This Hoya darwinii looks terrible, but won’t stop flowering. Tomorrow I show the entire plant and talk a little more about the plants prospects.
I started this plant over about a year ago, and I’m very happy with the result. Below you can see the plant in its entirety after a recent re-potting:
I used to think that Hoya griffithii only flowered in the fall, but have since experienced periodic blooming throughout the year. It is just necessary to give it plenty of humidity and good light to observe this phenomenon for yourself.
Hoya griffithii is in full flower mode right now. Here are a few photos of the different stages of the flower buds:
Hoya manipurensis, which I still feel is a Dischidia, is flowering strongly right now, but I fear that it is a defense mechanism from stress. I think that somewhere along the line I must of over watered it, so now all it does is flower with no more vegetative growth for months. I think that it is probably time to start this one over again.
Some of you might remember from my Thailand Unboxing video back in May of last year there was a Hoya australis ‘Lisa’ inside. Well I’ve been growing it now for 6 or 7 months and here are my findings. I like the plant way more than I thought I would not being a huge fan of variegation. It grows extremely slowly, but so far seems easy to keep healthy. Finally I love that the new leaves emerge with a strong reddish tint and then revert to the normal leaf color.
I’m thinking that the coconut husk that this plant came potted in from Thailand contained the spores to these cute little mushrooms. Tomorrow I talk a little about Hoya australis ‘Lisa’ and my experience growing it for the past six months or so.
Here is the last photo of Hoya cutis-porcelana until, and if, I am successful in restarting the plant. I feel that I will be, but you never know for sure. I call this one Hoya cutis-porcelana Starry Night.
Since discovering water rooting and achieving nearly 100% success with it, I now have little fear in losing a Hoya when I run into a problem like root rot. I managed to save 3 pretty nice cuttings of this one, so I am virtually certain that I will be able to save the plant. Below the gorgeous red leaves of Hoya cutis-porcelana in this photo showing the entire plant just before cutting it up:
The coconut coir chunk that this plant was received with helped propel Hoya cutis-porcelana into a death spiral. There was no way of removing it, and I feared it would catch up with me, and indeed it did. Coconut husk simply holds too much water for too long a period and that condition can spell death for the roots.