H.Macgillivrayii, Am I Lucky, Or A Good Gardener?
This is really throwing me for a loop. I put my 'baby' Mac, that I have had on my back porch getting morning sun through plastic coated screening,(in Fla. it keeps the rain off your porch)its really screening layered between plastic. So you get light, but no bugs,no rain, and it isnt a cement wall. Anyway, I had it there for like 3 years. The mother plant up and died one day out of the blue, on my northern facing front porch, outside,few years back, after years of blooming and growing like a weed! I didnt know I had such an 'valuable' plant, though it cost me a fortune to buy the mother, a tiny starter cutting. and it bloomed a lot and frequently. Luckily I had taken these cuttings and they rooted.
Now that I know what I have, selling or trading cuttings and rooted cuttings will get me more huge flowered hoyas, or my deep red fuzzy ones that I love! Well in less than 1 month this plant has put out 4 new vines,huge leaves, the leaves keep getting bigger and bigger as the vines grow,and it is not getting any direct sun,and I am not forcing it with fertilizer. I can almost see the first umbel in my mind on this plant.
I thought this Hoya was suppose to get direct sun in the morning at least, and not grow in shade? Though it barely grew on the back porch getting morning sun, and that it was a pig for food? I look at it every few days, and have to water it, it is dry, I soak it, and there is now growth,and new vines starting.
Am I just luckily, or am I heading for a 'one day it just up and died on me day'...again? The leaves are coming out nice and red/green,and then turning all green, I thought it needed to be root bound, so that is why I put it in a 5-6in hanging basket, it was in a 4in pot for all the years I had it on the back porch,and it did some growing, but never a bud, at least it lived. But it seems that the shade and water is making it act like the mother plant, and it bloomed for me from a rooted cutting in under 1 season!
So...am I pushing my luck, or is this what 'Mac' likes? I finally remembered that the variety that it is...it is called 'Pandanus Creek'? If that makes a difference. I saw it listed on that page of hoyas that Mike sent me to a week ago. So...whats the story. Any other fellow 'Mac' growers having this kind of luck? Or do I have an odd plant on my hands?
The mother did so well for years, and it just never occurred to me to take and root all the cuttings I cut off and tossed away like a dope! Not this time around!! But she did great, and in a tiny hanging basket as well, but it did up and die one day, and I still dont know why. Other than maybe my watering practices? Maybe I let it get to dry,or to wet.
Well...any input would be great to hear. The day i see an umbel I will finally figure out how to post pictures and do it til I get open blooms, to post here!