Hoya In Bloom!Wednesday, July 29, 2009
About five years ago, a friend gave my sister a Hoya as she found the plant difficult to care for. Since it was an expensive plant, she does not want it to wither. Hence, she passed it to my sister, knowing that my mum would take care of it :-)
The plant came in a hanging basket that has no bloom and my mum repotted it into a bigger container.
Some time later, the pot of Hoya was trained to climb onto the fence in front of the house. The spot has no shelter and is in the open, subject to heat from the hot sun and frequent rain here in the tropics.
The plant is watered daily. Once in a while just a bloom or two would sprout out... maybe because the plant was repotted into a bigger pot (its roots should to be compacted for more blooms) and it has not been fertilised for a long time.
Recently with the application of some blooming fertiliser, more than twenty blooms sprouted! Although each cluster of flowers is not big compared to the leaves and plant (it's not showy), for a gardener who has been looking after this plant for more than five years, it is really a wonderful sight to behold.
The flowers are in clusters and develop new peduncles at the nodes...
The flowers in cluster open up...
Both my mum and I could not smell the fragrance of the flower. Maybe we just do not have sensitive nose :-(
These flowers can last for about a month. As there is nectar coming out from the flower, the plant tends to attract polinators like bees.
Don't you find Hoya flowers attractive?
Meanwhile, in my own garden, my Sweetheart Hoya is still rooting. It has no new leaf yet since I bought it four months ago.