Succulent Ramblings

I like to ramble on about my plants... and other things! My hope is to log the progress of plants and talk about my frustrations with others. So, tune in, turn on, or drop out (if you find it boring!)

Monday, March 28, 2016

Hoya juanngoiana is one I've had a long time...got it in a trade with Dee 8 years ago.  And it rooted, but never did much for a few years.  A coupld years ago, it really started growing, and last year, I put it in one of the big EA hanging pots.  And it has gotten fat and happy and several new leaves.  I'm hoping it will bloom this year...

I'm not sure what the dark spots are - they're just on the leaf surface and really don't look like anything to be worried about.  In fact, the leaves are otherwise shiny and succulent and even look nice on the backside, so I think it might just be a sun thing - it hangs in a sunny spot at the top of the GH.  

And I took down shepherdell today.  That's another one that got moved up to a bigger pot last year (same kind/size as above) and it is doing outstanding!  It has at least 4 new vines shooting out new leaves.  I imagine it will bloom this year.  It's been a couple years since it bloomed, which is why I moved it up.  I think once they get overly potbound, they quit blooming (at least some of them do...)

I checked over macgillivrayii and onychoides and I see no signs of growth.  Weirdly enough, the one in the bedroom shot out a couple new vines after I potted it up a size, but then it went dormant again.  They're always late to start growing.  I've always wondered if it's that they come from down under where the summer is during our winter, or if it's just their nature...

More after this next crazy weekend.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Today is Easter Sunday.  Since I don't do church, I figured I'd blog instead!  For a bit, anyway...  We're going down to my nephew's home later today for our family get-together.  It'll be nice to see the grand-niece and nephews.  I haven't seen Henry for some time - he was born last July 4th, so I guess that makes him almost 9 months old now!  Will is almost 18 months, and Ella is going on 7 this summer.  Here's my sister's whole entourage...
 This was before Henry - here he is right after he was born, in Daddy's arms...
I'll have to get a new pic of him!  I guess most of the pics I have are from right after he was born.  Anyway, they're all very close and since I didn't have any kids of my own (and therefore no grandkids), it's kind of nice to have them to visit.  Mom really enjoys it, too!

So I spent a lot of time in the GH getting plants cleaned up and giving them a once-over for new growth, bugs, etc.  My damn cagayanensis had mealies on it.  I must have spend a good half hour or so cleaning it up.  It's not that it had a lot of them, but there was dead stuff in there and it's such a tangled mess of leaves, it took a lot to untangle it so that I could inspect every single leaf.  But I got it all cleaned up and reattached to the hoop and now I just have to keep a close eye on it for a few weeks.  I found a couple more mealies close by (that's the trouble with having them on one...)  Otherwise, everything I pulled down looked pretty good.

I found verticillata budding up - just one so far...
It's one of my favorites for fragrance.  It seems to be staying in good shape (thankfully).  I thought I was losing it a couple springs ago and took a bunch of cuttings.  I'm so glad it made a comeback...

The one I finally concluded must be sp. Ban Ngong Ngoy is blooming...
 Such nice contrast on this one!  The flowers remind me a lot of 'Red Buttons' and 'Bright One'.  I think it's fragrant at night - I didn't notice a fragrance when taking this pic, but the night before I walked past the GH and thought, "Hm, something is obviously blooming!"  

My biggest hairy kerrii seems to be budding up as well...
 I'll have to make it a point to check my other kerriis today.  Pubicalyx 'Philippean Black' is putting on new growth that's true to its name...
They say this is the same species as chimera.  

Well, I need to get my potatoes on to take down to Easter dinner.  More later!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Just popping in to make a couple quick observations.  The plants are popping with new growth like crazy!  I can't spend a lot of time writing about them, but I want to document where we stand as much as possible.

El-nidicus, which I got as a cutting from Dee in 2011, has turned into a beautiful plant.  I wasn't sure for a long time how I felt about it, but it's very succulent, lovely long oval leaves...
It's got a new growth point - very tiny at this point, but it's growing!  Right below it is my dasyantha.  Today I got up early and decided to turn it around.  All the leaves had turned toward the sun and were on the window side of the shelf it sits on.  It was on the far right of the shelf, and I moved it over to the far left and clipped all the foliage to the front - look how lovely it is!!...
 That node in the middle with three leaves is truly outstanding!!!...
I think that dasyantha probably falls in the carnosa complex, but even if it is closely related to the plain old carnosa, it's a real knockout!!  And it actually did flower for me for the first time a couple years ago...
I got it in a trade in 2010, so it's done well for me...

It may be just wishful thinking, but I think that deykeae might have some new growth nubbins.  I'm afraid to get my hopes up, but it DOES seem very happy where it's always sat.  Here's what it looks like this spring, in a new pot that I put it in last fall...
 
This one is in my top 5 favorite list.  But there are others crowding down the list as they grow.  Little 'Rebecca' continues to grow and even did some blooming this winter.  She's budding up again right now.  And then there's 'Poring Hot Springs' - I just took it down to water it this morning and my God, the leaves are SOOO thick!!  And there's a growth nubbin starting AND two peduncles are budding up!

My biggest Big Mac (macrophylla) has two the leaves forming AT THE BASE!!  I love it when they get new leaves at the base!  It always makes look all filled in and nice.  I'm very anxious to see if either will be one of the massive sized leaves.  I was making an observation the other day that I really hadn't thought about until I was actually talking about it...  I have two other macrophylla that have come off my main plant and neither has produced one of those gigantic leaves like the mother plant does.  I wonder why that would be??

 Off to work I go!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

As the days grow longer, I'm finding more and more new growth on my Hoyas.  I got a new shelf to put in the sunroom - moved stuff around a bit and actually seems more roomy now.  I put my wicker chair in the corner.  I had moved it to do some cleaning and got to thinking that if it was in the corner, next to the heat vent, the cats would probably love to lay there in the winter.  Of course, in summer they'll probably avoid it!  Anyway, when I move it over to the corner, I moved the end table (from my 1990's waterbed set!) over and it left a perfect spot in front of the north window for another shelf.  And I found one that fit just right...
 I put my wandering lobbii growing in hydroton on the top shelf.  

Speaking of which, I think I'm going to take my biggest/oldest lobbii (I have 3 now!) and whack it up to sell.  They root incredibly fast and easy, so I should have pots and pots of them ready in a few weeks.  Think I'll do that today... And boy, will that give me some room on that top shelf in the GH!!

So to some of the new growth I'm seeing...Hoya cv. Joy has a new leaf emerging...
And so is dolichosparte, that site right below Joy...
Two little tiny leaves emerging on a new vine.  This one, I think, could be a good grower.  It's an old Ted Green cutting from 2012, so it's 4 years old, but I've never had any of Ted's cuttings take off - seems like they always take a few years to get going.  I'm not sure why, but it seems to be a trend with his.

I moved surigaoensis (IML 1693) to the spare bedroom.  I used to have several small plants on a little chest, but this surigaoensis has gotten to be such a showboat that I decided it needed to be displayed all by itself.  Look at this one massive leaf!...
 And look here...new growth!!...
 
 Latifolia isn't growing (as far as I can tell) but I had to show these two big leaves that are trying to cascade over the shelf in the GH...
 
I'm so jealous of my new bud Marco who has a NEW latifolia that is growing by leaps and bounds.  Now granted, he lives in Florida, but I've had mine 10 years and it's healthy, but not large.  I bet his will be a monster in 10 years!

Got the lobbii cut up...
This isn't even all of them.  I put a couple in some perlite.  I think I'll put what's left of the plant out on the back porch this summer, then sell it at summer's end.  

Well, off to do some real work!