Hoya MB 1594 C (Hoya mindorensis x MB 1228)

I received this plant as a trade from a woman in Maine in the fall of 2021. This cutting turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. She had desperately hoped that the plant she had purchased was Hoya Scarlett O’Hoya ( Hoya MB 1594 A). I flowered it first and found out that the plant was from the same seedpod, but not the plant she was hoping for. As far as I can tell, there were three released plants from this cross in 2018. Scarlett O’Hoya (MB 1594 A) which had deeply red flowers and a band around the perimeter of the leaves; Hoya Sunshine (MB 1594 B) which had a yellowish flower with white in the corona, and Hoya MB 1594 C, its flowers having a orangey-yellow color with red/pink corona.

This Hoya rooted quickly, but took awhile to establish itself. It went through 3 different up-potting’s and finally came into its own. It took about a year and a half to bring Hoya MB 1594 C into bloom, but the wait was worth it. Although the plant was not Scarlett O’Hoya, the blooms were completely stunning in their own right.

I have never had a lot of luck growing Hoya mindorensis, part of the parentage of Hoya MB 1594 C, but this is another example of a hybrid being easier to grow than its parent. I currently have this Hoya just growing in ambient conditions sitting on a windowsill. It has even flowered there. Hoya mindorensis never would have stayed alive there, let alone be able to flower. This is a hybrid that gets my highest recommendation!