I used to think that Hoya curtisii had to get some age on it before it would grace you with flowers. My first plant took 3-4 years and a lot of work chasing the sun before I got my first flower. This Hoya was purchased as a bunch of cuttings rooted in a pot from Lowes back in early May and has now flowered at the bottom of a 3 1/2 foot vine. It is a plant that grows in my warm humid grow tent under nothing but artificial light.
The flowers on this species last a very long time, and once it reaches blooming age will flower almost continually. Unfortunately because of the nectar mess, I finally got fed up and cut all of the peduncles off the the plant. I do however have some great photos to remember them by!
The only drawback to these beautiful flowers on Hoya sp. AH-014 is that they have the same issue as Hoya kerrii – they drip a dark amber-colored nectar that will make a tremendous mess unless hosed off every few days.
I had a viewer of my YouTube video of Hoya sp. AH-014 that told me the flowers on this plant look almost exactly like the flowers on Hoya sp. UT-036 West Timor, and after looking that plant up, it does greatly resemble it. The leaves are more spear shaped on UT-036, but other than that, it is almost a dead ringer for AH-014.
If Hoya kerrii and Hoya meliflua had a child, the flowers would look like the flowers on Hoya sp. AH-014.
This is a case where I believed that I had already discussed the flowers of Hoya sp. AH-014 here on this blog, but can find no record of it. I think what happened is that I made a YouTube video of the event and simply forgot to talk about it here. Anyway, I first brought you the plant showing the incredible long golden aerial roots that this Hoya produced and was waiting for the blooms. It has now flowered, but we will start with the buds:
I took this picture in the middle of December when we had only around 8 hours of day length and hardly any sun for the month. There is no rhyme, or reason for when Hoya curtisii will flower. It has now flowered, not all in the same year, in September, December, February, and April.
These will be the last new photos that you see of Hoya halconensis here on the site. I can’t seem to get this one to grow healthy any longer. It flowers, but the leaves look diseased; I’m tired of starting this one over and hoping that it will improve so into the trash it went!
These Archies don’t flower every day so I think that it is worth celebrating with one more day’s worth of photos!
I see here a Hoya Archboldiana ‘Jumbo Red.’ I’d have liked to see the hybridizer’s name attached. Is this a published cultivar or just a frivolous name that someone thought up to distinguish it from the white and pink clones? Due to Ted Green’s attaching the frivolous title of ‘YM-Excellent’ to the giant red one, in a manner that is supposed to indicate a cultivar, people appear to think it is a cultivar. Friends, that big red Hoya archboldiana IS the only one of those “Archies” that exactly matches C. Norman’s holotype specimen. It IS Hoya archboldianavar. archboldiana. The YM-Excellent does not belong there. I doubt that “Jumbo Red” belongs there, but I could be wrong about that. What the YM-Excellent means is that Ted Green bought it from an Australian collector, whose name was (maybe still is) York Meredith.Christine Burton PS-The Hoyan Vol. 10, #1 June 1, 2010
This is an wonderful plant even if Ted Green did make up the name. Below my most recent photo: