Hoya maxima Red Corona Flowers Again

To prove that it was not a fluke, Hoya maxima/imbricata has flowered for the second time for me.  To be fair, this is not an easy Hoya to flower.  On my way towards this second flowering, I have literally lost dozens of buds that have blasted for no discernible reason.  Some of these buds will blast a couple of days before opening – really maddening!  Below is a quick snapshot from this morning along with yet another custom habitat that I set up for the mount.

Hoya sp. DS-70 Continues to Amaze!

This Hoya is so common, and readily available at most of the big box stores in the summer time, we tend to take it for granted.  It flowers almost continuously, and smells very strongly of butterscotch.  Couple that with the beautiful copper colored leaves, and you really have a winner!

Hoya paulshirleyi Flowers Continuously

The flowers of Hoya paulshirleyi don’t last more than a couple of days, but since it usually has multiple peduncles in various stages of bud and flower, it does not matter that much.  Here is a photo from this morning:

Final Day with Hoya soidaoensis

Some people get lucky with Hoya soidaoensis and flower it early and at a small size.  I was not so fortunate in that it took 3 long years and much trial and error.  It was however worth the effort.  The plant is not for beginners, but with its beautiful flowers, I believe it to be a worthy addition to the collection, and as far as flowers go, it is superior to both Hoya caudata, and Hoya flagellata as you can enjoy the flowers throughout the day.

Hoya soidaoensis Flowers Are Similar to H. caudata and H. flagellata with One Important Difference.

Hoya soidaoensis flowers are different from Hoya caudata and H. flagellata in one important way – They stay open all day and all night.  Hoya caudata and Hoya flagellata flowers close up almost entirely during the most of the day light hours.  The same is also true of another close relative – Hoya phuwuaensis; the flowers close during the day.  So from a standpoint of flowers alone, Hoya soidaoensis is the superior plant!

Flowering Hoya soidaoensis Part Three

The last thing I can tell you about flowering Hoya soidaoensis is to not let the soil mix ever dry out while the plant is in bud as I did that and promptly lost two complete sets of buds close to opening.  When the plant reaches a mature size, keep the mix constantly moist, but never wet to achieve best results.  The plant also does not need particularly intense light in order to grow well, and flower.