Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

Jan SwordMarch 18, 2008

Finally opened this morning!! Not really strong smell this morning but maybe tonight. Only 4 buds survived, but I am very happy to see the 4 flowers.

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gabro14

Congrats Jan! Thanks for sharing the photos. Do you have a picture of the whole plant? I'm just wondering how big this one needs to be before flowering. I have 2 small ones (and they are both very different...in terms of foliage and growth pattern), and they are both growing soooo slow. Hopefully they'll speed up this Spring.

Again, gorgeous pics!
Gabi

    Bookmark   March 18, 2008 at 10:45AM
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Jan Sword

Hi Gabi, thanks!
Here is a picture of whole plant in a 4" pot and flower picture without a flash. Are the white spots on the flower stem looks like a mealy bugs? yikes!

    Bookmark   March 18, 2008 at 11:57AM
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shanna5(Zone 6, Missouri)

Jan
Very nice plant, grape is my favorite. How long have you had subcalva? Has it grown much since you got it?

shanna

    Bookmark   March 18, 2008 at 12:13PM
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Jan Sword

Hi Shanna, thanks. I've had this plant for about 1.5-2 years. It's grown some but it's not fast grower. The buds seem took ever to open up.
Jan

    Bookmark   March 18, 2008 at 12:49PM
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gabro14

Thanks Jan - gorgeous plant.

Yes, it does look like there are some mealies on that peduncle. That's an old peduncle (has flowered many times before) - has it bloomed before for you or did the plant come with the peduncle from wherever you got it? Lucky you. I love when I get surprised like that!

Gabi

    Bookmark   March 18, 2008 at 12:52PM
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Jan Sword

I got the plant with peduncle but it's flowering for me for the first time. I better give this plant a systemic drink.
Jan

    Bookmark   March 18, 2008 at 1:12PM
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gabro14

Make sure you get rid of the mealies on the peduncle with rubbing alcohol...I don't think systemics reach those parts of the hoya.

I bet you'll be inhaling the scent of grape juice all night. I'm so jealous! I might just have to sleep with a glass of Welch's on my night stand so that I can pretend my subcalva is blooming...Ha!

Gabi

    Bookmark   March 18, 2008 at 2:10PM
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Jan Sword

Ha ha ha, that is really funny Gabi but workable. LOL
I sprayed alcohl on the peduncle... I am being careful not to blast the flowers, I love this plant.
Jan

    Bookmark   March 18, 2008 at 3:24PM
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tammypie(9)

Ooooooo.. how lovely! I must add subcalva to my growing hoya collection! TammyPie

    Bookmark   March 23, 2008 at 12:43AM
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haxuan(Vietnam)

An off-topic question Gabi: What is "rubbing alcohol"? Is it the stuff you use to "clean" your skin when you have a wound/bruise? and like before an injection?
I want to use it but don't know what it is!!!
Thank you.

Xuan

    Bookmark   March 23, 2008 at 11:20PM
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Jan Sword

Xuan, I am not Gabi but yes that is it. Just don't use in full sun, it will burn the leaves.
Jan

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 5:26AM
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haxuan(Vietnam)

Thanks, Jan. Now I know it :-)

Xuan (pronounced S-W-A-N)

    Bookmark   March 26, 2008 at 9:45AM
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elizzy(9)

Question: I use fresh squeezed lemon juice to clean the leaves of my orhids at least once a year. Would lemon juice also work against the mealy bugs on Hoyas?

    Bookmark   March 27, 2008 at 1:22AM
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gabro14

Never heard of it used for mealies. But that doesn't mean it wouldn't kill them. However, it wouldn't be enough (just like rubbing alcohol wouldn't be enough, at least for a big infestation)...you'd need to use some kind of systemic (or natural solution if you prefer that). I've tried the natural sprays like Neem Oil, and it didn't do anything except make my house smell! I hear some people have luck with fish emulsion (or whatever that's called).

Back on the topic of lemon, I use GSE (grapefruit seed extract) in my mister bottle as a preventative for mealies and other bugs. I have no idea if it works or not, but I've heard good thing about it. Maybe the lemon would be similar to GSE, as a preventative. It's worth a try if you're curious.

Good luck and let us know the turn-out,
Gabi

    Bookmark   March 27, 2008 at 9:38AM
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gabro14

I just got H. australis X subcalva (cross between the 2), and it's in bud!!!!! YAY! Both of those hoyas smell delicious, so I'm curious to see what the combo smells like!

Gabi

    Bookmark   March 27, 2008 at 6:44PM
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shanna5(Zone 6, Missouri)

Gabi
Congrats on your buds. Please post a pic when it blooms

    Bookmark   March 28, 2008 at 10:35AM
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ines_99

I love the little ants on the flowers. One place I lived I had a pubicalyx hanging in a patio door and the ants always found a way inside when that plant was blooming.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2008 at 12:01PM
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fragrantgardener01

Hi Gabe
Where did you purchase your h. Australis X h. Subculva?
Thanks.
Fg

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 1:09AM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Wow!! This thread is 6 years old!! I haven't seen Gabi post in several years...

Below is a link for SRQ Hoyas...I think? she has the regular Subcalva available...call or email her, she might know someone that has the cross?

Here is a link that might be useful: SRQ Hoyas...Subcalva

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 12:11PM
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greedygh0st

The name for this cross is 'Pinkie" and it can be found on the SRQ site here.

Anyway, you might be able to track it down more easily using this search term. Good luck!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 12:52PM
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teisa(6)

I didn't know this cross even existed!! I love my Subcalva! And if it bloomed as much as Australis then that would be a perfect Hoya! Wow thanks ladies for posting this!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 1:12PM
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