Oxalis Vulcanicola Molten Lava

Oxalis Vulcanicola Molten Lava is one of the fastest growing Oxalis, this plant is very attractive features with her bright orange, yellow and reddish to purplish small fan-shaped compound of leaves. Usually, this plant grows annually outdoors however, it can grows also inside with the presence of direct sunlight or grow lights.

Oxalis Vulcanicola Molten Lava is also called as Molten Lava Shamrock, in late spring to early summer the plant produces a tiny yellow flowers, however when the plant receives enough light it will produce flowers at any time.

Molten Lava Shamrock is very easy to care, I did not see any negative characteristics on it when it comes for growing.

Just main 2 key points to remember; water when the soil is dry and light. Then your good to go and enjoy the beauty of Oxalis Vulcanicola Molten Lava.

Oxalis Vulcanicola Molten Lava

Hoya Meliflua

This is my Hoya Meliflua. The plant just grow tall without any branch.

Hoya Melifluaย has rigid leaves that don’t show any vines. According to the Wikipedia this Hoya is came from my own country, the Philippines. The site says, the plant is common to apayao, La Union, Rizal, Bataan, Laguna, Mindoro, Palawan, Negros, Panay and Leyte.

I did not see the actual flowers yet since mine is still a baby, but hoping to blooms soon. According to Wikipedia that the flowers are reddish orange and have nectaries near the base.

The name of the Meliflua is derived from the word “Mellis” which means honeydew and word “Flou” meaning is flow. these two words combined was created due to the dark nectar that stains the flowers and it’s flowered in every June.

Hoya Meliflua is another species of hoya that is easy to care but I was just wondering why it’s hard for this plant to branch. As you can see in the video, it just growing into long single vine. I decided to cut with hope that he will branch somehow.

As an update, it is about two months now since I cut my hoya Meliflua however there is no indication of a new branch.

Let’s Take a Peek to my Hoya Ciliata

Hoya Ciliata is fast grower type of Hoya. This was what he looks like a month ago, now, it goes back to non-fuller plant.

While I was busy rescuing my other plants on the garage from cold. I never thought my Hoya Ciliata got caught on the heating. The whole stem were hanging and was cooked. Huhuhu, what kind of a parent plant I am? Well, even I feel sad yet can’t completely sad because this plant is very easy and grow faster than any other Hoyas. Hoya Ciliata is not fussy hoya as I thought.

When I first got this plant, he was in 2.5″ nursery pot. I bought 2 pots but later I sold the other one when I observed that he grows faster. I did not see my plant blooms yet but the plant owner told me that the flowers are dark almost colored-black. Well, definitely I’m excited to see my Hoya Ciliata blooms, he added also that this Hoya has a pleasant smell.

People are asking me, how do I care specific plants especially Hoya. As I always said, I am not an expert for plants but I do love collecting and propagating them. For me, it is more on experimenting. Plants do have common behavior, they don’t like to be dried up and over-watered lolz… so these two common things are my mean concern because until now I am still on that corner.

Here’s what other’s advice I found over the internet:

Soil – Hoya species and that includes Hoya ciliata thrives with having organic-rich substance where they originated. Therefore, as a plant parent we have to used a soil that is well-draining and rich in organic substance for their healthy growth.

It is hard to find soil that has all the substances in the market but we can do it by ourselves if we want to. It is suggested we can create a blend of organic potting soil mix we can buy in store; compost, worm castings, and orchid grow mix (fine bark and perlite). The ideal pH for the Hoya Ciliata is mildly acidic to neutral (6.1 to 7.5).

By doing so, our hoya will be happy and healthy I hope so. In addition, we use pot that has drainage holes which allow the air to flow.

Important note: Make sure not to add too much nutrients, organic matter or fertilizer these excessive nutrients can be a toxic to plants too and the plants may die.

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Light – as well know that any type of plant light is the basic and primarily dependent on how long and type of light. Hoyas are tropicals so basically they enjoy in filtered sunlight and or shady area all year round.

The Hoya Ciliata plant, in particular, requires bright, dappled sunlight to thrive. If it is out in insufficient sunlight, the plant may react by growing brown leaves and vines. The vines may also begin to grow leggy.

Too much exposure to sunlight may turn the leaves and brown and curled up and if also insufficient light the stem stems may begun to leggy and leaves will be smaller than usual. We may put the Hoya Ciliata in front of the window with a shade curtain to filter the sunlight. Also, we can use an alternative artificial growing lights to make our Hoya Ciliata happy.

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