Hoya kentiana (inner variegation)

Hoya Kentiana (Inner Variegated)

Like many other Hoya species, the Hoya kentiana is Southeast Asian in origin. In the Philippines' jungles, it is in great supply. The Hoya kentiana grows best in tropical rainforests since they are warm, humid, and have lots of trees to climb.

Hoya kentiana (Inner variegated) is primarily prized for its foliage. The blades are narrow, dark green, and virtually "bent" along the length of the leaf, similar to string beans. The flowers have a puffy ball shape and the petals have a backward bend and are a rosy lilac colour with a darker crown. The Hoya Kentiana stands out because it blooms at night, when insects aren't usually involved in pollination. Nevertheless, bats and moths do, which is why their delicious butterscotch aroma is useful.

The variegated variety of Hoya kentiana is called Hoya kentiana (Inner variegated), and is even more rare than its non-variegated version. Hoya kentiana (Inner variegated) possesses the typical H. Kentiana's narrow, thick leaves but is splashed with creamy yellow to pink variegation. The result is a spectacular display of colour that will only improve as the plant matures. 

Colors, from green to crimson, are vivid and diverse when grown under direct sunlight.The leaves on the long branches are about 5-9 cm in length and 2 cm in width, and they have a lanceolate shape with a thick, glossy surface and a pointy tip. They provide certain colours (such green, cream, yellow, pink, lime, and red) their hues. The leaves have a narrow, dark green margin that outlines their irregular shape and adds visual interest. The newest leaves are a delicate pink, then they age to a buttery yellow and lime green until finally becoming a deep scarlet red. Hoya carnosa 'Tricolor' has umbels of purple flowers that are spherical and number between 20 and 30 per inflorescence. Their outer layer lacks the tiny hairs found on most other hoias, giving them a smooth appearance. The flowers have a caramel-like scent and last for about a week. Plants of the genus Hoya carnosa 'Tricolor' do best when hung in a sunny spot in the east.


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Scientific name: Hoya kentiana

Common names: Hoya Tricolor

Origin: Phillippines.

Flower colour: Reddish purple flowers on a spur

Genus: Hoya

Family: Apocynaceae (Asclepiadaceae)

Kingdom: Plantae

Type: Flowering vine


Bright, indirect light

Hoya kentiana (Inner variegated) Detail

Light Requirements:

  • Plenty of strong indirect light is required for the Hoya kentiana (Inner variegated). However, more light is not always better, especially for tropical plants. They haven't had much experience with the sun's glare and intensity.
  • In fact, if the leaves are exposed to too much sunshine, they will become scorched and develop brown spots. A few hours of sunlight in the morning or evening are ideal for the Hoya kentiana.
  • The Hoya kentiana (Inner variegated) should be placed next to a south or east-facing window, where it will receive bright light for several hours each day. The leaves will turn a dull colour and the stems will get floppy if they don't get enough sunlight.
  • If you desire to indue the striking coloration that this hoya is famous for, you need to provide it with 2 hours of direct sunlight. However, morning or evening sunlight is ideal; harsh, direct sunlight will cuas eyour hoya to develop leaf burn.

Temperature Requirements:

  • The Hoya kentiana is typically found in warmer climates. Because of this, the optimal range for its growth and survival is between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius (59-86 degrees Fahrenheit ). The plant will do best in its intended environment if temperatures stay within this range.
  • Excessive heat stresses the Hoya kentiana, potentially leading to problems. There are, however, strategies available for adapting to extreme temperature swings. Take into account relocating the hoya plant to a temporarily warmer location if the temperature rises too high.
  • During the warmer months of summer and early spring, the Hoya kentiana thrives in outdoor settings. Conversely, it needs to be brought inside throughout the fall and winter months.

Humidity Requirements:

  • Hoya plants prefer humid conditions. In general, this is what tropical plants need. They develop best in conditions of high atmospheric humidity.
  • Also, the plant can tolerate a moderate amount of humidity. Low humidity, on the other hand, can cause your plant’s growth to stunt. 
  • There are a number of tactics you can employ to maintain a constant and increased humidity level. One option is to use a humidifier, while others include a pebble tray or a mist spray. If you want to increase the humidity surrounding your hoya, either of these solutions will do the trick.

Watering Requirements:

  • Hoya kentiana plants need only a small to moderate amount of water to thrive. Therefore, the plant does not require constant watering.
  • Seasonal changes need a shift in water usage. Your hoya will require a moderate amount of water beginning in late spring and continuing through early summer. During the hotter months, plants tend to lose moisture at a rapid rate. It's the plant's growing season, so that's when it needs water the most.
  • However, during the fall and winter months, the plant needs less water than it would during the summer. During these times, the plant is dormant. In fact, throughout the winter they don't require nearly as much water as you might think.
  • Do not cause any additional damage to your hoya by either underwatering or overwatering it. It's best to wait until the soil is dry before giving the plant any more water.

Soil Requirements:

  • The Hoya kentiana (Inner variegated) thrives in a well-drained soil mixture. A soil that drains properly and has plenty of air pockets is ideal since it retains water without suffocating the plant's roots. It may take in water and then release nutrients at the same time.
  • For those who are concerned about the environmental impact of using peat moss, coco coir is a fantastic substitute. Mix coco coir with organic worm castings and add it to soil that drains properly.
  • But the Hoya kentiana also shouldn't be sitting in water, so you should add some perlite to the soil to help it drain better and stop the roots from rotting.

Fertilizing Requirements:

  • Hoya kentiana (Inner variegated) plants are grown for their foliage. So, more nitrogen-rich fertiliser is needed. Home plant fertilisers with a 2:1:2 or 3:1:2 nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium ratio are appropriate. Increased plant life will result from this.
  • Every month during the summer and every other month during the spring is a good time to fertilise the plant. In this phase of the plant's life cycle, the plant's growth rate is highest, hence it will require a more consistent intake of nutrients. However, fertilisers shouldn't be used in the winter. As befits a period of rest, plants are often dormant during this time of year.
  • It is recommended to dilute the fertiliser by 50%, whether it is organic or synthetic. Fertilizer burn will be avoided in this way.


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