate called Lechuza Pon made in Europe. So far the moisture loving species are loving it like the Hoya lockii pictured below. I have not yet mastered how to get the watering right for the non-moisture loving species.
I kind of like this narrow shot of the the two flowers of H. Kaimuki against the foliage of a large Sugar Maple. Notice how the flowers of this one can vary in color depending upon the conditions under which it is grown.
At the end of last November I started my sad looking H. Kaimuki over by water rooting two cuttings. I sold one plant over the summer, and the small plant that I kept has just flowered with two blooms.
I spent some time with this one trying to get a very good close up of a single Hoya platycaulis flower, and I think that it came out pretty well.
I find growing Hoya platycaulis maddeningly difficult, but I’m determined to find success with this one. The last few leaves on this plant look pretty good to me. What I’m discovering is that while the leaves and flowers look similar to H. lockii, the plant does not ever want to be wet. It needs to grow on the dry side.