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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.

My Little Cebu Blue Pothos

The Legendary Cebu Blue Pothos

The Legendary Cebu Blue Pothos at last I got you now. Hahaha!!! Since everybody is craving to have Cebu blue pothos and it keep on popping out in my Facebook pages where I’m a member of, I was becoming too obssessed also to get some of this plant.

I been asking also elsewhere like everybody else does with no luck around my neighboorhood. I know one person that have it but she is so far and the shipping is just not too good at that moment when I inquired.

Well, it’s by luck that a member of the Facebook page I joined has some Cebu Blue for sale. The size of the plant is a really tiny weeny thing for $20 but I still bought it despite the dis-agreement of my husband. I knew that in his head, he already called me as crazy plant lady.

Anyhow, Cebu blue is really a cuttie lolz. since last month the plant gives me 2 new leaves and that I am already happy. It is one of the most popular pothos nowadays and it is really a rare plant. It is an evergreen plant that can be grown inside our home. Like other pothos, it doesn’t require much extra care so long as we water it regularly. When this plant will grow bushier, it will be prettier and attractive.

I really cannot describe how it really looks since she is still small rather than just a cuttie little plant. I will probably update in the next few months.

Calamondin

Calamondin is also know as Calamansi/Kalamansi in the Philippines. In some other part of the world it is called as Calamondin. The fruit of Calamondin or Kalamansi is Filipinos favorite for marinating meats, fish, making sawsawan ohlala nummy nam… sorry for my words for those who doesn’t understand, it means “oh! it’s so yummy!”

Calamansi, is like a shrub if it well-maintained pruning after making fruits or grows as a small tree. It has a shiny pointy leaves. The fruit of Calamondin resembles a small and round lime or mini lime. The juice of Calamondin is very sour and smells so good. Most Filipinos likes to make Kalamansi juice especially during summer. It’s a good source for Vitamin C.

For me as Pinay, Calamansi fruit is used in its almost ripe with soy sauce, vinegar, and/or hot pepper as part of the most yummylicious dipping sauce in Filipino cuisine.

Now, that I have Calamondin in my collection of plants, I feel so lucky that I can harvest the fresh fruits and make my own kalamansi juice. Yay…

Chinese Money Plant or Pilea Peperomioides

The Chinese money plant (or Pilea) is on my wish list plant to have for a very long time and now I’m happy to have it at my home added to my plant collection. I paid $30.00 plus tax on this plant, so far the most expensive plant in my collection but very happy to have it.

The leaves of this plant is bright green pancake-shaped, so adorable to look at. It seems that this plant is easy to take care of, when I bought this plant, there is no instructions on how to take care of and also I forgot to ask the owner of the shop since I am in a hurry to go and got excited. So, I just research online on how to take care of it. There’s nothing really special therefore, I treated the same way as the other plants.

Knowing more about this plant; The scientific name is Pilea Peperomioides. Commonly known as Chinese money plant, missionary plant, pancake plant, UFO plant or just Pilea. The plant is originally came from the southwestern part of Yunan, one of the province in China and spread throughout the world and one of the most wanted plant for every household.

Buying Pilea is really difficult because they are not sold in most plant shops, that’s why when I saw this plant in one of the plant shop in Sherbrooke, Montreal, I grabbed right away without thinking of the price. But for sure we can buy online but it can be too pricey.

Pilea or Chinese money plant loves bright light but not direct sunlight however I tried mine in the direct sunlight for 3 days and it seems that the plant likes it too, so now I put my plant near the window where the sunlight will hit the plants in the afternoon. So far, my Pilea is doing great. Let’s see what will happen for the next few weeks.

Learning how to taking care of Pilea and maintaining them:

          Like other plants, Pilea prefers well-draining potting soil but to me personally, it depends because I have other plants that I put in no drainage but they survive like my African Violet. The soil needs to dry at the top between watering them. What I did to

most of my plants is to touch the soil and if it is really dry I water them. I also rotate the plant to evenly maintain the shaped of the leaves. Fertilize the Pilea with all purpose fertilizer during spring and summer. They said the leaves will accumulate dust so shower them regularly or wipe the dust off from the leaves. So far, my Pilea don’t have dust yet and I have this plant for 2 months now.

Propagating Chinese Money Tree or Pilea:

Chinese money plant is very easy to propagate because it will produce baby. So far, I have 5 babies of this plant and I re-pot 3 babies, one baby was accidentally cut by my youngest son, so I just re-pot the cut baby hoping that she will survive.

Watering – I water the plant once the soil is dry to touch approximately once every week but this summer I water it every 2 to 3 days.

Fertilizer – I fertilized once a month with all purpose plant fertilizer.

Picture below is my mother Pilea/Chinese Money Plant

This is the mother plants of all my pilea plants.