Hoyas forum: Thought I'd show the 18 month progress of my ...

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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Nov 16, 2017 7:59 PM CST
Hoya 'Ruthie'

Hoya Ruthie when I rec'd her,May 2016 and now18 months later; she's really grown!
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First blooms coming soon! Hurray!


~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
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Deebie
Nov 16, 2017 8:03 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Nice looking specimen. Lovey dubby
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Nov 17, 2017 10:20 AM CST
Thanks Deborah, I'm amazed at how it's grown without much help from me. I am so lax when it comes to plant care but it sure seems happy and healthy and I can't wait to see the open blooms!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
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Deebie
Nov 17, 2017 6:50 PM CST
Me too. nodding Keep us posted. Thumbs up
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Nov 17, 2017 6:53 PM CST
Will do and it looks like I will have blooms on Hoya australis soon too ... found buds on that one today and I really look forward to those because of the wonderful fragrance!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: mj
Central Florida
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mjsponies
Nov 18, 2017 4:35 PM CST
Lin she looks great ! You'll find that if you can keep her in a warm sunny spot thru winter she'll continue to bloom. And watch out next summer !
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Nov 18, 2017 9:04 PM CST
mj, I am so excited about how this plant has done and how fast it's grown. Although I did remember to fertilize a couple of times early this summer, it has survived with a lack of care for the most part. We moved back to the Daytona Beach area from Sebastian about 3 weeks ago and if we have any real cold temp's this winter, I will move it indoors because I don't have a protected area to leave it outside like at our house in Sebastian.
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: mj
Central Florida
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mjsponies
Nov 19, 2017 12:56 PM CST
Lin you'll want to bring it in when ever we go below 55-60º over night. It won't kill her but she will complain. Like me...below 60 and I complain. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Nov 19, 2017 7:32 PM CST
mj: Thanks for the heads up on the temp's for Ruthie! I've left some Hoyas out in 45-50º temps over the years and they were fine as long as we didn't have many consecutive nights with low temperatures but they were on the south and southeast side of the house and I'd throw an old blanket over them.I will definitely be bringing in my 3 hoyas and my few orchids when temp's drop here this winter. I can't even leave them on the screened porch because it's located on the north side of the house. I guess I'll jusut have to turn one of the bedrooms into a winter plant haven. Green Grin!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: mj
Central Florida
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mjsponies
Nov 19, 2017 7:37 PM CST
Lin you should post pics on the Facebook page. I'm sure others there would love to see it too ! I need to try to get pics of both Ruthie and Optimistic blooming in the greenhouse now. Except it's literally a jungle in there !
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Nov 19, 2017 8:06 PM CST
mjsponies said:Lin you should post pics on the Facebook page. I'm sure others there would love to see it too !

Will do! Green Grin!

~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Nov 19, 2017 8:16 PM CST
mjsponies said:Lin you should post pics on the Facebook page.

MJ, for some reason I can't post photos to your Little Garden in the Country Facebook page, I can leave a comment but there is no option for me to upload pictures. Confused

~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Nov 19, 2017 8:19 PM CST
Aha, I've been following your FB page but I didn't even know about the group page so I just joined ... as soon as I'm approved I can share the pictures. Smiling
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: mj
Central Florida
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mjsponies
Nov 20, 2017 4:53 PM CST
Umm don't know why it didn't let you on the business page, I'll have to check that. But I just did the approvals for the group. And for some reason it's not sending me notifications of requests, even tho I have it set to in the settings. ?????
Anyhow your in !
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Nov 20, 2017 7:33 PM CST
Thanks for adding me to the group MJ!!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Nov 22, 2017 8:33 AM CST
This morning I was walking around the yard and found my big Hoya Ruthie plant tipped over; probably a critter during the night because it hasn't been windy! I gently picked it back upright, thinking the buds would be smashed from the weight but it's fine ... and the blooms are opened!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: mj
Central Florida
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mjsponies
Nov 23, 2017 6:07 PM CST
Yeah !!! Great going Lin. If you keep it warm and in a sunny spot it will keep blooming thru thur late winter. Both Ruthie and Optimistic are blooming in the greenhouse now.
God gave us wings. He just called them horses
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Nov 23, 2017 6:21 PM CST
Thanks mj, I'm loving Hoya 'Ruthie'! She's located on the Southeast side of the house, up against the brick wall. If we get any cold temp's this winter, I will definitely be bringing the pot inside!

I'd never heard of 'Optimistic' so I went googling! It's not in the database here so I've submitted a proposal to add it. It sure is a beauty too! I like the looks of those re-curved flowers. I couldn't find out much about it but one site said it's an Ed Gilding hybrid and another listed it as a hybrid of Eriostemma Ruthie and E. ciliata.
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: mj
Central Florida
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mjsponies
Nov 26, 2017 7:08 AM CST
Lin they are dropping the Eriostemma now. Just Hoya Optimistic. I believe cv. is being dropped from the nomenclature. After being beat into our heads to use it. Now it would just be Hoya 'Optimistic'. Hoya's are getting almost as bad as Orchids with the naming. Here's a pic of Optimistic. Blooms are a little smaller than Ruthie, leaves are fuzzy, but just as robust a grower.
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God gave us wings. He just called them horses
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Nov 26, 2017 5:28 PM CST
Very nice!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


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