Despite Dischidia ruscifolia supposedly being an easy plant to grow, I almost failed with it the first time I tried it. I planted the cuttings in soil, and they did not like it one bit. Right after this photo was taken the leaves yellowed, and I had to save it with cuttings. Tomorrow the secret to easily growing the plant.
The photos of Hoya lockii below are remarkable for only one thing – The plant is a seedling. I want to thank Jimmy Meyers for giving me the opportunity to grow out a couple of these things. When I received the plants in May of last year, they were under one inch tall. Now look at this plant, it grew to 18 inches and flowered from seed in around 8 months! He is unsure how his plant got pollinated, but it has happened twice to him now. It was the same with my H. manipurensis plant; no known pollinators in the house – it just sort of happened.
This H. lockii, and H. papaschonii have both flowered for me in way under a year from seed. Hoya seed can be a lot of fun to fool around with, and I would urge all of you to try it at least once if the opportunity arises. Just make sure to label all plants as seedlings if you ever sell or give any away.
It is true that the older we get, the faster the years seem to go by! We barely seem to have started 2017, and now we are entering 2018. I usually take the opportunity on the first of a new year to look back in Hoyas on the highlights of my previous year.
The best new thing that I learned was the benefits of starting new Hoyas in net pots so that it more easily apparent when to water. More on this new method in the coming weeks – Thanks Jimmy for the best growing advice I received in 2017! Honorable mention goes to learning to grow Hoya lockii and Hoya papaschonii in sphagnum moss for fantastic results.
Best Hoya seed experience: successfully harvesting and growing out the seed of H. manipurensis with 100% germination. Honorable mention to getting my first seed pod on Hoya bella and growing out three dozen Hoya papaschonii from seed.
Most exciting new Hoya to flower for the first time was a tie between Hoya blashernaezii ssp siariae, which I will be discussing in the coming weeks and Hoya oblongacutifolia the formerly named Hoya graveolens:
The biggest honor from 2017 was to have one of my photos used in the Swedish Hoyatelegrafen. The Swedes are always on the cutting edge of the Hoya world and to be asked to contribute a photo meant a lot to me. Below is a photo of the cover and my H. chinghungensis photo that was used for the center spread. Thank you to my friend who was kind enough to send me the photos since I have yet to subscribe.
Well, Those are the highlights of 2017 for me, and I want to wish all of you a very happy New Year and great growing in 2018.
Today we finish up with Hoya hanhiae until I flower it again, hopefully in the near future. The plant likes to be extremely warm to do well, which makes sense coming from the lowlands. It is capable of flowering at a fairly young age with mine flowering at about 2 years from cutting.
I think Hoya hanhiae has a lot to offer; available in a myriad of flower colors, with handsome foliage and a lovely scent, what’s not to love? They are now readily available on eBay at a very reasonable cost for such a recent addition to trade. I would pick one up at your earliest opportunity!
I have not found Hoya hanhiae to be particularity easy to grow, but that could be because I got off to a bad start by using an extremely course orchid bark mix. I can pretty much say that my experiment using this mix on a number of Hoyas was pretty much of a failure primarily because I could not keep the humidity levels high enough to make it work.
Having moved the plants to a more conventional peat based mix has worked far better, but I find this plant likes to be kept much drier than other Hoyas that I keep. Since I am a chronic over-waterer, it is not a good combination!