Of the 10 plants that I picked up four weeks ago from Thailand, The plant that I thought would be among the most difficult has shown the most new growth. Hoya medinifolia has developed a sucker that is growing out of the base of the plant and also has a couple of new leaves growing on the top. I think that my choice of trying this one in sphagnum and bark may have been the correct one. Please excuse the lousy photographs, but I was pinched for time.
I picked up this little Hoya Australis ‘Lisa’ in my recent 2019 Thai Hoya order on a whim, and I have to say I am really falling for this little beauty. Check out those red leaves!
I recently chopped up my large hanging Hoya soidaoensis plant and sold off a number of cuttings. I decided to try growing it differently this go around in bonsai soil and so far so good. Here it is flowering already on an old peduncle:
This one year old plant is getting ready to flower for the second time. Note the buds are missing the hooks in the corner of the corolla that characterizes Hoya onychoides.
For some reason, It took me a very long time to pick up a Hoya onychoides. I finally got a cutting from aleyasgarden in Thailand about five years ago. I just took it for granted, and thought that I would flower it in short order because I had so much luck in quickly flowering its very close cousins macgillivrayi and archboldiana. Nothing went right with this one from the beginning. More on this one in the weeks ahead. Below is a photo of the buds taken this morning – note the horns on the corners of the corolla which should give the flowers its characteristic claw shape.
I currently have five peduncle’s of flowers on this somewhat tricky plant. My goal of having a giant plant full of flowers is still a very long way off, but it gives one reason to keep on going.
I may never flower this species, but I sure ended up with some colorful leaves out of the mount that I have it on. I really want to know the secret to growing this difficult plant.
I recently chopped up my Hoya pachyclada as it had root rot. On one of my starts, the first new growth had a very strangely shaped leaf. It looks as if the plant got crossed with H. manipurensis!
I really know nothing about the origins of this plant other than I think that it comes from Malaysia. If someone could enlighten me as to what the ‘Nara’ comes from in its name, I would be very grateful!
Other than dripping nectar, Hoya erythrina Nara with it cute, little, fuzzy, flowers gets my highest recommendation for all growers. It is so easy and floriferous that all everyone should have this one in their collection if they have the room.
If this plant was to have one drawback, it would have to be that the flowers drip huge amounts of clear nectar, which needs to be washed off, or you will develop sooty mold in short order.