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My new Hoya Pubicalyx “silver splash”

I was lucky to find another Hoya in Billigblomst this afternoon. They had a mix of regular H. pubicalyx, the “royal hawaiian purple” variety and also one I didn’t already own. This is a Hoya pubicalyx “silver splash”. Some of the leaves are almost completely white!
Even though I selected the nicest looking plant, it’s in pretty rough shape. A couple of leaves were cut in half and it’s almost bare on one side because I removed a few rotten leaves, but it will recover soon enough. These things grow very quickly.

Hoya pubicalyx in homemade hanging planter

It’s not very pretty, but I crafted my own hanging pot from a few strips of Christmas gift ribbon. This Hoya is my fastest growing plant and it outgrew the multi-leveled plant stand it was previously on, so I had to improvise. Regular plastic hanging pots are impossible to buy in nurseries without a plant already in it. The ribbon is only a short term solution. One day when I have more time, I’ll braid something nice to make it prettier.

It’s still in a plastic pot with drainage holes, so I now have to water this plant in my bathroom every time it needs water, or it will flood my window sill.

Having a Hoya day

Today was the day of Hoyas in my home. I just received this plant stand (from IKEA) and thought it would be perfect for the Hoyas. I wanted to free up the window sills a bit and since Hoya don’t usually like being in direct sunlight all day, I thought it would be best to bring some of them a tiny bit further away from the windows. It looks so cool! Now they’re free to climb all over my walls too.

It’s been 1 year and 6 months since I bought this Hoya pubicalyx “royal Hawaiian purple” (hard to believe that it only had 6 leaves at the time!) and I haven’t repotted it at all until today.

The little pot dried out very quickly after every watering because the roots had pushed most of the dirt out of the pot and there was nothing left to keep any moisture inside. I had a lot of trouble loosening the plant from the sides of the pot. Some of the roots had attached themselves to the sides of the pot and I had to pull hard on the compacted root ball to loosen it.

This time I added a lot more organic potting soil to the mix. Hopefully it will recover in no time and grow even faster.

How I water my large Hoya

This is how I water my giant Hoya pubicalyx cv. “Royal Hawaiian purple” and Hoya australis. The bottom leaves are getting in the way of my watering can, so I carry them into my bathroom and give them a cold shower, hitting as many leaves as I can in the process. Even though Hoya are succulents, they love water and high humidity. By watering the leaves as well as the soil, I prevent spider mites and aphids from infesting the plant. And as a bonus, I remove any soil, fertilizer stains and dust from the leaves as well.

After a good shower, the vines immediately start to grow much faster than they did before. At the moment I do this once a month.

Hoya pubicalyx cv. Royal Hawaiian Purple

I had a bit too much energy last night, so I decided to untangle my hanging Hoya pubicalyx cv. Royal Hawaiian Purple to hopefully make it a little more neat to look at. I think instead of a tangled mess, I’ll hang it in big loops around a stick.

Little did I know, in the year I’ve had it, the vine grew from its original 5 cm to just about 3,5 meters! I thought it was 2 meters long at most.

So apparently Hoyas can’t be tamed. I do love the controlled, but wild look.

Hoya pubicalyx cv. Royal Hawaiian Purple

I bought this Hoya pubicalyx cv. Royal Hawaiian Purple as a cutting in December 2017, now 8 months ago. At first it didn’t grow very quickly, but once it settled in, I realized that my homemade trellis wasn’t going to cut it, so I set it free and let it live as a hanging plant.
This Hoya has the prettiest white speckled leaves and deep purple flowers. It’s probably going to take over my apartment before I see them, though.