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Hoya imbricata is part of the Apocynaceae family and its native range is from the Philippines to Sulawesi. This true epiphyte can be found shingling in an overlapping fashion up Mango or breadfruit trees. Unlike most other Hoya, H. imbricata doesn’t have opposite leaves; one leaf remains smaller and aborts and the other leaf develops new roots at the node, under each cupped leaf there is a fine network of roots. As a new stem grows from this point, then the next leaf pair grows, one leaf dies off and the process continues. Leaves are ovate and glabrous with pinnate nerves, an obtuse apex and base.
The space between the leaves and the tree is an ideal home for ants; this symbiosis provides the Hoya protection from plant-eating enemies and a safe nesting site for the ants.
Ideally Hoya imbricata needs to be mounted on bark or balsa wood in order to grow in its natural state otherwise the cupped leaves will ball around the stem.
Each umbel holds 20 or so tiny spherical flowers which are pale yellow and fuzzy.
Genus name is new Latin, named after Thomas Hoy ( c. 1750– c. 1821), English gardener. Specific epithet comes from the Latin imbricatus meaning overlapping.
Mounted on Cork bark. Cork bark is anti-microbial, anti-fungal and water resistant. All plants mounted with New Zealand Sphagnum Moss. (Comes with hook to easily hang to fixture or fitting on wall).
Read all about how to look after your mounted plants here.
Hoya aren’t considered toxic, however, they may make your pet or child vomit if ingested, keep out of reach just to be safe.
For further information about Hoya, check out our blog.
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. This plant also does well under grow lights.
Water: Keep sphagnum moist at all times if your plant is mounted. If your plant is remaining potted, allow the majority of thee mix to dry out, water will usually flow through quite easily.
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.
Humidity: Very high, over 70%.
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.
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.
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.