After flowering, growth virtually stopped. There were no more new leaves, and the single vine ceased to grow. This pattern continued for many months, which is never a good thing, and usually points to the dreaded root rot. It did continue to periodically flower though, but this can also be a plants last gasp at reproducing because of other troubles.
Hoya sp. RP-013 like most of these Finlaysonii type Hoyas, flower at a very young age. It was not very long after getting the peduncle that the plant budded up and flowered.
After water rooting, I moved the cutting into a deep 2 inch pot where it continued to grow well. The new leaves come in with a slightly tannish color and needs to get older to turn into the light green color of the mature leaves. It was not long before a peduncle formed and I moved it to a larger pot to make it easier to trellis, which turned out to be a mistake.
A really nice woman named Paige sent me a cutting of this plant in the summer of 2020. I googled it and found out almost nothing on it other than it can get really large leaves. I put the cutting in water where it quickly formed water roots.
I say let’s talk about Hoya sp. RP-013, but I’m afraid there will be little to talk about as I really know so little about it other than my experiences growing it. I can’t even find out what the RP stands for in the accession number.
I was doing some research and stumbled on to an interesting bit of information. In October of last year Hoya sp. Perak ‘Teddy Bear’ received a new name; it is now called Hoya peninularis. So three cheers for Hoya peninularis!!
Hoya insularis was formally known as Anatropanthus borneensis and was moved over to the genus Hoya in March, 2020. I have to thank two people for sending me specimens of this plant. April Mall of Unsolicited Plant Talks and Mandy Lin sent me plants allowing me to try growing it in a couple of different mediums. The plant growing in leca using semi-hydro has grown admirably while I lost the plant grown in soil. Below the start of extremely strange buds Hoya insularis:
I have never owned a Hoya undulata that was as healthy as this specimen. This Hoya was sent to me as a small plant from Mandy Lin, and I am eternally grateful. It is an Indonesian clone, and I don’t know if this plant is inherently easier to grow, or I have just been lucky with this one.
The common name of Dischidia ovata is the Watermelon Dischidia, because of the shape, pattern, and color of the leaves. I have successfully grown this plant in the regular house as a hanging basket and in grow tents and greenhouses. It makes a lovely houseplant that gets my highest recommendation.
I have found that Bonsai Jack’s Inorganic Bonsai Substrate with a little bit of vermiculite mixed in to hold a little extra moisture works exceptionally well for growing Dischidia ovata. It does not break down and seems to give the roots room to breathe. I water the mix about once a week, and the plant is very happy.