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Unboxing Hoya from Thailand

Unboxing Hoya from Thailand, this video was taken last year when I received my first orders of Hoya from Thailand. It is a bit late upload. The reason why it’s late because I don’t have enough time to do and my computer is really slow. Luckily, my son allowed me to use his computer to edit and combine all the clips.

So much for that, the Hoya I received were a lot of yellow leaves and most of them really did not survive. There are five Hoya out of twenty five different hoya who have survived and thriving. Ouch!!! yes, really hurts!!! but what can I do? I’m still happy for the remaining ones, they are champion.

The whole experienced of ordering Hoya outside the country is a mixed feelings of excitement and nervousness.

Here are the list of the Hoya in this video:

  1. Hoya CV Ruthie
  2. Hoya Mcquilivry
  3. Hoya Optomistic
  4. will continue soon the listing soon.
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Hoya Meliflua (Hoya #7)

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

Hoya Meliflua 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.

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Let’s Take a Peek to my Hoya Ciliata (Hoya #6)

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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Hoya Rebecca (Hoya #5)

Hoya ‘Rebecca’ is a cross breed between Hoya lacunosa Langawi Island x Hoya obscura according to Hoya Vermont website.

Hoya Rebecca is easy to care, even the Hoya beginners will appreciate how easy it is unlike other type of Hoyas. I can see that this hoya is also elegant and can react vividly on the sun. The plant are more stunning and beautiful, sometimes we can take mistakenly as Hoya Sunrise because of the color. According to Plant Circle the natural cross occured in a nursery in US, however the website did not mention the name of the nursery.

Hoya ‘Rebecca’ is a climbing cultivar with nice & beautiful small to medium sized of leaves. when exposed to sun she will show you her true colors however, when this type of Hoya is not expose to sun, you can think there’s nothing special to this plant as the leaves looks like dull.

Soil: Lightweight, fast-draining potting mix

Light: bright indirect

Humidity: 40%-60%

Repotting: Hoya’s like to be pot bound like other house plant, so be patient!!! in repotting.