Growing conditions forum: Hoya kerrii- what does it need to bloom ?

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plumania
Jun 18, 2012 6:06 AM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
I have this one for appx a year now (plain fuzzy kerrii)and initially it did not grow much, then I put it in a tree under partial shade and it grew better but leaves developed some ugly patches .I thought may be it was too humid there and moved it to another tree that provides filtered light but is a drier location protected . Plant just took off and vines are growing well. One vine got so long it is tangled up in tree branches now. I grow it dry-ish and do not fertilize much.
No blooms so far though. There are a few peduncles but they seem to be doing nothing. Should I fertilize with a bloom booster...leave it alone and see if it blooms in winter..?
What to do ?
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ImageHoyaDoug
Jun 18, 2012 6:37 AM CST
Name: Doug
Lamoille County, VT
I just can't speak at all to those warm Florida conditions Alka. My kerriis hibernate all winter, and in the spring start putting on growth and they are blooming like crazy right now. Hopefully someone will report from a climate similar to yours.

Doug
Dee2
Jun 18, 2012 7:26 AM CST
Name: Dee Enslow
Chipley, FL (panhandle)
Alka, I have the 'reverse' variegated one (yellow center green edging). I keep mine in high bright light and keep it more on the moist side. Mine blooms constantly. Will take pictures

Dee
plumania
Jun 18, 2012 11:20 AM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
Thanks Dee,will wait to see yours.
So ,may be more light and water! Confused

Editing to add- OK, moved kerrii to a location with more sun during early part of the day. Very difficult to handle those stiff vines. One is 7 -8 feet and other is almost 4 feet. Several peduncles but they have no buds.I want to wrap it around itself but worry about die back. So I just laid vine in the branches of host tree. I am going to provide it a bit of bloom booster and see what happens.
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AlohaHoya
Jun 20, 2012 11:09 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
You lucky ducks!!! I have had mine for years and they have NEVER bloomed!!! YES, Alka...give it some Bloom Fert.
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagepropmaker
Jun 20, 2012 4:40 PM CST
Name: Dominic Murray
Lanzarote, Canary Islands

My temps are similar to Florida.......Mine sulked for a couple of years in the shade house, so I stuck it outside and ignored it. Hardly watered it, certainly didnt feed it, and then it just took off, in full sun, and bloomed like gad. Just setting buds and shooting new growth everywhere now. I've seen huge specimens of this plant on other islands here. Treat it bad, tollerate a few unsightly leaves....insects, etc, and it should be happy and reward you. Quite a dry succulent grower this one
ImageJulieK
Jun 21, 2012 12:17 AM CST
Name: Julie Kennedy
UK
Thats hoyas for you....one grower keeps it bright and moist, one dry and full sun.
Both are blooming happy. Hilarious!
Dee2
Jun 21, 2012 8:10 AM CST
Name: Dee Enslow
Chipley, FL (panhandle)
Alka I will take a picture of the whole plant for you. I posted picture of the leaf and blooms in the June bloom thread.
plumania
Jun 21, 2012 8:19 AM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
Thanks Dee. I saw those gorgeous pictures. Now I am even more eager for mine to bloom. It is full of peduncles but i see no buds on them. I gave mild dose of bloom booster and then it rained heavy next
2 days (that happens often Grumbling ).
Dee2
Jun 21, 2012 8:34 AM CST
Name: Dee Enslow
Chipley, FL (panhandle)
Alka, I spray mine with Fish fertilizer about once a month. They all seem to like that, but it stinks for a few hours, so when I spray it is usually in the evening before dark when I am done picking on the plants, then I go in and take a shower, this way I don't have to smell like an aquarium all day. Rolling on the floor laughing
plumania
Jun 21, 2012 10:32 AM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
Oh Dee, I wish my nose was not that sensitive to fishy smell. I used it in past, but that smell is hard to get rid off. Would love to pic of whole plant whenever you get a chance to post it. Mine always seems like it is having bad hair day,vines in all directions.
Dee2
Jun 21, 2012 12:45 PM CST
Name: Dee Enslow
Chipley, FL (panhandle)
Yep, that is what it looks like alright, especially with all those little ariel roots

Dee
plumania
Jun 21, 2012 2:54 PM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
Oh then mine is probably NOT a weirdo.And aerial roots are very small on mine.
Imagetarev
Jun 22, 2012 9:12 AM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA:9b
Hello everyone! My first time to post here..I also have Hoya kerrii variegata, my first one which I got early this year. So far I also do not have blooms yet, it has only made one stalk longer and grown 2 new leaves which I notice is all green, no variegation. Still trying to understand its quirks..but it seems to like a little more watering, seems to grow the leaves and any new ones faster, now that the weather has warmed up. Will observe a bit more..hoping to see something bloom whenever Big Grin
ImageJulieK
Jun 22, 2012 11:02 AM CST
Name: Julie Kennedy
UK
Welcome Tarev Smiling
Dee2
Jun 22, 2012 11:43 AM CST
Name: Dee Enslow
Chipley, FL (panhandle)
Hello and welcome Tarev,

I found that when the variegated one doesn't get enough light it starts to revert back to solid green. As long as the light is high the variegation will be there. It took mine about a year maybe a little more before it bloomed. Now it blooms all summer.

Dee
ImageCeeDub
Jun 22, 2012 7:12 PM CST
Name: Christine Wootton
Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Welcome Tarev! It's nice to have you aboard.

Christine
Imagetarev
Jun 22, 2012 7:22 PM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA:9b
Thanks everyone! Big Grin

So if it turns all green having low light...how about if the leaf is almost all yellow?
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ImageCeeDub
Jun 22, 2012 7:34 PM CST
Name: Christine Wootton
Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Kerrii needs high light or else the space between its leaves (internodes) become too long, and the plant will look leggy. As for your yellow leaf, it produces no chlorophyl and thus no food for the plant. I'd nip it off.

Christine
Imagetarev
Jun 24, 2012 11:46 PM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA:9b
Ohh, I would be scared to nip the very yellow one off...it takes quite a while to make new leaves Big Grin But thanks for the info about the cholorophyll.

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