Return to the Hoya Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

Posted by jan1_2007 10 (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 18, 08 at 8:04

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.
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

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


 o
RE: Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

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!
Photobucket
Photobucket


 o
RE: Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

  • Posted by shanna5 Zone 6, Missouri (My Page) on
    Tue, Mar 18, 08 at 12:13

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

shanna


 o
RE: Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

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


 o
RE: Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

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


 o
RE: Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

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


 o
RE: Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

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


 o
RE: Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

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


 o
RE: Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

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


 o
RE: Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

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


 o
RE: Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

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


 o
RE: Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

Thanks, Jan. Now I know it :-)

Xuan (pronounced S-W-A-N)


 o
RE: Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

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?


 o
RE: Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

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


 o
RE: Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

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


 o
RE: Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

  • Posted by shanna5 Zone 6, Missouri (My Page) on
    Fri, Mar 28, 08 at 10:35

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


 o
RE: Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

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.


 o
RE: Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

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


 o
RE: Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

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


 o
RE: Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

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!


 o
RE: Hoya subcalva flowers...smells like grape juice

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!


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Hoya Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here