Bloom'n time again!

tropicbreezentJune 6, 2013

My macgillivrayi is blooming again. Saw one flower starting to open nearly 2 weeks ago, now a peduncle with 4. From memory they were flowering in August last year, so seems to be early this year. I changed the watering system this year. Instead of having sprinklers in their pots I put in a fine one averhead. So what they get is a fine misty type of "rain". Maybe that's what encouraged the earlier flowering.

A photo without flash.

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tropicbreezent

With flash. It makes a bit of difference. The closer to reality is this one with the flash.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 5:09AM
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greedygh0st

Yeah, I'm not sure what kind of impact it has when they are able to use their foliage to absorb stuff as well as their roots, but it does have a kind of logical resonance to it. That's why I like to shower my guys periodically.

Anyway, the photos are gorgeous! Does it take them about the same amount of time to develop as the average Hoya bud?

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 10:21AM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Those buds looks really cool hanging off that branch...very pretty! I have this hoya and still waiting for a peduncle to form :o(

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 12:06PM
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tropicbreezent

Thanks for the comments. It's not just their foliage in this case, the stems have roots along them which attach to the tree branches. That's what made me decide to put in the overhead sprinkler. It was always difficult to get the watering right in the pots. I'm away at work for extended periods and the automatic sprinklers aren't too reliable. This way is far better and when I'm back I often give them some extra water (and fertiliser) in the pots.

This is the mac., a lot of other Hoyas do it too. Makes it easy for getting cuttings.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 2:44AM
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tropicbreezent

They look just so close to bursting open, but I have to go away for work and will miss it. By the time I get back it will be all over. Hopefully there'll be more flowering a little later but no signs of that happening to be seen yet.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 12:48AM
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tropicbreezent

I spoke too soon. Just when the sun was sinking low 2 of the buds started to open.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 7:41AM
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tropicbreezent

Further into the evening and the other 2 buds still not showing any signs of wanting to join the parade. But the first 2 are fully open, just in time for me to see. I'll be gone before dawn and not back for nearly a fortnight.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 7:46AM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Soooo beautiful!! I hope to one day see mine bloom. Thanks for sharing, I'm so glad you didn't miss it!!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2013 at 1:35PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

I hope that my krimson queen gets on flowering early in life

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 10:28AM
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greedygh0st

Magnificent! Thank goodness they opened in time for you to see them. Maybe they heard you urging them on. lol

I just love the way this type of flower looks partially opened, with its grasping claws. It looks way more intimidating than Audrey Jr. doesn't it? ;)

I also have to say I envy you your nice long aerial roots. I just love the aesthetic of long aerial root fringes. I see them develop in my aquariums, but they remain pretty short in my regular grow space. Thanks for explaining how it influenced your watering decision. I wouldn't have thought of that, for sure.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 12:46PM
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tropicbreezent

I guess now the remaining buds have opened up. No photo but I can imagine the sight.

Puglvr1, what seems to have helped mine was warmth, humidity and some aged poultry manure. It's also getting good filtered sunlight.

Teen, I've only got the ordinary carnosa, some cuttings from my father's plant which was a mass of flowers. Mine are still growing up.

GG, one of the australis in that tree has much longer aerial roots. Seems to be heading for the ground rather than a branch. The vine is over my head height from the ground, so it has a long way to go. They're only about 150 mm so far.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 5:13AM
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teisa(6)

That was Beautiful! I want to tell you thanks for taking the time to share that with us. Those are the prettiest pictures of that Hoya I have ever seen.

I too wish you were there to see the entire umbel open!! Maybe next time.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 6:38AM
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tropicbreezent

Thanks Teisa. I'm hoping there'll still be more this season. Last year it flowered right into August.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 11:17PM
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pepeuve

Wonderful specimen. My warmest congratulations. Most of my plants bloom 2 times and the first flowering is always at the beginning of June and the second time in late August. Your irrigation system is formidable and I usually advise spraying the leaves to the coolest time of day (dawn and dusk) and sometimes with a bit of liquid fertilizer. The aerial roots that you sample/show is a clear example of irrigation system used.
It is a pity not to have more space on my balcony to add as nice specimen to my small collection.
Warm regards

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 11:36PM
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tropicbreezent

Thank you Pepeuve. Winter time the plants get sprayed just before dawn, and again in the evening just after dark. In the summer it's when it's getting light in the morning and when the light is fading in the evening. (By the clock, it happens at the same time all year.)

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 4:09AM
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tropicbreezent

Getting home last night I was pleasantly surprised to see that not only the 2 buds were open but the original 2 were also still open. They've been sitting there patiently for almost 2 weeks waiting for me to come back :O)

    Bookmark   June 19, 2013 at 4:33PM
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tropicbreezent

The mac entertaining visitors last night.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 4:29PM
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tropicbreezent

Maybe not a "social butterfly", but a "social moth" is close enough anyway.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2013 at 4:35PM
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tropicbreezent

And then there were two........

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 7:15PM
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tropicbreezent

I'm hoping for some seed this year. Last year there wasn't any. This year I know it's been entertaining night visitors.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 7:21PM
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tropicbreezent

No seeds this year either. When I got home today there was only the peduncle left to tell the tale. In the close up photo it's interesting to see where the flowers fell away from.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 6:38AM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

Wow! Now that is beautiful! I'll bet you love that plant..:-)

MIke

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 9:16AM
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tropicbreezent

Thanks Mike, yes I really do . Checking it out today I can see what looks like about 5 peduncles developing. Looks like it's going to put on a good display around August, fingers crossed.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 6:45AM
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pepeuve

Pubicalyx silver pink today

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 7:00AM
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pepeuve

Hoya fungii
Second flowering this spring summer

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 7:21AM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

My goodness... I want one of all of these plants! I love the very dark!

Tropic...Awesome! Please take pics then when they do..

MIke:-)

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 3:14PM
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tropicbreezent

Very nice Pepeuve. I have Pubicalyx silver pink but it's not as dark a colour as yours.

Mike, I'm certainly not backward with taking photos, seeing the number I've already put on this thread, LOL.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 3:24AM
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pepeuve

@meyermike_1micha
@tropicbreezent

Sorry my bad English.
Thanks.

This is the pubicalyx silver pink

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 3:37AM
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pepeuve

Another pubicalyx Silver pink

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 3:46AM
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tropicbreezent

Yours have very good growth on them. No wonder they bloom so well.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 6:59AM
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