This plant was a gift and was sent as the Hoya named after Lowce Andrews. I am unsure of the proper name or the true ID but hope to know after I get a bloom or 2. It looks allot like my H. latifolia, however, we all know looks can be deceiving.
This leaf is 7" X 5".
That plant came from Susan in Va. last summer, Awanda. The special plants you sent me are all doing wonderful though. I bought and killed 2 H. hypolasia plants, but, the one you gave me is growing like a weed! All the CV's are doing great too!
I used Alaska bloom fertilizer on occasion through the winter, 20-20-20 once the Hoyas started putting on growth in the spring, and alternate Alaska Bloom ,and half strength 10-60-10 and 20-20-20 through the growing season. I have also been misting at least twice a day and giving them an occasional mist of Eleanors. I have developed a heavier hand for watering too.
Ladies your leaves are very huge. Var. polstachya is way cool. Mel do you have a picture of the bloom? I would love to see it. I wish I had the room to get bigger leaved Hoya's, but I know one day they will be to huge, and I wouldn't be able to part with them.
Wow...I had no idea hoyas got leaves THAT big! Bizzarre.
Does anyone have a list (or web site) that basically says...
~ For quick growers, try these hoyas...
~ For big leaves, try these...
~ For fragrant blooms, there are these...
~ For large blooms, these...
(you get the idea)
For quick growers, try litoralis, australis, carnosa, limoniaca, obscura, verticillata (most of them), pottsii, parviflora, citrina, anutala, wayetii, inconspicua...
For big leaves, try macrophylla/polystachya, pentaphlebia (the yellow one), glabra, citrina, calycina, onychoides, imperialis, naumanii, kerrii, magnifica, latifolia...
For fragrant blooms, try onychoides, carnosa, australis, wightii, pottsii, verticillata, obscura, cumingiana, incrassata, cv. Christine, lacunosa, citrina, calycina, thomsonii... these are the ones I find have the strongest fragrances.
For large blooms, try imperialis, onychoides, magnifica, calycina, pauciflora, schneei, sp. Tanna, wallichii, macgillivrayii... (and eriostemmas)
I'm sure I have forgotten some, but these are the ones I can think of without having to check in my windows!
Edited to add some more... and some more on Oct 7th.
Wow, Betsy, thanks for asking those questions. And Christina, thank YOU for the list. That makes it so much easier for us novices to head in one particular direction - at least for the time being. I love this forum!
Hey, Carol...why don't you run a Special labeled "Carol's Favorites" and include a number of the ones you listed. You could sub-categorize..."Carol's Favorite Hoya Flowers"..."Carol's Favorite Fragrant Hoyas"..etc. If you send them all to me, I'd be happy to be your guinea pig/ test bed and evaluate for you. =0)
Betsy, I see you have been taking lessons from Awanda again.
Tami, my plant bloomed once and I did not catch it on film. I have problems with the flower buds blasting. I personally feel that the foilage is far more exciting than the blooms on this paticular plant.
Gee Betsy...super idea. I think I will put a list on the website of what I think are for fragrance etc...and add Christinas... We will put H. magnifica down at the bottom tho my clone does smell VERY good.
Are you really going to do that? If so, I will watch for said offer! I have been looking at your website trying to decide what to order and this will make it easier. Keep us posted!
P.S. Awanda...in good conscience, I cannot let you take blame for my actions. I DEFINATELY "have it in me"...and HAVE HAD my entire life. I've been called "ornery" more than once. =o)
...and sis...keep your mouth buttoned. LOL
ONERY!!!! Let me tell you stories...!! (You are all right, she DOES have it in her!!!) LOL Anyway, Carol, that would actually be a terrific idea, especially from a novice standpoint. There's so many hoyas, and a little "categorizing" would be SO helpful!! Thanks - Karen
Wow...that looks like my glabra.
Isn't latifoia and loyceandrewsiana supposed to be the same thing? Mine look different (the latter being almost round leafed and has spots/markings on the leaves).
The rounded leaf hoya is called H. aff latifolia (IML 88 is what I have), and Randy's is H. aff. latifolia. That is because it has not been determined which IS H. latifolia...so we have lots of 'affinis' in circulation. Please remember to KEEP the 'aff.'...when writing or talking about these hoyas...it is very important...
Thanks, Carol. I'll remember to add the (aff.) when appropriate.
Donna, the leaves were almost that big when Carol sent it!!! I'm not sure what she was feeding it or (juicing) it with! LOL!
I feed mine with a combination of slow release 'Osmocote' granules or 1/2 strength 'Supper Bloom' instant release liquid fert. I also mist the leaves with 'Super Thrive', once every two weeks during the summer.
I recently started using (lime) and (horticultural charcoal) in my soil changes.
Thanks so much for the list. I'm such a dummy, though! All this time when I get good info off forums or threads, I think I'm going to remember where I saw it. Just thought about the fact that I could copy and paste then save it in My Documents...duh! Then I can more easily find important info. Barbara
I was making cuttings today and found this leaf...13" long...I had to cut it to get the cutting to stay in the pot and I swear I could have used it as a frizbee...or a birdbath...or a bathmat...or a...
Hey...that is the same leaf PlumeriaGod posted!!! It is a H. aff. latifolia (NOT IML 88...I have lost the IML #)...and some just grow HUGE. It has to be my all time fave for leaves! I have never seen a bloom...too busy making cuttings. When I retire I will let it grow...yuk yuk yuk and maybe see some blooms. Actually, I am letting one vine grow sans cutting it and hopefully will see flowas!!!
WHOA! Huuuuuge leaves! Makes me wonder how the plant can hold up that much weight! Is it true or are you guys just kidding when you say "The bigger the leaf, the bigger the blooms"? Cuz if it's true - holy cow...Carol...you gonna have yourself a BOUQUETTE when that thing blooms!
...I bet that is the leaf Adam had stragetically placed. =0)
Alas...the node had two leaves, the other almost as big...and I had to cut one off completely and the other (pictured) about 4/5 off. Will send picture of them all rooting wif dey liddel heads cutoff! heh heh.
Here is the another leaf I cut the same way...must've 'frisbeed'the big one off in the orchard...it is 11 x 6. I often cut them in odd ways so they will fit in the pot better. Way more than enough leaf to be a 'factory'...
Thanks all. No secret, no dust...just good ol Calif. fresh air and sunshine (shaded of course) for the summer. That onychoides sat in the house in a window all winter and did absolutly nothing until spring came and I moved it out to the tree.
Oh, by the way...that little bird figure that is in the pot of onychoides is a water/moisture meter. I have several of those that I found at a gift shop near me. You stick their long legs in the soil to a point near the roots, and if it drys out, they start to chirp every so often. They sound just like a real little bird. The only way you know it is not a real bird is that it happens quite regularly if the soil is dry. It also is fixed with a light meter so that they only chirp in the daylight hours so they don't wake you up to water the plant. Ha.
The gift shop had them out of the soil so they were all chirping away every 3 or 4 minutes. It was so cute, I couldn't resist getting a few. I placed them around in various plants and if I hear a chirping, I know that all the plants in that area are due for a water check. Neat, huh? I think I saw them advertised in one of my garden catalogs too.
I had someone D-mail me asking about large leafed hoyas, before their order to David Liddle. Sorry I can't remember who it was off the top of my head. I was searching for info on my aff. latifolia, and came across this thread. I thought I would bump it up to the top.