Are you dreaming of growing fragrant flowers indoors that are easy to care for and propagate? Did you know, there are many varieties in Hoya Lacunosa?
I know these questions might be arising in your mind. But trust me, if this is happening, then you are in the right place. In this article, I will discuss the types of Hoya Lacunosa and their care tips. I will also let you know some important facts about the types of Hoya Lacunosa.
If you like aromatic flowers then Hoya Lacunosa plants are just for you!
Hoya Lacunosa plants are natives of tropical parts of the Asian continent. They are members of the Hoya genus and belong to the Apocynaceae family. These are generally called wax plants because the blooms of these plants look like they are made of wax.
Since I have been growing hoyas for many years, I can definitely say they are relatively easy to grow. Among the things, you will like about hoya is their ability to tolerate low light and drought. It is for this reason that hoya is so popular among indoor gardeners. I have seen hoya growing beautifully in a variety of setting such as hanging baskets, pots and trellises.
Can’t wait to know about them. Then let’s get started and get ready for a tough decision: pick your favorite Hoya plant from the following list!
Hoya Lacunosa Varieties!
These beautiful rare Hoya Lacunosa plants have a range of varieties, all of them are eye-catching and produce fragrant blooms. Today, I will discuss the nine important and most popular varieties of Hoya Lacunosa. Let us know about them in detail.
1. Hoya lacunosa var. pallidiflora
This perennial plant has light green leaves that are about 1-2 inches long and is a climbing or trailing plant. Also, there is a slightly wavy margin on the leaves, which are glossy and smooth.
On Hoya lacunosa var. Pallidiflora, there are about one-inch-sized pale pink or white flowers. The leaves of Hoya lacunosa var pallidiflora are generally more lanceolate, longer (up to 7cm), and darker green without many silver speckles.
Hoya lacunosa var. pallidiflora is a relatively easy plant to care for. Although it prefers bright, indirect light, it can tolerate low light levels as well. However, avoid direct sunlight as it can cause the leaves to turn yellow. It prefers moist soil that drains well but is not waterlogged. As in wet soil, this plant can suffer from root rot due to overwatering.
2. Hoya Sunrise
It is a hybrid between Hoya lacunosa var pallidiflora and Hoya obscura. This variety of lacunosa hoya has larger leaves and pinkish flowers. On the underside of the leaves, the colour is typically reddish-purple. You can add some sort of growth support to encourage hoya sunrise to climb rather than trail so you can see both sides of the leaves.
The Hoya sunrise prefers bright dappled light for at least six hours each day. A lack of bright light will prevent this plant from displaying its bright red veins, which is its trademark.
In addition to ensuring your hoya sunrise gets enough light, water and soil are also important. So, choose the right soil and do not overwater hoya sunrise! Additionally, make sure that your hoya sunrise plant is potted in a mixture that drains well.
3. Hoya Lacunosa Cinnamon plants
Hoya Lacunosa Cinnamon plants are one of the varieties of Hoya Lacunosa that produce a sweet smell that resembles Cinnamon. The blooms are generally yellow centers and are umbrella-shaped. Like all other blooms of Hoya, even this species produces a bunch of flowers. The interesting thing about this plant is the blooms spread their sweet smell only during the night. Being a tropical plant, the blooming season of the plant is from early spring to the early rainy season.
These plants are native to Indonesia. These vining plants can achieve a height of up to 2.5 to 6 feet.
Provide bright indirect sunlight to the plant, and water it once in two days. Use organic soil for planting it. Make sure that the soil is well-draining. Because the root system is prone to root rots. These plants prefer to live in temperatures between 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Hoya Lacunosa Eskimo plants
Hoya Lacunosa Eskimo plants are another lovely species of the hoya genus that have silver-colored foliage with dark green color spots on the foliage. The heart-shaped leaves increase the beauty of the plant and hence they are often called Hearty-leafed Lacunosa hoyas. Even the fragrance of the flowers of Hya Lacunose Eskimos has a cinnamon-like smell and is in a cream shade of white color with yellow centers.
They can survive in low-light areas thus they became one of the best indoor plants. Mostly the vines of these plants achieve a height of up to 5 feet with normal care.
Water this plant only when the soil mix becomes completely dry. You can check the soil’s wetness by poking a thin stick into the soil. After taking it out, if you find any soil stuck to the stick better postpone the watering. If the stick has no soil stuck to it, then it is time to give a drink to your plant. Use only well-drained soil mix, preferably organic mix to plant the Hoya Lacunosa Eskimo These plants prefer low light conditions as they fear sunburns. Maintain the plant in the temperature range of 68-77 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Hoya Lacunosa Royal Flush plants
Hoya Lacunosa Royal flush plants are well-known for their beautiful foliage. The leaves of these plants are dark green with pink or bright red shades and have silver edges. Its blooms are pinkish-white colored with pale yellow centers. The arrangement of flowers resembles a bouquet and produces a nice fragrance.
Place this plant in a well-lit area that gets maximum bright indirect light. It thrives under high humidity levels, only if it gets enough light. Water it when you observe that the 1-2inchs of the top layer of the soil mix is dry. Use lightweight soils for planting this plant, but the soil must be well-draining. This plant grows up to 5 feet in height. It has the tolerance to survive in extreme temperatures from 58-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
6. Hoya Lacunosa Langkawi Island plants
The Hoya Lacunosa Langkawi Island plants miniature species of the Hoya Lacunosa. These are another beautiful species of Hoya which has arrow-shaped foliage and tiny flowers. The fact is that this species produces flowers that are smaller than any other species of hoya.
It can tolerate high humid conditions and can survive in Full sun but avoid placing it under the bright sun in the afternoons of the summer.
Placing it in a place that gets enough sunlight throughout the day is enough. It grows better even if it gets partial shade. Water the plant once every two days. It is better to water it after the first layer of the soil becomes dry. Use a well-drained organic soil mix to plant this species, the plant grows better if the pH of the soil is slightly acidic. Remember that the pot used while potting this plant must have a good drainage system. The suitable range of temperature for this plant is 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit. The vines of this plant can climb up to 5 feet high.
7. Hoya Lacunosa Ruby Sue plants
Hoya Lacunosa Ruby Sue plants are one of my favorite species of Hoya Lacunosa, which have greenish red foliage that is arrow-shaped. The blooms of it are also white colored with yellow centers but are slightly larger than Hoya Lacunosa Langkawi Island flowers. You can hang them on the ceiling of your balcony to enhance the look.
These plants prefer bright indirect sunlight, day long. They can survive in direct sun but in summer, the intense sun rays may damage the foliage. Like all other species, this species can also get a height of 5 feet with normal care and loves to stay at temperatures of 68-77 degrees Fahrenheit. You can see well-draining soil mixes, better if it contains organic matter to plant this plant. Let the soil dry between two waterings.
8. Hoya Lacunosa Sliver plants
These plants are called Hoya Lacunosa Silversince they have semi-transparent silver foliage that enhances the plant’s look. This species is a rare one and can hardly be found in greenhouses. Thus, the price of it is a little high when compared to other species of the hoya genus. Depending on the native places of this species, the leaf and the plant size differ.
This plant needs a lot of bright indirect sunlight to thrive. Water it moderately to avoid any health problems. This prefers high humidity levels to thrive. 60-80 degrees temperatures are considered the best temperature range for this plant. Use clay pots for planting it, as the clay pots have porous walls that allow aeration and reduce the risk of root rot. Also, use a well-drained soil mix for potting this plant.
9. Hoya Lacunosa Splash plants
Hoya Lacunosa Splash is another rarest plant of the Hoya Lacunosa species. They thrive only when you maintain this plant with high care. But, this is worth it. The beautiful splashy lanceolate foliage and the gorgeous fragrant blooms take your interior to the next level. Remember that the splashes of the foliage increase with the bright light exposure. But the direct sun can cause sunburns in the foliage.
Provide 6 to 8 hours of bright indirect sunlight for this to thrive. Moderate watering helps in the plant’s better growth. Water it only after the top layer of the soil is dry. It tolerates temperatures from 55 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and the vines of the plant can climb up to 5 feet heights. Use only well-drained soil mix as the roots are prone to root rots.
10. Hoya Lacunosa Snow Caps plants
Hoya Lacunosa Snow Caps are the commonly seen species of the Hoya genus, as they are widely available in any plant store. They produce waxy beautiful white-colored flowers that smell good with a cinnamon odor. Its leaves have silvery splashes that add beauty to the plant.
Unlike other species of Hoya Lacunosa, these species have only 4 feet as the maximum height. Place the plant in bright locations with indirect sunlight. Wait for the top 1-2 inch layer of the soil to dry to water it. A cactus mix or succulent mixes are well-suited for planting this plant. Maintain the plant at 58 to 85 degrees temperature. Moderate humidity is enough for the plant to thrive.
11. Hoya Lacunosa Tove plants
Hoya Lacunosa Tove plants are well-known for their hardness. They thrive with minimum care and tolerate negligence. They are one of the fast-growing species of the Hoya genus. Thus these species are the best choice for new gardeners. They produce purplish-pink and fragrant clusters of flowers. The leaves of the plant are generally light green and look reddish-purple when they are young.
These versatile plants are capable of dealing with low light, and water-related issues and adapting to environmental conditions. So, relax and water it when the soil becomes completely dry. Place the plant in bright indirect sunlight to make it thrive. The plant grows well under temperatures from 58-77 degrees Fahrenheit. Use only a well-drained soil mix for planting.
12. Hoya cv “Rebecca”
It’s a cross between Hoya obscura and Hoya lacunosa Langkawi Island. Very visible veins are present on the Rebecca leaves. When grown in bright light, the leaves will get a lovely red colour.
Often, new leaves are very red, but with age, the colour fades. It has almost ball-shaped flowers, only 4-5 mm in diameter, the lovely pink with yellow centres. Each umbel has 20-30 flowers that last more than a week. Additionally, they open 26-30 days after they form.
Hoya cv Rebecca prefers bright, indirect light. It can tolerate light in the morning or evening, but avoid direct sun in midday, as the leaves will yellow and scorch. Also, make sure you use a well-draining soil mix and repot at least every other year. For signature red leaves and flowers, water weekly during the growing season.
13. Hoya aff. lacunosa “heart-shaped leaf”
Unlike most other varieties, this hoya has larger flowers (over 1 cm) and distinctive leaf shapes.
The heart-shaped leaves measure 1.5-3.5 cm in length and 1.5-2.5 cm in width, with raised nerves and a central vein.
Their round and fuzzy flowers are cream-coloured, almost white, 8mm in diameter and about 15-25 per umbel. Once it starts blooming, this hoya has a perfume-like fragrance that fills a whole room at night. Nectar is very scarce and the flowers only last 4-5 days.
It’s crucial to have good lighting for a heart-shaped hoya. East and west windows are great for blooming Hoyas. Nonetheless, it’s fine for the plant to get some direct sunlight, especially in the morning.
In case of soft leaves, or wrinkling leaves, water them as soon as possible. Make sure you check more than one leaf. As you sometimes get a leaf that behaves differently from the others. In general, the temperature in the house is ideal for this plant. A few degrees drop overnight won’t bother it, but it won’t like it getting too cold.
14. Hoya lacunosa “Poonsak”
“Poonsak” has brighter green foliage with more visible veins than most Hoya lacunosa clones. As new shoots grow upward, the branch bends under the weight of the leaves as it grows upward.
In terms of care, this hoya variety is very easy to take care of. Give Poonsak hoya bright indirect light. However, avoid direct sun. The best window for Poonsak hoyas is one with a south or east-facing direction. It is not recommended to place a window facing north, as it will not provide adequate light for blooming.
It is important to use a soil mix that has good drainage and good air circulation. Lacunosa Hoyas don’t like to be left too dry in between waterings. It will always prefer higher humidity.
15. Hoya lacunosa “speckled leaf”
“Speckled leaf” Hoya lacunosa has greyish silver leaves. Most likely, this plant is a sport of var pallidiflora, and may occasionally revert to plain green leaves. To preserve this plant character, solid green branches should be removed.
As with most Hoya plants, a bright, indirect light is best for a Hoya Lacunosa. The Lacunosa loves shade or partial shade outdoors, but direct sunlight shouldn’t be too harsh.
Facts about the types of Hoya Lacunosa!
Let us now know some important facts about Hoya Lacunosa in detail!
- These plants need bright indirect light to thrive.
- Water the plants when the soil mix becomes dry.
- Use organic well-drained soil mix to fill the pot of these plants.
- Fertilizing once during the growing season is enough.
- They grow well when fertilized with organic fertilizers.
- Temperatures between 58 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit are the suitable range for these plants.
- Humidity levels between 50 to 60 % suit these plants.
- These plants have mild toxic effects. Humans or animals are not recommended for ingestion of the plant parts. So, keep the children out of reach of children.
- Some of these species are highly rare.
- Some species’ blooms spread their fragrance at night.
Hoya Lacunosa Care Tips
Following are a few tips for successfully growing hoyas and keeping them in bloom
During spring and summer, Hoya can live outdoors in zones 9-11. If you do leave your plants outside, keep an eye on them in case the temperature drops or rises too widely. In general, Hoya is best grown indoors in the fall and winter.
When placing your plant in a direct sunlight window, make sure it is East-facing with soft morning light. Additionally, place a sheer screen between your plant and the window.
Moreover, cold temperatures are not suitable for Hoyas. So, they need to be moved indoors if temperatures are below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep this in mind if you plan to put your plant in a window. Also, in the fall and winter, move it. Plants’ leaves might discolour or fall off due to temperature swings.
The best light for Hoya is bright, indirect light. They have waxy foliage but don’t let that fool you. The plants aren’t succulents and can’t handle harsh afternoon light. Although they will grow in lower-light situations, it is unlikely that they will bloom.
There is not much water needed by hoya plants. Nonetheless, wait until the soil is almost dry before watering and check for moisture in the top layers of the soil.
Give the pot a good soak and let all the extra water drain through the drainage holes. Don’t let the water pool at the bottom.
A soil pH of 6.1 to 6.5 is ideal for hoyas. Add lime to the soil if it’s too acidic. To reduce alkaline soil pH, use sulfur or organic mulch.
For better drainage, add perlite, coco coir, or peat moss to the soil. Furthermore, make sure the pot has good drainage holes.
It is only necessary to fertilize Hoya during the growing season. Generally, they do not need much fertilizer. Additionally, too much fertilizer can burn them.
For young hoya, use a liquid houseplant fertilizer with a 1-1-1 N-P-K ratio. As soon as the plant matures, you can apply a fertilizer with a slightly high phosphorus ratio throughout the growing season.
Pruning is not recommended, except to remove damaged or discoloured hoya leaves.
I understand it might be tempting to prune leggy leafless vines, but this should be avoided since this is where new leaves and spurs will sprout. When allowed to grow beyond 12 inches, these vines and runners will start to produce leaves.
To avoid unnecessary damage, brush spent petals gently away.
When they are moved, Hoya gets stressed. Unlike most plants, they like to be root bound. Their slightly crowded environment can encourage them to flower. Hence, do not repot your plants until they are absolutely necessary.
However, if you are repotting your Hoya, make the next pot an inch or two bigger than the previous one. In large pots, roots will take longer to absorb water. As a result of overpotting, your hoya gets stressed since its roots cannot absorb water quickly enough, resulting in standing water. Also, when the roots are sitting in soggy soil, they are at risk of root rot.
Hoya Lacunosa species are the attractive species of the Hoya genus that produce fragrant flowers that improve the aesthetics of any home with their stunning appearance and exotic aroma with minimal effort. It is a better idea to keep one of them at home to enrich the oxygen levels of the home.
I have listed some of my favorite Hoya Lacunosa Varieties from the most popular ones and I hope you’ve enjoyed my beautiful selection of Hoya varieties. As you can see, the Hoya plant is such a rewarding plant and my house is filling up with more and more of these rewarding plants and I just can’t resist adding to my collection. My favorites are Hoya Cinnamon and Hoya Royal Flush. What about you? Which Hoya is the first on your wish list?
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