Hoya vitellina Blume

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Also sold as Hoya fusco-marginata or Hoya fuscomarginata.

My first experience with the blooms was anything but pleasant. I came home from work one very hot summer evening and on my door step I was greeted by an odour so harch and sticky I actually thought I had forgotten to empty the garbage bin. At that point I actually whished the flowers were made of wax and nothing else.

In general appearence Hoya vitellina is a very beautiful species. The leaves are large, dark green with a dark brown margin that turns darker the more light one expose the plant to. Avoid the mid day sun though as the leaves might brun.

For me, Hoya vitellina bloomed within two years from a cutting. Beautiful flowers that come in dense clusters. Unfortunately the smell is awful

Hoya vitellina is easily rooted and cultivated. It's not very perticular so one can use just about any kind of medium. I've used regular potting soil, spaghnum moss and simply a glass of water. Anything goes. A light loving plant that should be kept on the dry side.

 Variations in Hoya
Light, but no sunlight

Likes light but should not be exposed to sunlight. A protected window facing west is good.

Dry

Tolerates to run dry..

Intermediate

Intermediate species. Tolerates short exposure to temperatures no less than 10°C. Best grown in a regular room temperature of 20-25°C.

Flower size: 15 mm

Leaf size: 8-12 cm × 12-17 cm

Growth: Climbing

Scent: Chlorine

Section: Physostemma

Origin: Indonesia

Author: Blume

Publication: Mus. Bot. i. 45 (1849)

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