Hoya obovata 'Variegata'

Hoya obovata 'Variegata'

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9cm potted plant in a coco husk plug with coco coir, coco chips, perlite and pine bark. We do not recommend removing the plant from the coco husk plug.

You will receive the exact plant in the photograph.

Hoya obovata is part of the Apocynaceae family and its native range is Indo-China, Sulawesi, Maluku where it grows as an epiphyte primarily in the wet tropical biome. Leaves are thick and orbicular to obovate with entire leaf margins. The variegation is yellow in the centre of the leaves with splashes of white. Hoya obovata ‘Variegata’ produces clusters of 20-30 fuzzy light pink flowers with deep red centres. Flowering and variegation are dependent on the intensity of light. With high humidity it will develop the small adventitious roots along the stems and at the nodes. Sometimes these leaves are imperfect and not completely round in shape.

Genus name is new Latin, named after Thomas Hoy ( c. 1750– c. 1821), English gardener. Specific epithet refers to the shape of the leaves as they are obovate.

Pot: ø 9cm.

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. An east-facing window is usually a good spot.

Water: Allow the majority of the mix to dry out as the mix is traditionally quite chunky, water will usually flow through quite easily. Be sure to thoroughly moisten the substrate.

Potting mix: A chunky well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark, sphagnum moss and worm castings; you could also add some horticultural charcoal to this epiphytic mix. Alternatively, you can pot in a mix of coco chips and perlite.

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.

Temperature: 10-25°C.

Humidity: Hoya prefer higher humidity, between 60-80% - they definitely grow better with higher humidity.

For further information about Hoya, check out our blog.

Hoya aren’t considered toxic, however, they may make your pet or child vomit if ingested, keep out of reach just to be safe.