Hoya Callistophylla

Hoya Callistophylla

Hoya callistophylla is an evergreen perennial shrub native to tropical and subtropical regions of South-east Asia. Its thick, leathery leaves are a vibrant green with white edges. This plant has a unique look that makes it an attractive addition to any home or garden. Its delicate flowers also make it a popular choice for indoor decoration.

This plant is native to Southeast Asia, specifically India and China. This species of Hoya has long, dark green, shiny leaves that are arranged in an alternate pattern along the stem. The flowers of Hoya callistophylla are star-shaped and fragrant with white or yellow centers and a pinkish hue on the outside.

Hoya callistophylla is a fast-growing plant that can reach up to 10 feet in length when grown in ideal conditions. It prefers bright indirect light but can tolerate some direct sun as well. When it comes to watering, this type of Hoya should be kept evenly moist during active growth periods and allowed to dry out slightly between waterings. This species is also relatively pest-resistant, making it an ideal choice for novice growers.


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Scientific name: Hoya Callistophylla

Common names: Waxvine, porcelain flower

Origin: Southeast Asia

Flower colour: Maroon orange to pink white

Genus: Hoya

Family: Apocynaceae (Asclepiadaceae)

Kingdom: Plantae

Type:Flowering vine

How to care for

Hoya Callistophylla?

Hoya callistophylla is easy to care for and requires minimal maintenance. It prefers indirect sunlight and regular waterings. It can be grown in containers or in the ground and will thrive in most climates. With its low maintenance needs and beautiful appearance, Hoya callistophylla is the perfect option for those looking to add an exotic touch to their home or garden.


  • Bright indirect light
  • Semi-arid conditions
  • Well-draining soil with organic content
  • Fertilizing during the growing season
  • Temperature range 15-25 C
  • Humidity 40-60%

Hoya Callistophylla Care Detail

Light Requirements:

  • Hoya callistophylla requires an environment with plenty of light to grow properly. The best lighting conditions for the plant are bright, indirect sunlight or partial shade.

  • When provided with adequate light, Hoya callistophylla can thrive easily indoors or outdoors. It needs direct sunlight for about five hours a day to grow well. In direct sun, however, its leaves should be protected from intense rays. If grown indoors, it should be kept in a room that receives plenty of natural sunlight throughout the day.
  • The optimal light requirements for Hoya callistophylla vary depending on the season:

Spring & Summer:

  • Direct Sunlight: 5 hours per day
  • Indirect Light: 8-10 hours per day

Fall & Winter:

  • Direct Sunlight: 3-4 hours per day
  • Indirect Light: 6-8 hours per day
  • For optimum growth and flowering, provide Hoya callistophylla with consistent lighting throughout the year.
  • When exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time, excessive heat can cause discoloration and dehydration of leaves. Thus, it is advisable to provide Hoya callistophylla with partial shade during hot summer days

Temperature Requirements:

  • When it comes to temperature requirements, Hoya callistophylla does best in a moderate climate. It prefers temperatures between 15 and 25°C (59 and 77°F). 
  • To ensure that this epiphytic species is properly cultivated, the temperature should be kept consistent throughout the year.
  •  If exposed to temperatures below 10°C (50°F) for prolonged periods of time, the plant may suffer damage or even die.

Humidity Requirements:

  • The ideal humidity level for Hoya callistophylla should be between 40-60%. 
  • If the air becomes too dry, the leaves may start to curl or turn yellow. 
  • To increase humidity levels around the plant, you can use a humidifier or place a tray filled with pebbles and water under the pot.
  •  Another option is to mist the leaves lightly once or twice a week with distilled or filtered water. Additionally, grouping multiple plants together will also help raise the humidity levels in the environment.

Watering Requirements:

  • The plant thrives in moist soils and prefers regular watering during its growing season, April through October. 
  • During the winter months, the soil should be allowed to dry out between watering sessions. If the soil becomes too dry or if there are extended periods of drought or excessive heat, the plant may suffer from stress and show signs of wilting or drooping leaves. When this occurs, it is important to provide enough water for it to recover quickly by increasing the frequency and amount of irrigation.
  • For optimal growth, Hoya callistophylla should be watered when the top 2-3 inches (5-7 cm) of soil become slightly dry.
  • Overwatering should be avoided as it can lead to root rot or fungal infections that can damage the roots and threaten the health of the plant. To ensure proper drainage, use well-draining soil and add organic matter such as compost or peat moss which will help retain moisture without causing soggy roots.

Soil Requirements:

  • When it comes to soil requirements, the plant prefers well-drained soils with a slightly acidic pH balance. 
  • A mixture of loam or peat moss should be used for potting, with some added perlite or sand to make sure that water drains quickly from the soil.
  • You can also use pine bark or coffee grounds to add organic content to the soil.

Fertilizing Requirements:

  • During the growing season, fertilizing every few weeks will keep the plant healthy and help 
  • In terms of fertilizing requirements, it is best to use a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength once every two weeks during the growing season. It is important not to overfertilize Hoya callistophylla, as this could cause damage to the roots and leaves of the plant.
  • When applying fertilizer, make sure it is evenly distributed around the base of the plant rather than concentrated in one spot. Be mindful that too much fertilizer can cause salt buildup in the soil, which can burn or damage the roots of Hoya callistophylla. 
  • Therefore, it is important to follow label directions when using any type of fertilizer and always water thoroughly after application. Additionally, for optimal results use an all-purpose fertilizer blended with micronutrients like iron and zinc for lush foliage growth.


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