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My Hoya retusa is blooming!

Hoya retusa is pretty special in many ways. It doesn’t look like your regular Hoya. I think most people would just keep walking if they saw this guy in a flower shop, wondering why they sell expensive grass – and more often than not, unlabeled, like this one was when I found it. It’s also special when it blooms. Unlike most other Hoyas, Hoya retusa doesn’t grow peduncles. Singular flower buds grow directly on the main stem and fall off when they’re done. The flowers have a very faint scent of lemony cough drops.

I’ve been watching my retusa explode with growth, lately. I have to constantly control the vines to keep them from trailing the ceiling or grabbing my other plants.

One year’s growth – Hoya verticillata

I spent a couple of hours untangling my Hoya verticillata (bought as Hoya citrina but re-identified. I have now changed the title of all blog posts mentioning this Hoya). This plant is so sensitive and bleeds sticky, white sap everywhere if I accidentally bend the vines or leaves too much. A couple of leaves broke off as well, but that was expected. Round trellises don’t work well for fast growing vining plants like this one, because it’s hard to untangle them when the vines wrap around everything they touch.

It looks so much better now! Hoya verticillata really is one of the prettier Hoyas out there, even when it’s not flowering. The two images show the growth from unrooted cuttings to a full plant in just the span of a year.

More Hoyas!

There are Hoyas in my collection, which I never really took that many pictures of. My Hoya lacunosa ‘Eskimo’ sort of died off for a while before I found the one place it could thrive in my apartment. Apparently it hates staying anywhere but the mini-greenhouse I use to nurse Hoyas back to health. The little greenhouse provides high humidity and slightly less light than what most other Hoyas prefer. I guess I can only enjoy the sight this one when I’m taking it out to take pictures of it. I bought the Hoya lacunosa in August 2019 and it just started to grow more leaves a couple of months ago when it decided to stop dying.

Hoya australis ‘Lisa’ is one of the coolest looking Hoyas in my opinion. They’re slightly more colorful than most other Hoyas, especially when they grow new leaves. This one is a fast grower and is pretty easy to take care of. My plant is fairly new and still very small. I do expect it to have taken over its trellis somewhere around this time next year.

The Hoya diptera was a gift from the lady I’m trading cuttings with once in a while. She always has Hoyas I never knew existed, including this one. The foliage of Hoya diptera is kind of bland, but the flowers are super cute! They’re creamy yellow and look like little stars. I think it’s going to be a while before mine blooms, though. I got these as unrooted cuttings in May this year.

Hoya obovata variegata update

This is my slowest growing Hoya, the Hoya obovata variegata. It recently started to grow new leaves after a long break, so I’m hoping for a growth spurt. It’s more than welcome to do what my Hoya kerrii is doing right now. I got this one in 2018 and it’s only double the size of what it was when I bought it.
The leave are getting prettier than they were before, too. At first they were curly and oblong, maybe because it was getting too much or too little sun, but now they’re perfectly round and flat with just a little bit of variegation in the middle.

The Hoya nursery

My Hoya nursery has decided to suddenly grow very fast. I was worried about them outgrowing their trellises, so I quickly crafted bigger ones out of flower sticks and chopsticks.
My Hoya kerrii is probably the happiest of them all. It’s in the middle of a huge growth spurt right now and the vines even started to attach themselves to the Hoya cumingiana in the hanging planter above it. I love how it didn’t grow at all for more than a year and then decided to put on a show. I think I spotted the beginnings of a couple of peduncles, too!

From left to right: Hoya sp. Black Leaves EPC-301, Hoya polyneura and Hoya kerrii.

About half of my Hoya collection in my living room window

This may seem excessive. It kind of is, too. When you don’t have curtains, an excessive amount of plants works too. I mean, what else am I going to place in a window other than plants?
Hoyas love a good amount of sunlight, even strong light from a south facing window, like this one. A new plant, or one that was previously used to less light, may need some time to get used to it, but I’ve found that the plants in this window grow much faster and bloom more often than the plants I’ve placed in partial shade.

I took a couple of pictures of my Hoya compacta variegata – one with the vines tucked away, like they usually are, and one where I let the vines grow freely. I measured both of them to be 90 cm long. Almost 30 cm longer than they were 3 months ago. I lost my normal green compacta to root mealy bugs a couple of months ago. If I lose this variegated plant, I would probably cry.

You know you love your plant when..

… you spend 2 hours at night after a long day of work unraveling the vines of a Hoya to try and change the trellis. My Hoya Krimson Queen was too heavy for the simple, round wire trellis and the plant was starting to lean to one side. There wasn’t enough room for the vines and leaves to grow without problems, either. The innermost leaves were warped out of shape from getting stuck in tight spaces and the vines were strangling themselves as they grew larger.
Time to save this big boy.
A pyramid shaped trellis works better for larger plants with more weight to them. Luckily I had a spare one after slaughtering my Hoya australis (starting over from cuttings because of root problems).
This new setup works much better! Now every leaf gets sunlight and there’s room for even more growth.

Hoya flowers on a rainy day

This week is going to be rainy and windy with pretty much no chance of sun. My Hoyas gave me something nice to look at, now that I can’t go outside on my walks – 2 huge flower umbels on my Hoya carnosa “krimson queen”, 3 umbels on my Hoya cumingiana and 5 on my Hoya bella. When I wake up in the morning, my living room smells like all sorts of candy mixed together.
The cumingiana and bella have both been blooming constantly for the last couple of months, developing new peduncles as the old ones fall off.