Sunday, June 01, 2008

A few clinging Hoyas

These are a few hoyas that look quite attractive in a hanging basket cascading out. But as you can see that they will also happily cling and climb given a substrate to attatch themselves to to. In this case the the side of our weatherboard building which faces south. We've found this location ideal to grow a lot of Hoyas because it gets bright light but very little direct sun. From the top, Hoya lacunosa. Hoya obscura. Hoya hueschkeliana. Hoya halophila. and Hoya curtisii.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A few more Hoya happenings

Hoya carnosa certainly manages to get through the smallest spaces. Somehow it squeezed through the front beam of our verandah and clinging to the ceiling sent out a bloom. Another Hoya carnosa with a string of blooms on our back fence trellis. Third shot down is Hoya nummularoides probably our last bloom before Winter sets in. Next is Hoya obscura which has been flowering fairly constantly through the Summer. Finally one of our latest purchases from David and Iris Liddle Hoya sp Kalimantan IML 1168 regarded as the very best of the two toned leaf species. This really is a beautiful plant as you can see.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Late summer blooms

From the top. Hoya mindorensis in bud and flowering. I love everything about Hoyas, the leaves, the buds and flowers. Hoya multiflora the flowers on this plant seemed to last for ages.
Hoya padangensis nothing spectacular, but quite attractive poking out of the shadow. Hoya naumanii this is a first time bloomer for us, and possible in our top ten of favourites.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

experiments with logs and elkhorns

I love to experiment with the smaller growing Hoyas on some of the logs we have around the garden. The logs make for a nice bromeliad display and most are hollow and have 50mm. dia. holes drilled in them and make a refuge for our frog and skink population. The top photo has Hoya heuschkeliana on the left just beginning to cascade down the log and soon should obscure the frog entrance. This smaller growing Hoya has a small pink urn shaped flower. In the centre log just below and in between the two bromeliads is Hoya lacunosa on the right log is Hoya multiflora which is more of an upright growing hoya, commonly known as the " shooting star" Hoya.
In the centre picture I've wrapped an elkhorn around an 80mm.dia piece of paperbark log and growing epiphyticaly on the top is Hoya serpens and Hoya curtisii.
In the bottom photo on the very top of the elkhorn is Hoya odorata, an upright growing plant more of a shrub than a climber on the left is Hoya obscura which should cascade down from its pocket nicely. In the centre is a small cutting of Hoya lacunosa and a hoya multiflora which I thought I'd lost but is starting to sprout again since I planted it in the elkhorn. Being mostly epiphytes Hoyas don't need a lot of medium thats why it's good to grow some this way. Hopefully I'll post these pics again down the track after we've had some more growth.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Hoya babies

When H pachyclada and H. subquintuplinervis flowered together in the same basket (top) I was hopeful that I might get a seedpod on one of them. So I was delighted when each of them produced one. H. pachyclada ( 2nd down) and H.subquintuplinervis (3rd down) They both grew to about 8cm. long, and seemed to be taking ages to mature. When we went away after Christmas we came back to find they had burst open. Fortunately it had only just happened and I was able to plant about 25 of each seed in seed trays with a mix of potting mix and peat moss. After about a week the seedlings started to pop up. I hope they will survive, its very humid at the moment and from what I've read rotting out seems to be the main danger. Anyway it remains to be seen if any cross pollination has taken place. Seedlings of H. subquintuplinervis are (4th down) and H.pachyclada (bottom)