Hoya finlaysonii

Hoya Finlaysonii

Hoya finlaysonii is a beautiful rare hoya, even in its natural habitats in Malaysia, South Thailand, and Borneo. The leaves of Hoya finlaysonii are a light emerald green colour with a noticeable deep emerald green venation and a deep green edge. The elliptic leaves feel and have a texture similar to cardboard. 

Given that the foliage of this plant steals the show, the blooms are unimportant, at least in terms of look. But when the plant blooms in the summer, the tiny umbels of creamy white flowers and maroon outer petal lobes do release the endearing cinnamon-like aroma.

Hoya finlaysonii's growth style makes it ideal for growing inside and hanging baskets.


The flowers of Hoya finlaysonii grow on spurs. The plant produces 10mm wide, reflexed, creamy-yellow flowers with dark crimson ends and a cream corona. Per umbel, there may have 35 blooms. The blooms are fragrant, with a sweet cinnamon smell. Flowers can last for upto three days.


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Scientific name: Hoya finlaysonii

Common names: Wax plant, porcelain flower, waxvine

Origin: Malaysia, Thailand, Borneo.

Flower colour: Cream with maroon margins

Genus: Hoya

Family: Apocynaceae (Asclepiadaceae)

Kingdom: Plantae

Type:Flowering vine

How to care?

Hoya finlaysonii

Semi-succulent epiphytic Hoya Finlaysonii is a low-maintenance plant. This indicates that it is an air plant that has the ability to grow both as a standalone plant and on other plants. These plants are content to flourish in an area where other plants are present.

Hoya finlaysonii Detail

Light Requirements:

  • Bright indirect light is preferred by Hoya finlaysonii. The plant will thrive best near an east-facing window. This would give enough light to last the entire day while blocking off the glare of the afternoon sun. 
  • The greatest place for your plant in the southern zones is close to a window or an area that faces north.
  • Your plant needs prolonged exposure to filtered light because it can grow slowly and not be able to flower if it doesn't get enough sunshine. For your plant, think about medium light exposure in the northeast, southeast, or southwest.
  • However, if the only window in the area is one that faces west, you should think about adding sheer drapes or curtains and positioning your plant about three feet away from the window to minimise direct sunlight. To ensure your plant grows as best it can, set it on a balcony or in the yard in indirect light if it is in a hanging pot basket.
  • You will need to move the plant indoors during the colder months because the winter's low light levels and temperature will undoubtedly have an impact on your Hoya finlaysonii plant. By using LED grow lights, you can make sure that your plant is exposed for 10 to 12 hours each day.

Temperature Requirements:

  • Hoya finlaysonii is a tropical plant that is native to a region with hot, humid weather and frequent sun exposure.
  • Hoya finlaysonii prefers temperatures between 70 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit as their ideal range (21 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius).
  • Hoya finlaysonii cannot tolerate winter or frost since the leaves will turn yellow at very cold temperatures. It is best to keep the plant inside if you live in a colder climate so that it can have a warm environment. 

Humidity Requirements:

  • The relative humidity in Southeast Asia ranges from 50 to 60 percent, sometimes even reaching 70 percent. The Hoya Finlaysonii needs this constant range level to promote good growth and an attractive plant.
  • It's typical for growers to use a humidifier. As an alternative, you can spritz the leaves two to three times each week (be careful to wipe away any excess spray to prevent fungal infections) or set the plant atop pebbles that have been placed in a water tray.

Watering Requirements:

  • The Hoya finlaysonii is a tropical plant that likes continual hydration, but not to the point of having wet or soggy soil from overwatering.
  • Root rot and other fungal illnesses can result from overwatering plants. Make sure to water your Hoya Finlaysonii deeply, wetting the root balls rather than simply the top of the plant.
  • Daily watering would be good in the summer, but you should reduce watering as the cooler months or winter approach. 
  • A good rule of thumb is to water the plant after every two days of the soil is drying out.

Soil Requirements:

  • The amount of moisture or acidity in the soil mixture will have a considerable impact on how frequently the Hoya finlaysonii has to be watered. Some mixes lose the moisture that plants require because they cannot hold onto water. 
  • On the other hand, certain soil formulations retain too much water, making it difficult for extra moisture that may otherwise lead to root rot to drain away.
  • For this epiphytic plant, Hoya Finlaysonii favours soil with peat moss and perlite because it allows for soil aeration. 
  • Charcoal, deadwood, bark, and coconut husk are examples of additional organic soil elements. To promote proper soil drainage, these soil components and perlite should be mixed in a 50:50 ratio.

Fertilizing Requirements:

  • As long as Hoya finlaysonii is receiving enough sunlight and water, fertiliser is not required.
  • However, you can never go wrong with organic fertiliser if you're attempting to cultivate a baby Hoya finlaysonii and are concerned that you could kill it. Another option is to utilise a liquid fertiliser that is simple to diluted.
  • Additionally, remember to water your plant after fertilising it. Additionally, take careful not to overfeed your plant with fertiliser since the salt residue will harm the roots.
  • It takes about two years for the Hoya finlaysonii flower to blossom, therefore patience is required. Determine how often you should water the plant and provide the required fertilisers by carefully observing how it behaves.


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