Friday, December 30, 2011

Hoya biakensis and Hoya sp IR 26



Hoya biakensis has rounder leaves than Hoya sp IR26


New leaves of Hoya sp IR 26 tend to be reddish and shiny.





Left : Hoya biakensis, right Hoya IR 26

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Red leaves on Hoya lacunosa x obscura, Hoya obscura, Hoya sunaise





These three Hoya have some similarities and bear more or less red leaves. The occurrence of red pigments in leaves is known as a protection against the light.

Starting from the left : two Hoya lacunosa x obscura, the first one has light green leaves, on the second ( visible pot ) the leaves are darker. The difference is caused by exposition to light.

Then Hoya obscura and to the foremost right is a Hoya known among some growers under the name Hoya sunaise, other growers call it Hoya obscura Major.



Left : H. obscura, right : H. sunaise
H. sunaise has more rigid and narrower leaves














From left to right : red patches on the leaves, pointing down on H. obscura, smallest on H. lacunosa x obscura and redder and rigid on H. sunaise.







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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Aleyagarden by - default packing

Aleyagarden ships by default Hoya non rooted cuttings with tips in sphagnum moss as shown on the picture to the left,
and paper.

Other options indicated by our buyers in their order include for free : gel in the
carton, wrapping in plastic bags, fungicide treatment, spray of a chitosan based solution on leaves, tips in water filled vials. All methods have pros and cons. Using gel or plastic bag decreases the risk of dehydration but cause rot during long travel under heat ( but gel and plastic bags are not advised ) : tell Aleyagarden in a note your packing options. Without your note the plants are shipped according to the by default method described above shown on the picture.






The picture to the right shows plastic bags wrapping the base of rooted Hoya : this is the by default method of packing Hoya rooted plants.


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Images of plants shipped, taken during packing are dated


Plants shipped retail are taken in picture that are uploaded on two sites : http://www.pixa.us/index.html and http://s447.photobucket.com/albums/qq199/areya_photos/PLANTS%20SENT/

The date and time of the upload can be read on the top of the page to the right on the PIXA site )


The PHOTOBUCKET site gives the time when the picture was taken : at the bottom right of the page. Aleyagarden customers can verify thanks to the pictures
on these sites the quality of the plants at the time of packing in relation with the time of posting indicated on the parcel and the tracking site when tracking is available online.

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Aleyagarden and ebay buyer's protection

Regarding live plants from Aleyagarden how does the buyer's protection policy compare to ebay buyer's protection policy ?

When buying at Aleyagarden you are protected by Paypal buyer's protection policy against non delivery if the parcel is not at the customs. When buying on ebay, buyer's protection consists of the same Paypal's buyer protection plus a feedback rating : the buyer can use the feedback rating on ebay to force the seller to refund or resend the plants ( under a 98% satisfaction an ebay seller has a risk of being frozen by ebay and is at disadvantage in search engine placement ). When not buying on ebay only the threat of public critic or negative feedback on forum could force the seller, but there are limitations to that as readers will not follow and even will act the opposite way if they feel that the buyer is abusing as the seller acted in accordance with conditions of sale easily viewable. Indeed a negative statement or organized critics in a forum in order to force a seller off conditions of sale or shoot down a competitor, if followed by loads of positive testimonies from repeat buyers will increase visits of the targeted shop and tend to increase sales. Also legal retaliation is an option. The conditions of sale will be the main point in the court sentence. Aleyagarden does not offer compensations off conditions of sale, not even exceptionally and not even to repeat buyers.

Are Live Plants eligible for ebay-Paypal protection ? from our experience only the feedback rating on ebay could force a plant seller to resend / refund plants that arrived damaged : live plants are not eligible for ebay or Paypal protection against item not as described, they are in the non-tangible item category, although they are physical goods. Live plants are like other intangible items and like customs made items, services, cars, airline flight tickets, licenses, digital goods : a claim on the basis that the plants were damaged on arrival or that they were significantly not as described won't be accepted in buyer's favor by ebay or Paypal. If the claim is for a non received item, ebay / Paypal will wait for the postal investigation stating that the parcel is lost and is not with the customs.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Tracking of the parcel in my country



You can track your parcel on the Postal site of your own country in three steps
on
http://www.track-trace.com/my . First select Post/EMS and enter your registration number as above then select you country.


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Thursday, October 6, 2011

I will buy plants in Thailand, how will I get the phytosanitary certificate ?

I am from Europe and I intend to buy plants in Thailand, what do I need to get the phytosanitary certificate ?

You can have this certificate ( from the Office of the plant protection, at Kasertsart University, on Pahonyotin road ) only if you show there a document, such as an invoice and a certifying letter provided by a shop with a registered production site where the plants are, at least for 9 weeks before sending, periodically controlled on site, along with pesticide uses and treatments. On 6 October 2011 only 2 nurseries are registered and recommended by the Thailand Office of plant protection, that are online plant shops selling wholesale and retail a relatively large range of plants. Aleyagarden, based in Nonthaburi and Phang Nga is one of the two but they don't sell in Chatuchak market.
In order to know the list of the registered retail plant shops you may contact the National Bureau of Agriculture an Food Standards

If you are not from Europe you can have the plants inspected at Kasertsart University and certified without documents from producers. The CITES office and the plant protection office are on two different locations on the campus.
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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Hoya shipped with stems in water ?

An interesting experiment with some cuttings of Hoya species is related in a forum. The cuttings were inserted in vials containing water and traveled about a month. Only one did not survive the trip, the one that lost its vial.




Aleyagarden can ship in these vials below if requested.



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Friday, September 23, 2011

Hoya gardening in bottles ?


It would be great to ship Hoya rooted in closed bottles, assuming that, in their own environment where they rooted and exchanged, they could do better than sent bare rooted in cartons. But plants need air around them. Here are two pictures showing an experiment with Hoya : cuttings were inserted in humid sphagnum moss in those bottles. Although caps were not on at the beginning only 30% survived fungi infections .. but they did poorly.

In a similar experiment with Pachira seeds in smaller bottles, sown while caps were removed, fungi covered the seed on the left, the seedling on the right is doing poorly.

No doubt that what makes problem is the size
of the containers and the water adjustment.. Experienced growers know that large enough closed containers for air circulation are effective to grow plants.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Why don't you memorize instructions and address of past orders ?

One day Aleyagarden received a question from a repeat buyer off site:
- why did you take my last shipment for the address ? ( instead of the paypal address of the order )

And the following day this question, from an other repeat buyer off site :
- why did not you take my last shipment for packing instructions ?

In one case : " why did you ", in the second " why did not you "

Aleyagarden does not use records of addresses and instructions : every order, including repeat off site orders must come with address, name, tel number, plant name, quantity, weight, subtotal and instructions. None of the information is memorized for use in future shipments.
Why orders must come with calculations, and more on orders off site here : http://aleyagarden-dracaena.blogspot.com/2011/02/orders-off-site-with-calculations.html

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Floods in Nonthaburi disrupt Aleyagarden posting schedules

Aleyagarden is located in Phang Nga and Nonthaburi; the latter province is hard-hit by floods from September to November, that seem to increase every year. Collapsing structures such as dams or gates render flood levels difficult to predict and protect against. As Aleyagarden produce Hoya and other collection plants on their sites in Nonthaburi and Phang Nga provinces their customers can be assured that the plants are available, and usually in good sizes : it takes a few minutes at the nursery to pick them up, there is no need for re supplying to use roads that can be cut off. However the dates of shipping may be disrupted.

There could be a positive outcome of these record high floods : to make us understand that we can respond to a high loss of value by sharing a part of it socially, instead of using poisonous chemicals to all leaving organisms in some illusory battles against pathogens : some assistance taken from taxes will be granted to some of the poorest who suffered most and to some companies. We cannot avoid this way to combat floods that will be increasing each year to already unbearable levels. Instead of using poisonous chemicals to cope with the
agriculture and horticulture losses which are driven by pathogen bearing insects we should follow the example of what we are already doing with the floods : accept to some extent the losses and bear them collectively. It is a great chance that lobbies of the pesticide industries have nothing to offer to combat the floods.
http://aleyagarden-polemiques.blogspot.com/2011/03/imidacloprid-from-bayer-used-in.html


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Friday, September 16, 2011

No EMS to Metropolitan France ? One of two incongruities on the rate-page of the Thai Post


  The picture shows  various options for sending a parcel to France : 1- France, 1 - France again ( the same page of rates, this additional choice is a misleading redundancy ), 2 -France Metropolitan, 3 - French Guiana, 4 - French Polynesia, 5 - French Southern and Antarctic Territories.

Since several years the France Metropolitan rate page shows no EMS option, although this option is on the France rate page : 
Probably the word Metropolitan was understood in some process in the reverse sense : as territories or islands or whatever which is not the mainland; or in " non metropolitan " the " non " would have been accidentally deleted;  but then why the choices 3, 4 an 5 ?

[ Add. In 2013 the correction has not yet been made.]

As I was told on the phone by employees of the Thai post that their French partner ( French Post, or Chronopost I presume ) was responsible for not accepting EMS in the metropolitan France in signed conventions I suggested that someone at the Thai post could verify the meaning of " metropolitan " and take action so that the choice "Metropolitan France" be removed as it is from the postal rate page and users of the post would avoid unintended activities that are time and money consuming.
 By the same token one of the two identical choices : France , could also  be removed. [Add. that has been done finally after some time ]

No post in the world offer the choice of a "Metropolitan France" not served by EMS : all post offices abroad identify the metropolitan France as France.

I emailed the address of this post
on 16 September 2011 to postalcare@thailandpost.co.th and through their request form. Their French partners La Poste and Chronopost don't have email addresses.


On the right a map representing Metropolitan France;









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Friday, September 9, 2011

Express service for envelopes to Brazil


Is there an express service like EMS for envelopes to Brazil ?
Yes EMS document, but it is expensive.
Please click on the picture to see all the available options for a 135 gr content. The Additional column is for additional registration.

In September 2011 it would cost 900 + registration 65 THB to send an EMS envelope of 135 gr.

At a Paypal rate of 28.6 THB per $ and their 3.5% fee we get : 965/28.6 = 33.75$; x 3.5% = 1.18. Adding a part of the fixed fee of 0.35$ per transaction we get a total of 35$

For the other options the calculation is the same, for instance with Small Parcel Air at 90 THB : 90+65 /28.6, x 3.5% and rounding up to add part of the fixed Paypal fee.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Which day is best for posting parcels ?

Is Monday the best day ?

- SHORT ANSWER : during the week ends sorting stations work at the posts and planes fly but Customs don't work; if the arrival country has a fast postal service, then THURSDAY is the best choice for posting parcels because these parcels take usually from 24 to 48 hrs before take off whatever the distance to the airport they are posted; and travelling in plane during the week-end is usually followed by an early arrival in the week ( Monday or Tuesday ) on the conveyor belt of the arrival country; on that condition parcels have a higher probability of being picked before the next week-end. ( ie : an arrival after the Wednesday may prevent the parcel from being picked up for delivery before the week-end ).


- LONG ANSWER : All parcels may be delayed by the Customs non working during the week end, whatever the day these parcels were posted : the rule is first out from the container first in the queue on a conveyor belt and all parcels picked from this conveyor for customs inspection will be delayed in the same way.
From this conveyor the sorting is done randomly. Assuming that the sorting is not done 24 hours and 7 days a week we want the parcel to queue as early as possible on the conveyor belt so it has the highest probability of being picked during working time : a parcel being on the conveyor as early as Monday morning has a higher chance of leaving the conveyor before Saturday than a parcel arriving on this conveyor a Wednesday for instance.

When to mail a parcel in Bangkok or at Phuket international airport so it can be on the conveyor belts abroad on Monday morning ? Assuming an average 48 hours in transport between Thailand and the destination country, Thursday or Friday should be the best days for posting your parcels. A small Parcel Air posted on a Thursday in Bangkok would arrive on the foreign conveyor on Sunday. With a fast postal service like in some European countries the parcel would typically stay in the sorting station 24 hours before being dispatched for delivery, taking 24 to 48 hours : it would be delivered luckily on Tuesday or most probably Wednesday. So the total time of travel from posting to delivery would be 6 days. With 1 more day delivery would be on Thursday, total 7 days. Would the parcel be diverted to the customs, the delivery would be delayed 48 hours, up to the Friday : total 8 days from posting to delivery.
A small parcel air posted on a Monday in Bangkok would be delivered luckily on Friday and typically on a Saturday in the same fast service : total 5 days. With 1 more day ( a more probable situation ) , delivery would be on Monday, total 7 days. But if it were directed to the customs, as they don't work on Saturday, with the average time spent of 48 hours the delivery would be necessarily postponed to Wednesday : total 9 days from posting to delivery.
Shipping small parcel air on Thursday seems the best option if we take in account the most typical situations instead of the luckiest : in a fast service 6 - 8 days versus the 7 - 9 days of the Monday posting.
But the average time in most counties is 10 - 12 days so that the parcels normally stay in the postal system over the week end; therefore the day of mailing does not matter : posted anytime from Monday to Saturday all small parcels air queuing on the conveyor belts will take 10 - 12 days to be delivered.

What about posting at Phuket International airport ?
EMS parcels from there take planes to Bangkok airport so they arrive at the sorting station of this airport faster than if carried from anywhere else in Bangkok and Thailand by truck.
Small air parcels are carried by trucks the day of posting if posted at Khok Kloi post office in our area before 15 : 30. When posted there, small air parcels take as much time as if they were posted in Bangkok : this is probably because what matters is the time of the registration at the post for loading the parcels on a plane, not the distance to the plane : queuing on a night truck or in a warehouse at Bangkok airport doesn't make any difference.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Up to 150 euro commercial goods to the EU are free of import tax

I am in Europe, will I pay taxes, how does taxation work in practice ?

Effective since 1 Decembe 2008 commercial goods sent by mail to the EU are free of import duty up to 150 euro ( raised from 22 ). However the VAT should theoretically still apply.

From our buyers' information rarely taxes are to be paid for small amounts of plants in postal shipments. Obviously there are many parcels and they can't be opened all for checking. Envelopes are also a very safe way of shipping satisfactorily fast, registered or not.

Below a tax payer in France deemed that there were three situations on a forum in 2006, at a time when import duty was levied under 22 euro ( instead of 150 since December 2008 ):

1) Seller declares a value above 60€ and parcel is EMS, taxation has a 80% chance of being applied.
2) Seller declares a value above 60€ and parcel is Small Air Parcel, taxation has a 40% to 50% chance of being applied.
3) Seller declares " Gift " on the parcel, value is above 60€ and parcel is sal or Small Air Parcel, taxation has a 0% to 10% chance of being applied.

http://forum.hardware.fr/hfr/Discussions/Viepratique/frais-comment-determiner-sujet_44139_1.htm

Si ton vendeur écrit le prix réel sur le colis et que tu prends en EMS, c'est à quasi 80% DTC surtout si le prix dépasse 60€.
Si ton vendeur écrit le prix réel sur le colis et que tu prends en SAL/air mail, c'est à quasi 40 à 50% DTC surtout si le prix dépasse 60€.
Si ton vendeur écrit "gift" sur le colis et que tu prends en SAL/air mail, c'est à quasi 0 à 10% DTC si le prix dépasse 60€.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Weights of hydrated freshly cut flowers of Hoya : carnosa and lacunosa



back to the making of soap and Hoya fragrance




Three carnosa and three lacunosa flowers : they are freshly cut and fully hydrated.






The fresh lacunosa flower above, still fully hydrated weighs only 0.63 grams.




The carnosa flower, much bigger is also 10 times heavier : 7 grams

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Italian customs : the low value of an EMS parcel content is suspect and consignee should contact ??





Invoice and phytosanitary certificate were inside the parcel. The cost of transport by EMS was about 43 $ . The price of the plant content, 5 Dischidia non rooted cuttings, was much lower : only 9 $.
This value was on the invoice and on the EMS slip too. Did the Italian customs officer deem the value too small to be right ? Maybe; they informed on the track and trace site that the invoice was missing and then that the consignee should contact the customs at a number ( CONTATTARE 803.160 ), probably to confirm this value; the message was posted 3 times. As a result the shipment was delayed and finally ready to be delivered but consignee was absent. All this mess of time and money, just for 5 small cuts of plants, legally sent with a phytosanitary certificate. Thumbs up. If you wish to order in Italy please contact us so we can arrange safer and cheaper method of transport and if the mail is EMS please follow up on the tracking site of the Italian post for important messages from the Customs for you... Note that you cannot count on Paypal to decide in your favor if you declined to answer - or if you genuinely did not see - the message from your customs. Paypal considers that Customs formalities, including contact of consignee for confirmation of content or value can't be ignored by the receiver. Here are issues with the Italian customs in a few threads : http://community.ebay.it/topic/Fare-Affari-Nel/Pacchi-Dagli-Usa/600080269?&#msg1900107036

http://forums.ebay.com/db2/topic/International-Trading/Italian-Customs-Requesting/510296488?messageID=524535134

http://www.mtb-forum.it/community/forum/archive/index.php/t-112983-p-6.html

http://www.tfpforum.it/index.php?action=printpage;topic=14508.0

In the EU countries since 2008 goods up to 150 euro are free of import duty. Only would be levied the VAT, which is not likely to occur given the cost incurred by the operation.
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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Hoya that are less likely to survive a long trip

Hoya that are less likely to survive a long trip and should be bought as big and established as possible are :

Hoya acicularis
Hoya aff. Sigillatis
Hoya blashernaezii
Hoya campanulata
Hoya camphorifolia
Hoya danumensis
Hoya dennisii
Hoya filiformis
Hoya imbricata
Hoya megalaster
Hoya microstemma
Hoya odetteae
Hoya parvifolia
Hoya patella
Hoya picta
Hoya praetorii

Nota : these cuttings certainly can survive long trips : Horticulture can be a serious thing using hormones or products that tremendously modify the survival rates of stressed plants.


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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hoya - so called - finlaysonii veins

Which Hoya "finlaysonii" has the darkest veins ?
In June 2011 Aleyagarden sells 7 Hoya varieties of plants named in the trade Hoya finlaysonii, the pictures are below :


ABOVE : HOYA FINLAYSONII -1


ABOVE : HOYA FINLAYSONII -2


ABOVE : HOYA FINLAYSONII -3


ABOVE : HOYA FINLAYSONII -4


ABOVE : HOYA FINLAYSONII -5


ABOVE : HOYA FINLAYSONII -6


ABOVE : HOYA FINLAYSONII -7

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Hoya praetorii : hard to root, slow grower, more risky ... and more expensive


I received Hoya praetorii : I am disappointed, is a courtesy gesture possible from your side ?

Thank you for your suggestive picture. On May 2011 we are selling rooted H. praetorii 20$ ( 16$ with discount ) - on picture here -, bare cuttings 12.8$ ( 10.24$ after discount). So yes this species of Hoya is by far much more expensive than others... and for this price it is more risky to grow and much slower to root than others !.

It is a common problem with plant sales : more expensive cars are rarer and stronger, but more expensive plants are usually rarer because they are more difficult to cultivate, and not because they are stronger !. Also plants that are more difficult
to root and grow always grow more slowly so that at a given age they also tend to be smaller than others. So yes H. praetorii will be more expensive, smaller, harder to root and slower growers than most other Hoyas. We can only be annoyed but we cannot, unfortunately for our disappointed clients - and for us because they will leave us - link this fact to a form of compensation. The same goes for our conditions of sale : we must accept not to make exceptions and lose clients if we want to remain fair to those who remain with us !

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Thai tracking says " Container received " or " Outgoing international " then no information afterwards ?

" You posted my Small Parcel Air 12 days ago and looking at the tracking page it doesn't seem to have reached Canada or even left Thailand, am I right ? "

Aleyagarden answers : it is common that the tracking information reports " Container received " or " Outgoing international " ( two variations of the confirmation of departure ) and then doesn't give further information until the parcel is ready to be delivered in your country, while your Postal site has no information or informs you that the parcel is still in the sender's country. This lack of information does not seem linked to delays, nor to the method of transport or of course the day of posting : so there is no reason to worry but it is wise to contact your post office if the parcel is waiting there for you after a said unsuccessful delivery, the most common cause of delays.

Small Parcels Air under 500 gr are usually faster than above 500 gr. in particular to USA and Canada; the risk of delay is higher with heavier parcels. Some people prefer using EMS ( the express mail method ) for their parcels above 500 gr. In Europe Small Parcel Air is certainly the best option up to 2 kilos. (The Small Parcel Air is limited to 2 kilos ). EMS parcels go through customs more frequently than Small Parcels Air. 

Envelopes are the safest and the least expensive method of shipping, almost 100 % of envelopes arrive at destination. Many countries offer an express option ( which should not be confused with the method : EMS documents )

To get back to tracking information, below is an other typical case, but this time with an EMS parcel. It was posted on 30 August : the Thai site reports " Outgoing International " on 31,  while on the French EMS site Chronopost - still 3 days after, on 3 September -, we can only read : " sorting in the departure agency ".

But a phone call to EMS Thailand ( the phone numbers are on http://track.thailandpost.co.th/trackinternet/track-help/contact-thai.htm , you will be put through to an english - speaking operator ) would give a verbal confirmation of the departure, with possibly reports of the gate number and flight number. Almost all parcels depart from Thailand not later than one or two days after posting, whatever is written or not written on tracking sites, Thai or foreign, and whatever the distance of the post to the airport. For instance an EMS parcel posted on a Friday in Thailand would leave the country on a Saturday or Sunday flight.

Of course you would have to be patient the lines are busy and your request if early may not meet agents in their best mood. Sometimes the agent may just tell you that the parcel has departed from Thailand, so you would have to insist if you needed to get the exact time, the gate and even flight numbers for your personal investigation. Telling that you are calling from abroad may have a positive effect.





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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hoya cv rebecca


Does a true Hoya cv rebecca has red leaves ? yes if enough light is provided : part of the leaves receiving less light will be very lightly colored.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hoya cuttings in a Small Parcel Air to Brazil : 28 days, 4 alive, 2 dead

Letters to Brazil seem to arrive faster than Small Air Parcels : 6 Hoya cuttings took 28 days in a Small Air Parcel, 2 were dead on arrival, here are the pictures :
http://s1024.photobucket.com/albums/y307/mitzicos/Hoyas%20from%20Thailand

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hoya archboldiana, Hoya pubicalyx, cuttings after 23 days in the mail

Cuttings with thick stems are a better choice when travels are longer than usual : in pictures after a 23 days trip to Brasil in an envelope : Hoya archboldiana pink and
Hoya pubicalyx red button have a bath in a sugar solution.

Letters to Brazil take from 2 weeks to a almost a month.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hoya plants with thicker stems

Hoya plants with thicker stems bear less risk of drying out during long travels, these are among others :

Hoya anulata
Hoya archboldiana pink
Hoya archboldiana white
Hoya ariadna
Hoya australis
Hoya australis hybrid
Hoya australis margin
Hoya australis rupicola
Hoya australis sanae
Hoya australis variegata
Hoya benguetensis
Hoya bicolor
Hoya carnosa compacta "Indian Rope"
Hoya carnosa compacta margin variegata
Hoya carnosa compacta variegata
Hoya carnosa crimson
Hoya carnosa margin variegata
Hoya carnosa margin variegata II
Hoya carnosa pink
Hoya carnosa red
Hoya carnosa Snow Ball
Hoya carnosa variegata
Hoya carnosa white
Hoya chlorantha var. tutuilensis
Hoya chunii
Hoya clandestina
Hoya coronaria pink
Hoya coronaria white leaf
Hoya cumingiana
Hoya dasyantha
Hoya densifolia
Hoya deykei
Hoya dimorpha
Hoya diversifolia
Hoya doithung cv
Hoya dolichosparte
Hoya elliptica clone A
Hoya elliptica clone B
Hoya excavata
Hoya finlaysonii
Hoya finlaysonii ll
Hoya meliflua cv fraterna
Hoya fungii
Hoya glabra
Hoya globulosa
Hoya golamcoiana
Hoya imperialis pink
Hoya imperialis red
Hoya incrassata
Hoya incrassata variegata
Hoya incrassata margin variegata
Hoya kerrii
Hoya kerrii variagata
Hoya kerrii albovariegata
Hoya lambii
Hoya lauterbachii
Hoya lobbii pink flowers
Hoya lobbii black flowers
Hoya lobbii black pink flowers
Hoya lobbii black flowers
Hoya macrophylla white margins
Hoya macrophylla white margins
Hoya macgillivrayii
Hoya micrantha
Hoya microstemma
Hoya mindorensis
Hoya mindorensis yellow
Hoya minibelle
Hoya multiflora Javanica Thai ( variegata )
Hoya multiflora Javanica Philippines white margins
Hoya multiflora Philippines
Hoya naumannii
Hoya nicholsoniae
Hoya nummularioides
Hoya oblongata
Hoya obovata
Hoya obscura
Hoya obtusifolia
Hoya odorata
Hoya onychoides l
Hoya onychoides ll ( Venus )
Hoya optmistic
Hoya pachyclada I ( red corona )
Hoya pachyclada II ( yellow corona )
Hoya parasitica Lao A
Hoya parasitica Lao B
Hoya parasitica Lao C
Hoya parasitica
Hoya parasitica x pachyclada
Hoya parasitica variegata
Hoya paziae
Hoya pseudolittoralis
Hoya pubicalyx
Hoya pubicalyx Royal Hawaian Purple ( red button )
Hoya quinquenervia
Hoya ruthie cv
Hoya shepherdii
Hoya scortechnii ( sp UT001 )
Hoya vanuatuensis
Hoya verticillata margin variegated
Hoya vitellina
Hoya vitellinoides
Hoya waymaniae
Hoya waymaniae long leaf


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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hoya leaves with a darker green under lower temperatures

Read this somewhere on a forum : '' Once I had some cuttings sent to me from the states and for some reason getting anything sent from the states to Canada all ways take over 3 weeks but the cuttings looked great. I just dont know why the stuff from some vender's in Thailand come half dead. "
" Quel paradoxe !? " would a French fellow say. It is indeed surprising that they take longer from the USA but look great and from some Thai vendors arrive half dead after a shorter travel.
There would be several explanations for this assessment, see below my comment.
One day a Hoya addict in Canada reported to me that his hoya coming from nurseries in Australia and Thailand would always look different than those grown in western homes ( hence under artificial conditions ) .
It is worthy to note that hoya plants growing under tropical temperature have a lighter green than those grown at lower temperature. It is not just a matter of artificial versus natural conditions of growing : you would see Hoyas in Thai nurseries in December or January, the coldest months of the year with a much darker green than during the rest of the year !

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