Plants Are People, Too

Plants Are People, Too

I have a green thumb. I keep a house full of living house plants. Look for monthly examples, information and advice.

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Plants Are People, Too

Hello Hoya Carnosa fans... here are a few new pictures to show my friends out there what you should expect from your LONG LIVED Hoyas. This is one of several 30+ year old Hoyas I own... and they are excellent additions to any household.

Some of these plants can grow to enormous size if you treat them right. And in order for you to help your Hoya grow to its maximum potential inside your home you should grow it in a tomato cage. Naturally smaller Hoyas should be grown inside a smaller tomato cages, but large Hoyas like Hoya Carnosa and Hoya Pubicalyx should be grown inside of HUGE tomato cages.

This 30 year old Hoya is growing into a cage that is 54 inches tall and 16 inches across. And, as you can see, it is growing near a window, but out of direct sunlight... and it thrives.

Bright light, lightly moist soil throughout the year, dusted weekly like a precious statue, fresh topsoil every spring... and NEVER, EVER placed outside... or turned or moved around.

So, enjoy your Hoyas, folks... and, wait for those WONDERFUL flowers to appear when they do.

And oh, I will soon post some new pictures of my 46 year old Hoya Pubicalyx. And later, some photos of my Hoya Tri-Colors... and more.

Ron

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Check out my flowering Maple, in bloom in the middle of winter!

Well, it is the end of February. My Flowering Maple is still blooming. It's full of unopened buds and I expect to have a plant full of blooms when Spring comes. How is your Flowering Maple doing during the winter months?

Here is another angle of my February blooming Flowering Maple...

Well, it is the end of February. My Flowering Maple is still blooming. It's full of unopened buds and I expect to have a plant full of blooms when Spring comes. How is your Flowering Maple doing during the winter months?

Hello plant loves, I've recently completed a little research project on myself to improve on my memory. I spoke to some close older relatives who remember when I first purchased this plant and we have concluded that I obtained this Hoya Carnosa in the middle of June in 1979. That means that this Hoya is about to be at least 34 years old.

I grandfather gave me the money to buy this plant which was a six inch baby at the time, during summer break that year as a gift to myself because I was recovering from a devastating surgery that almost caused me to have to quit college.

I have kept and loved this plant all these years. I have a full sized cutting from the plant that is probably seven years younger than the main plant.

If you own a Hoya Carnosa, take note that this plant will outlive you if you take care of it. And take note of the fact that if you take proper care of this plant it will have bottom leaves that will be as old as the main body of the plant. My plant has the original bottom leaves that are over 30 years.

You should NEVER lose more that one, or two, Hoya leaves per year. NEVER!

If you are having any trouble with your Hoya plants, send me a message and I’ll send you some advice!

And… Never put your Hoya Carnosa outside!

RLJ

This is one of my Flowering Maple plants. Its about time to take my plants inside. They must come indoors when the temperature falls below around 40 degrees. If they freeze, they will die… always remember that fact if you buy one of these great plants. I play a tag game with the weather at this time of the year because I keep putting them outside for their final days in the sun before it gets to be too cold outside. I fight to keep those flowers and green leaves.

Over wintering these plants is easy. Just place them by a bright window light source, keep the soil just barely moist during the winter, accept the fact that some of the leaves, and all of the flowers and flower buds will eventually drop and keep the plant cool. Don’t panic because the plants will be ok.

Come March, top dress the soil in the pot by at least one inch and then put your plants back outside in their places and prepare to enjoy all the flowers and leaves.

These are the only indoor plants I put outside… period. Make sure you avoid the aphids and the spider mites by spraying a light soapy solution underneath the leaves during the spring and summer… about once a week.

Other than that, enjoy these relatively easy plants.

I also have several foot tall cuttings that have rooted and are in pots from my Chinese Lantern Flowering Maples. This plant, like the regular Flowering Maple, produces lots of flowers… but now quite as many as the other Flowering Maples. The care is the same, but during the winter months I continue to treat the Chinese Lantern Flowering Maple like a normal house plant. It likes to flower around Thanksgiving through February. Often times I have beautiful Christmas flowers. I just keep it separated from my regular plants because it is also an outside plant and I don’t want to spread a stray spider mite to my other plants.

If you want to see something cool, Google this plant’s flowers.

Enjoy!

RLJ

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Check this out about my son's plant...

My son just came to me before going to bed and asked me if I would remove his Variegated Hoya Carnosa from his room because the four flower clusters are in full bloom and are in full intense scent tonight. I mean, like, intense... as in make your head swoon from the spicy chocolate-like scent.

So, I had to take his plant downstairs and put it in a window in the exact position as the upstairs window so that the flowers won't fall off. I took the Hoya that was in that window, it is not in bloom, and put it in my son's room as a substitute.

The flowers on the Hoya are flat out beautiful! And when the time is right, and the conditions of the night are even more right, the flower's scent can overpower. This is the scent that attracts night moths, or other insects, to pollinate it.

I love the scent, actually... it makes me feel a little strange. almost a little high. It is just the chemicals in the scent reacting to me.

Here is a picture of one of the beautiful culprits...

My son just came to me before going to bed and asked me if I would remove his Variegated Hoya Carnosa from his room because the four flower clusters are in full bloom and are in full intense scent tonight. I mean, like, intense... as in make your head swoon from the spicy chocolate-like scent.

So, I had to take his plant downstairs and put it in a window in the exact position as the upstairs window so that the flowers won't fall off. I took the Hoya that was in that window, it is not in bloom, and put it in my son's room as a substitute.

The flowers on the Hoya are flat out beautiful! And when the time is right, and the conditions of the night are even more right, the flower's scent can overpower. This is the scent that attracts night moths, or other insects, to pollinate it.

I love the scent, actually... it makes me feel a little strange. almost a little high. It is just the chemicals in the scent reacting to me.

Here is a picture of one of the beautiful culprits...

Plants Are People, Too

Houseplant lovers unite! Some of us have a green thumb and some of us don't. I have two green thumbs and I will post monthly little missives and pictures about plants that I love. I also consider myself to be an expert at plant care. So, Let me know what you think about all this.

And I will give out this piece of free advice to every houseplant owner -- never leave your houseplants outside! There are two or three exceptions... but the insects that will instantly infect your plants are not worth the full on fight to get rid of them when you take the plant back inside. White fly, for example, can be a monster to get rid of... and it quickly infects your other plants.

Ok, there you go. Do your own research as to how much risk you want to take by leaving your plant outside.

Take care... and take care of your plants, too.

I have a green thumb. I keep a house full of living house plants. Look for monthly examples, information and advice.

Here is a full size image of my Turrea, the South African Honeysuckle, taken abouth a month ago before the flowers formed. As you can see it is a pretty big plant. It will be twice this size by the end of the summer.

This is a picture of the flowers of my Turrea, the South African Honeysuckle. I have had this plant for 10 years and it performs very well every year. As of today, 7-7-12, it is in full bloom and it looks great.

The plant can become very large, therefore I trim it back by about a third every fall.

I have trained this plant to be a small tree and I love it. If you can find one, send me a line and I will tell you how to keep it green, flowering and alive.

Actually, I'm going to try to root some saplings this summer. If I can get them to root, well this might be an opportunity to get a great plant from a healthy parent plant.

I'll report my progress.

This is a full size shot of what my son's 12 year old Hoya looks like. As you can see it is in a bed room, behind shades and about 4 inches from the actual window. It gets filtered sun from that window about 4 or 5 hours a day, and as you can see... it is thriving. Look at the coloring in the leaves that has remained strong for 12 years. Oh, and this plant has stayed in the same spot for all these years, every day, and has NEVER been turned or re-potted!

I just gave you to very important facts about Hoya care!

And now it is flowering. Woo hoo!

And the leaves at the bottom of the plant are... 12 years old, at least.

My son's Variegated Leaf Hoya is still flowering. For some crazy reason, his Hoya finally decided to flower in masses this year. In March, it only had one flowering stem. Now, it is forming four more and it will soon be filled with more flowers like this group that formed off the first stem.

I purchased this plant for my son around 12 years ago. It flowered on one stem in 2010, skipped 2011 and is now flowering like a champ. Look at these flowers... they are great. And the scent... heavenly. They last about a week before are done showing off.

I tell everyone I know who loves indoor plants to purchase a Hoya. This is an EXTREMELY long lived plant and you should research its very special needs to keep it as happy as a living mammal. I have several other HUGE Hoya plants that are 25, 30, 30 and 31 years old.

What I tell people is that they should NEVER lose a leaf off their Hoya plant. Your Hoya should have leaves as old as the body of the plant. One leaf dropping off per year is too many. That is why you should research this plant before buying it... and then enjoy it, and take care of it, like it was an animal.

Sound difficult? It is not, really. This plant is like an flora "Mogwai." Never do certain things to this gentle, sweet and loving plant at certain late hours... or you get... you know what I'm talking about...

Blooms of a 30 Year Old Hoya Carnosa

Hello, fellow house plant fans. I decided to make a little minute video showing off one of my older Hoyas. This is a 30 year old plant. It decided to bloom in very good fashion this year. This one plant fills the house with its sweet scent at night. WOW.

Check it out. The last time it bloomed, with one flower ball, was 2010. This year... well, look for yourself.

Today, 4-23-12, this is a picture of one of my Hoyas in bloom. It has five bloom stems, all of which are producing flowers. The last time this particular Hoya flowered was 2010. I take GREAT pride in nurturing my Hoyas to the point that they reward me with their flowers. A HOYA might never bloom!

This particular Hoya is 29 years old. It last flowered in 2010. I am proud as a father when my Hoya’s bloom. This plant has six bloom stems on it.

A Hoya might never bloom if it is not treated the way it wants to be treated.

I also have a beautiful variegated Hoya that I purchased for my son 15 years ago. It is stunning in the color patterns on the leaves. This plant bloomed for the first time in 2010. It made one bloom stem to produce one bloom ball. It was stunning and I was happy! That happened two years ago. And, I made a huge error at that time. I never took a photo of the bloom ball on that plant. The bloom stem is still there, so I can take a picture of that. Hopefully, it will make a flower ball this year. Hopefully…

I will post a full size picture of these plants soon.

Every early spring, late march, a small miracle of nature appears out in my back yard. There is a native Virginian wild plant called Bluets. It is an extremely small plant -- the size of a half dollar coin -- that hides in its place in the soil obscured by grass and leaves. You might never see the plant itself because it is so well hidden… in plain sight. You step on it and you mow over it, never realizing it is there among the grass. Then suddenly… the flowers appear.

The fairy-like flowers seem to rise up from the grass on two to three inch stems. And, if you are looking for them, they are a joy to see. I mow my lawn in a way as to avoid the little flowers. I then take scissors and cut the grass in the flowers to that the Bluets gets all the sun it needs so that those tiny flowers stand out in their three inch plot of land. I love these plants.



Soon, maybe in May, the flowers will disappear and I will he hard pressed to root out the actual Bluets plant. That never matters, though, because the flowers come back every spring to make my month brighter.

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