Hoya burmanica

Hoya burmanica

The Hoya genus is home to many beautiful species and numerous cultivars. Over the years, hoyas have gained popularity as low-maintainence tropical house plants. In addition to their beautiful foliage, many hoyas also put forward sweetly scented, five pointed blooms in many different colors. Hoyas are native to South Asia, South East Asia, eastern India and Australia. 

Hoyas grow in densely vegetated tropical forests, which is perhaps the reason why a new hoya has been discovered. Hoya burmanica is a novel species of plant that was discovered in Burma (now Myanmar) for the first time on Dec 20, 1920. It was first noted in teh bulletin of miscellaneous information at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.

Hoya burmanica is a succulent plant, featuring teardrop-shaped leaves tha are a dark green in color, sometimes with dark red variegated edges. These plants also put out pale pink lemon-scented blooms. This plant is considered rare.


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Species name: Hoya burmanica

Origin: Myanmar

Plant type: Flowering vine 

Genus: Hoya

Family: Asclepiadaceae

Kingdom: Plantae

Type: Flowering vine

Caring for the

Hoya burmanica

Caring for the Hoya burmanica follows pretty much the same protocols as other hoyas. They like well aerated soil and do not do well with excessive watering. They thrive in high humidity ranges of 40-70%, and are extremely susceptible to frost. They can tolerate temperatures between 10-25 degrees centigrade. However, any thing above this range can cause issues with plant growth.


  • Humidity range between 40-70%
  • Temperature range between 10-27 C
  • Well draining soil
  • Bright indirect light

Hoya burmanica Care Detail

Light Requirements:

  • Like most hoyas, Hoya burmanica likes bright indirect light. However, it does tolerate a few hours of early morning sunlight. Many plant collectors opine that morning sunlight actually help these hoyas maintain good growth. 
  • Place your hoya near a window that does not have sunlight falling full on it. 
  • You can create diffused light by using sheer curtains to block some of the light, creating indirect light that can sustain hoya growth. 

Temperature Requirements:

  • These hoyas are not very hardy and dislike frost. They even respond to cold drafts in the house by losing leaves. 
  • To protect your plant from sudden drops in temperature, place your hoya in your bathroom or the kitchen. These two areas are much warmer and humid compared to other parts of the house.
  • Continued temperatures above 27 C can also heat stress the plant, so make sure to regulate the temperature during the summers.

Humidity Requirements:

  • Hoyas are native to tropical climates where humidity is high. Therefore all hoyas require moderate to high humidity. Some variants of hoya can withstand drier conditions, but noot hoya burmanica. 
  • This plant trive sin humdity ranges from 40-70%. This may be difficult to maintain, but you can use a few tricks to keep humidity ranges ideal. 
  • Use humdity domes and pebble trays to grow your hoyas initially, especially the rarer cultivars as they have not be around enough to adapt to another environment. 
  • Regular misting as well as grouping plants together can help with maintaining humidity. 
  • Another way is to use a humidifier to create the ideal humdity range for growth.

Watering Requirements:

  • Hoyas thrive with low watering, so do not worry about watering your plant on the daily. Hoyas tend to become water stressed and develop root rot; it is essential to water your hoya only when the soil is completely dry. 
  • To check whether the soil is dry or not, insert your index finger into the potting soil. If the first digit of your finger comes up dry, it is time to water your hoya. 
  • Another way is to stick to 0,8 cups of water every 12 days for your hoya. 

Soil Requirements:

  • Hoya burmanica benefits from repotting every year into a coarse well draining substrate. 
  • You can use a mix of orchid potting mix, coconut coir, peat moss or sphagnum along with perlite to create your own soil mix. 
  • You can also buy premixed potting soil designed for hoyas.

Fertilizing Requirements:

  • Even though many rare cultivars of hoyas are slow-growing, they can benefit from a nutrient boost during the growing season. 
  • For boosting foliage growth, a nitrogen based liquid fertilizer diliuted in water is ideal for giving your plant all the nutirents it needs. 
  • If you hoya is lfowering, you can use a nitrogen-phosphorus composite fertilizer to sustain blooming. Ensure to dilute the fertilizer; hoyas do not do well with excessive fertilizing and can begin dropping leaves.


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