Growing Hoya walliniana Part Two

I constantly struggled with Hoya walliniana over a two year period.  For every two new leaves grown, I would lose one.  The one saving grace was the phenomenal leaf coloration. Below you can see the leaf color and the coarse bark it was grown in:

Growing Hoya walliniana Part One

Hoya walliniana came to me from Aleyagarden in Thailand during that unfortunate period when I was attempting to grow all of my Hoyas in coarse orchid bark.  I could not keep the humidity high enough to keep the bark moist enough, or so I thought.  I watered too frequently and caused much root rot.  Hoya walliniana was a casualty of that period and suffered mightily.

 

Hoya walliniana Was Published By Kloppenburg and Nyhuus

Hoya walliniana was published by Dale Kloppenburg and Torill Nyhuus in 2003.  Christine Burton claimed that Hoya sipitangensis and H. walliniana were the same plant, but Kloppenburg claims the flowers are much smaller on Hoya walliniana.

Having grown both plants I can say that the flower size is not much different, but H. sipitangensis is a much easier grower and H. walliniana has more colorful leaves.

Hoya sp. AH-014 Has Grown Very Quickly

I received Hoya sp. AH-014 as a very small plant in May of this year and it made the trip in good condition, because of its thick fleshy leaves.  The thin-leaved Hoyas did not fare nearly so well.  I would encourage any one ordering from Thailand for your first time to stick with thick, or hard-leaved species as they will likely make the trip in good shape.  Here is a photo of the entire Hoya sp. AH-014 plant after about 5 months:

 

Hoya sp. AH-014 Comes From Thailand

Hoya sp. AH-014 comes from the vendor AH Hoyas in Thailand.  It is a species Hoya that no one seems to have flowered as of yet, and that is what attracted me to it.  It has already developed a peduncle, but this means little, as I have had Hoyas develop peduncles before that have not flowered for years.

Hoya sp. AH-014

I almost never bring you Hoyas before they have bloomed for me, but this Hoya is so remarkable, I had to break my rule.  I have never seen aerial roots this long or decorative on any Hoya before.