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My History of Growing Hoya phyllura Part Two

The two yellowing leaves on the stem soon fell off, but the stem remained very green, which gave me a little hope that possibly something might become of it. Slowly I was heartened to see tiny new growth in the form of leaves begin to emerge from the stem, and in short order other stems and vines came out of the nothingness. Below the leaves of Hoya phyllura:

My History of Growing Hoya phyllura Part One

My Hoya phyllura plant came from an order from AH Hoyas in Thailand in May of 2018. It arrived in very bad shape with a couple of yellow leaves clinging to a green stem. I had little faith in being able to save it, but I potted it up none the less. Below the buds just beginning to open on the plant:

Time To Talk About Hoya phyllura AKA Hoya linusii

Hoya phyllura is endemic to Borneo, and originally was a poorly known species from Kalimantan with yellow flowers. When an orange flowered form was found in Sabah’s Crocker Range it was thought to be a different species and was named Hoya linusii. However when other color forms were later found it was determined that Hoya linuii is a synonym of Hoya phyllura.

The above information was summarized from the book A Guide To The Hoyas of Borneo. Below the buds on my Hoya phyllura:

Hoya soligamiana Has Flowered Dozens of Times For Me Over the Years

I have gotten rid of so many Hoyas to make room over the years, but have somehow managed to hold on to my Hoya soligamiana plant. It like many Philippine Hoyas flowers virtually continuously all year long given the right conditions. Here are a couple photos from this morning:

Hoya soligamiana Doing What It Does Best
Hoya soligamiana Fully Reflexed

Hoya soidaoensis Growing and Flowering In Bonsai Soil

Hoya soidaoensis is such a great Hoya and while the flowers look similar to H. flagellata, it is far easier to grow, and much more forgiving. My current specimen is growing and flowering in an amended bonsai mix, and seems quite content. Here is a flower from this morning:

Hoya soidaoensis in the tent
Fingers full of loveliness – Hoya soidaoensis in October

Haven’t Flowered This One In A While

I had to start Hoya sp. EPC-209 over last year, because it got too big, and I sunburned the leaves when it was moved outside last summer. I currently have it in a grow tent, where it presented me with flowers this morning. This is a must have species if you have a humid environment; grow for its huge leaves; the flowers are just a bonus.

Hoya sp. EPC-209

Now This Is Really Rare!

Usually once every one to two years I will get a seedpod on a Hoya with the exception of Hoya papaschonii, which has them continually. Last year it was Hoya bella that got the pod and a year or two before that it was Hoya manipurensis. This seedpod shown below turned up virtually over night, and is growing at a rate of one inch per day on Hoya ruthiae. I know this is really rare, because in the book A Guide To Hoyas of Borneo it says that fruits are unknown. If fruits have not been spotted in the wild, then it is a rarity indeed and will really be fun to watch develop.

Developing Seedpod on Hoya ruthiae

One More For Good Luck

I added H. patella to yesterday’s mix for a triple play.  I don’t seem to get many of these patella flowers any more, but my plant is far healthier looking.

Bottom = H. Kaimuki, Top = H. onychoides, Right = H. patella

A Couple of Favorites

Here is a photo taken this week of two favorites Hoya onychoides, and Hoya Kaimuki.  Thanks to my wife for holding the blooms.

Hoya onychoides on the right and Hoya Kaimuki on the left.