Hoya ‘Rebecca’

Hoya ‘Rebecca’ is a cross between Hoya obscura and Hoya lacunosa.  It was created in Thailand and no one seems to know who created the cultivar, and whether H. obscura, or H. lacunosa bore the seedpod.

I received a cutting of Hoya ‘Rebecca’ in May of this year (2018) from Ric Morier of Florida.  It was a plant that I didn’t really care one way, or another about, but Ric was selling one really rare Hoya that I wanted, and the shipping is the same for one cutting, or six so I threw Rebecca in as a filler. I started the plant as a cutting by rooting it in a small net pot.  It grew very rapidly in my regular chunky mix, and needed transplanting within a couple of months.

Moving from a 2 inch to a 3 inch net pot very quickly, Hoya ‘Rebecca’ soon needed transplanting again.  The roots were so tangled in in the ‘net’ that I just sunk the entire thing, pot and all, into a 4 inch plastic pot.  I then attached a hanger and hung it up in the regular house. As the months passed and the daylight grew shorter, I noticed peduncles beginning to form in mid-November (2018).  Worried that there would not be enough light in the darkest month of the year to bring buds to term, I moved the plant into one of my grow-tents.  Almost immediately the leaves began to take on the characteristic red color, and the buds began to form.

The plant opened her flowers in mid-December, just seven months after starting from cuttings.  This is one of the faster bloomers in the Hoya world. For a plant that I cared little about when first ordered, it has turned into a favorite.  I really can’t recommend this Hoya highly enough!