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Name: TXdoodlebug
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TXdoodlebug
May 19, 2013 1:18 PM CST
I'm looking for a Hoya Multiflora 'Shooting Stars' ~ Does anyone have one for sale or knows where I can buy one? Thanks,

TXdoodlebug

P.S. - I'm also looking for a white Tacca (bat plant) but don't want seeds, I'd like to buy a plant.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
May 20, 2013 11:01 AM CST
There are two White Bat Plants, Tacca integrifolia and Tacca nivea - do you know which one you are looking for?
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
May 20, 2013 11:26 AM CST
I saw the White Bat (Tacca integrifolia) on the Florida Hill Nursery site, but just checked, and they are sold out. Too bad, the price was excellent - $6.99 each.

I've seen them occasionally at our local Lowe's or Home Depot, too. Might be worth checking as the weather warms up.
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
May 20, 2013 12:49 PM CST
If my T. integrifolia ever sends out a pup I'll keep you in mind.

An interesting thing about tacca seeds .. if you plant them within 8 weeks of harvesting they come right up in a few days .. after that they go dormant and apparently the seed coat starts producing germination inhibitors. That's why Tacca seeds are so hard to get started.
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AlohaHoya
May 20, 2013 11:22 PM CST
Also...don't cover them with soil...they are so fine and will 'drown'....
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CoraBarner
Sep 20, 2013 12:37 PM CST
Does anyone know of Hoya "snowflake"? I saw one at Lowe s with the tags that name.

Trying to find pictures of the blooms or more info about it but can' t find any.

Thanks.
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Name: TXdoodlebug
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TXdoodlebug
Sep 21, 2013 5:02 PM CST
I've been very remiss at checking into this forum. I moved to the coast and am trying to remodel my new home which is 1/2 of the size of my old one. Just getting ready to start on the kitchen in a week or two.

Yes, Xeramtheum, I'm looking for the Tacca integrifolia.
Dyzzy, thanks for the name of a Florida nursery - I tried to find some with Google but it was frustrating. I have found several but they are almost always sold out. Boy, $6.99 is very good. I finally found one, looks healthy of course not very big so Xera ~ please tell me how you grow yours and of course, help it to bloom. Right now, it's on a baker's rack which is in a window facing north. I would appreciate any tips you might have to pass on.

Thanks again, y'all
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 21, 2013 8:07 PM CST
If you're on the coast in TX, that plant will do much better outside than in. They love warmth and humidity! Indoors in the a/c is too cool and dry for it to do well.

If the weather gets cold in the winter you might need to cover it with a sheet or blanket, or a cardboard box, but other than that, let it out! If you have good soil and shade for it, you can even grow it in the ground I would think.
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Sep 22, 2013 6:56 AM CST
I grow mine in pots since they have to be overwintered in the greenhouse .. they get about 3 hours of midday full sun. Like Elaine said, they don't react well to low humidity. I try to keep the soil moist but not soaking wet and feed them about once a month with Miracle Grow. The Black Bat blooms constantly but the White Bat hasn't gifted me with a bloom yet .. Come Spring I'll be repotting them both into larger pots .. So far, none have produced pups and I've never gotten a seed pod off of the Black Bat .. I've actually taken a flower apart trying to find the reproductive parts but have had no luck there - there is nothing that looks like a normal stamen or pistil.

The Black Bat is on the left and White Bat on the right:


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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 22, 2013 7:18 AM CST
CoraBarner said:Does anyone know of Hoya "snowflake"? I saw one at Lowe s with the tags that name.Trying to find pictures of the blooms or more info about it but can' t find any.Thanks. Cora


Cora: The plant you refer to as Hoya Snowflake is more than likely Hoya lacunosa. I've seen some listed as H. lacunosa 'Snowcaps' and H. lacunosa 'Snowpeak'. Hoya lacunosa is a wonderful plant with small leaves and very fragrant whitish flowers. It prefers moist but not soggy soil and a bright shady location; no direct sun which will fry the foliage. The flower fragrance is usually very strong in the evening and nighttime hours.

You'll find growing information and photo's in the database: Hoya (Hoya lacunosa)

And, here are more photo's: http://www.google.com/search?q=hoya+lacunosa&tbm=isch&tbo=u&...

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Name: Cora
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CoraBarner
Sep 22, 2013 3:10 PM CST
Thank you for the links Lin. I do have Hoya "Snowcaps" with blooms on it. They do smell really good.

Just found out they are really easy to root.
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plantladylin
Sep 22, 2013 3:23 PM CST
Cora: You are very welcome. Can you post a photo of the hoya you are questioning named Snowflake? Do the leaves on it look a lot like the leaves on your Hoya lacunosa 'Snowcaps'?
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Name: Cora
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CoraBarner
Sep 22, 2013 4:46 PM CST
No! they are a lot bigger. I'll take a picture of the leaves in a bit. I did not buy it but took one cutting home to take a pictures.

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