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.
I continue to keep up the good fight to keep this one alive and hope that with the warmer weather around the corner it might help. Hoya sp. SR-2017-012 Frog Foot is just tough to grow well, but I just love it so much that I will be sad if it does not make it. Here are flowers on my tiny remaining plant from yesterday:
Semi-Hydro, or passive-hydro, whatever you want to call it, was a complete disaster for this plant, and I came very close to losing it. Hoya burmanica is very susceptible to over watering and wet roots, so growing it in terracotta seems to be working very well for this it.