Hey there, my amazing hoya enthusiasts! Today, I have some exciting news to share that I know will pique your interest. We very likely have a new hoya cultivar on our hands, and I want YOU to help me name it!
I am truly blessed to have this community, and this wouldn't have been possible without all of you, which is why I want to include you in this process. Keep reading to get the full story, and learn how you can submit your name suggestions!
How I First Discovered This Hoya Cultivar
Let's take a little trip down memory lane before we delve into the big reveal. Do you remember when we built our original greenhouse about 18 months ago? Those were fun times filled with dreams and aspirations, and I was so excited about the future of the business! Little did I know that within those walls, something extraordinary was quietly growing, waiting for its moment to shine.
You see, during the construction of that greenhouse, I was working with a particular hoya plant—Hoya parviflora (splash). This variety is well known for its silvery splash, but on this plant, there were a couple vines that were producing leaves with nearly pure silver coloring! I took a few cuttings to propagate that mutation, and to see if they could produce consistently stable results.
However, as life and all my other glorious greenery took over, I inadvertently forgot about these cuttings for a while. Time passed, and our greenhouse flourished with an abundance of diverse hoya plants.
Surprise! It's a Stable Hoya
Then, in 2022, I stumbled upon those long-forgotten cuttings of Hoya parviflora (splash) and was astounded to find that they had not only survived but had thrived in their own unique way. Their silver coloration remained very consistent, and I was thrilled with my discovery. It was as if they were patiently waiting for their chance to reveal themselves.
That's when it hit me—I may have unwittingly stumbled upon a stable and distinct hoya cultivar, ready to be shared with all of you. You may have seen my Instagram post around that time pointing out the differences, and sharing some tentative excitement while I looked into if this mutation was truly unique:
How to Confirm a New Hoya Cultivar from Mutation
Creating and releasing a cultivar is no small feat. It involves ensuring that the plant's characteristics are consistent and can be reliably identified, distinguishing it from its original counterpart. In the case of this hoya, its pure silver growth over the years made it an exceptional candidate for introduction, especially since I wasn't able to find a similar variety anywhere.
I've been working quietly since my discovery to confirm if this was a truly unique plant, and after some extensive research, I'm very confident that this is new to the hoya world! That's where you all come in.
Naming a New Hoya (And Getting it In Stock!)
I've always valued your opinions and cherished our conversations, and today, I'm thrilled to invite you to be a part of history. I want you to join me in naming this exquisite hoya cultivar!
Your creativity and enthusiasm have been instrumental in building our business, and it's only fitting that you have a say in this momentous occasion.
So, let your imaginations run wild and share your suggestions for the name of our new hoya cultivar derived from Hoya parviflora (splash). Think about the qualities that make this plant unique, and the joy it brings to all who will grow it in the future.
We have posts up on our Facebook and Instagram pages now. Let your suggestions flow in the comments, and together, we'll select the perfect name that encapsulates the beauty and spirit of this remarkable hoya.
We'll reveal our new name for this hoya this Thursday, right before our next restock event - and YES, you'll be able to purchase your very own at that time as well!
Thank you, as always, for being a part of our Hoya family. I can't wait to see the wonderful names you come up with, and I'm excited to embark on this journey with you. Stay tuned for updates on the naming process and further developments with our newest hoya cultivar.