Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Hoya Shepherdii (possibly)

During last winter the Green Shop at Clayfield were having a sale, so I managed to pick up this huge Hoya ( simply labelled Hoya species) for $15 . It took me an hour to untangle it, divide it up and take cuttings. I got three good sized plants from it plus cuttings. From checking different websites I concluded it may be Hoya Shepherdii, and a few people more knowledgeble than myself think so too. Sandy from Hoyas etc. also suggested possibly Hoya CV Minibelle. Well..... one of the smallest cuttings has started a bud, I have heard people remark that they have had cuttings flower before, but I don't know how common it is. I hope I did the right thing, it was in water (it had two roots on it about 1/2 inch long) and when I saw the bud I thought I'd better plant it. So I've got my fingers crossed.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Hoya Pachyclada.

This is a Hoya that comes from North EasternThailand and is a slow growing succulant variety. It has white highly perfumed flowers, so I was quite thrilled to see the buds appearing. It is one of the more expensive Hoya's but well worth it. Providing the plant grows well and stays healthy we can expect to harvest some cuttings in future years. It can be quite a heavy plant due to the thickness of its leaves and it is said to trail rather than climb for this reason. Keep watching, I hope it blooms successfully.