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)


Pearl said...

Hi Rob,

Beautiful Hoyas, I particularly liked your post on the winter leaves. I'm wondering if you know if it is possible to grow these in Adelaide and if you could give me any advice on where to source for the plants.

Regards, Pearl.

roybe said...

Hello Pearl, I'll give you an email address for a nursery in North Queensland that does mail order. Its He may be slow to reply but he has a good selection. You can grow Hoyas in Adelaide but you will need to protect them in the colder months. If you do a search on the internet there are plenty of websites wih Hoya info. thanks for calling by.

Jennifer said...

Roy, next time you have seed pods and will be away or unable to check them every day, loosely wrap the pods with scotch tape. That way, if they burst, the tape will keep them somewhat intact and prevent the seedlings from escaping. I did this, it worked great.

I also read you can encase the pod in a womans knee high nylon stocking.