- Hoya curtisii
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 curtisii is part of the Apocynaceae family, its native range is Thailand to Peninsula Malaysia, Borneo, Philippines. It was first described by King & Gamble from a plant collected by Curtis at Taiping, Perak, Malaysia.
H. curtisii has small pubescent, rounded leaves which are thick and fleshy with a cuspidate leaf apex, there are no visible veins or midrib. They are deep green with silvery speckles and are scarious-puncticulate (dry, membranous with tiny dots on the surface) which gives them a slightly rough texture. This creeping plant produces roots at almost every node and will form dense matting if you plant in a shallow, wide container due to the sessile leaves. H. curtisii would also look great mounted on some cork bark or in a terrarium.
The flowers of H. curtisii are surprisingly large for a plant of this size; they are reflexed with a beige corolla and a white corona which is yellow and red in the centre. Many sources suggest there are up to 30 flowers per umbel and that it can take up to 10 weeks from bud to bloom (Vermont Hoyas).
Genus name is new Latin, named after Thomas Hoy ( c. 1750– c. 1821), English gardener. Specific epithet is honoring Charles Cutis, the botanist who first collected the plant.
Pot: ø 14cm
Foliage: Approximately 25cm.
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. More hours of light are thought to encourage flowering.
Water: Given adequate light, allow the mix to dry out a little. If your Hoya curtisii is potted in a chunky, fast draining mix, you may need to water more frequently.
Potting mix: A chunky well-draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark, worm castings and some horticultural charcoal. I also recommend potting Hoya in coco chips.
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.
I keep some Hoya curtisii under a cloche and have found them to grow substantially faster than those exposed to average humidity.
Hoya aren’t considered toxic, however, they may make your pet or child vomit if ingested, keep out of reach just to be safe.
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
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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.