Hoya latifolia 'Snow Queen'

Hoya Latifolia 'Snow Queen'

The Hoya latifolia is a hoya that is native to Southeast Asia and Australia. In its natural habitat, it grows in trees and other greenery with the help of special epiphytic structures. Its rapid adaptation to the local tropical climate makes it a simple plant to cultivate. This plant was formerly mistakenly known as Hoya macrophylla, owing to its large leaves.

The large, disc-shaped leaves of this plant are one of its defining characteristics. The striking venation on its fleshy leaves turns a faint shade of red when exposed to direct sunlight.

The Hoya latifolia 'Snow Queen' is a variegated variety of Hoya latifolia 'Snow Queen' and features a silvery variegation that covers almost the entire leaf, giving it a splotchy silver appearance. The leaves almost appear to glow.

Flower

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.

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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Specifications:

Scientific name: Hoya latifolia

Common names: Snow Queen

Origin: Southeast Asia, Malaysia

Flower colour: Light cream to pink

Genus: Hoya

Family: Apocynaceae (Asclepiadaceae)

Kingdom: Plantae

Type:Flowering vine

How to care for

Hoya latifolia 'Snow Queen'

Hoya latifolia 'Snow Queen' 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.

Summary:

  • 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 'Snow Queen' Detail

Light Requirements:

  • Hoya latifolia 'Snow Queen' loves light, and it requires bright lighting for it to grow and develop to its full potential.
  • South facing windows with curtains to provide dappled light are ideal for the H. latifolia 'Snow Queen'.
  • The succulent can go briefly dormant if the length of the day is significantly altered. It is not advised to move or turn the plant-containing container while the buds are being tied. The vine will lose buds in response to even slight changes.

Temperature Requirements:

  • It is dependent on the time of year: the temperature in the summer should be moderate and not go higher than 24 degrees. During the winter, it is necessary to have a drop, ideally 16 degrees.
  • Placing the Hoya latifolia 'Snow Queen' in open air, such as on a balcony or veranda, is recommended during the warm summer months. However, it must not be left in extremely high temperatures because that would be detrimental to this plant.
  • Do not place your plant in areas of the house that are prone to sudden drops in temperature.

Humidity Requirements:

  • Because Hoya latifolia 'Snow Queen' is native to regions with moderate to high humidity, managing humidity is an essential component of their care.
  • They actually thrive at rates as high as 60% in their natural habitat, which is exposed to intense monsoon. Despite this, they are quite tolerant of dryness due to their thick leaves.
  • Due to the dryness that is similar to a desert indoors, winter months could present a challenge for growing Hoya latifolia 'Snow Queen'. High humidity levels won't harm this plant.
  • During the winter, make sure to take good care of your Hoya by using a humidifier and occasionally wiping it down with a wet sponge.
  • Last but not least, a vital piece of advice for caring for Hoya Latifolia Albomarginata is to never leave the foliage wet because doing so invites diseases.

Watering Requirements:

  • Moderate watering is a crucial gardening tip for Hoya latifolia 'Snow Queen'. Ideally, rainwater or melted ice should be used as the separated, at room temperature water.
  • After the topsoil dries to a depth of 2-3 cm, water the plant. Summertime watering needs only two applications per week. The soil needs to dry out thoroughly after each irrigation.
  • The finger easily reaches two centimetres into the pot due to the Hoya latifolia 'Snow Queen' having relatively soft and airy soil requirements. It is time to add water again if it is dry to the indicated depth, but if the ground is still wet, it is better to wait a few days.
  • Hoya latifolia 'Snow Queen' does not like swampy soil but enjoys water. Use a pot with drainage holes and set a tray underneath to catch any extra moisture because of this.
  • In cold water, growth can be slowed or flowering delayed. It frequently contributes to the development of fungal diseases. Place your hoya in a tray of water during the winter months. This technique is called bottom watering.

Soil Requirements:

  • Hoya latifolia 'Snow Queen' is native to limestone regions; consequently, they favour sweet, alkaline soil, which is one of the characteristics that sets them apart from the majority of houseplants.
  • This indicates that, first and foremost, you should steer clear of peat because of its acidic nature, and, secondly, you should incorporate some crushed eggshells or oyster shells into the mix.
  • They are rich in calcium, and using them is a relatively inexpensive way to make your potted Hoya feel more at home in its environment.
  • The foundation of the mixture should consist of one part perlite for aeration, one part organic orchid mix rich in charcoal, and one part organic cactus mix or regular potting mix.

Fertilizing Requirements:

  • In the summer, feeding Hoya latifolia 'Snow Queen' is advised. If it grows in a good substrate, once or twice a month should be sufficient.
  • To avoid fertiliser accidentally falling on the foliage and stems, it is best to water the flower thoroughly before applying the fertiliser. This succulent is best served by liquid fertiliser, which should be diluted with water before use.
  • It is recommended to use organic fertilizers for hoyas, since they are prone to leaf burn.

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