Hoya burtoniae (variegated)

Hoya Burtoniae (Inner Variegated)

The Hoya burtoniae (inner variegated) or sometimes frewquently misnamed (variegata) is a fresh kind of hoya for collectors. This hoya has oval, fleshy leaves that come in a range of pink, green, and yellow tones in variegation. Often the variegation is a cream white to yellowish green color, which may turn a bit red or pink when the plant is sun-stressed. It looks best in hanging pots or macrames and has a lovely, overhanging habit. Small, lustrous burgundy blooms start to bloom during the flowering stage. It is considered a collector’s hoya because of its variegation pattern and difficulty in cultivation. 

This vine has a lovely appearance and is really unusual. The oval-shaped leaves on this plant are delicate and pale green. Variegation features a blending of colours, such as green, yellow, and a touch of pink, on the leaves of this unusual hoya. Given how infrequently this unique variety of hoya is offered for purchase, it would make the ideal present for a fan of the species.


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Scientific name: Hoya burtoniae Kloppenb. (inner variegated)

Common name: Wax Plant, Porcelain Flower

Type: Evergreen climbiung epiphyte.

Genus: Hoya

Family: Apocynaceae

Kingdom: Plantae 

Origin: Philippines (Luzon)

Height: up to 300 cm

Spread: up to 30 cm

Caring for the

Hoya burtoniae (inner variegated)

While all hoyas are rare, Hoya burtoniae (inner variegated) and other hoyas like it fall under the collector’s category: they are not easily available and tend to have slightly different requirements when it comes to humidity levels. They need some care while establishing themselves, but once done, they grow and thrive just like other hoyas.


  • Full sunlight to partial shade
  • Temperatures below 55 degrees cause the plant to stop growing
  • Moderate to high humidity levels
  • Infrequent watering
  • Loose, well draining soil 
  • Infrequent fertilizing, may require diluted fertilizer during the growing season.

Hoya Burtoniae (inner variegated) Detail

Light Requirements:

  • The Hoya burtoniae take pleasure in receiving plenty of natural sunlight. Additionally, the plant thrives in a variety of lighting situations.
  • The plant grows best with exposure of at least 6 to 8 hours each day to bright indirect light. An east-facing window is an excellent place to store your Hoya Burtoniae so that it can enjoy the mellow morning sunlight.
  • .The plant can tolerate 1-2 hours of direct sunlight, but that's about it. Observe when the leaves start to take on a faint reddish hue. The plant may be a little sun-stressed if this is the case. However, many plant enthusiasts desire such variegation, and a little sun stress does not harm the plant.

Temperature Requirements:

  • Since Hoya burtoniae (inner variegated) is a tropical plant, it prefers mild to warm conditions.
  • The optimal temperature range for the Hoya burtoniae (inner variegated) is between 60 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. You will notice a slight slowing in its growth if it is constantly kept above or below these ranges.
  • The Hoya burtoniae is a native of the Philippines, hence it never encounters snow or freezing temperatures (even during winters). In reality, with temperatures falling as low as 55 or so degrees Fahrenheit, its winters are usually sunny and generally remain pretty mild.
  • Temperatures below 55 degrees may severely impact growth and cause the plant to stunt.

Humidity Requirements:

  • Hoya burtoniae (inner variegated) grows best in a humidity range of 50-70%
  • However, you need exercise caution when there is too much humidity in your house because it can eventually lead to problems like mould as well as attracting pests and making plants more susceptible to illness.
  • This plant can tolerate humidity levels as low as 30%, but nothing below that.

Watering Requirements:

  • Like other hoyas, the Hoya burtoniae (inner variegated) requires little water for growth, and is extremely susceptible to root rot due to over watering. 
  • Water the plant only when the soil is dry, but be careful not let it dry out for too long. 
  • The plant does bounce back quickly from under-watering. A sign of underwateirng is when the leaves start looking soft and wrinkly. Ensure to water the plant adequately, but do not overcompensate for the dry period.

Soil Requirements:

  • Hoyas generally prefer light, well draining soil for optimal growth. Dense soils can cause water retention., which in turn can cause root rot and mold. 
  • You can buy pre-mixed potting soil. Or you can make your own potting soil combinations:  
  • One-third potting soil with 1/3 orchid mix and 1/3 perlite
  • One- half potting soil with 1/2 orchid bark
  • 1/3 perlite and2/3 peat moss
  • 1/3 potting soil, 1/3 coco coir and 1/3 perlite

Fertilizing Requirements:

  • Hoya burtoniae (inner variegated)’s fertilizng requirements can be met with a once-a-month feeding of a light fertiliser or a general purpose fertiliser diluted to half strength.
  • Additionally, it doesn't care what kind of plant food you feed it. Therefore, you can use whatever indoor plant fertiliser you currently have at home.
  • Only feed the plant in the spring and summer while it is actively growing. You can quit eating at the beginning or middle of fall. After then and during the winter, stop feeding it.


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