Growing Hoya ruthiae Part Six

I don’t know if it was the addition of the oyster shell or the LED lighting that made the plant finally begin to want to flower, but besides the flowering peduncle it now has three other peduncles beginning to bud up!

Growing Hoya ruthiae Part Five

After adding ground oyster shell to the mix the plant continued to grow pretty well.  I compare the plant to Hoya padangensis both in appearance and growth habbit.  The leaves come in an attractive dark green with speckles and then fades to a flat yellow green.  The plant is far from attractive as can be seen in the photo below.   When the plant was about 15 inches high, I moved it under its own LED light and shortly after it surprised me with a peduncle that actually began to bud up!

Growing Hoya ruthiae Part Four

It did not take too long to move from a two inch net pot up to a three inch.  It grew fairly strongly until the roots were coming out of the pot.  At about this time I received a book called A Guide To Hoyas Of Borneo where there was an entry on Hoya ruthiae.  It said that the plant was endemic to “Borneo and lived on the limestone of Bukit Baturong.” The part about the limestone got me thinking; so in early 2018 when I transplanted the Hoya to a four inch net pot I incorporated considerable ground oyster shell to the mix.

Growing Hoya ruthiae Part Three

When I started Hoya ruthiae over again at the end of 2016, I had discovered net pots which gave me far greater knowledge of when a new plant actually needed to be watered.  I started my meager little cutting in a two inch net pot and not only did it start to root, but started growing stronger right from the get go.  I don’t know if it was the breathe-ability of the pot, or what by I was pleased at the rate of growth.

Growing Hoya ruthiae Part Two

I managed to get just enough of the plant to take a couple of small cuttings and start the plant over again in 2015.  Once again it rooted and only put out a couple of leaves and then lost one of those.  I checked the roots in about a year and sure enough more sign of root rot. By then it was late in 2016, and I barely had enough plant to take a single cutting that I was sure would fail.

Growing Hoya ruthiae Part One

I received Hoya ruthiae (Hoya sp. UT-168) as a cutting from Thailand in the summer of 2013. I got it to root, but it showed very little growth.  It might have put on three leaves with almost no vine over the course of the next year or two.  I finally pulled it out of the pot and saw unmistakable signs of root rot.

Hoya ruthiae Has Clear Sap

Rather than the milky latex that 95% of Hoyas have, Hoya ruthiae has clear sap and is one of only two Hoyas in all of Malaysia that has clear sap; the other being H. monetteae.

Hoya papaschonii Continues To Amaze

I know that this is kind of a weedy Hoya that is clearly not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but I just seem to have a fancy for it.  It is a Hoya that I never thought in a million years could be happy, grow, and flower all through a Vermont winter in the regular house.  The bottom leaves are full to teeth marks where our cats like to chomp on it, but it keeps on chugging along and now has numerous seed pods once again.  Here is a photo from this morning: