Author: helle

Hoya pubicalyx “royal hawaiian purple”

Just another update on the Hoya pubicalyx “royal hawaiian purple”. The first pic is my Hoya as a cutting, bought in December 2017 and the second pic is from today, barely two years later. It’s huge, but it still hasn’t flowered for me.. it does have a lot of dormant peduncles, so maybe I just need to let it dry out for a longer period of time.
I really love this plant, even though the green foliage isn’t that exciting to look at. If I could just make it flower, I could show you why this plant is called “royal hawaiian purple”.

Stapelia grandiflora, 3 years after sowing

My dear Stapelia are looking awesome and massive! I love how they look right now, spilling out of their pot, like a hanging plant. I hope they’re like small pots, because they just keep outgrowing all of the pots I plant them in.
It’s almost time to stop watering as the cold sets in, increasing the risk of rot. I lost part of a stalk last year and I don’t want that to happen again.

Update on my 4 year old Crassula falcata

Another update on my Crassula falcata before winter sets in. This one just keeps growing! Even though the pot looks way too small, it’s actually the perfect size for these guys. Last time I repotted them, I saw the smallest root system ever, compared to other succulents at the same size.
These Crassula are no longer as compact as they used to be, even though they get as much sun as possible on my south facing balcony. I guess this is what happens to fully grown plants no matter how you treat them.

Hildewintera colademononis

I just crafted myself a hanging planter for my Hildewintera colademononis to hang it on my balcony wall. It grows at lightning speed right now and the floppy stems were a bit of a hassle to deal with. Hildewintera are cold hardy and will do well out there on my frost protected balcony. Usually cacti have an easier time blooming in spring if they’re subjected to cold (not freezing, though) and are allowed to go dormant in winter.

Update on the propagation station

This is my new setup in the propagation room. The shelf thingy I bought for my living room window fit perfectly on the sills in my office/hobby room. It allows for a bit of height and even more plants. The Hoya, especially, love this room because the humidity and temperature is pretty stable – mostly because I rarely enter the room or air out.

This is a bit of an update on my newest Hoya cuttings. The cuttings I received in early August (Hoya polyneura, H. obscura and H. danumensis) are doing just fine. They all rooted without problems and are now growing fresh new leaves. My fussy Hoya polyneura almost doubled in size! The Hoya obovata variegata was moved in here as well, after I took cuttings from its stem in July. The cuttings only just started to grow new leaves, which excites me more than I want to admit!

The Nepenthes cuttings

The cuttings I took from my Nepenthes ventrata two months ago are doing okay! I lost one of the three cuttings, but the rest are alive and rooting. So far none of them have shown any new leaf growth, but the stalk I took the cuttings from is now growing fresh, green side shoots and basal shoots. I’m glad the experiment hasn’t failed completely!

I took the cuttings out of the plastic bag they were in after only a couple of weeks because I saw what looked like sooty mold on some of the leaves. One of the cuttings had already shown signs of root growth, so I just stuck them back in their old pot with wet sphagnum moss.