Hoya pubicalyx is part of the Apocynaceae family and its native range is Philippines. It is considered one of the easiest Hoya to grow and it’s flowers are beautiful. Leaves are glabrous, oblong to oblong-lanceolate and green with silver splashes. Each umbel comprises 35-40 pink-red pubescent flowers which are most fragrant at dusk; colours of flowers vary with clones.
Genus name is new Latin, named after Thomas Hoy ( c. 1750– c. 1821), English gardener. Specific epithet means ‘soft-haired calyx’.
Pot: ø 9cm.
Height: Approximately 15cm from the base of the 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.