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Hoya Kaimuki Day Two

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!

Dining Room Hoyas

Below are my dining room Hoyas; I have to run a T-5 strip light here, because the roof overhang cuts out too much light to keep plants in the space. Note the pipe insulation on the electrical cord; we have a cat that likes to chew on them.  If we ever have a fire, it will be because of that darned cat chewing wires!

My History With Hoya blashernaezii ssp siariae Part One

Hoya blashernaezii ssp siariae was part of a group Thai order that went disastrously wrong.  Of all the plants in the order, this was the only one that survived intact.  This means that it was the only plant that I did not have to chop up in an attempt to root something that would save the plant.  While I did not have to chop it up, it was still in pretty sad shape with many yellow leaves.

Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar Chowing Down On A Hoya

I found several of these Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillars eating my outside Hoya cumingiana today.  It makes total sense as both of these plants are in the Asclepiadaceae family.  I don’t really care about damage to the plant as it is headed to the waste bin anyway, but the caterpillars are extremely interesting.

The Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar obtain cardiac glycosides, a powerful toxin from their food and store it in their bodies.  Birds will try one of these; wretch, immediately vomit it up, and because of the bright colors of the caterpillars will avoid it in the future.

This is No April Fool’s Joke!

Here are two photos from outside this morning as the snow continues to come down. Growing Hoyas in Vermont is certainly challenging especially when reading how nice it is in some areas of the country right now.

April First Snow Storm 2017

April First Snow Storm 2017