OK, a quick search tells me that it is, in fact, Hoya Bella. Although I always want to fancy it up and spell it Jolla Bella. Anyhow, this is my lovely Hoya Bella plant. It’s a beautiful and strange hanging plant with little oval leaves that blooms periodically into these amazing upside down flower clusters. So pretty.
I got my plant clippings from my sister who got her clippings from a client who said she had her plant for something like 30 years. The Hoyas need occasional haircuts otherwise their vines get so long that they break, and when you cut them they “bleed” white sticky sap. The cuttings root really easily so this plant has been passed on to many friends and relatives. I even gave some cuttings back to my sister when her plant wasn’t doing so well. I now have a pitcher full of rooted clippings and my Hoya needs another haircut. Better look for someone to pass them on to. Anyone interested?
UPDATE May 2010:
Thank you to everyone who has commented and emailed asking for clippings and/or advice on growing Hoyas. I’m afraid that I’m out of clippings and won’t be sending out any more, and unfortunately I am not an expert, but rather a very lazy gardener. If you want to grow a Hoya like mine, follow these easy steps: 1. Leave your Hoya in a sunny window and forget to water it for weeks at a time. 2. Give it a good soaking now and then (when you can remember). And, 3. Ignore it. I think it likes it when you play hard to get. Fuss over it too much and it won’t bloom, ignore it and it practically throws flowers at you from across the room. Happy Hoya-growing!