Common Hoyas are fantastic, because they are no fuss, no muss, and can live happily for years on the regular windowsill with no added aids. Here is a bloom from Hoya pubicalyx Royal Hawaiian Purple from this morning right here at my workplace in downtown Burlington.
This little Hoya flowers almost continually. I do however believe that it does better in my regular potting mix than the bonsai mix I am currently using.
Still among the most fragrant of all Hoya flowers, Hoya calycina Stargazer flowers in the less than ideal conditions that I have to offer. People are always asking me to sell cuttings of this plant, but I almost never can oblige as this plant just doesn’t do that well for me. It flowers far easier than growing quality foliage.
Hoya aff. kentiana is a plant that I never would have looked for, but I am really glad that I have it now. It is a very easy care, easy bloomer that would do well for any novice Hoya keeper, but would add a little spice to the intermediate growers collection as well. The long pointed leaves make a good substitute for a Hoya that I find impossible to grow in Hoya shepherdii. This plant gets my highest recommendation.
Hoya aff. kentiana grew exceptionally well in my regular Hoya mix and is a plant that also does well living as a hanging plant in a window in the house, meaning that no special provisions such as grow tents are needed for success. This is one of those Hoyas that I cannot imagine growing trellised, but if you have done it, I would love to see photos! Below my plant in its entirety:
Hoya aff. kentiana is in the Acanthostemma Section of Hoya and as such has the same wonderful butterscotch fragrance indicative to almost all the flowers in this group. They last about a week before beginning to fall off.
It can clearly be seen in the photos how much different the leaves on Hoya aff. kentiana are from Hoya wayetii. They are far longer, pointier and look very much like the leaves on Hoya shepherdii.
Late in the summer of 2018 I received a free Hoya cutting in an order from Ric Morier labeled Hoya aff. kentiana. It was not a Hoya that I ever would have sought out as I felt that it was kind of like been there done that. I however planted the cutting, which proved to be as easy as its close cousin Hoya wayetii. Below the foliage of Hoya kentiana:
Years ago I bought a Hoya labeled Hoya kentiana in one of the big box stores that grew amazing and flowered profusely over the entire summer outside. Below is a photo of that plant:
I quickly found out from people on the online Hoya forums that this plant was mislabeled and should have been called Hoya wayetii. Tomorrow the real Hoya kentiana.
Below the flowers of Hoya aff. kentiana with discussion to follow starting tomorrow.