I received Hoya sp. EPC-610 aff. acuta as a cutting from a fellow enthusiast from North Carolina in the Summer of 2016. It had these gorgeous succulent, very thick leaves.
Many of these Hoyas will not make it back into the house this year as they have outgrown me. I’m giving them a few more months of very good growing, before the end.
One half of my extremely ugly, but very effective outdoor tent greenhouse with shade cover. The first plant is Hoya sp. IML 0557, which will flower for the first time in 6 or 7 years!!
July just set a record as the hottest one ever recorded here in Vermont!
A little bit of everything in here. These plants only get about 3 hours of sun per day when the sun is shining, which this year is every day!
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.
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.
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.
Those of you who have followed my saga with this Hoya know that I have said that it is the ugliest Hoya in the world. Well my specimen is still ugly, but it looks some better than it used to. Here is a photo from this week:
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!