Plants Are People, Too

Plants Are People, Too

I have a green thumb. I keep a house full of living house plants. I consider myself to be an expert on the best house plant on the planet: Hoya Carnosa and other Hoyas. Look for monthly examples of what I grow, information about them and advice.

I have several large Hoyas that I am selling. These are Hoya Carnosa, Hoya Verigata, Hoya Tricolor and Hoya Pubicalyx.

These plants, mostly, are over 30 years old... with one of the Hoya Pubicalyx being 46 years old.

These are HUGE Hoyas! I defy you to find many more as large as mine. If you have a monster Ancient Hoya, be proud of yourself. You should post pictures and videos of your decades of accomplishment with your Hoya!

I have had some people ask me for starter Hoyas to begin with. I always hope I am not being sarcastic when I reply that I do not have small Hoyas as starter plants. A starter Hoya to me is a plant as large as the plant in the pictures that go with this posting.

Now, I do have a few small Hoya Tricolors... but, these are special plants to me and we would have to talk about me selling one of them.

These Hoyas are in 54 inch tomato cage platforms that are HUGE... to big to fit in a car or a small SUV! I cannot ship these plants through the mail! So, they are of local Northern Virginia interest only. A few of them are in 42 inch platform cages and they, too, are to big to fit in a car.

The Hoya in the pictures is an Air Layered piece off of my 46 year old Hoya Pubicalyx that is about 6 years removed from the mother plant. As you can see, this Hoya has HUGE leaves!!! And, as the decades slowly roll by, it can become a beautiful monster. And the flowers, when they form, are fantastic!

This Hoya example, to me, is a starter Hoya... a large plant with an established root system and a pedigree. Hoyas from nurseries, where the workers have absolutely no knowledge of Hoya care, are almost always problematic.

Anyway, check out these pictures. And, as I am finding out, a lot of people out there know what a Hoya is. But, they do not realize that a properly cared for Hoya is worth every dollar that is asked for it.

These plants will outlive you in your home. There is no other houseplant that will give you the consistent, decade by decade, pleasure that a well cared for Hoya will provide! Oh, and when it flowers? Now, that is the sugar sweet Maraschino cherry on top of the expensive sorbet!

PERIOD!

Ron

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Hoya Carnosa "Variegated" - 30+ Years Old - Growing In A 42" Cage Platform | eBay

For the serious Hoya houseplant growers... check out still another one of my Ancient Hoyas. I have raised these plants for decades... and they are ready for a new caring home. I have plenty of information for you to read in the listing about this particular plant. Check it out... RLJ

ebay.com This is another showcase plant ready for you to proudly display. It is smaller than a regular Hoya Carnosa, but the Variegated form can grow very large. And you MUST respect those roots. And. a leaf, or two, might yellow and drop off this plant during a year if you disrespect it.

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Hoya Pubicalyx Vines (2) - Old And Established - Large in Wide 42" Platforms | eBay

For the serious houseplant guardians out there... check out my listing, of several listings, of another one of my Ancient Hoyas. I have written a lot of information about the history of this plant. Check it out... RLJ

ebay.com Hoya Pubicalyx Vine - Very Old And Established - Large in 42" Platform. I never found out what it actually was until I was well into my late twenties. when my Hoya obsession began. To allow it to flower, you must let it GROW!

Hello fellow houseplant adopters, here are a few words from me to you about your Hoya plants, this time, especially your Hoya Tri-Color plant.

For those of you who have either tried to grow one, or are growing one, of these fantastic plants... are you propping up your plant in a trellis of some type, or are you allowing your plant to wander around on the table or the plant stand?

If you want to realize your Hoya Tri-Color's maximum potential, grow it up and out on a support.

I have enclosed some incredible pictures of one of my several Hoya Tri-Color plants that will show you what you can expect from your Hoya Tri-Color as the YEARS pass by.

You can expect the greens and the whites and the cream colors in the leaves... but, sometimes your plant will do what this particular plant has done -- GO RED!!!

Remember, bright light, but no direct sunlight! NEVER turn your Hoya, or move your Hoya around the house! Give it a permanent spot in one location by a bright window and LEAVE IT THERE FROM DECADE TO DECADE! Carefully top dress the soil twice a year and repot young plants every five years and repot old plants about every decade.

This is an INDOOR houseplant!

And... before you repot your Hoya, research HOW TO REPOT YOUR HOYA! Or, contact me and I will tell you what to do!

Remember, these are LONG LIVED PLANTS! You will have your Hoya for 50 years and beyond if you respect the plant and treat it like a permanent part of the family. But, like a MOGWAI, if you do not follow the simple rules, well... it will not transform into a Gremlin... but you want to keep it happy and safe.

Enjoy your Hoya Tri-Color!

Ron

Check out one of my Hoya 'Tri-Color' plants. This one has really decided to show off its color potential this summer. I expected this color explosion to prove difficult for the plant's self-health, but... it has grown like a slow growing weed.

Got a Hoya 'Tri-Color'? Do not give up on it if it decides to act a little sick if it puts out colored leaves. Don't move the plant around, DO NOT TURN THE PLANT, keep it out of direct sunlight but plenty of light, keep the damp soil slightly on the dryer side -- not dry -- and love it as usual. it will be OK as time goes on.

Enjoy your LONG LIVED Hoyas, people!

RLJ

There is something about the light from outside this summer season that has affected my Hoyas... in a very good way. They have exploded in growth this season, putting on many inches of very healthy growth. Nice...

My main Ancient Hoya, my 46 year old Hoya Pubicalyx, is just a little out of control this season... and that is a great thing. I love this plant like it is a live mammal pet.

I have several Hoyas of different types that are over 30 years old and 25 years old... and younger. They are living in their pots, supported in 54" tomato cages and 42" tomato cages and other smaller cages cut to size. These are all "Air Layered" plants with mature, properly taken care of root systems. And, understand this, I only water them with inexpensive bottled water to prevent the buildup of minerals and other contaminants into the soil.

I'm offering a few of these completely mature Hoyas for special purchase. We would have to talk about it before purchase because of their size and the fact that they are married to their cages. And always remember that some Hoyas can become monstrously huge as the decades roll by.

So.. check out these pictures of my ancient Hoya Pubicalyx. And if you are a Hoya fan, and you have one, or some, I know you are in love with your awesome plant.

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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.

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