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How to Grow and Flower Indestructible Hoyas

By Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin

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Giant Wax Plant

The genus hoya, commonly called Wax Plant, is a large group of mostly climbing or trailing vines, or sometimes shrubs native to tropical Asia, the Pacific Islands and Australia.

 

Native Habitat:
They are most often found growing as epiphytes in tropical forests where they climb up into or hang from the branches amongst the mix of other epiphytic plants. As they often grow lower in the canopy, as well as at the tops of the tress, they have a great adaption to varying light levels.

Hoyas as Indoor Plants:
Hoyas are famous as indoor houseplants because they can tolerate very dry conditions. This comes from their epiphytic nature where they can go through a dry season with little, if any, rain for months at a time, surviving on the air moisture and dew at night. When given favorable growing conditions, they will flower with a wide variety of colors and flower sizes from the tiny ¼” in diameter for each flower to the giants up to 4” in diameter per flower. The blooms often form clusters or umbels of many flowers although some are singular. Some hoya flowers have a waxy appearance; others are fragrant.

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How to Care for Grafted Plants and Understand their Special Needs

By Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin

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Grafted Blood Orange

It is important to understand how grafted plants are grown. Grafting is one way to propagate plants by joining two plants together to become a stronger, healthier plant. Although it is a little more complicated and time consuming than other propagation methods (like seeds or cuttings), it does solve some of the issues of reproducing particular cultivars that are grown for ornamental or agricultural uses. Logee’s sells many grafted plants including: adeniums, citrus, avocado, mango, persimmon, PawPaws, sapodilla and many more.

 

The Process of Grafting:
The grafting process involves taking two parts of a plant: the root system, or the understock, and the vegetative portion, or the scion. When two plants are closely related (the same genus or the same plant family), the root system (often a seedling or other specialty root system) and the vegetative portion (a twig or bud of a named variety) can be brought together to form a grafted union and create a new plant. Once the union takes, it allows the flow of water and nutrients through the vascular system of both pieces. This in turn joins the plant together and creates one plant.

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Six Easy-to-Grow Colorful Blooming Plants to Enliven your Indoor Space

By Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin

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Abutilon ‘Red Tiger’ (Abutilon hybrid)

As we prepare for winter and the colder days ahead, there are some colorful plants that can help ease the transition from one season to the next. While your outdoor plants are going to sleep for the winter, these indoor beauties are just waking up and putting on a festive floral show.
Some of our most colorful and favorite everblooming plants are:

1- Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus)- Most of our Cape Primroses will bloom 12 months of the year and several varieties, like our ‘Purple Panda,’ have outstanding two-toned flowers. Plus, their long velvety leaves are welcome greenery to the contrasting fall colors outside. Our newest variety, called ‘Roulette Cherry,’ has flowers that majestically rise above the foliage on elegant flower stems. Give these beauties partial sun to bright indirect light and do not get water on their leaves and they will delight your senses year-round.

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