Monday, September 16, 2013

Hoya callistophylla short leaves renamed sp. Kalimantan

Hoya callistophylla short leaves, Hoya sp. Kalimantan, Hoya sp. Borneo Ganung Gading, Hoya IML 1168, Hoya UT158 : are those names synonyms ? Aleyagarden has renamed " sp. Kalimantan " their " callistophylla short leaves " .







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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hoya plants that are often praised for their scent

Some Hoya plants that are often praised for their scent are :
Hoya acuta
Hoya cagayanensis
Hoya cembra
Hoya coriacea
Hoya deykei
Hoya finlaysonii V
Hoya fraterna
Hoya imbricata " Red Corona "
Hoya incholonic " chunii "
Hoya incrassata
Hoya incrassata margin variegata
Hoya incrassata variegata
Hoya lacunosa
Hoya lacunosa Eskimo
Hoya lacunosa " Heart Shaped " 
Hoya lacunosa Long leaves
Hoya lacunosa IML 1648 ( poonsak )
Hoya maxima red corona
Hoya maxima yellow corona
Hoya Namtok Bangpla sp
Hoya naumanii
Hoya nummurialoides
Hoya odetteae
Hoya odorata
Hoya parasitica
Hoya paziae
Hoya Rebecca cv
Hoya sunaise
Hoya Sweet Scent sp
Hoya thomsonii
Hoya thomsonii long leaf
Hoya thomsonii silver splash
Hoya verticillata
Hoya verticillata margin variegated
Hoya verticillata variegated
Hoya viola
Hoya vitellina
Hoya vitellinoides

Among Hoya with the  strongest fragrance we will find : Hoya Estrella Waterfall, Hoya finlaysonii V, Hoya finlaysonii, Hoya incrassata margin variegata and Hoya incrassata variegata, Hoya lacunosa Heart Shaped, Hoya viola.


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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Pesticide and growth booster : fermented vegetable garbage in molasses


    For the protection of plants against herbivorous mites and parasites many farmers in South East Asia spray a diluted solution of  fermented vegetable garbage - fruits, spices leftovers from the kitchen - in molasses ( 3 to 1 by weight ).

If the vegetable garbage are fresh, then water may not be added, at least in the first stage. After at least 3 months of an anaerobic fermentation at a temperature above 30 Celsius the content is a viscous and acidic liquid whose properties are debated ( You may want to read http://www.ecowalkthetalk.com/blog/2011/03/04/responses-how-effective-are-garbage-enzymes/ ) Farmers know it works as an efficient pesticide and growth booster.


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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

About 1/3 of Hoya lobbii " Black II " seeds germinate 3 weeks after sowing


S. in France was about to lose hope of seeing any plantlet from the 30 seeds of Hoya lobbii Black II sent by aleyagarden.com. The seeds had been collected 10 days before the day S sowed them; in total 10 plantlets showed up after two to three weeks !

You can reserve Hoya seeds by emailing aleyagarden@hotmail.com  The day they are ripe aleyagarden will contact you to receive your payment.
The germination test are reported here.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Despite moist paper and plastic bag the Hoya curtisii dried

The 5 rooted plants were wrapped in moist paper and plastic bag, but despite this method the curtsii dried in transit  ( Hoya plants in a Small parcel Air to France ).

We use a plastic bag to avoid dehydration ( and to prevent contact between the non root parts of the plant and the sticking moist papers wrapping the other plants around ) but the risk of rot , risk which is higher with rooted plants than cuttings, cannot be avoided either.

Our packing method is by default : in the absence of alternate instructions with the order we will pack rooted plants in humid papers and plastic bags.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Why do cuttings travel better than rooted plants ?

http://aleyagarden-hoya-list.blogspot.com/2013/05/you-over-watered-my-plants-when-you.html

When we take plants out of their normal substrate and wash their roots, or take cuttings, they go right into shock and start a kind of survival program. The more material they have to sustain, the more energy it will take, and roots are a very precious part for the plant so it will try to save them. When plants/cuttings have light, they can produce energy (in the form of sugar) in their leaves by photosynthesis, which will be transported down to the roots for feeding them. An uprooted plant will survive if it finds itself somewhere on the soil where it can grow new roots into. When plants are in a box with no light, however, they will "suck" the energy from the leaves which will thereby be harmed. For traveling in darkness it is better to not have roots, so the unrooted cutting remains in a state of shock; it will be dormant and the leaves sustain themselves for quite some time, so when times become better (i.e. the cuttings arrive in loving hands that pot them up and give them light and humidity) they still have enough energy to put into the formation of new roots. Without enough humidity in the surrounding air ( that can be provided by a terrarium or a large plastic bag ) plants or cuts will shed their leaves in the hours that follow unpacking.

You over / under / watered my plants when you packed !


We don't add water, we squeeze the coco or moss that contains the roots and let the water evaporate, at the same time evapotranspiration occurs through the stomata, several hours before closing the parcel :



 
 In reality a " perfect humidity " does not exist before the plant is shipped because we can't predict the meteo data with enough accuracy.

Only after arrival can we say : " the plant has rot so the bag was too wet " or  " it has dehydrated so it was not hydrated enough in the bag. " Such statements are never wrong, they are just tautological.

So how do we know that humidity is in the best possible range ?  We know it from visual data, from touch, from pressure exerted on the coco, from the weight of the bag : after several hours of transpiration our index should need to exert a slight pressure on the hydrated paper in order to pierce it. If the finger passes through too easily, it's too wet; and rot will have more chance on rainy days during the travel : the roots or other parts may rot and lyse as would do a clean and dry cucumber inside a perfectly clean plastic bag after a week or so ...  but this packing may be perfect for dry and hot air. If the exerting pressure is too high dehydration may start too fast ... but this packing may be perfect for cold and humid air.


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Monday, May 13, 2013

Can you send parcels with reinforced cardboard ?

We use standard parcels of the post and we can reinforce them if you notify us when placing your order; but the weight and postage would increase accordingly.

 However in some situations even much stronger and heavier reinforced cardboard could not challenge exceptional smashes or energetic opening / closing below standard of parcels by  postal staff at the customs.
 

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Risk of mishandled parcels by the Posts

The risk of mishandled parcels by the Posts seems to be lowering with time; is this improving situation linked to the fact that the tracking systems are also improving ?

However a risk always exists ( the picture below shows a report of incorrect arrival at facility ) and some sellers tend to believe that mishandling at Posts and Customs is more frequent with EMS than with small parcels, ( hence, they think that Small Parcel is a better option for the price.)

Is it because EMS parcels go more often through customs where some operations cannot be automated ?

As long as tracking is not fully reported and available online the users of the postal services cannot compare the frequencies of mishandling, from Small Parcel Air to  EMS. But they are low.


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Wednesday, May 1, 2013



Hoya cembra and Hoya odorata leaves look similar, however the new leaves of Hoya cembra are reddish, those of Hoya odorata are always green







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Hoya brevialata, Hoya incurvula : different leaves and flowers

It may happen that Hoya brevialata and Hoya incurvula are identified as a single species, but they are really different : brevialata on the right below has light green leaves and its tips are often more rounded. The flowers are larger.
 
 
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sorting stations of the posts and planes work during the week ends

The two pictures below show tracking information available online : we posted in Thailand on Friday 5 April an EMS parcel for Sweden and on Thursday 18 April a Small parcel air for Poland; the parcels were sorted on Sunday 7 and Sunday 21 at Suvarnabhumi international airport.  Customs clearances in the arrival countries were done on Monday for the EMS parcel ( delivered the following day, on Tuesday ) and on Tuesday for the Small parcel air ( delivered on Thursday ).

Nota : most countries do not have an online tracking system for small parcels air; only EMS parcels can be tracked by all countries. Moreover information is not always reported on the tracking site when it could be available.

In countries with a fast postal system, the cheaper Small parcels air of live plants ( available up to 2000 gr in most countries ) may be preferred to EMS : EMS parcels are more often checked by customs than small parcels.

1- EMS parcel to SWEDEN





2 - Small Parcel Air to  POLAND





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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Risk of frozen plants in planes : how cold it gets with altitude.

  I am in Texas , can I safely import live plants from Thailand in April and May ? 
 
Thailand is like Texas in the northern hemisphere and the planes take routes in this hemisphere, where temperature get warmer during these months.

But at anytime of the year the risk of freezing in planes exists when they fly, and this risk is between any two airports, whether it be between 2 distant towns of the same country or between two countries  ( we are not considering temperature at the airports where cargo are downloaded, or in Post office buildings and warehouses etc. where temperature are warmer in spring ).  Indeed at the altitude where planes fly the temperature is less than on ground by more or less 6.5 Celsius per km ( 3 F per 1,000 ft. ) of altitude.
For instance if the temperature in your garden is 25 Celsius in April or May then 9 km above ( where planes can fly ) the temperature is 25 - ( 9 x 6.5 ) = - 33.5 Celsius ( - 92.3 Fahrenheit ) .

In aircrafts the temperature normally flows from the cabin to the hold so temperature and pressure are about the same in cargo holds and cabins : usually holds are only a couple degrees cooler than the main cabin.  But this setup can change from aircraft model to aircraft model and a reader on a http://www.airliners.net, made this comment : " it doesn't usually go below freezing. If you're worried about too hot, that's a little more iffy. "
Adding foam in cartons can be an option, but the cost of transport increases accordingly.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

How to send us a personal payment with Paypal

Regarding refunds claimed by buyers, unless the parcel was lost and not at customs , Paypal , while considering case by case, will consider that live plants cannot be returned in their original state or that a claim for not as described item cannot apply. Hence Paypal will side by aleyagarden against such claims : plants returned or not as described.


However we wish to avoid false hopes and the occurences of cases ( they are time consuming with possibly an appeal process ), so if the buyer does not have the import permit required by her country, even if small parcels seem to be tolerated when the buyer is not a company or a merchant, we may request personal payments instead of payments for goods or services. Personal payments cannot be returned. We request also that a note be written by the buyer on the send money page :

Please go to the Send Money page as below :



 

then select Personal Payments and Others as below :


 

 

Finally In the message box write as below : this payment is a personal transfer , not for the purchase of goods or services, I will not claim a refund

 
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bonuses : they are additions of plants ( not invoice reductions )

  If your total purchases of plants during the year reach 1000 $ ( only plants listed at retail prices on aleyagarden.com ), we will add free of charge plants for a value of 100 $ to your last order before the end of the year; reach 2000 $ of plant purchases, our gift of plants will equal a 300 $ value, reach 3000 $ it will equal a 900 $ value, reach 4000 $ it will equal a 1200 $ value.

Bonuses of plants versus reductions of prices :
  For instance you bought for 1300 $ : then we add plants for a value of 100 $ or, if you instruct us to do so, we decrease your invoice by 100 $, so the invoice is reduced to 1200 $; but if you bought for 1000 $ we can only add plants for a 100 $ value, not reduce your invoice; if you bought for 900 $ you would need to cumulate purchases again , up to 100 $ at least, to receive our bonus since the minimum is 1000 $ of purchasess during the year.

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