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PlantCareToday.com has published a great article on how to grow, care for a bloom Hoya plants!
Some excepts from PlantCareToday:
History Of The Hoya Plant
The Hoya was named in honor of Thomas Hoym, gardener to the Duke of Northumberland. He was the first to bring this superb house plant into prominence.
Native to southern India, where it is highly prized, and the subject of legend, hoyas are also found throughout eastern Asia to Australia. It has been classified botanically in the asclepias (milkweed) family.
The exact number of species is a mystery. Bailey’s Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture estimates there are 100 species. The most common species, and the one most often seen and grown as a houseplant is Hoya carnosa variegata.
Thick leaves of green, rimmed with red and white, and a waxen texture from which it derives the nick-name “wax plant.”
Hoya Care: Pampering Not Required
Native to tropic and subtropical regions, most hoyas do equally well in homes, in protected areas or a greenhouse. The hoyas that climb do so by means of small stem rootlets, when untrained, they form a thick mat. Several species make beautiful baskets.
Lighting – a north window is a good location. Although the plants do not require direct light, they would not do well away from a window, unless you prefer to grow them under fluorescent grow lights. Supply all but the hottest sun.
Soil – a moist, well-drained, light soil – African Violet soil with some added perlite – is a good growing medium.
Watering – keep the soil moist in spring and summer, dry but not to the point of shriveled foliage in winter. In dry climates more frequent watering may be necessary.
Some like to mist the leaves frequently, to clean them and increase humidity… but NOT when the plant is budding or in flower.
Temperature – give them medium (50 degrees) to warm temperatures during the growing season—spring and summer. The plants go semi-dormant in winter.
Fertilizer – In spring hoyas react favorably to feeding. A liquid food, about every four weeks, three or four times during the growing season will produce a vigorous growth. Withhold food during the winter.
Blooms appear in spring and summer when the plant is most active. Lack of water or too much fertilizer will cause foliage to brown around the edges and perhaps leaves will drop.
As with most plants, Hoyas respond to good care. However, they resent pampering, hovering, and constant handling and moving.
They have one peculiarity worth noting: their blooms are produced on knobby spurs which should stay on the plant even after blossoms fade. New buds will be generated there to provide bloom the next time. The lesson in this is that to encourage prolific blooming, leave the flower spurs on the plant.
Also, for fuller flowering, most growers recommend that the roots be pot-bound.
For the full article, please visit PlantCareToday.com!
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The University of Georgia published a research paper – Screening Indoor Plants for Volatile Organic Pollutant Removal Efficiency – in which they conducted research on which houseplants removed harmful toxins from the air. Among the Top 5 Indoor Air Cleaning Plants was Hoya carnosa! Along with four other Top 5 plants, Hoya carnosa had the highest removal rates for all five volatile organic compounds introduced in their experiments.
Study leader Stanley J. Kays of the University of Georgia in Athens placed plants in gas-tight glass jars, exposing them to benzene, octane, toluene and alpha-pinene. The researchers analyzed air samples and then classified plants as superior, intermediate and poor in their ability to remove the five volatile organic compounds from the air.
“The volatile organic compounds tested in this study can adversely affect indoor air quality
and have a potential to seriously compromise the health of exposed individuals,” Kays said in a statement.
Kays said benzene and toluene are known to originate from petroleum-based indoor coatings, cleaning solutions, plastics, environmental tobacco smoke and exterior exhaust fumes seeping into buildings; octane from paint, adhesives and building materials; TCE from tap water, cleaning agents, insecticides and plastic products; and alpha-pinene from synthetic paints and odorants.
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