Summer Greenhouses Part One

It is very slow going here right now.  The Hoyas are growing like crazy, but as usual I don’t get many new flowers, meaning first-time bloomers in the summer.  So over the next couple of days I will show photos of the Hoyas in the greenhouse.  All photos were taken this week.

Hoya padangensis – The Entire Plant

I not as embarrassed to show Hoya padangensis in its entirety.  Now it looks considerably better.  I believe part of the reason that my plant has looked so poorly has to do with it liking limestone based soils.  This is the case with its close cousin H. ruthiae, which is now growing well for me now that I have added crushed oyster shell to the mix.

It is Hoya padangensis and Not Hoya uncinata

Hoya padangensis was discovered in 1916, and although it was first name H. uncinata, it was not correct.  The valid name is Hoya padangensis, and it comes from the locality in which it was discovered –  Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia.

Plant Joy Part III

If this photo doesn’t warm a Hoya lover’s heart, then I don’t know what would.  This is the kind of youthful exuberance, and just plain Joy that really bodes well for the future of not only our hobby, but for the world in general.  Thank you Amy; these photos were one of the highlights for me of years of keeping plants!