A year after I received the plant labeled as H. shepherdii from Julie I received an email from her apologizing for the mistake. She had received the plant with the wrong ID attached, and she sent me a beautiful cutting of the real H. shepherdii to make up for it. Here is a close up photo of the buds of Hoya ‘Jiffy Brian’ with more to come tomorrow.
There seems to be some question as to whether my Hoya pachyclada might be Hoya subquintuplinervis. All I know if I bought it under the pachyclada name from Melanie Myers years ago. She was a very knowledgeable Hoya grower, and I will leave my plant labeled as is until I know definitively one way or another. When you look at photos online, it could be either or. Whether you want to call it H. pachyclada, or H. Hoya subquintuplinervis you will have to agree that it is one of the finest Hoya plants of all time. I started my plant over this past year and it already has bloomed several times. Here are photos from this week:
Here is a fun little video that shows the changes in Hoya kanyakumariana over the nine years that I have owned it.
I once counted 260 individual flower blossoms on one single peduncle – Hoya latifolia was and is truly amazing. Today we say goodbye to an old friend with its final appearance on this blog.
All good things must come to an end and Hoya latifolia’s (IML 0088) time has come. I’ve had this plant now for more than 8 years and have enjoyed it so much, but it is now in decline. The plant is so large that I can no longer handle its needs; it has been knocked on the floor by cats and broken off large leaves; to make matters worse I sunburned the heck out of it when I brought it outside for the summer. I may or may not try to take a cutting before disposing of it; I just can’t say at this point. I will however be able to enjoy the plant though the photos and videos that I have made of it over the years. Below the plant can be seen as it looks now. Tomorrow the last flower photo.
My latest foray into Hoya papaschonii is something of a miracle to me. Over the two years that I had the plant I could barely keep it alive. I tried it two or three times in soil and once in semi-hydro, and failed miserably, almost losing the plant except for some seed pods that gave me the seed to try it once again. I sowed the seed directly into sphagnum moss this past December and it has been blowing me away ever since.
I had several 3 inch pots with 3-5 plants in each pot and offered some up on eBay for a bargain price and received a very tepid response, which I cannot understand. A few years ago, I saw this plant sell for $200, and I could not give it away for $22 which included shipping. All I can say is all of you that passed on it, well, it was your loss! My 8 month old plants are already to start flowering any time now and have made wonderful specimen plants. Below is one of the examples, there will be much more on this plant in the coming weeks.
Hoya sp. East of Thailand SRBR-JSNwf is a plant that I can tell you almost nothing about other than how I grow it. The plant came as a cutting from SRQ Hoyas in the summer of 2012 with nothing other than its name and Joni’s accession number which is SRQ 3159. It does not flower quickly and took around 32 months, flowering in January of 2015.
Now that I have had the plant for five years I can tell you that it will live in the regular house with no supplemental lighting or artificial aids. It will flower profusely with the lengthening days of late spring and then again in the summer. It is grown in my regular peat-based potting soil and does not require much in the way of attention. The flowers have a very sweet scent and is currently almost overpowering in my outdoor tent greenhouse. Hoya sp. East of Thailand SRBR-JSNwf is highly recommended.