It is such a rare event that I will spend another day on the seedpods of Hoya ruthiae. The only way that I can figure that the plant was pollinated was through the strong water mist that I spray the plant with every day. Here is a photo of the entire plant:
I sold a tremendous number (at least for me) of cuttings this summer, and the weird thing was that not one person bought a cutting of Hoya bicknellii. Is that because everyone has one, or they just don’t like it; I just don’t know. It currently has 3 open peduncles of flowers, and I love the plant, but I guess that I must be the only one. Here is a bloom photo from this morning:
Hoya bordenii is a Philippine Hoya described back in 1906 by Rudolf Schlechter. He was a German Botanist who is said to have described at least a thousand new species, many of them Orchids which was his primary field of study. Hoya bordenii is an unresolved name.
Hoya Kaimuki flowers regularly because I am able to give it enough 12-14 hour days using grow lights. If you live in an area where that is not necessary, more power to you; I need the lights, and the results speak for themselves!
Below are my dining room Hoyas; I have to run a T-5 strip light here, because the roof overhang cuts out too much light to keep plants in the space. Note the pipe insulation on the electrical cord; we have a cat that likes to chew on them. If we ever have a fire, it will be because of that darned cat chewing wires!
Happy May 1st everyone! The Hoya growing season will soon be in full-swing around here – Finally! Here are a couple of photos showing what an unbelievable foliage plant Hoya papaschonii can be. I say foliage plant because the flowers are small, but the glossy leaves and dozens of seedpods make up for these shortcomings in spades.
Hoya blashernaezii ssp siariae was part of a group Thai order that went disastrously wrong. Of all the plants in the order, this was the only one that survived intact. This means that it was the only plant that I did not have to chop up in an attempt to root something that would save the plant. While I did not have to chop it up, it was still in pretty sad shape with many yellow leaves.
I found several of these Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillars eating my outside Hoya cumingiana today. It makes total sense as both of these plants are in the Asclepiadaceae family. I don’t really care about damage to the plant as it is headed to the waste bin anyway, but the caterpillars are extremely interesting.
The Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar obtain cardiac glycosides, a powerful toxin from their food and store it in their bodies. Birds will try one of these; wretch, immediately vomit it up, and because of the bright colors of the caterpillars will avoid it in the future.