Hoya crassioplelata (splashy leaves)

Hoya Crassipetiolata (Splash)

The Hoya genus includes a number of epiphytic flowering plants that are primarily endemic to Southeast Asia and Australia. As a result, it grows and blooms very easily in  tropical climates in other countries.

The Hoya genus boasts of numerous cultivars that are prized amongst plant collectors for their leaves and variegation pattern. One such cultivar is the Hoya crassipetiolata (Splash). This plant is popular for its large, obovate leaves that feature a characteristic variegation pattern that hints of pink and red when sun-stressed, a bit like the Hoya Sunrise.

It is the ideal plant for active homeowners because it is a slow-growing vine that requires little maintenance. The vines feature thick, waxy leaves that have a lovely scent and can get up to 12 feet long. They require little maintenance and may survive in both strong sunshine and dim lighting.

The Hoya crassiopetiolata (Splash) requires less pruning because of its slow growth. Use clean, precise scissors or shears to clip them back if you must to protect the plant. Wax plants are often free of disease and pests, but if the plant is not kept clean, mealybugs and spider mites could become an issue. Dusting and cleaning the leaves regularly will assist in keeping these pests from becoming an issue.


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Scientific name: Hoya crassiopetiolata

Genus: Hoya

Family: Apocynaceae

Kingdom: Plantae

Type: Evergreen vine

Common names: Hoya Plant, Wax plant

Caring for the

Hoya crassiopetiolata (Splash) Care

Like other hoyas, this plant is low maintenance. It requires less water and indirect light for ideal growth, making it an ideal houseplant for busy people. Since this hoya is slow growing, you won't need to prune it as often as with other house plants. It does not have specific humidity requirements, and grows well in moderate humidity, from 40% onwards.


Low maintenance

Does not require much watering or pruning

Moderate humidity and temperatures. 

Hoya crassiopetiolata (Splash) Care Detail

Light Requirements:

  • Hoya crassipetiolata (Splash) may struggle to grow and will lose leaves if not given enough sunshine. 
  • To maximise the possibility for development, place it no more than three feet from an east-facing window. 
  • Excessive sunlight may cause the plant to become sun-stressed and incur leaf burn.

Temperature Requirements:

  • This hoya does not do well with temperatures under 55 degrees. 
  • If your hoya is outside, you need to bring the plant in when the temperatures dip. 
  • This plant, like other hoyas, is extremely susceptible to damage from frost.

Humidity Requirements:

  • Hoya crassiopetiolata (splash) does not have a set humidity range. However, it helps to keep it between 40-60%.
  • To do this, put a drainage tray underneath the container and fill it with gravel. Make sure the water does not touch the pot as you add water to it at a low level.

Watering Requirements:

  • This plant thrives when watered sparingly. Root rot is a result of generic commercial mixtures' excessive water retention. 
  • To prevent root rot, use a free-draining potting soil mix. 
  • Ensure that the plant’s potting soil is dry before watering. You can do the finger test to determine whether the soil is dry. 
  • For ease, water the plant with .8 cups of water every 12 days.

Soil Requirements:

  • Well-aerated potting soil that does not hold water is ideal. You can use a mix of potting soil, perlite and bark-based soils. 
  • Alternatively, getting an African potting mix from your local plant shop is also ideal.

Fertilizing Requirements:

  • Hoyas benefit from light fertilizing. Since this is a slow-growing hoya, you will need to apply fertilizer sparingly to avoid chemical buildup. 
  • Apply a diluted fertilizer once a month during the growing season. 
  • You should hold off fertilizing In the fall and winter, which is the plant’s dormant season.


  • Moving the Hoya crassiopetiolata (Splash) to a larger pot is necessary once it has outgrown its current one. This plant dislikes being confined by its roots.
  • Repotting should be done once a year at the start of the growing season. 
  • Every time it is repotted, give the soil a fresh start to ensure that vital nutrients are never depleted. Add diluted fertilizer in light quantities to ensure a steady supply of nutrients.


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