To add insult to injury with this madding plant., this spring when I put my plants outside for the summer, I found, after a couple of days of temps that dropped into the 40s, a peduncle with 1/8 inch buds on it. I would have never put this thing outside if I new that it was there. I would have kept it right in the grow tent and probably flowered it. I watched those buds for the next week as first one and then another fell off and then the peduncle dropped off to. Did I say how much that I hate this plant?
We are going to do something a little different this week to prove that I am a human Hoya grower and have problems growing some plants. Each day going forward I will briefly profile a Hoya that I have not been able to flower despite my best efforts. We will begin with Hoya biakensis, AKA Hoya sp. Biak Island, AKA Hoya collina.
I first encountered this plant about a decade ago and I had a pretty nice specimen, and it turned sideways on me and I lost it. I made a mistake getting another one about 4 years ago and have been suffering with it ever since. It has a tendency to all of a sudden get massive numbers of yellow leaves, which are very unsightly. I can’t seem to flower it to save my life. I truly have come to hate this Hoya. More on my hate/hate relationship with this plant tomorrow.
If and when I finally find out that Hoya sp. SR-2017-012 Frog Foot is really Hoya amrita, I will change its name, but for now I like the name of Frog Foot. While it is very early days, I can highly recommend giving this plant a try if you can find it. I know that I have really enjoyed my time with it thus far, and will report back when I find out more about it.
Here is a close-up of the flowers of Hoya sp. SR-2017-012 Frog Foot:
My plant now lives in a four inch net-pot; I let it get very dry and then totally soak it. So far it is doing pretty well, but it is a slow grower. I have yet to propagate it, but I feel that it will clone similar to H. platycaulis, which means that it will not be easy. It has never left my warm humid grow-tent and LED lighting. I have no idea how it will perform in regular household conditions.
The flowers of Hoya sp. SR-2017-012 Frog Foot have no scent, but what they lack in fragrance, the more than make up for in longevity. Below the flowers of the plant after 24 straight days on the plant:
Hoya sp. SR-2017-012 Frog Foot seems to mimic some traits of Hoya platycaulis and Hoya amrita. Hoya amrita is like a orange/red flowered form of platycaulis from Daveo Philippines. Some people think that Hoya sp. SR-2017-012 Frog Foot is Hoya amrita; but the leaves really don’t match up well. The leaves of Frog Foot are much more wider and shorter than the photos that I have seen of the leaves of Hoya amrita. The leaves of H. amrita can be seen in this link: http://www.phytoimages.siu.edu/cgi-bin/dol/dol_terminal.pl?taxon_name=Hoya_amrita&rank=binomial
To make things more confusing Surisa Somadee seems to have dropped Hoya sp. SR-2017-012 Frog Foot from her catalog, but has Hoya amrita for sale. Does this mean that she too now believes that Hoya sp. SR-2017-012 Frog Foot is Hoya amrita?
The buds of the plant continued to grow and mesmerize. Eventually one Saturday morning in mid-April, the buds opened to reveal beautiful red flowers that reminded me of red Hoya platycaulis blooms. More on the similarities to that plant tomorrow.
Over the next couple of months the pattern of getting a new couple of leaves followed by a peduncle, aborted buds, and finally the loss of the peduncle repeated itself. Finally in April of this year (2020), I got a peduncle that buds actually started developing on and they kept on growing. The buds were fascinating to me as they had these incredibly long calyxes unlike anything that I had ever seen in Hoya buds before. These can best be seen in the second photo below:
My plant did okay in the net pot and I began to see roots emerge from the 3 inch pot. Almost immediately I got 2 new leaves and a peduncle formed; I was quite excited, but the buds only got to around a 1/16 of an inch before falling off. I also lost one of the older leaves at this point.