Bitten by the Hoya bug

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Bitten by the Hoya bug

Post Number:#1  Postby Steph115 » Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:26 pm

I'd never been particularly interested in hoyas. Something about the too-perfect geometry of the sphere of flowers turned me off. That was until I saw Hoya multiflora ("shooting star hoya") with flowers that suit the name. I found an H. multiflora and bought it from an online seller. It resumed growth almost immediately after potting and already has two flower stalks growing! I told myself that this one hoya was the exception - there were no other hoyas that would seduce me.

Then I saw Hoya macgillivrayi. A giant hoya, it is a climbing vine that can grow >5 feet in height with individual, burgundy-colored flowers that are larger than a typical hoya flower cluster. On top of that, I realized that I loved Hoya carnosa compacta ("Hindu rope") in spite of its perfect geometric flower clusters. Hanging baskets of this plant are breathtaking. I found both for a killer price at Bob Smoley's Gardenworld and they arrived today! They look super healthy and ready to take off.

Anyone else a little Hoya-obsessed?
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Re: Bitten by the Hoya bug

Post Number:#2  Postby Steph115 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:23 am

3...2...1... blooms!
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Re: Bitten by the Hoya bug

Post Number:#3  Postby Azuleja » Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:34 am

Those are pretty! They look like little shooting stars.
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Re: Bitten by the Hoya bug

Post Number:#4  Postby Gee.S » Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:16 pm

Hey Steph, Hoya doing? :))

I believe Tony at Plant Delights once claimed he had some Agave × Hoya hybrid buns in the oven, but for reasons unknown, those little piggies never made it to market.
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Re: Bitten by the Hoya bug

Post Number:#5  Postby Steph115 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:26 pm

Oh hey Gee - I'm pretty good - hoyabout you? :lol: :roll: we're so bad.

A hoya-agave hybrid?! I can't even imagine what that would look like. Or how one would come up with even attempting this cross. Are they more closely related than they seem?
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Post Number:#6  Postby Gee.S » Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:25 pm

I know, really odd, right? There was a blurb about it at Plant Delights several years back, but no trace of it now. My guess is a cross, then viable seed, then a bunch of seedlings that all bit the dust.
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Re: Bitten by the Hoya bug

Post Number:#7  Postby Steph115 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:19 am

Expanded my collection to include H. imperialis, H. megalaster, H. archiboldiana, H. finlaysonii, and H. carnosa "Chelsea". The first three listed are relatives of H. macgillivrayi and can grow to 5 feet tall. Their flowers are awesome. Archiboldiana flowers look like a chalice, and Megalaster reminds me of the "Demagorgon" from the series Stranger Things. I purchased all of these from Bob Smoley's Gardenworld except megalaster, which was harder to find.

I've put most of them together in a crate because I've read they can create a nice humid microenvironment & help each other grow. They burn very easily. I have them getting a touch of direct sun through a southeast facing window and the Imperialis & Macgillivrayi have sustained some damage. I am keeping them there hoping they will adapt because I think they'll grow better in the long run with more intense sun.

Flower photos from Vermont Hoyas - the best site I've found for tips on hoya cultivation.
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