Hoya cv. 'sunrise'

Hoya Sunrise

Enterprising plant breeders are always experimenting with breeding techniques to create hybrids. In the case of the Hoyas, cross-pollination has produced some spectacular results. One particular hybrid prized amongst plant collectors is the Hoya cv. 'Sunrise'. A hybrid of Hoya lacunosa and Hoya obscura, this hoya is considered to be a rare and valuable plant. Michael Miyashiro created this plant in 1992

The Hoya cv. 'Sunrise'. is noted for its lovely colouring, which features variegations of deep and yellow-green with purplish red tones reminiscent of a sunrise. The tear-drop-shaped leaves turn a stunning maroon colour when exposed to direct sunlight, highlighting pale veins. The plant puts out honey-smelling white flowers when grown in the shade. When grown in sunlight, it grows pink blooms.


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Scientific name: Hoya lacunosa x Hoya obscura

Common name: Hoya cv. 'Sunrise'.

Genus: Hoya

Family: Apocynaceae

Kingdom: Plantae

Type: Flowering vine

Height: 6-8 feet

Hoya Sunrise Flower Color: White flowers when grown in shade, pink when grown in sunlight.

How to care for your

Hoya cv. 'Sunrise'

The Hoya cv. 'Sunrise' is relatively low maintenance, given its exotic status. It requires minimal watering and works well with 6 hours of indirect sunlight daily.


  • 6 hours of bright, indirect sunlight
  • Medium feeders that thrive in
  • Moderate temperatures (17-25 °C) and
  • High humidity (60-80%) 
  • Less prone to insects and fungal diseases.

Hoya cv. 'Sunrise' Detail

Light Requirements:

  • Hoya cv. 'Sunrise' requires bright indirect sunlight for proper growth. Place your plants near your east-facing windows and use light curtains for diffused sunlight. 
  • In lower light, the plant remains green. You need to sun stress it, i.e, you should place your Hoya cv. 'Sunrise' in direct sunlight to promote the reddish purple variegation. 
  • During the winter season, you can place your Hoya under warm artificial light so that it remains healthy during its dormancy phase.

Temperature Requirements:

  • As with other hoyas, the Hoya cv. 'Sunrise' thrives best in a temperature range of 60-85 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • If you live in a temperate zone, the Hoya cv. 'Sunrise' can grow well outside as well. 
  • During the winter months, ensure your plant is placed in a warm area of your home. You can use heating pads and warm lights for this. Use a pebble tray and warm water to keep your Hoya lacunosa’s soil warm and cozy. 
  • The kitchen and bathroom are two places within a house that remain warm during the winter. You can place your Hoya in these areas to promote growth.

Humidity Requirements:

  • Humidity ranges of 60-80% are best for Hoya Sunrise. 
  • The plant benefits from periodic misting of its leaves during the summer months. You can use a small humidifier or a pebble tray to maintain humidity levels.

Watering Requirements:

  • Only water it when the top two inches of soil is dry. You can check this by inserting your index finger into the potting soil. If the top joint of your finger comes out wet, then you should not water it. However, if it’s dry, it is time to water your Hoya.
  •  During the summer, maintain a flexible watering schedule. Given that Hoya cv. 'Sunrise's active growing season is the summer, it might require more water, and the soil will dry out more quickly.
  • It will not require much watering during the winter.

Soil Requirements:

  • In their natural environment, epiphytes typically do not require much soil because their exposed root systems allow them to absorb water and nutrients from the air.
  • The native habitat of plants must be somewhat mirrored in soil mixtures. You will need loose, well-draining soil that also allows the roots to breathe.
  • Orchid, succulent, or an African Violet mix will be the best choice.

Fertilizing Requirements:

  • In the cooler, darker months, the Hoya cv. 'Sunrise' will benefit from an evenly balanced houseplant fertilizer diluted to half-strength at the 6-week mark.
  • Once or twice a month during the active growth season is enough. 
  • You can use a phosphorus-based fertilizer to promote and support blooming udring the growing months.


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