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.
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.
Hoya Australis Lisa is one of my favorite Hoya even I did not see her flower yet. Just the leaves itself is stunningly beautiful. When I got this plant was really really small with 2.5″ nursery pot for the price of $35. I thought, it was insane of buying plants for this price. However, looking at this hoya right now makes me feel happy.
What I observed from Hoya Australis Lisa is that she always want attention and in constant care unlike other hoyas. I bought this hoya along with the other varieties and they were at the same size, I found Australis Lisa grow faster than the others. People said, this type of hoya is a slow grower however, in my opinion it really depends on how the plants react to its environment. Compare to my other Hoyas, Australis Lisa grows faster and I already transferred her to bigger size pot 5″ from 2.5″, so in my case it really varies.
According to my research this plant belongs to the Apocynaceae family. This hoya is also called as wax plant and porcelain flower. It was first collected in 1770 as houseplant by Europeans. Australian Native Plants Society said that there are about more than 200 species of Hoya.
How to care for Hoya Australis Lisa
Hoya Australis Lisa for me is easy hoya to take care and I love her, she is one of kind eventhough, I always look or check after her everyday, I feel so happy, it make me happy and of course Australis Lisa plant in my house helps purify the inside.
Well draining and aerated soil is a must for our Australis Lisa to grow and thrive. For my own, I always mix my soil with perlite. Honestly, I don’t measure the soil and the perlite, I just mixed them and use my own judgement. So far, the result is good. What the most important for me is, it drained properly and have enough air for the circulations of the root.
Most of us, of course including me have tend to overwater, this is so true and still until now I overwater them lolz… so what I do, is to check the soil if it is dry or not. You can also buy a soil temperature checker from Dollarstore for $4 plus tax or any other store that has gardening stuffs.
I water my Australis Lisa once every 2 weeks. Eventhough, I see her soil so dry after a week of watering. Since, this plant is also considered succulent therefore, the leaves stored water so they can tolerate the dryness.
I monitor most of the time with just my fingers by touching the soil and by my own judgement. But of course, if you like to check them properly and without doubting yourself, you can buy a chacker in the dollar store or any store that has gardening supplies.
Light, oh talking about light, most Hoyas I have loved direct sunlight, which is far from what I searched online that beware of direct sunlight. I tried my Hoyas especially Australis Lisa but she is not happy. She lost several of leaves and she did not grow an inch. I transfered on the windowsill where she will received full direct afternoon sun and she loves it.
I will not recommend and suggest of anything because I am not an expert for anything. I am just a newbie experimenter and I learned through it. What I do is observe the plants in one spot for at least a week to a month and if you feel that the plant is strugling or not happy move them to a new spot.
I fertilized all my plants not just Hoyas with all purpose fertilizer. However, just recently I tried to use orchid fertlizer, the mister one for my Hoyas. At this moment, I cannot tell if it really works or if my Hoyas will love it, I don’t know yet.
Wow… I love the color of the flower beautiful rose pink. Hoya Nummumarioides pink is one of my collections of Hoya. I never thought, she will surprised me with this beautiful bloom at New Year’s time.
I can feel she is happy, even though she is just a small cuttings. I bought this Hoya from Crystal Star Nursery during their popped-up sale in Montreal last year (2019). I think there’s more flowers coming, yeheeyy!!!