Hoya kenejiana (Variegated)

Hoya kenejiana (inner variegated)

The Hoya kenejiana (inner variegated) is a beautiful epiphyte from the Hoya Genus, featuring large curly leaves with a greenish yellow to golden variegation in the center of the leaves. It is often referred to as “hoya nugget” and “hoya bacon” among Hoya enthusiasts, due to the curling edges of its leaves. When sun-stressed, these hoyas develop pink or red pigmentation. 

Named by the German botanist Rudolf Schlecter, this plant is native to island of New Guinea. Hoya kenejiana variegata  is a vigorous plant; once established, it grows and blooms profusely. It is regarded as being simple to care for and appropriate for novice hoya growers. It thrives best on a trellis or hanging baskets. 

Hoya kenejiana inner variegated features small waxy blooms that are butter yellow; however, they are not fragnant. These flowers form a striking contrast to the foliage, and if conditions are ideal, they bloom profusley all through the growing season.


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Scientific name: Hoya kenejiana inner variegated 

Common name: Waxflower, waxplant, waxvine

Origin: New Guinea

Flower colour: Butter yellow

Genus: Hoya

Family: Apocynaceae

Kingdom: Plantae

Type: Flowering vine

Common name: Kenjiana Variegata

How to care for your

Hoya kenejiana (inner variegated)

Hoya Kenejiana (inner variegated) has much in common with other hoyas regarding care specifications.

Care Summary:

  • Requires moderate care
  • Indirect, bright diffused sunlight or shade
  • Temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Humidity of 60% and higher.
  • Watering only when soil is dry
  • Low pH range 
  • Well-aerated soil

Hoya kenejiana (inner variegated) Care Detail

Light Requirements:

  • This hoya does not like direct sun, but enjoys bright light. 
  • Inside, it will need a decently light area in order to truly flourish, however it will still get by even in a shadier spot and may be placed practically anywhere in homes or workplaces. 
  • Outside, it will accept filtered sunlight or afternoon shade. If left in the sun's direct rays for too long, it could get sunburned.
  • In bright light, it has a tendency to bronze, which promotes the formation of heavy leaves and flowers.

Temperature Requirements:

  • Hoya kenejiana(inner variegated) prefers temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit as its ideal range. It is a warm-weather plant that does well in a variety of temperatures.
  • It is relatively easy to care for indoors because most homes have the temperatures that the plant prefers.
  • If you reside in a colder climate, snow, winter, and freezing temperatures become problems. It struggles when the temperature is below 55 °F.
  • Keep the interior cosy and warm during the winter. To keep the soil warm, if necessary, place a heating pad or heat pack under the container.

Humidity Requirements:

  • Humidity levels of 60% or greater are ideal for growth. 
  • It can also tolerate humidity levels as low as 50%. It can thrive in many homes as long as the air is not too dry.
  • However, growth frequently thrives at 60% humidity and higher. In order to increase the possibility of the plant flowering in the summer, you should try to increase the humidity.
  • You need to maintain humidity levels as well. You can buy a small humidifier that you can keep near your hoya. The plant also benefits from regular misting.

Watering Requirements:

  • Due to its succulent characteristics, Hoya kenejiana (inner variegated) can store water for a fair amount of time in between waterings. 
  • Water your plants frequently in the summer, but be careful not to overwater
  • Wait until they are completely dry before watering them again. Overwatering can lead to the developement of root rot. 
  • Watering must be done carefully since if given too much water and shade, they have a tendency to swell and develop in an untidy manner.

Soil Requirements:

  • Epiphytes thrive from being planted in a highly well-draining, porous potting media that enables some air to reach the roots; 
  • Typical mixtures include peat, with a little fibrous soil and sand, as well as large-grade drainage material like perlite, pumice, or ceramic balls. 
  • Specialized hoya growers frequently grow their hoya plants in premium orchid potting soil or just with chopped coconut husk.

Fertilizing Requirements:

  • During the growing season, enrich the soil by using a fertiliser that is high in potassium and phosphorus but low in nitrogen. 
  • Nitrogen can make Hoya kenejiana (inner variegated)’s water-logged and soft. This can cause rot to set in.


Hoyas are typically quite simple to grow, especially if maintained free of pests.

  • They are extremely vulnerable to the stem and root mealy bug, which is easily controlled with simple insecticides, and damage from these may well result in the start of a fungus assault.
  • It is crucial to remove any dead or dying stems from the pot as soon as possible to prevent the infection of healthy stems, isolate the healthy stems, dry them off, and re-root them in fresh compost.
  • You can wipe the leaves periodically with a neem oil repellent to protect your hoya.


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