When not going home on weekends, i can edit more and contemplate on what to post next. But still my posting is always spontaneous, whatever comes to mind after looking at the photos. If there is a demand-driven production, i have photo-driven posts!
Above and Below: The ever reliable Hoya carnosa is always a sight to behold when in bloom. It always gives a very distinct round umbel that is born on leafless stems. My old plant which has been producing more than 20 umbels at a blooming time almost died 2 years ago. I was able to arrest death, but blooming stopped. I got a severe case of root rotting caused by not so well draining media. It has been out of the ICU, but still recuperating from an extreme case of Near Death Experience!
Another species that brings a lot of awe is this Hoya crassicaulis. The normal characteristics is the reflexing corona, so those brown edges are supposed to be bent backwards. However, this particular plant showed this character i supposed to be just because of the plenty of flowers crowding so much in a space-limited umbel, which hindered the corolla from reflexing. This plant also went through a detour and has not been blooming for many months. I already made some cuttings to preempt the unexpected death. To my surprise, the cutting from this plant also produced a true-to-type character of this mother, the inability to reflex. That means the corollas stayed in place like those above, showing exageratedly the bright tip colors. Isn't it incredible?
brightly colored Hoya ilagiorum
It is not growing profusely like the other species. The plant remains a bit dwindling without more growths, that i cannot even get some peduncle-free stems for cuttings. However, it is so diligent in producing blooms. As soon as they dehisce, the new buds immediately go into development, and you will not wait for long.
the plant of a Hoya carnossa seedling is blooming now
Hoya pubicorolla ssp. anthracina is formerly called Hoya pubicalyx 'Black Dragon'. Compared to H pubicalyx, it has shiny, clear lighter green leaves and green pedicels. There are actually two color variations with strongly black and slightly black, i got the latter. I am still hoping i can get the 1st color form, but my source will still be coming from Sweden. Although it is endemic to the Philippines, sadly i do not have the privilege to get it locally.
Hoya celata is called Hoya pubicalyx 'White Dragon' by some foreign growers. Its leaves are very similar to H. pubicorolla ssp. anthracina, just that the flowers are white. Same as the latter it is also very viny with longer internodes. Basically, they just differ in color.
Hoya verticillata variegated. Like all variegated plants, it is growing not as fast as their normal green forms. I am not favored to see it in full bloom, and the photo above is taken the day after the flowers closed. But unlike other hoya, the flowers open again the next 2 days in the morning, although not as fully exposed as the first time.
Some hoyas i pictured at night. They are already wanting for more space, but i do not have what they want. I cannot even provide the much needed water. Anyway, i hope the rainy season is coming early next month, so they will look happier, fuller with more blooms!