I didn’t think my Hoya carnosa “krimson queen” would bloom this year. But while checking the leaves for pests, I noticed a nice and large flower umbel well hidden underneath the leaves. I’ve never seen so many flowers on a Hoya before. I didn’t know they were fluffy, either. Turns out they have a very faint scent of chocolate.
I reanimated my old iPhone 6 just to take these photos with the macro lens I bought specifically for this phone, so the quality of these images isn’t great. I just wanted to see my Hoya flowers up close. The Hoya cumingiana photo turned out pretty well, I think. They look like little shooting stars.
I was having problems with the round trellis for my Hoya cumingiana because the vines are too stiff to properly wrap around the metal wire. It looked like a hot mess, so I carefully removed the trellis and let all of the vines hang loose. I had no idea how long the vines were! When I stretch them out, they can reach the bottom of my window sill, hanging from the top of the window.
The plant doesn’t look like it suffered too much from being unwrapped, but it did lose a few leaves here and there. The almost naked parts of the vines is the result of a couple of spider mite infestations. Luckily, I haven’t seen any spider mites since fall.
Now it’s easier to appreciate the flowers, too!
Not much to say. These flowers are amazing! 🌸
This morning I woke up to a sweet scent in my living room. Initially I thought my Hoya bella flowers were the source, but I was able to track it down to a different plant. Turns out my Hoya cumingiana decided to bloom without my knowledge. All I had to do was turn the plant and there they were – 3 new flower umbels right next to each other!
I felt like my Hoya polyneura deserved its own trellis so I quickly made one from two pieces of wire and started training the vines to grow around it. This Hoya only has two vines right now, but it will look nice and bushy in a few months.
The veins look awesome when the sun shines through the leaves, which doesn’t happen very often because I keep this one away from direct sunlight. This plant is supposedly incredibly fussy compared to other Hoyas, but I haven’t had too much trouble keeping it alive.
It gets watered probably way too often, which means the soil is lightly moist at all times. I fertilize often, too. The leaves develop pale green spots when it wants to be fertilized and they disappear quickly when it’s been fed.
The last couple of times I used a fertilizer specifically designed for blooming plants. My Hoya polyneura then developed a couple of peduncles on the end of both vines. Maybe it was the fertilizer or maybe the weather was just right. Either way, I’m happy!
I haven’t really showed you any updates on this bunch of Hoyas in a while. I bought these as unrooted cuttings or small cuttings with just a few roots last summer and they’re all doing very well. The Hoya kerrii and Hoya obovata variegata are growing sooo slowly while the H. polyneura and H. EPC-301 have started to look like nicely established plants. The H. citrina is all over the place.
This year’s first Hoya bloom is here! My Hoya bella blooms more often than any of my other Hoyas and the blooms are adorable. They have such a nice and sweet scent. You can’t really tell it’s blooming unless you look for the buds underneath the leaves.
A long boy with a long name. It outgrew the plant stand I normally use for smaller hanging plants, so I thought it deserved its own spot in the sun. I measured the two big vines to be 65 cm from the soil line to the tip of the vine.
I gave all of my Hoyas, including this one, a big dose of fertilizer last week and they all went crazy. They must have needed it after a long and dark winter with no growth whatsoever. This fertilizer is designed to help flowering plants bloom and I think it works. Both my Hoya bella and Hoya pubicalyx “royal hawaiian purple” are growing new peduncles!
This Hoya citrina hasn’t given up yet. It only just started growing again after a long and dark winter, and only because I’m misting the leaves once a day. I guess it needs high humidity to grow without dropping all of its new leaves.