It is very difficult to believe that yet another year has passed by and we are now in the year 2020. When I was a kid, it did not seem possible that I would ever be around that far into the future. When they say that the older you get, the faster time passes by, they were not kidding. I usually take this time to reflect on my Hoya growing over the past year and highlight the the best things that happened with my growing.
Highlights of 2019 would have to include the following: Early in the year saw me flowering two Hoyas that have given me fits over the years – Hoya thailandica, and Hoya maxima Yellow Corona.
Later in the year I followed up with a couple more thorns in my side with the first time flowers on Hoya onychoides and Hoya sp. UT-033:
The two other Hoya high points for 2019 would include flowering Hoya darwinii and the seedpods on Hoya ruthiae:
Probably the single biggest success of 2019 was the single flower that I got on Hoya obtusifolia after dropping literally hundreds of buds over the years.
I find Hoya biakensis very aggravating as I can’t get the thing to flower no matter what I try. I just found out however that it usually takes a minimum of five years to get those first flowers. We will see if I can keep it alive long enough to flower.
The flowers are not nearly so beautiful on Hoya pubicalyx Pink Dragon when flowered under LED lighting. This is a plant that gets the most lovely light shade of pink blooms under natural lighting, but I guess I won’t complain too much. It is nice to have these flowers at the end of December.
I’ve kept Hoya patella now for well over a decade. I started it over a couple of years ago, because it was not looking its best any longer, and I’m happy to say that it worked out pretty well. It really seems to love its circular critter fence trellis!
When I first started growing this plant it was called Hoya graveolens and took over two and a half years to bring into flower. This plant was started over from a cutting this summer and has already produced a peduncle and flowered.