I’m so excited! I have several Hoya plants growing all over the house, but none have bloomed for me. Until now. My Hoya sp. aff burtoniae has opened up its first bloom with many more growing. Let me show you what its blooms look like.
This isn’t going to be a long blog about the specifics of achieving blooms on your Hoya plants, I just figured that my Garden Girls and Guys would understand the unadulterated joy of Hoya blooms. It feels like I’ve earned a trophy.
It all happened much more quickly than I would have imagined. I very first noticed a peduncle forming on December 10th. At that time I was checking for water and it was literally hanging in my face. My jaw was hanging open, my friends. My husband actually asked me if I was doing OK. Ha.
I was immediately filled with joy. And then I was immediately filled with fear. What if I am supposed to provide different care once I’ve seen a peduncle? Do I need to water more? Should I fertilize? Aaahhhhh!
Ultimately, I did the only thing that made sense to me…I continued caring for my plant the exact same way I had been up to that point. I’m happy to say that it worked. Here is the peduncle on December 27th.
Finally, the blooms opened on January 14th. They’re so pretty and strange all at the same time.
Let me share the most surprising thing about the blooms on Hoya sp. aff burtoniae. The scent…which really gave me a surprise. They smell exactly like movie popcorn. Isn’t that funny? I recognized the scent immediately, but decided to ask for other opinions. I had two others come up with popcorn without any hints from me. Another interesting fact is that the scent is only strong at night and during the early morning.
Last picture, I swear. I’m like a proud parent. This one shows some of the sweet sap that forms on the blooms.
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