Hoya latifolia ˈBaiBuaˈ

Hoya Latifolia 'BaiBua'

Hoya latifolia 'BaiBua' is a large-leaved hoya endemic to  Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. Formerly classed as Macrophylla, these plants have been reclassified as Hoya latifolia. The Baibua variety is popular because of the gorgeous combination of green and yellow in its leaves and the fact that its leaves curl rather than staying flat as the plant matures. When Fully grown, these plants stand at 11-18 inches.


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Scientific name: Hoya Latifolia variegated

Common names: Hoya 'Baibua'

Origin:  Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

Flower colour: N/A

Genus: Hoya

Family: Apocynaceae (Asclepiadaceae)

Kingdom: Plantae

Type:Flowering vine

How to care for

Hoya latifolia 'BaiBua'

Hoya latifolia 'BaiBua' is a tropical plant that thrives in warm, humid environments and is native to the forests of Indonesia and Malaysia. It has a bad reputation for being a fussy plant, but the care requirements for it are straightforward and only require some maintenance.


  • Bright indirect light. 
  • Temperature range 16-28 degrees
  • Humidity requirements 60% and above
  • Well-draining soil
  • Less watering
  • Organic fertilizing once or twice a month.

Hoya latifolia 'BaiBua' Detail

Light Requirements:

  • Indirect, yet bright, light is ideal for Hoya latifolia 'BaiBua'. If you really can't think of anywhere else to put them, at least try to find a spot where the leaves get as little direct sunlight as possible.
  •  The intriguing leaves will turn a reddish pink in the sun, but prolonged exposure to strong rays will cause them to brown and fall off. 
  • The onset of white spots on your leaves is a sign that they are being sun burnt, and the plant should be moved out of direct sunlight immediately.

Temperature Requirements:

  • Depending on the season, the summertime temperature should be reasonable and not exceed 24 degrees C or stay under 16 degrees C during the winters. 
  • During the hot summer months, it is advised to grow the Hoya latifolia 'BaiBua'  outdoors, such as on a balcony or porch. It must not, however, be left in sweltering heat because that would be harmful to the plant.
  • Avoid putting your plant in a room where the temperature is likely to drop suddenly.

Humidity Requirements:

  • Considering that Hoya latifolia 'BaiBua' is native to areas with moderate to high levels of humidity, controlling humidity is a crucial part of their maintenance.
  • Their thick leaves allow them to tolerate dryness rather well, but a humidity range at 60% is ideal for growth. 
  • Use a humidifier and occasionally wipe down your Hoya with a moist sponge to ensure proper upkeep during the winter.

Watering Requirements:

  • An important gardening tip for Hoya latifolia 'BaiBua' is to water it moderately. Rainwater at room temperature is preferred.

  • Water the plant once the topsoil has dried to a depth of 2 to 3 cm. There simply has to be two applications every week during the summer. After each irrigation, the earth must completely dry out.

  • Hoya latifolia 'BaiBua' should be watered if the soil is dry to two inches in depth; if so, it is time to water the plant. 
  • Utilize a container with drainage holes and place a tray beneath it to catch any additional moisture that results from this.
  • Bottom water the hoya during the winter season to avoid root rot.

Soil Requirements:

  • It's advised that Hoya latifolia 'BaiBua' be planted in a well-balanced, well-drained soil mixture. 
  • Half standard potting soil (or coir) with a quarter perlite (and, optionally, another quarter of orchid bark). Similar to the orchid, these chunkier vines benefit from having larger particles of bark added to their soil.
  •  However, water may pass through orchid bark very fast, so it's important to make sure the plant isn't drying out too much.

Fertilizing Requirements:

  • Feeding Hoya latifolia 'BaiBua' in the summer is suggested. Once or twice a month should be adequate if the plant is grown in a healthy substrate.
  • It is recommended to water the bloom completely before adding the fertiliser to prevent fertiliser from unintentionally landing on the leaves and stems. Liquid fertiliser, which needs to be diluted with water before use, will work best for this succulent.
  • As hoyas are prone to leaf burn, it is advised to put organic fertilisers on them.


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