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- Hoya australis ssp. tenuipes 'Lisa'
Hoya australis ssp. tenuipes 'Lisa'
Caring for your new leafy green friends
Please don’t put me on or close to a radiator, the heat will dry me out.
Take me out of any ceramic pots when watering to stop my roots rotting.
I need light to survive. Please give me light!
I don’t like draughts! Keep me away from any cold spots in the house.
Hoya australis is part of the Apocynaceae family and it's native range is N. Borneo, New Guinea to SW. Pacific. ‘Lisa’ is a cultivar with elliptic to ovate leaves, these are either glabrous or occasionally very slightly pubescent. Variegation looks like watercolour splashes on the leaves, with new growth appearing a deep pink. The flowers (corolla) are white, with white centres (coronas), there is a small pink stain beneath the central crown. Doug Chamberlain (one of my favourite Hoya collectors) recommends exposing this plant to no more than 12 hours of artificial light per day to encourage flowering.
There is discussion among enthusiasts whether this plant is Hoya australis ‘Bordvare Tricolor’ which is possibly an alternative trade name for ‘Lisa’.
Genus name is new Latin, named after Thomas Hoy ( c. 1750– c. 1821), English gardener. Specific epithet comes from the Latin ‘australis’, meaning southern.
These plants are not known to be toxic but their sap can be an irritant, keep out of reach just in case.
Pot: ø 12cm.
Height: Approximately 20cm 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. If the potting mix isn't as well-draining, allow it to dry more between waterings.
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.
For further information about Hoya, check out our blog.
These plants are not known to be toxic but sap is an irritant, keep out of reach just in case.
Delivery & Returns
Please be aware that your plant may vary from the picture as this is a living item. Variations of shape and colour are perfectly natural and to be expected. We will send you a plant as close to the picture and description as possible. The picture shown is an example of what's in stock unless stated otherwise.
Our plants are sent with a detailed care guide to help you look after them. You must provide the adequate conditions to keep them alive.
Shipping & Delivery
We can only ship within the UK. Orders from abroad cannot be fulfilled and will be cancelled & refunded.
We pack and ship all orders on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to prevent plants waiting in transit over the weekend.
We do send all our plants via next day delivery, however couriers can sometimes take longer.
We guarantee our plants 14 day from receipt. We guarantee to send happy and healthy plants, however, it is your responsibility to care for them and we cannot be held responsible for neglect or mis care. Please send us a picture within 24 hours of receiving your plant and we'll help you out with your issue.
If returning your order, please keep all original packaging and use this to send the plant back to us. This will ensure the plant is kept as safe as possible on its return.
To allow the plant to acclimatise in its new home, there should be no repotting of the plant for a minimum of 14 days after receipt. If any plant has been repotted or a cutting has been taken then we are not able to accept returns.
We are happy to replace your plant if it is very badly damaged in transport. The loss of a leaf in transport on a healthy plant should not generally be cause for any concern. We cannot give a refund for snapped leaves.