I’m very good at growing Hoya lacunosa, but this plant was just plain difficult from the start so it took me a number of years to flower it. Partly it was my fault, as it would just sit there not doing anything for months at a time, before I found the wherewithal to start it over, and this happened at least three times.
This plant is very much like Hoya lacunosa, and hence the common name of Fraser’s Hill lacunosa. The flowers and umbels however are much larger than on the regular lacunosa as illustrated in the photo below:
I bought Hoya sp. (SR-2010-049) Fraser Hills from Ric Morier in Florida in an eBay transaction back in 2014. It was not a plant that really liked me all that much, and I had to start it over many times over the years until I got a really nice specimen going.
All good things always come to an end and so does the discussion of Hoya onychoides. This is a plant that presented me with unexpected challenges, but I think the extra effort was well worth the results, but if I could only grow one plant between H. macgillivrayi, H. archboldiana and Hoya onychoides, I believe that I would choose H. macgillivrayi, because of its heavenly scent, and easier bloomibility.
You have to love the large claw like flowers of Hoya onychoides; I think it was well worth the effort put into growing the plant. Below is probably my favorite photo that I have been able to take of the flowers.
I had read on Christina Karlsson’s site that her Hoya onychoides had a strong scent of gardenias, which both my Mac and Archie have as well. The strange thing about my Hoya onychoides is that the flowers had no scent at all. It has now flowered twice for me and still no scent. We must have different clones.
Three times was the charm as far as starting over this plant. It finally took off and made steady, albeit slow, progress. It grew almost exclusively in the same artificial conditions that would bring my Mac and Archie into flower in 12-18 months, but it took 3 years with onychoides. Why – I just don’t know?