Ep. 3-21: All About Hoyas | Sara Pham

This week’s episode is moving indoors—to indoor plants! My friend Sara has become a serious hoya fanatic over the last 10-12 years. I invited her on to the podcast to talk about her love affair with hoyas because houseplants are one aspect that I don’t have a lot of experience with in gardening. While I’ve grown the odd indoor plant here and there, (currently I have a couple of plants in my office at work), my husband has been the one more interested in growing houseplants over the years than I have. That said, seeing Sara so excited about her plants and especially with the hoyas, I knew I wanted to learn a bit more and maybe start brushing up on my indoor gardening skills.

Sara and I go back to high school honors and AP art class from 1994-1998. Once MySpace came on the scene years later, we reconnected and found out we had a lot more in common than we would have realized from those years of high school! One good thing about social media, I suppose! In the episode, Sara talks about all of the hoyas she currents grows, how she roots cuttings, the best lighting and watering schematics, and other interesting tidbits about this wonderful genus! While Sara does not have a public blog or social media account for you to follow her, you can see her postings on the Hoya GardenWeb forum as “PostPunkGirl”. And if you have any questions you can leave a comment here and I’ll have her get in touch with you!


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Hoya blashernaezii


Hoya australis ssp. australis


Three different cultivars of Hoya pubicalyx: left to right, ‘Philippine black‘, ‘Pink Silver’ and ‘Red Buttons’


Hoya cinnamomifolia


Hoya Genevieve


Watering day!


Hoya serpens


Hoya obovata


Hoya: wayetti, wibergiae (with pink splash), latifolia, obscura (red from high light), macrophlla, sigillatis, pubicalyx, obovata, fitchii.


Hoya: vitellina, carnosa (with an albino leaf), incrassata, sarawak (yellow), curtisii, kerri, DS-70, callistophylla, carnoa ‘Krinkle 8’.


Hoya lacunosa ‘Ruby Sue’ blooms… smells like cinnamon


Particle size and Hoya ‘Pink Silver’ flowers

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