Has your hoya or wax plant bloomed? A few of mine have been blooming like mad lately, and I am so excited! Finally! Here are some of the flowers.
Done blooming-now what?
Aren’t they gorgeous?! So now they’ve bloomed and are starting to turn brown and fall off. The flowers below are almost done. So should I cut the spent flower stem off?
Cut it off?
Isn’t it tempting to cut that flower stalk off where it meets the stem? I wanted to. The problem is if I cut that off I’m cutting off the very spot where it will bloom again! The picture below is a hoya peduncle. What in the heck is a peduncle? From The American Heritage Dictionary of Science: “Stalk; stem; stalklike part (of a flower, fruit cluster, or animal body).” So, a hoya’s flowers are pedunculate as they grow on a peduncle. I read that they will elongate as they get older. I’m pretty sure that each of those “rings” is one year of blooms. That would mean this one has bloomed 4 times. I would say that is about right.
So next time your hoya blooms and you are tempted to cut that spent flower off….DON’T!
This hoya bud below is on a new vine, so this will be the first time it has bloomed at this point on the stem and you can see there is no “ring” on the peduncle.
And last, but not least, my newest addition to my hoya collection and I am thrilled it is going to bloom- Hoya fitchii. I received this from Logee’s last year and it has grown quite a bit on my south windowsill. I just noticed this bud last week and I can’t wait to see the flowers.
I hope you learned something new from this Tuesday Tidbit. I learn new things too, right along with you as I research what I’m writing about. I see now after putting the pictures together that the peduncles do elongate each year after they flower. So cool! Don’t cut that peduncle off!
I’ve written other posts about hoyas, read about propagating hoyas here.
Have a safe week!