This Hoya is actually covered in buds, but this is the first couple to open. Excuse the reddish tint; the older type LED plant lights cause this issue.
Hoya celata did nothing all summer, and as soon as I got it into the grow tent, the plant went crazy with growth and is now budding up on a peduncle. Here is one of its leaves from this morning.
I never thought I would say that again as this is one of the hardest Hoyas to keep alive period. I thought that I had lost this plant and had a two leaved cutting that I stuck in leca and pretty much forgot about it, and surprise; it refused to die! More on this plant if the buds make it to term.
This is the wavy leaved version and even though my plant looks half dead, it is going to flower for the second time this year. I think the buds are even cooler looking than the flowers!
I have flowered this plant many times over the years, but if these buds hold up, it will be the first time I have flowered it using leca and the passive hydro method of growing it.
Hoya linearis is definitely one of those Hoyas whose flowering is day length dependent; it always seems to flower as the days are shortening in mid-autumn.
I have not flowered this one in a bit so it is nice to see. This is one of the Finlaysonii Type Hoyas that has a very beautiful scent, albeit short lived, as the blooms begin to close in one day.
I will hopefully be able to bring this plant back here one day if I can ever get it to grow more than a single leaf!
Most Hoyas as I have found this year root exceptionally well in moist coconut husk, but what happens after that? This is the question that I keep working on. You have to be really careful with coco husk as much of it is very salty as some of it sits in ocean water for months before it is processed. It is always safer to soak and rinse many times before using it. I have many plants currently rooted in it, but while the roots can be amazing, I seem to have a lot of trouble to get any new growth above the soil line. At this point I can’t really recommend this medium as it is also very easy to rot the roots with it.
I received Hoya cf. Palawanica IML 1605 as a one node, one leaf cutting in July of this year and it put on a peduncle and flowered in Late September. It was rooted in coconut husk and has yet to put on any new growth other than a peduncle, which budded up and produced 4 flowers.