Available July 2022.
Hoya latifolia is part of the Apocynaceae family and its native range is Myanmar to W. Malesia.
Hoya sp. Sarawak isn’t a species, it is geographical designation, this means it’s an unidentified species found in Sarawak which is incidentally also the primary collection site for H. latifolia.
This epiphytic climber produces large glabrous leaves, they are broadly ovate and very fleshy, light-dark green and will turn red-maroon when sunstressed. Hoya latifolia is generally found very high up in the sunny spots of the canopy, having climbed its way up host trees. It has persistent peduncles and in its native range will bloom frequently.
Genus name is new Latin, named after Thomas Hoy ( c. 1750– c. 1821), English gardener. Hoya latifolia was named by G. Don in 1838, the specific epithet means ‘broad-leaved’ in Latin.
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. 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.
Humidity: Hoya prefer higher humidity, between 60-80% - they definitely grow better with higher humidity.