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plantladylin added a caption:Wax Flower (Hoya lacunosa)
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Nov 27, 2014 7:32 AM CST
I wonder if this would be as easy to grow as the one I have. My plant is a pass along plant and it's one of the toughest container plants I've ever grown. These fluffy little stars are really captured in this photo. Very appealing.
Donald
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Nov 27, 2014 8:31 AM CST
Donald, thank you! My favorite thing about Hoya lacunosa is the fragrance of the blooms! Which Hoya do you currently grow? Hoya lacunosa: http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=Hoya+lacunosa&but... is a smaller leaf variety and I've had so-so luck with keeping this particular hoya alive at times. About eight years ago I had six hanging baskets of H. lacunosa and they did well for about a year but then for some unknown reason they began to decline and die. I never did any research to see if I could figure out what the problem was. I currently have one H. lacunosa that started looking like the stems were dying back so I cut off the dead parts, repotted it and hung it in a backyard tree where it's been all year and it was looking really good until two days ago when we had 5 1/2 inches of rain (in one day!) and two nights that have dropped into the lower 40's. Cold and wet are not good for any container plant and although I grow everything in a chunky, fast draining mixture of potting soil and orchid bark mix, I will more than likely have fungal issues. Sad
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Nov 27, 2014 8:54 AM CST
I don't know what mine is. Probably the most common Hoya available. It was passed along to me by my sister-in-law when she moved. She'd been growing it for years and it originally was passed along to her by her mother who had grown it for a few decades. It's been around for a while and it's the only one I've ever had. It is just extraordinarily tough. Seems to handle anything that gets thrown at it. Scorching dry heat, direct sun, shade, sitting in water, high wind, hail, being dried out, not buggy except for some little yellow aphid like things which seem to have no effect on the plant at all. I can't make the big plant keep really nice leaves all the time - my weather is just too harsh, I think -, but there's a cutting that I keep inside that maintains dark green glossy leaves with silver flecks. It blooms when it wants too, not on any schedule. In 2013 it decided to bloom all summer and kept blooming after I'd brought it in the garage for the winter until the end of Dec. Blooms are pale pink with a darker pink star. Slight fragrance starting at sundown. It's been such a reliable plant that I've wanted to try another one. I have never seen one for sale around this area, but yours looks really appealing. Maybe mail order :). Thanks for the name. I put it on the plant wish list.
Donald
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Nov 27, 2014 11:09 AM CST
Donald, you may have the Wax Plant (Hoya carnosa), leaves can be variable with few specks, lots of specks or solid green. I have two, at least I think there are two carnosa's out in the yard somewhere. Smiling and the leaves get reddish in color if they get a lot sunlight, as can be seen in one of my database photos. I think most hoyas are pollinated by nocturnal insects, moths etc. so the fragrance is usually detected in the evening and at night. I have a Hoya (Hoya australis subsp. tenuipes) on my screened porch that is currently in bloom and I walked out there the other night and the fragrance was truly amazing.

I rarely see Hoyas for sale here anymore ... but there are a couple of on-line dealers that are reliable. I think Joanie SRQ Hoyas (located in Florida) sells both plants and cuttings: http://srqhoyas.com/

And, Gardino Nursery (also in Florida) sells many but I'm not sure what size: http://www.rareflora.com/hangingbasket.htm
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Nov 27, 2014 11:41 AM CST
I've looked around in the past and concluded H. carnosa was the most likely. However, I was never sure so it just remains 'Hoya'. Yeah, the leaves on the main plant which stays outside as soon as the weather permits always have a burnt look to them. But they also are a paler green than the cutting growing inside. It likes to eat and I make a point to feed it well and often, but the leaves never get beautiful and dark green like the one inside. The silver flecking is very variable. From none to a little to a lot. The cutting grows back away from the windows, so it gets a lot of light but not much directly on it. It's gradually taking over a wall with cup hooks to support it. It's weird to compare the leaves from the two plants. They really look different. No weathering to be found on the inside plants' leaves. They are just so perfect. It hasn't bothered with blooming yet. It may never in the current situation. I don't know. I forget about being there a lot of the time, so it does get a reasonable share of abuse.
Donald
central Illinois
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jmorth
Nov 27, 2014 11:56 AM CST
That is a singularly neat (and unique) Hoya. Great pic!
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Nov 27, 2014 6:23 PM CST
Thanks J!
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