Tag: hoya

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!

Finally some flower buds on my huge Hoya australis!

The gigantic Hoya australis I bought from a private seller a year ago finally developed flower buds! I guess it thrives in its new home after having been acclimatized from staying in low light to full sunlight. While acclimatizing to its new surroundings, it got a few sunburns here and there and it survived a traumatic repotting session to give the roots more space to grow. Now it grows even faster than before, rewarding me with flower buds on some of its new vines. I’ll update with pics of the flowers when/if they bloom in a couple of weeks.

Hoya imbricata

The strangest Hoya in my collection. Hoya imbricata develops one leaf at a time instead of two and if grown next to a wall or another plant, the leaves will hug the wall like a sticky pancake. Mine are currently taco shaped because they haven’t had anything to grow up against until now. So I’m training it to grow up my Monstera deliciosa.

The adorable red leaves on my Hoyas

When my Hoyas decide to grow larger, sometimes I’m greeted with the most beautifully saturated, red baby leaves. Only some Hoya will do this, and usually only when they receive strong sunlight. These ones grow in my south facing window in full sun (still protected by glass), even though most Hoya owners strongly disagree with this method and only grow their plants in indirect sunlight. I think Denmark is far enough north to let me do this. I still wouldn’t recommend growing Hoya in full sun when you live in a warmer climate.

Update on the ugly Hoya “krimson princess”

Sometimes I keep ugly plants just to give them a chance to live their lives. I wrote about the ugly version of a Hoya carnosa “krimson princess” a while ago and how its leaves are oddly distorted and look like slices of roast beef. I got these two as cuttings from the same private seller and she did say they were from two different plants. Both plants were krimson princess. One was just.. odd.

I expected the odd one to correct itself, but now 1,5 years later, it’s even uglier. The leaves aren’t as curly, but they’re still sort of distorted along the edges. And they stay meaty red, even though the sun doesn’t hit the leaves directly. The funny thing is that the regular krimson princess turned out even more beautiful than they usually are.

Hoya carnosa “krimson queen”

The best thing about my Hoya carnosa “krimson queen” is the all-white leaves. They’re so adorable! I wish you could propagate and grow a whole plant with these leaves. Unfortunately that wouldn’t be possible because they lack chlorophyll and wouldn’t survive without being attached to a plant with green leaves.

This Hoya was supposed to grow much slower than my all-green plants, but it’s actually almost my fastest growing Hoya. I placed it on my south facing window sill because this one needs a lot of sun to grow. It must have been the perfect spot for it.

Hoya citrina update

The Hoya citrina cuttings I got from the nice Hoya lady in early July are thriving more than I thought they would be. They all grew roots after a week in moist soil, even without the plastic bag I usually use to raise the humidity around the plants I’m rooting. These are going to take over my apartment in no time.

Hoya citrina leaves are huge and heavy, so I had to use one of my spare round trellises to prop them up. They’re so shiny as well!