Hoya Publicalyx 20cm Hanging Basket
Hoya pubicalyx, commonly known as the Pubicalyx or Hoya “Black Dragon,” is a popular species of the Hoya genus. It is treasured for its dark, glossy foliage and beautiful clusters of fragrant flowers.
Appearance: Hoya pubicalyx has elongated, lance-shaped leaves that are typically dark green to burgundy or even almost black in colour. The leaves have a glossy texture and may have a slight hint of purple. New growth often emerges with a reddish tint, adding to the plant’s visual appeal.
Flowers: Hoya pubicalyx produces clusters of small, star-shaped flowers that bloom in clusters known as umbels. The flowers can vary in colour and are typically shades of pink, maroon, or deep red. The flowers are highly fragrant, emitting a sweet scent that intensifies during the evening.
Growth Habit: This Hoya species has a vining growth habit. It can develop long, trailing vines that can be trained to climb a trellis, moss pole, or allowed to cascade from a hanging basket. The vines may develop aerial roots that help the plant cling to surfaces for support.
Lighting Requirements: Hoya pubicalyx thrives in bright, indirect light. It appreciates a well-lit location, but direct sunlight should be avoided as it can burn the leaves. Place the plant near a window with filtered light or provide artificial light if necessary.
Temperature and Humidity: This plant prefers average room temperatures between 15-24°C. It can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures but should be protected from cold drafts. Hoya pubicalyx appreciates moderate to high humidity levels, so misting the leaves or using a humidifier can be beneficial.
Watering: Allow the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil to dry out before watering the plant. Hoya pubicalyx prefers a well-draining soil mix, and it’s important not to overwater to prevent root rot. Water thoroughly but allow the excess water to drain away. Adjust the watering frequency based on the plant’s needs and the environmental conditions.
Soil and Fertiliser: Use a well-draining soil mix specifically formulated for succulents or orchids. Adding perlite or orchid bark can improve drainage. Fertilise the plant during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertiliser diluted to half strength.
Pruning and Maintenance: Prune Hoya pubicalyx to control its size and shape. Regularly remove any dead or yellowing leaves and trim back excessively long vines to maintain a more compact and bushier appearance. Pruning can also stimulate new growth and enhance the overall appearance of the plant.
Hoya pubicalyx is a stunning plant that can bring a touch of elegance and beauty to your indoor space. With its dark foliage and captivating flowers, it is highly regarded by plant enthusiasts. By providing the right care and conditions, you can enjoy its attractive appearance and potentially be rewarded with its lovely fragrance when it blooms.
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Hoya Publicalyx 20cm H/B