Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated)(albo)

Hoya Latifolia (Outer Margin Variegated)

The Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated) is a lovely houseplant that produces large, textured leaves with creamy white and sometimes pink spots on the margins of the leaves. New leaves appear along the lengthy stems used for climbing.


The inflorescence consists of a number of hanging or more upright flowers arranged in an umbel. The flowers are a light cream colour. They appear to be made of wax and are born in clusters with a star-like shape. The surface of the flower is smooth and devoid of the tiny hairs typical of many other Hoya. They have a strong scent.

Like all Hoya species, H. latifolia (outer margin variegated) bears flowers on spurs. These emerge from the axils of the leaves and stem; they may not bear flowers at first, but eventually buds will appear from the tips of the spurs. These same spurs produce new flowers every season, so they shouldn't be harmed or taken away.

The plant blooms from spring until late summer; on the same peduncle, it can produce umbels of 10 to 30 tiny star-shaped flowers that develop gradually over the course of 2 to 3 weeks. Early in the evening is when the scent is strongest.


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Scientific name: Hoya latifolia ssp variegated

Common names: Wax plant, porcelain flower, waxvine

Origin: Southeast Asia

Flower colour: light cream

Genus: Hoya

Family: Apocynaceae (Asclepiadaceae)

Kingdom: Plantae

Type:Flowering vine

How to care?

Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated)

The care requirements for Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated) are almost the same as that of other hoyas.


  • Low watering
  • Organic fertilizing 
  • Temperature range between 55-70 degrees F
  • Humidity above 60%
  • Bright indirect light
  • Well-draining organic soil

Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated) Detail

Light Requirements:

  • The proper amount of light is crucial for Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated) maintenance. The foliage provides valuable information about the lighting conditions to which it is adapted. Large leathery leaves indicate low light levels in forest understory areas.
  • Similar to that, if you live close to the equator, you can grow Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated) protected from direct sunlight but in bright shade or dappled light.
  • If you live in a northern zone, you should grow Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated) by an east window that gets plenty of sunlight during the winter.
  • Giving it a permanent spot in your garden room under grow lights is another excellent way to provide it with care throughout the entire year.

Temperature Requirements:

  • Hoya species require different levels of warmth; there isn't really a one-size-fits-all solution. You need to understand which temperature range—warm, moderate, or cool—works best for your species.
  • Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated) care is best in regions that are relatively cooler. Long-term growth is possible at temperatures of around 70°F (20°C).
  • Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated) is not cold hardy, so it cannot be grown below 55°F (13°C). At the first sign of frost, it will undoubtedly perish.
  • If you live in a cold climate, I would advise you to grow Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated) indoors year-round in comfortable room temperatures.
  • Winter temperatures will cause the plant to go dormant, but it will survive if kept indoors.

Humidity Requirements:

  • As these plants are native to climates with moderate to high humidity, controlling humidity is a crucial part of Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated) care.
  • In their natural habitat, where they are exposed to intense monsoon, they actually thrive at rates as high as 60%. Despite this, their thick leaves make them quite tolerant of dryness.
  • Winter months could present a challenge for growing Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated) in colder climates due to the dryness that is similar to a desert indoors. This plant can withstand high humidity levels.
  • Make sure to take care of your Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated) during the winter by using a humidifier and giving it the occasional wipedown with a wet sponge.
  • Finally, a crucial Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated) care tip is to never leave the foliage wet because doing so invites diseases.

Watering Requirements:

  • This Hoya has a certain level of succulence to endure a protracted dry season. However, during the summer, Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated) care necessitates some even moisture and humidity.
  • To grow Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated), use a once-weekly to once-every-ten-days watering cycle. Between waterings, the roots droop by 50%. Utilizing rainwater that has been stored is a practical Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated) care tip.
  • If your plant is very young and has fleshy stems, it needs to be watered a little more frequently. An established plant that has woodier stems can withstand draughts better.
  • Winters are the time when you should reduce watering. 
  • One essential Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated) care tip is that the soil proportions must be exact. It's important to get the watering right because waterlogged soil often results from watering errors.

Soil Requirements:

  • The environment of a Southeast Asian rain forest must be recreated when caring for Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated). These epiphytic tree climbers can be found in the understory of forests.
  • In their natural habitat, they frequently grow on surfaces other than soil, and the roots are frequently visible.
  • Air, rainwater, forest debris gathered around the roots, and rotting host tree bark are all sources of nutrients for them.
  • Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated) can be grown indoors in a mixture of 50% organic clumps, such as bits of bark, charcoal, coco husk, or sphagnum moss, and 50% perlite or vermiculite.
  • Use a fistful of sterile garden compost to thoroughly mix the mixture. This will provide the roots with everything they require, including excellent drainage, aeration, moisture retention, and a solid object to anchor themselves to.
  • Use a high-quality orchid medium that is already on the market for simple Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated) care. Add bark or charcoal flakes to the muesli to give it a chunky texture.

Fertilizing Requirements:

  • Hoyas don't actually require a lot of fertiliser. It is recommended to grow Hoya latifolia (outer margin variegated) from the moment it is potted on a strict organic diet.
  • It works just fine to combine a lot of decomposed leaf and bark material with organic manure purchased from a store. For epiphytes like Hoya, slow-release feeds over chemical fertilisers are recommended.
  • It is recommended to use a liquid organic type that is simple to dilute and doesn't build up harmful salts in the soil.
  • Winter is the time to stop feeding the plant because it burns the roots.


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