When I flowered this plant the first time, I broke off 4 flowers trying to get it out of the tent to photograph it. This time I was extra careful when removing it. This plant is about as far from being floriferous as a plant can be. While it has tons of peduncles, it only manages to flower on one of them. I don’t know if I reported this last time, but the flowers on this one are among the longest lasting in the Hoya world. I got almost 3 weeks out of the last batch. I will bring this one back if I ever get it to flower again.
Sometimes I get far too impatient to get a species of Hoya to flower. I have to learn to let go of it; if you can keep the plant healthy, it will bloom in its own time.
For an explanation on why I call this plant Hoya ‘Almost’ Paula please see my page entry for it under Hoya Cultivars. It no sooner drops its flowers before it re-buds and blooms all over again. It really is an outstanding cultivar!
We will take 3 days to look at the beautiful flowers on Hoya vangviengiens; it took me over five year to flower this one the first time so it is worth another look!
I know very little about the origins of this Hoya, but its unusual leaves coupled with its short time to bring into flower makes for a winning combination. I would say that this plant is clearly worth adding to any Hoya collection.
Here is a comparison photo of the two disparate Hoya flowers:
Here is the best close-up of the flowers of Hoya BP-01:
While these flowers look like they would be fragrant, there was absolutely no scent that was detectable.
I had numerous bud blasts on Hoya BP-01 before managing to get this plant to bring its buds to term. I am unsure if it was the coconut husk substrate, or not, but I am glad that I finally pulled it off.
I thought I knew most of the accession number abbreviations, but had never heard of this one. After posting a video, on this species, and asking what BP stood for, someone kindly had the answer: BP is the accession number for Ban Phaeo Hoya Nursery in Thailand.