January 2010

Ted Green and Dale Kloppenburg, two of the people of the group I went to Sulawesi with in 1994, have been so kind as to name one of the hoyas we found there after me. So, it is official, Hoya sp. GPS 8845 is now Hoya paulshirleyi. The article describing the plant can be found in Fraterna, the journal of the International Hoya Association. See here for the Fraterna website.
It is a fast growing species and very easy to flower, producing flowers in abundance. However, the individual flowers last only a day or so. The plant can take half sun, half shade and the leaves will colour red in the sun.

Hoya paulshirleyi

This species comes from the cool mountain forests of Birma. It is a well-known plant in cultivation, but many people still have problems growing this plant. The reason is that they keep it too warm. In the past our houses had the perfect climate for the plant, but since the invasion of the central heating, conditions have deteriorated (all this from the plant’s point of view, not from ours). So, if you want to grow this plant successfully, keep it cool, between 10 and 15° C.

Hoya bella