The Philippines is blessed with a very high biodiversity, including the plants living in its remaining forest cover. Trees alone comprise about 3500 species. Just to research on a species a day would take about 10 years to finish all of just the trees. Then there are still the shrubs, herbs, ferns etc. Through this blog we hope to introduce you to some important plants in the forest before they completely disappear because of habitat destruction.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
My Cut Flower Hoya
Flowering Hoya cumingiana
Cluster waiting to bloom
In early 2011, I found branches of a native Hoya being sold in a stall in Dangwa. It is Hoya cumingiana and they are sold as leaves spray for cut flowers. A bundle of 6 pieces sold for 35. Haggling got me 4 bundles for 100 pesos. I clustered them and placed on dry sphagnum moss.
A year after, the once lanky Hoya sprays are now upright and heathy. And they seem to be loving the wet weather as they are coming out with their first flower umbels. It seems Hoya cumingiana is one of the nicest hoyas to grow in the urban garden an they are easy to bloom. Will watch out for more sprays in my next Dangwa visit.