Plants Are People, Too

Plants Are People, Too

I have a green thumb. I keep a house full of living house plants. I consider myself to be an expert

Photos from Plants Are People, Too's post 12/07/2023

Also, for today, I need to let my friends know about this particular cherry tomato type.

Here are a couple of pictures of the "Chocolate Sprinkles" cherry tomato. Other that the awesome Black Cherry Tomatoes, these things are wild and fun to grow. The actual plant is large and very vigorous. And it produces handfuls of tomatoes.

And the taste? Sweet with a slight acid twang... delicious! They are great in a salad for color and taste.

I buy these tomato plants at the local Home Depot. So, try them if you like tomatoes. There are very good... even as a snack to pop in your mouth in passing.

Photos from Plants Are People, Too's post 12/07/2023

For those of you out there who love growing Hoya vines, I have something to show you.

OK, so you purchase one of those "Sweetheart Hoya Leaves-In-A-Pot" on Valentine's Day. A few days later, you have this quant heart shaped leaf that just sits there in the pot and, week by week, it does not appear to grow. Well, I just want to tell you that, with a lot of patience -- 3 years' worth -- the plant WILL finally put out a new leaf and start another vine.

So, don't throw away your single leaf Hoya Kerrii because you believe it will never sprout growth. It will, eventually, after several years. Just keep the leaf in a widow with lots of light, water it when the soil dries on the surface and WAIT!

Here is what I have coaxed out of this Hoya leaf after three years. I have a different Hoya Kerrii that I am waiting on. Three years on for that Hoya, too... but it will get there, eventually.

Photos from Plants Are People, Too's post 24/01/2023

Well, today I have decided to take a few pictures of one of my Ancient Hoyas that is already forming flowers that should open in a week, or so. This particular Hoya is prolific. It flowers at least twice a year. If you see this Hoya in your local nursery, pick up one. You will not be disappointed.

Take note of the almost oval leaves. And, take a close look at the very stiff, thick, bumpy vine of the plant.

Check these out...

RLJ

Photos from Plants Are People, Too's post 13/12/2022

Hello, fellow Hoya Vine lovers. I wanted to share these pictures with you all because I recently was told by a couple of Hoya friends, in a greenhouse, that their Hoyas died when they left their rooting plant in water for too long. I could not figure out why their plants did not survive living in water via our conversation, but I want to show you all that this large size clipping from one of my HUGE Hoya Carnosa vines has been living in this Jar in water for six years and counting.

Now, I ONLY add bottled water to this jar when the water level drops by about a half inch. I am too afraid of what chlorine and fluoride in tap water will do to these roots. I never turn this plant, because you know how sensitive Hoya vines are to being moved too much.

Also, I put just a LITTLE pinch of just a couple of small sand sized particles of fertilizer to the water every couple of months. There are several flower spurs on this plant and I hope it will bloom in the next cycle, or two.

I am compelled to plant this Hoya in Hoya soil, but I will contain myself and let it grow this way... at least until it flowers.

So, if you care for your Hoya Vine properly, it will grow in water. You will get to see just what those EXTREMELY sensitive Hoya roots look like through the water.

Good luck and happy holidays.

Photos from Plants Are People, Too's post 29/07/2021

Well Well Well, here is the first flower ball for this season to open on my 48-year-old Hoya Pubicalyx! I have always assumed this Hoya to be the Pink Silver Hoya Pubicalyx. Whatever it is, these flowers are simply stunning... and oh, they smell so exotically good.

What? You don't own a Hoya Pubicalyx? Why? This is quite possibly the easiest Hoya to grow... as long as you follow Hoya rules. And, eventually, this plant will become HUGE!!!

THE main Hoya Rule for me is this: NEVER SPRAY BUG SPRAY ON THE LEAVES OF YOUR HOYA PUBICALYX!!! RAID, FOR EXAMPLE, WILL MURDER YOUR HOYA WITH A SLOW AND UGLY DEATH!!!

So, I love this Hoya! It has lived with me for 3/4 of my life and it is obviously going to outlive me, as if it is standing protected against the bombardment of time on the human body.

I am so glad my Hoya Pubicalyx put out such a beautiful bloom this year.

Ron

Photos from Plants Are People, Too's post 16/07/2021

This year, my Hoya Carnosa vines, my Hoya Pubicalyx vines and my unknown Hoya type vines are all flowering at the same time. I am in Hoya heaven, right now. Here are a couple of photos of this particular unknown Hoya, that I have owned for over 30 years, that I simply cannot figure exactly what its name is. All I know is, it is huge and has grown even bigger this year. And for the first time, this particular Hoya is flowering... after 30 years, I have flowers!!!

This Hoya produces very thick vines with many root nodes all up and down the vines. I am going to take two fairly large portions off of the plant and root them in my warm garage. These shockingly beautiful flowers demand I root a few pieces.

Anyway... if you have a Hoya that refuses to flower from year to year, I say that you should never give up on it. Take care of it and eventually you will get your ultimate payoff!

Check out these pictures.

Ronald Lee Jones

Photos from Plants Are People, Too's post 18/06/2021

Finally... after 30 years of fantastic growth... this Ancient Hoya of mine has flowered... for the first time! And, my goodness, am I impressed!!!

To all of you Hoya owners, take care of your Hoyas and eventually they will do... THIS!!!

Now, I am not exactly sure what kind of Hoya this is, but that's OK... I have had fun owning it for all of these DECADES!

So... Hoya Love Forever, right?

Ron

22/10/2020

This is the size of a 10 year old Hoya Pubicalyx leaf on a 30 year old plant! The leaves get longer and wider, indeed. Again, if you love Hoya vines, this plant MUST be in your collection!

24/09/2020

So, I'm out back behind the house, down by the creek, down on the floor of the small valley that runs through the property of the sub-division. I'm walking out there to get a little fresh air and to take a few moody pictures for my horror blogs on this cloudy, dreary day. At a point along my walk, I come across this awesome plant that I have never seen before.

I have spent the last few hours trying to find this plant online. I have yet to find it... and that's OK by me. I feel lucky to have found this lone plant along the rather large area along the creek. It is obviously an indigenous wild flower to Northern Virginia.

And it is a cool plant.

In times like these, with all of the awfulness going on around the country -- from a deadly virus that is murdering too many of us to everything in-between that virus and the strife in our way too insane government -- I declare to you all that you, too, definitely can find a bit of pure magical joy if you just look down at the nature around your ankles as you take a little walk in the nature out there.

Take care and be careful out there. Put on your mask at the proper times, and, for god's sake, put on some gloves. And... virus are real... and they have one purpose in nature... to infect living hosts... and kill them if need be! Remember that always...!

Ron

HOW BIG CAN YOUR HOYA GROW 08/02/2020

What plant is almost like a silent animal pet in your house?

A HOYA VINE:

AN ANCIENT HOYA!

-- RLJ --

HOW BIG CAN YOUR HOYA GROW What plant is almost like a silent animal pet in your house? A HOYA VINE: AN ANCIENT HOYA! -- RLJ -- HOW BIG CAN YOUR HOYA GRO...

Photos from Plants Are People, Too's post 02/11/2019

I have several large Hoyas that I am selling. These are Hoya Carnosa, Hoya Verigata, Hoya Tricolor and Hoya Pubicalyx.

These plants, mostly, are over 30 years old... with one of the Hoya Pubicalyx being 46 years old.

These are HUGE Hoyas! I defy you to find many more as large as mine. If you have a monster Ancient Hoya, be proud of yourself. You should post pictures and videos of your decades of accomplishment with your Hoya!

I have had some people ask me for starter Hoyas to begin with. I always hope I am not being sarcastic when I reply that I do not have small Hoyas as starter plants. A starter Hoya to me is a plant as large as the plant in the pictures that go with this posting.

Now, I do have a few small Hoya Tricolors... but, these are special plants to me and we would have to talk about me selling one of them.

These Hoyas are in 54 inch tomato cage platforms that are HUGE... to big to fit in a car or a small SUV! I cannot ship these plants through the mail! So, they are of local Northern Virginia interest only. A few of them are in 42 inch platform cages and they, too, are to big to fit in a car.

The Hoya in the pictures is an Air Layered piece off of my 46 year old Hoya Pubicalyx that is about 6 years removed from the mother plant. As you can see, this Hoya has HUGE leaves!!! And, as the decades slowly roll by, it can become a beautiful monster. And the flowers, when they form, are fantastic!

This Hoya example, to me, is a starter Hoya... a large plant with an established root system and a pedigree. Hoyas from nurseries, where the workers have absolutely no knowledge of Hoya care, are almost always problematic.

Anyway, check out these pictures. And, as I am finding out, a lot of people out there know what a Hoya is. But, they do not realize that a properly cared for Hoya is worth every dollar that is asked for it.

These plants will outlive you in your home. There is no other houseplant that will give you the consistent, decade by decade, pleasure that a well cared for Hoya will provide! Oh, and when it flowers? Now, that is the sugar sweet Maraschino cherry on top of the expensive sorbet!

PERIOD!

Ron

Hoya Carnosa "Variegated" - 30+ Years Old - Growing In A 42" Cage Platform | eBay 13/10/2019

For the serious Hoya houseplant growers... check out still another one of my Ancient Hoyas. I have raised these plants for decades... and they are ready for a new caring home. I have plenty of information for you to read in the listing about this particular plant. Check it out... RLJ

Hoya Carnosa "Variegated" - 30+ Years Old - Growing In A 42" Cage Platform | eBay This is another showcase plant ready for you to proudly display. It is smaller than a regular Hoya Carnosa, but the Variegated form can grow very large. And you MUST respect those roots. And. a leaf, or two, might yellow and drop off this plant during a year if you disrespect it.

Hoya Pubicalyx Vines (2) - Old And Established - Large in Wide 42" Platforms | eBay 13/10/2019

For the serious houseplant guardians out there... check out my listing, of several listings, of another one of my Ancient Hoyas. I have written a lot of information about the history of this plant. Check it out... RLJ

Hoya Pubicalyx Vines (2) - Old And Established - Large in Wide 42" Platforms | eBay Hoya Pubicalyx Vine - Very Old And Established - Large in 42" Platform. I never found out what it actually was until I was well into my late twenties. when my Hoya obsession began. To allow it to flower, you must let it GROW!

Photos from Plants Are People, Too's post 03/10/2019

Hello fellow houseplant adopters, here are a few words from me to you about your Hoya plants, this time, especially your Hoya Tri-Color plant.

For those of you who have either tried to grow one, or are growing one, of these fantastic plants... are you propping up your plant in a trellis of some type, or are you allowing your plant to wander around on the table or the plant stand?

If you want to realize your Hoya Tri-Color's maximum potential, grow it up and out on a support.

I have enclosed some incredible pictures of one of my several Hoya Tri-Color plants that will show you what you can expect from your Hoya Tri-Color as the YEARS pass by.

You can expect the greens and the whites and the cream colors in the leaves... but, sometimes your plant will do what this particular plant has done -- GO RED!!!

Remember, bright light, but no direct sunlight! NEVER turn your Hoya, or move your Hoya around the house! Give it a permanent spot in one location by a bright window and LEAVE IT THERE FROM DECADE TO DECADE! Carefully top dress the soil twice a year and repot young plants every five years and repot old plants about every decade.

This is an INDOOR houseplant!

And... before you repot your Hoya, research HOW TO REPOT YOUR HOYA! Or, contact me and I will tell you what to do!

Remember, these are LONG LIVED PLANTS! You will have your Hoya for 50 years and beyond if you respect the plant and treat it like a permanent part of the family. But, like a MOGWAI, if you do not follow the simple rules, well... it will not transform into a Gremlin... but you want to keep it happy and safe.

Enjoy your Hoya Tri-Color!

Ron

Photos from Plants Are People, Too's post 27/08/2019

Check out one of my Hoya 'Tri-Color' plants. This one has really decided to show off its color potential this summer. I expected this color explosion to prove difficult for the plant's self-health, but... it has grown like a slow growing w**d.

Got a Hoya 'Tri-Color'? Do not give up on it if it decides to act a little sick if it puts out colored leaves. Don't move the plant around, DO NOT TURN THE PLANT, keep it out of direct sunlight but plenty of light, keep the damp soil slightly on the dryer side -- not dry -- and love it as usual. it will be OK as time goes on.

Enjoy your LONG LIVED Hoyas, people!

RLJ

Photos from Plants Are People, Too's post 11/08/2019

There is something about the light from outside this summer season that has affected my Hoyas... in a very good way. They have exploded in growth this season, putting on many inches of very healthy growth. Nice...

My main Ancient Hoya, my 46 year old Hoya Pubicalyx, is just a little out of control this season... and that is a great thing. I love this plant like it is a live mammal pet.

I have several Hoyas of different types that are over 30 years old and 25 years old... and younger. They are living in their pots, supported in 54" tomato cages and 42" tomato cages and other smaller cages cut to size. These are all "Air Layered" plants with mature, properly taken care of root systems. And, understand this, I only water them with inexpensive bottled water to prevent the buildup of minerals and other contaminants into the soil.

I'm offering a few of these completely mature Hoyas for special purchase. We would have to talk about it before purchase because of their size and the fact that they are married to their cages. And always remember that some Hoyas can become monstrously huge as the decades roll by.

So.. check out these pictures of my ancient Hoya Pubicalyx. And if you are a Hoya fan, and you have one, or some, I know you are in love with your awesome plant.

Photos from Plants Are People, Too's post 10/05/2019

Hello Hoya Carnosa fans... here are a few new pictures to show my friends out there what you should expect from your LONG LIVED Hoyas. This is one of several 30+ year old Hoyas I own... and they are excellent additions to any household.

Some of these plants can grow to enormous size if you treat them right. And in order for you to help your Hoya grow to its maximum potential inside your home you should grow it in a tomato cage. Naturally smaller Hoyas should be grown inside a smaller tomato cages, but large Hoyas like Hoya Carnosa and Hoya Pubicalyx should be grown inside of HUGE tomato cages.

This 30 year old Hoya is growing into a cage that is 54 inches tall and 16 inches across. And, as you can see, it is growing near a window, but out of direct sunlight... and it thrives.

Bright light, lightly moist soil throughout the year, dusted weekly like a precious statue, fresh topsoil every spring... and NEVER, EVER placed outside... or turned or moved around.

So, enjoy your Hoyas, folks... and, wait for those WONDERFUL flowers to appear when they do.

And oh, I will soon post some new pictures of my 46 year old Hoya Pubicalyx. And later, some photos of my Hoya Tri-Colors... and more.

Ron

The Fourth Line Of Horror: THE HOMICIDAL DEAD (13) 13/07/2015

The dead walk the earth as homicidal cannibals who eat the living!
The living have mostly been murdered and consumed.
I, Jason Allen Cranston, am alive.
My mission in life,
Before I am eventually cornered and bitten,
Is to find somebody else alive... anybody!

JAC

(Click on the story title for the real horror tale.)

The Fourth Line Of Horror: THE HOMICIDAL DEAD (13)

Timeline photos 01/03/2013

Check out my flowering Maple, in bloom in the middle of winter!

Well, it is the end of February. My Flowering Maple is still blooming. It's full of unopened buds and I expect to have a plant full of blooms when Spring comes. How is your Flowering Maple doing during the winter months?

Timeline photos 01/03/2013

Here is another angle of my February blooming Flowering Maple...

Timeline photos 01/03/2013

Well, it is the end of February. My Flowering Maple is still blooming. It's full of unopened buds and I expect to have a plant full of blooms when Spring comes. How is your Flowering Maple doing during the winter months?

Timeline photos 20/11/2012

Hello plant loves, I've recently completed a little research project on myself to improve on my memory. I spoke to some close older relatives who remember when I first purchased this plant and we have concluded that I obtained this Hoya Carnosa in the middle of June in 1979. That means that this Hoya is about to be at least 34 years old.

I grandfather gave me the money to buy this plant which was a six inch baby at the time, during summer break that year as a gift to myself because I was recovering from a devastating surgery that almost caused me to have to quit college.

I have kept and loved this plant all these years. I have a full sized cutting from the plant that is probably seven years younger than the main plant.

If you own a Hoya Carnosa, take note that this plant will outlive you if you take care of it. And take note of the fact that if you take proper care of this plant it will have bottom leaves that will be as old as the main body of the plant. My plant has the original bottom leaves that are over 30 years.

You should NEVER lose more that one, or two, Hoya leaves per year. NEVER!

If you are having any trouble with your Hoya plants, send me a message and I’ll send you some advice!

And… Never put your Hoya Carnosa outside!

RLJ

Timeline photos 08/11/2012

This is one of my Flowering Maple plants. Its about time to take my plants inside. They must come indoors when the temperature falls below around 40 degrees. If they freeze, they will die… always remember that fact if you buy one of these great plants. I play a tag game with the weather at this time of the year because I keep putting them outside for their final days in the sun before it gets to be too cold outside. I fight to keep those flowers and green leaves.

Over wintering these plants is easy. Just place them by a bright window light source, keep the soil just barely moist during the winter, accept the fact that some of the leaves, and all of the flowers and flower buds will eventually drop and keep the plant cool. Don’t panic because the plants will be ok.

Come March, top dress the soil in the pot by at least one inch and then put your plants back outside in their places and prepare to enjoy all the flowers and leaves.

These are the only indoor plants I put outside… period. Make sure you avoid the aphids and the spider mites by spraying a light soapy solution underneath the leaves during the spring and summer… about once a week.

Other than that, enjoy these relatively easy plants.

I also have several foot tall cuttings that have rooted and are in pots from my Chinese Lantern Flowering Maples. This plant, like the regular Flowering Maple, produces lots of flowers… but now quite as many as the other Flowering Maples. The care is the same, but during the winter months I continue to treat the Chinese Lantern Flowering Maple like a normal house plant. It likes to flower around Thanksgiving through February. Often times I have beautiful Christmas flowers. I just keep it separated from my regular plants because it is also an outside plant and I don’t want to spread a stray spider mite to my other plants.

If you want to see something cool, Google this plant’s flowers.

Enjoy!

RLJ

Timeline photos 12/07/2012

Check this out about my son's plant...

My son just came to me before going to bed and asked me if I would remove his Variegated Hoya Carnosa from his room because the four flower clusters are in full bloom and are in full intense scent tonight. I mean, like, intense... as in make your head swoon from the spicy chocolate-like scent.

So, I had to take his plant downstairs and put it in a window in the exact position as the upstairs window so that the flowers won't fall off. I took the Hoya that was in that window, it is not in bloom, and put it in my son's room as a substitute.

The flowers on the Hoya are flat out beautiful! And when the time is right, and the conditions of the night are even more right, the flower's scent can overpower. This is the scent that attracts night moths, or other insects, to pollinate it.

I love the scent, actually... it makes me feel a little strange. almost a little high. It is just the chemicals in the scent reacting to me.

Here is a picture of one of the beautiful culprits...

Timeline photos 12/07/2012

My son just came to me before going to bed and asked me if I would remove his Variegated Hoya Carnosa from his room because the four flower clusters are in full bloom and are in full intense scent tonight. I mean, like, intense... as in make your head swoon from the spicy chocolate-like scent.

So, I had to take his plant downstairs and put it in a window in the exact position as the upstairs window so that the flowers won't fall off. I took the Hoya that was in that window, it is not in bloom, and put it in my son's room as a substitute.

The flowers on the Hoya are flat out beautiful! And when the time is right, and the conditions of the night are even more right, the flower's scent can overpower. This is the scent that attracts night moths, or other insects, to pollinate it.

I love the scent, actually... it makes me feel a little strange. almost a little high. It is just the chemicals in the scent reacting to me.

Here is a picture of one of the beautiful culprits...

08/07/2012

Houseplant lovers unite! Some of us have a green thumb and some of us don't. I have two green thumbs and I will post monthly little missives and pictures about plants that I love. I also consider myself to be an expert at plant care. So, Let me know what you think about all this.

And I will give out this piece of free advice to every houseplant owner -- never leave your houseplants outside! There are two or three exceptions... but the insects that will instantly infect your plants are not worth the full on fight to get rid of them when you take the plant back inside. White fly, for example, can be a monster to get rid of... and it quickly infects your other plants.

Ok, there you go. Do your own research as to how much risk you want to take by leaving your plant outside.

Take care... and take care of your plants, too.

Plants Are People, Too I have a green thumb. I keep a house full of living house plants. I consider myself to be an expert on the best house plant on the planet: Hoya Carnosa and other Hoyas. Look for monthly examples of what I grow, information about them and advice.

Timeline photos 08/07/2012

Here is a full size image of my Turrea, the South African Honeysuckle, taken abouth a month ago before the flowers formed. As you can see it is a pretty big plant. It will be twice this size by the end of the summer.

Timeline photos 08/07/2012

This is a picture of the flowers of my Turrea, the South African Honeysuckle. I have had this plant for 10 years and it performs very well every year. As of today, 7-7-12, it is in full bloom and it looks great.

The plant can become very large, therefore I trim it back by about a third every fall.

I have trained this plant to be a small tree and I love it. If you can find one, send me a line and I will tell you how to keep it green, flowering and alive.

Actually, I'm going to try to root some saplings this summer. If I can get them to root, well this might be an opportunity to get a great plant from a healthy parent plant.

I'll report my progress.

Timeline photos 24/06/2012

This is a full size shot of what my son's 12 year old Hoya looks like. As you can see it is in a bed room, behind shades and about 4 inches from the actual window. It gets filtered sun from that window about 4 or 5 hours a day, and as you can see... it is thriving. Look at the coloring in the leaves that has remained strong for 12 years. Oh, and this plant has stayed in the same spot for all these years, every day, and has NEVER been turned or re-potted!

I just gave you to very important facts about Hoya care!

And now it is flowering. Woo hoo!

And the leaves at the bottom of the plant are... 12 years old, at least.

Timeline photos 24/06/2012

My son's Variegated Leaf Hoya is still flowering. For some crazy reason, his Hoya finally decided to flower in masses this year. In March, it only had one flowering stem. Now, it is forming four more and it will soon be filled with more flowers like this group that formed off the first stem.

I purchased this plant for my son around 12 years ago. It flowered on one stem in 2010, skipped 2011 and is now flowering like a champ. Look at these flowers... they are great. And the scent... heavenly. They last about a week before are done showing off.

I tell everyone I know who loves indoor plants to purchase a Hoya. This is an EXTREMELY long lived plant and you should research its very special needs to keep it as happy as a living mammal. I have several other HUGE Hoya plants that are 25, 30, 30 and 31 years old.

What I tell people is that they should NEVER lose a leaf off their Hoya plant. Your Hoya should have leaves as old as the body of the plant. One leaf dropping off per year is too many. That is why you should research this plant before buying it... and then enjoy it, and take care of it, like it was an animal.

Sound difficult? It is not, really. This plant is like an flora "Mogwai." Never do certain things to this gentle, sweet and loving plant at certain late hours... or you get... you know what I'm talking about...

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Blooms of a 30 Year Old Hoya Carnosa