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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!

Hoya cumingiana rescue

Have you ever felt sorry for a plant, feeling like it’s trapped on a trellis that’s way too small and claustrophobic, even though it’s.. just a plant? This Hoya cumingiana has outgrown its trellis way too long ago. Its vines are fairly stiff and won’t bend around the small trellis without snapping and some of the vines were half snapped around a tight corner before I bought it. I felt genuinely sorry for it. So I found this other small, round trellis in my stack of plant stuff and spent half an hour untangling the vines. I then gently attached it to the round trellis with orchid clamps. Now they’re about as free as they can be.

Hoya sp. Black Leaves EPC-301

The Hoya with the odd sounding name is growing the most beautiful leaves right now! The sun is giving the little white speckles a faint pink tone and I love it. This is one of the cuttings I got from the nice Hoya lady in July. It’s not growing as fast as the citrina I got from her, but the leaves look nice and healthy. So far it has grown one set of leaves since July and another set is on the way.

My Hoya nursery

This is my “nursery”, currently fully stocked with Hoya cuttings and a couple of Nepenthes. This room is perfect because it doesn’t get any direct sunlight in the hot summer months, but the heat and strong indirect sunlight from my balcony just outside the window help the fragile plants grow. In winter when the weather in Denmark is cold and humid, this room gets direct sunlight, heating the room to a perfect temperature. I’ve been lucky to have a room like this in my apartment.

Newly rooted Hoya polyneura

My Hoya polyneura just rooted after a couple of weeks in a plastic bag with moist and well draining soil. It even grew a few extra roots along the stem to stay hydrated in the plastic bag. I really like this one because of its visible veins and thin leaves. Sometimes they appear to glow because sunlight can pass through the thin parts of the leaves.

This one is apparently fairly hard to keep alive, so I hope my green thumbs are enough to help it thrive in my apartment.

Hoya cumingiana flowers

I caught a sweet scent across the room and went to check the plants on my window sill. And sure enough, my Hoya cumingiana’s first ever flower buds popped open today! All of my different Hoya’s flowers have unique scents and this one is especially pleasant and quite strong. It kinda smells like a juicy mango, my number one favorite fruit.

This Hoya is very fast growing and hard to control on a small trellis. I bought it in April when it looked like this and since then it has almost completely covered the trellis with its adorable leaves.

So far three of my 20 varieties of Hoya have flowered. Hoya bella smells like sugary candy, Hoya citrina has an overpowering smell of rotten fruit in a trash can and Hoya cumingiana smells like mango. Only 17 varieties to go.

Another Hoya haul

Guys, guess what. Yeah, I bought more Hoya cuttings. Only one is rooted and the rest have just been cut from a nursery in Belgium.

These are: Hoya linearis, Hoya serpens, Hoya polyneura and a rooted Hoya australis “Lisa”. They’re all in very good shape, like the Hoya kerrii and Hoya macrophylla I bought from the same seller last time.

They’re all varieties I’ve wanted for quite a while, especially the serpens with its cute little leaves. It’s very different from other Hoya. This bunch of cuttings just shows that Hoya aren’t just boring green plants, like the lady in a new local plant store told me. Even when they’re not flowering, the leaves can be pretty interesting to look at.