Hoya talk forum: March Flowers!

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ImageVineMaster
Mar 18, 2014 4:58 PM CST
Name: Jimmy
Raleigh NC
Finally got a few to bloom...This cold weather does not want to go away..to top it off my humidifer died this week,so I'm misting my hoys more till my new humidifer comes in.The hoays are taking the dry air somewhat ok.A yellow leaf here and there and some vine die back on a few which I don't like!looks like its gonna be at least mid late April before the plants can come outside Grumbling Hoya carnosa ChelseaThumb of 2014-03-18/VineMaster/55387f
Hoya callistophylla IML 1762Thumb of 2014-03-18/VineMaster/4265a6
ImageHoyaLover
Mar 19, 2014 6:40 AM CST
Name: Aaralynn H.
San Francisco, CA
nice !...
plumania
Mar 19, 2014 8:37 PM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
In bloom
Subclava -Thumb of 2014-03-20/plumania/27d441
Lacunosa-Thumb of 2014-03-20/plumania/9e3e94
Pubicalyx Pink Silver-Thumb of 2014-03-20/plumania/5df458
Just finished, CagayanensisThumb of 2014-03-20/plumania/a9a9c5
AlohaHoya
Mar 19, 2014 8:49 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Here's a new cultivar we will probably release this year or next year... mindorensis X davidcuminsii ... so many flowers (203...I counted) the corollas can't recurve....Thumb of 2014-03-20/AlohaHoya/24e082
Leap. The net will appear.
plumania
Mar 20, 2014 4:22 AM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
Wow, red ball of flowers. And no hair! Do they have any fragrance? What kind of leaves? Did you give it a name yet?
plumania
Mar 20, 2014 7:13 AM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
Hoya hellwigianaThumb of 2014-03-20/plumania/b8f97e
AlohaHoya
Mar 20, 2014 8:45 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Nice, Alka. Don't you like hellwigiana? I love the leaves and the flowers.

Sadly, I didn't note a fragrance...but I am only out there during the day. With the next blooming I'll bring it to the house to check on a night fragrance!
Leap. The net will appear.
plumania
Mar 20, 2014 10:28 AM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
Carol, I bought this hellwigiana from you. It is doing well so far,grown outdoors. Love it's leaves and flowers and it has a nice spicy fragrance.
So, how are the leaves on this new baby?
ImageHoyaDoug
Mar 20, 2014 1:09 PM CST
Name: Doug
Lamoille County, VT
Beautiful flowers Alka!

Carol, that flower is a real winner. I absolutely love it. Could you give us any details on how this cultivar came about?

Doug
ImageHoyaLover
Mar 20, 2014 5:34 PM CST
Name: Aaralynn H.
San Francisco, CA
Carol.. OMG 230 flowers ... that's so many ... how long does mindorensis X davidcuminsii last ?
goddess9
Mar 21, 2014 7:43 AM CST
Name: Lauren
Philadelphia, PA
Nice blooms, everyone! My H. latifolia is budding up after only 1.5 years, and I think another peduncle is coming in...I hope to join the excitement this month. Smiling
AlohaHoya
Mar 21, 2014 11:04 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Doug... There's a fellow in Idaho (he was my first ever hoya connection and I learned so much from him) who learned how to pollinate hoya flowers from Micheal Miyashiro who did lots and lots of crosses (Sunrise, Joy, Noelle, Jennifer etc.) and he started some major crossing: erythrina X erythrostemma, MB001 (another cross of his very much like acuta but with lovely leaves) X excavata, nicholsoniae X Joy and about 20 others.

I've been growing a lot of them out(he periodically sends me more seedlings cause my growing conditions are better than his Whistling ..and 'culling' them periodically (a process I continue to do almost everyday) taking out leaves that are unattractive, weak ones, keeping the early bloomers (one min x dc bloomed 11 months from seed being planted!!!!) Then once I have narrowed a grex down to 2 or 3 of the best combination of leaves+flowers+vigor, I move them into lower light and track what happens to the leaves with less light, will they bloom repeatedly, number of umbels each time, sizes etc. Only unique crosses that really improve upon the species will be considered. For instance, sp. Laos X purpureofusca has 3 plants in the running out of about 40 seedlings I grew out to a year...then I kept about 20 of those and have settled on 3 with possibilities. These 3 are vigorous growers, prolific bloomers (4 - 7 umbels at a time less than 20 months from seed, repeatedly) where purpureofusca is a real reluctant bloomer...selfish with her beauty.

I will be sending small plants and cuttings out to 2 or 3 collectors with different conditions to see how they perform in more 'normal conditions'....and then they will be released. We agreed that the first releases, as cuttings, will go to collectors- NOT nurseries NOR sellers and not to Thailand- for the first year. If the Thais and nurseries like Tropiflora get hold of them, they will be massed produced.

That same min X dc with the huge umbel was the one that bloomed at 11 months.

I'm also working with the Swedish Hoya Society to set up an International Cultivar Registry Authority (I always forget what the A stands for Rolling my eyes. ) so that, like roses and begonias etc. there is a Registry for Hoya cultivars. With simply everyone in the world growing out seeds and circulating them randomly, there needs to be a central 'clearing house'...where those accepted will have to be published in a certain way.

On Facebook, Mike has started a 'page' called Hoya Creations where he has posted photos of some of them and will be posting more.

So...now you see what I have been busy doing!!!! The rejects are going out on my trees...so I can enjoy the fragrances!!!!!! and the flowers....and this will be another 'test'.

I've learned a lot with this project!!! 'Hybrid Vigor' is a fact!!!!! Big Grin
Leap. The net will appear.
ImageHoyaDoug
Mar 22, 2014 5:49 AM CST
Name: Doug
Lamoille County, VT
Wow, I guess you have been busy Carol! I thank you and the gentleman from Idaho for taking on such important work. The possibilities for some of these vigorous crosses are endless. For my growing conditions, neither H. mindorensis or H. davidcummingii are particularly vigorous on their own - I can grow them, but they take tremendous TLC. A cross between the two could be a completely different story. I look forward to hearing much more about these grand cultivars in the months ahead!

Doug
AlohaHoya
Mar 22, 2014 11:05 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Thanks, Doug... it has been fun! And there will be a number of exciting ones coming up too!!!
Leap. The net will appear.
ImageJulieK
Mar 24, 2014 10:53 AM CST
Name: Julie Kennedy
UK
Nice blooms everyone!! Love that subcalva Alka Lovey dubby

Here's a new one for me, courtesy of Doug, who not only gave me the plant, but held my hand tweaking the growing conditions until I finally got it right!!
Thanks Doug I tip my hat to you.
Hoya megalaster
Thumb of 2014-03-24/JulieK/5c42d4
ImageHoyaDoug
Mar 24, 2014 12:52 PM CST
Name: Doug
Lamoille County, VT
Your welcome Julie! I love the photograph - Great Job!

Doug
plumania
Mar 24, 2014 2:48 PM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
Good job with megalaster,Julie. Somehow,this flower reminds me of those plastic flowers.

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