Hoya incrassata is part of the Apocynaceae family and is endemic to the Philippines. Leaves are coriaceous and lance-ovate in shape. ‘Variegata’ has creamy coloured sectoral variegation, often on the leaf margins. Each umbel contains between 40 and 50 flowers; blooms are white-yellow with fused petals, the inner lobe is yellow and rounded.
Genus name is new Latin, named after Thomas Hoy ( c. 1750– c. 1821), English gardener. Specific epithet comes from the Latin ‘incrassatus’ meaning ‘thickened’, this is in reference to the cell walls of the plant.
Pot: ø12 cm
Height: Approximately 20-30cm from base of pot.
Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive.
Water: Given adequate light, keep the potting mix evenly moist, the potting mix is traditionally quite chunky, water will usually flow through quite easily. Pour water slowly over the top of the substrate and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.
Potting mix: A chunky well-draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark, worm castings and some horticultural charcoal.
Fertilising: Feed your plant every few waterings during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Humidity: Hoya would prefer higher humidity, between 60-80% but do well to adapt to average home humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.
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Hoya aren’t considered toxic, however, they may make your pet or child vomit if ingested, keep out of reach just to be safe.