Hoya heuschkeliana (inner variegated)

Hoya Heuschkeliana (Variegata)

The Hoya is a genus of epiphytic plants native to South Asian countries, including the Philippines, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Polynesia, and New Guinea.  Over 500 recognized species of tropical plants belong to the Hoya genus, which is part of the Apocynaceae (dogbane) family.  A wide range of species can also be found in Australia. hese plants store water in their leaves, which is why they need very little water.This genus is also known as hoya, waxplant, waxing, and waxflower. Robert Brown, a botanist, gave this genus its name in honour of his close friend Thomas Hoy.

Hoya heuschkeliana (inner variegated) is a much sought after species among the Hoyas. The plant’s obovate foliage is initially pinky-red, eventually turning cream with a green edging. Hoya heuschkeliana (inner variegated) is a flowering creeper. However, the plants do not bloom until they reach full maturity, which can take almost five years.

The wait is worth it; it grows bell-shaped, 5mm, dark pink-mauve flowers that have a powerful fragrance. The flowers can last up to 7 days, and come in umbels of up to 12. Since the Hoya heuschkeliana (inner variegated)  is evergreen, you can look forward to glossy leaves all year round, and scented flowers during the summer months.


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Species: H. heuschkeliana (inner variegated)

Genus: Hoya

Family: Apocyanaceae

Kingdom: Plantae

Type: Climber

Common Name: heuschkeliana (inner variegated)

Color: Variegated dark and light green

Caring For

Hoya heuschkeliana (inner variegated)

Hoyas require some maintenance and care; they are picky about light requirements and temperature. You can grow hoyas outside as long as they grow in the shade. You must be careful about light, temperature and pruning if you want your hoyas to flourish.


  • Requires moderate care
  • Indirect, diffused sunlight or shade
  • Temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Humidity of 60% and higher.
  • Watering only when soil is dry at 1-2 inches
  • African potting mix or succulent mix
  • Free draining soil
  • Low pH range 
  • Watering only when 70-80% dry (1-2 inches of soil should be dry)


All varieties of Hoya heuschkeliana have strongly scented flowers.

Hoya Heuschkeliana is classified into three varieties based on the colour of their flowers:




Hoya heuschkeliana (inner variegated) Care Detail

Light Requirements:

The Hoya heuschkeliana isn't picky about light, flourishing in both dim and strong illumination. But it will grow more quickly the more light it receives.

  • The plant favours dispersed or indirect light. To lessen the intensity, you might move the plant away from the source of the light.
  • Excessive light will harm the leaves, especially from hot sources like lights or direct sunshine. 
  • Position the plant at least a few feet away from the window opening and away from the sun's rays if you wish to keep it close to a south or west-facing window.
  • Inadequate lighting will hinder its growth. You can utilise fluorescent lighting if you don't receive a lot of natural light.
  • The plant will thrive outside in some shade, especially if you live in a tropical climate.

Temperature Requirements:

  • An ideal temperature range for the Hoya heuschkeliana inner variegation is between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • It has no trouble with hot weather because it originates from a tropical habitat..
  • Be more cautious in lower temps. Check the plant to determine whether its growth slows or stops after the temperature reaches 55 degrees.

Humidity Requirements:

  • Because of this, the plant thrives and grows best in environments with a moderate to high level of humidity. An ideal humidity level for the Hoya heuschkeliana inner variegation is 60% or above.
  • If you want flowers, maintaining the humidity at this level will help with flowering.
  • Maintaining this humidity level can be difficult during the summer and winter months. You can use the following methods to maintain adequate humidity: 
  • Employ a humidifier
  • Daily or alternate misting
  • Set it with other indoor plants.
  • Use a pebble tray.
  • Only the humidifier will allow you to carefully adjust the humidity out of the four ways mentioned above. With other methods, it can be tricky to maintain exact humidity levels.

Watering Requirements:

  • Always examine the soil before giving more water to the plant to ensure that you aren't watering it excessively. You can do this by sticking your finger into the ground between one and two inches deep. If the soil at that depth is completely dry, its time to water
  • Give the roots the drink they need by deeply watering the root ball until it is completely saturated. After that, let the excess moisture drain.
  • Even if the plant can handle some dryness, try not to let it remain that way for extended periods of time. If this occurs too frequently, the long-term effects will eventually harm the root system. 
  • Depending on how cold it gets, you can water the plant once a week during the summer and every two to four weeks during the winter.

Soil Requirements:

  • The plant will quickly experience waterlogging since it is an epiphyte and has a limited root system.

  • Choose airy soil that is light and free-draining. Avoid dense soil mixtures.
  • You can use any of the following soil mixes:
  • African violet soil mix
  • Regular potting soil combined with perlite and orchid mix
  • Orchid mixture with perlite-cactus mixture
  • Perlite and coco coir-based potting mixture

Fertilizing Requirements:

  • Hoya Heuschkeliana (inner variegated) is a foliage plant, which is why you need to make sure the fertilizer you purchase has enough nitrogen.
  • During the spring and summer, you can use a regular houseplant fertiliser or a balanced formulation. Apply the dose at half strength once every month.
  • You can also use fish emulsion if you are looking for a natural alternative. Mind the smell, though!
  • During the flowering season, change to to a bloom booster, which contains more phosphorus. Phosphorus is known to support healthy flowering.

How to prune your Hoya heuschkeliana (inner variegated)

  • You must regularly prune your Hoya heuschkeliana (inner variegated). This is because the vines do grow long and occasionally the leaves will scatter, making the arrangement look unkempt.
  • The frequency will primarily rely on the appearance you're striving for.
  • When trimming, it is preferable to do a series of little, frequent cuts rather than a single, extensive one.
  • Also, avoid pruning during the plant's blossoming season.


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