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Simple and effective method to remove mealy bugs from hoyas

If you’ve been growing Hoyas for at least a year, chances are you’ve come across mealy bugs in your plants by now.
Their white wooly colonies at the base of the leaves are easy to spot and recognize. However, they’re not so easy to get to for the removal of the parasites.

I’ve tried a few methods and made at least one grave mistake along the way till I settled on my current approach.

It’s actually very simple!
So, without further waffling, here’s how to deal with the buggers:

You’ll need:
A spray bottle which also have the “stream” feature;
WATER(tap water is fine)!

How to apply:
1. Fill the bottle with water, preferably tepid, as cold water can shock the plants.

2. Turn the nozzle into “Stream” mode and you’re ready.

3. Point the gun at the bugs, 5 to 10cm away, and blast them! That’s all.
Keep pulling the trigger till the insects are completely soaked and dislodged from their grooves, remembering to check the underside of the leaves. In most cases, spraying once will be enough but be prepared to repeat the process after couple of days if you still see survivors.

Now, if you’ve allowed your plant to become completely infested with bugs, it will be better to take the whole plant into a bathroom, run the shower( adjust the temperature of the water till it feels tepid) and shower the plant, washing off the mealies.

I’ve employed both methods with 100% success. How great it is to have my plants looking great, healthy and pest free!

Note: Some colectors recommend the addition of a spoon of washing up liquid and cooking oil to the spray mix. NO NEED FOR THAT. That’s actually dangerous and it’s how I killed my young Hoya Inflata(of all hoyas) by getting the soap ratio wrong. So be warned :-), use soap and your plant leaves might drop off or end up looking sick.

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Hoya Callistophilla sp Kalimantan, a jet-setter!

Hoyas can be categorised into many, many groups.
I have a personal category which I’ll term the Jet-setter’s club.

This group of hoyas travel really well between both Thailand and my doorstep as well as from my doorstep to my customers in the Americas and other far-flung corners of the Earth. There are many other hoyas in this group, to list a few: Macgillivrayi, Archboldiana, the Finlaysonii family (they’re ‘cousins’ of Callistophyla, so, of coarse), Carnosas, Pubicalyxes many others.

I’ve been selling hoyas for while now and Callistophyla is, no doubt, a great specimen to have around and to sell. My first cutting took two weeks to arrive from Thailand. I came in the same box as h. Glabra. Glabra lost all its leaves which had turned yellow; by contrast, Callistophyla was a sight to behold. It looked like it had been cut that morning! I was in owe. Some will probably argue that it’s unfair to compare the two plants but there you go. I happened to have both on the same order and this was the result. In fact, I’ve imported glabra 3 times now without success! But that’s a topic for another post.

Back to the praises of Callistophilla, it’s beeeeeautiful plant (it’s name, unsurprisingly, means most beautiful leaves). It’s easy to get it to root –and to look after– It grows quickly enough when given a warm corner and good lighting; It blooms quickly too… Now, can you ask any more of such a plant???
This girl goes far!

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Hoya Imports from Overseas

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I remember to this day when successfully rooted my first Hoya cutting (hoya sp Flores Island). I got it from Poland and didn’t know if anything would come from it. I  also recall my first Hoya import.

Back in 2014, after seeing pictures of Hoya Pachycada I couldn’t avoid but search for it everywhere!

After realising I would not easily find in Europe, I turned to Asia. It was interesting approaching  a vendor and seeing that so many plants were available to choose from.  In the end I  chose to import  h. Pachycada Red Corona and  h. sp Estrella Waterfalls IML 1256.

I  was given the option of buying with certificate or without. Boxed or in a gusseted envelope. EMS or tracked regular mail.

Like all first timers, I didn’t know how long it would take for it to arrive–or if it would arrive at all! How pleasantly surprised  I was when I saw the strange brown envelope delivered 2 weeks later. It  had Thai writings all over it, making it look enigmatic and ancient.
Both cuttings travelled well, surviving the long journey to the UK. Importing from Thailand became a pattern, and I managed to increase my collection 10 fold using this method.