Hoya versteegii

Hoya Versteegii

The Hoya versteegi is a very rare hoya. This particular hoya has very large, glossy green leaves with a tapered point. The edges of the leaves are ruffled, giving this hoya a unique appearance. It is native to Papua New Guinea. 

The flowers of Hoya versteegi are star-shaped and pure white in color, with no variation in the corona or corollas. 


Hoya versteegii's flowers, which have an infundibuliform corolla and a long, narrow tube, may initially be mistaken for those of other genera, such as Marsdenia s.l.

The corona lobes have revolute margins, albeit greatly reduced, and the pollinia have a narrow sterile edge, which makes the gynostegium more typical of Hoya. Only two other species of Hoya, H. telosmoides Omlor from Borneo and H. papaschonii Rodda from Thailand, have tubular corollas; however, unlike H. versteegii, they are not continuously narrow in either case. Additionally, Hoya versteegii has a corolla tube that is 12 to 15 mm long, while H. telosmoides and H. papaschonii have corolla tubes that are less than 10 mm long. While Hoya versteegii has stiff and coriaceous leaves, both species have much thinner leaves that turn chartaceous when dried.


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Scientific name: Hoya versteegii

Common names: Wax plant, porcelain flower, waxvine

Origin: Papua New Guinea

Flower colour: White

Genus: Hoya

Family: Apocynaceae (Asclepiadaceae)

Kingdom: Plantae

Type:Flowering vine

How to care for

Hoya versteegii

Rare hoyas are rather picky; they tend to show signs of stress at the slightest change in their ideal ranges. However, semi-arid conditions, moderate to high humidity and well-draining soil are a must.


  • Bright, indirect light
  • Temperature range 68-85°F 
  • Humidity above 50%
  • Well-draining organic soil
  • Less watering
  • Fertilizing during the growing season

Hoya versteegii Detail

Light Requirements:

  • The Hoya versteegi needs a lot of good indirect light. However, for tropical plants in particular, more light is not always better. Their familiarity with the sun’s glare and intensity is limited.
  • In fact, the leaves will become scorched and form brown spots if they are exposed to too much sunlight. The Hoya Versteegiprefers a few hours of sunlight in the morning or evening.
  • The Hoya versteegi needs to be situated close to an east or south-facing window so that it can get plenty of bright light throughout the day. If they don't receive enough sunlight, the leaves will become dull, and the stems will become slack.
  • This hoya needs two hours of direct sunlight per day in order to develop its distinctive coloration. However, morning or evening sunlight is best because strong, direct sunlight will cause leaf burn on your hoya.

Temperature Requirements:

  • Temperatures within 68-85°F  are ideal for its growth and survival. If temperatures remain in this range, the plant will thrive.
  • The Hoya versteegi experiences heat stress from excessive heat, which could be problematic. However, there are methods for adjusting to sharp temperature changes. If the temperature gets too high, think about moving the hoya plant to a temporary warmer location.
  • The kitchen and bathroom are ideal locations since they are usually warmer than the rest of the house.

Humidity Requirements:

  • Hoya plants prefer moist environments. In general, this is what tropical plants need. They develop best in conditions of high atmospheric humidity.
  • The plant can also handle some moderate humidity. On the other hand, low humidity can stunt the growth of your plant.
  • For Hoya versteegi, humidity levels above 50% are ideal.
  • You can use a variety of strategies to keep the humidity level high and constant. The use of a humidifier is one option; alternative methods include the use of a pebble tray or a mist spray. Any of these approaches will work to raise the humidity level around your hoya.

Watering Requirements:

  • Water usage needs to change as the seasons change. Starting in late spring and continuing through the beginning of summer, your hoya will need a moderate amount of water. During the hotter months, plants tend to lose moisture at a rapid rate. The plant needs water the most now because it is in its growing season.
  • However, during the fall and winter months, the plant needs less water than it would during the summer. This is the plant’s dormant period. In actuality, they don’t actually need nearly as much water during the winter as you might imagine.
  • Avoid overwatering or submerging your hoya in order to prevent further damage. It's best to hold off on giving the plant any additional water until the soil is completely dry.

Soil Requirements:

  • An ideal soil mixture for the Hoya versteegi is one that drains well. The best soil retains water without suffocating the roots of the plant because it drains well and has lots of air pockets. It might consume water while simultaneously releasing nutrients.
  • Coco coir is a great alternative for people worried about the environmental effects of using peat moss. Coco coir and organic worm castings should be combined and added to well-draining soil.
  • However, the Hoya versteegi shouldn't be allowed to sit in water, so you should add some perlite to the soil to improve drainage and prevent root rot.

Fertilizing Requirements:

  • The foliage of Hoya versteegi plants sometimes requires fertilizer that is high in nitrogen is required. Plant fertilizers with a nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium ratio of 2:1:2 or 3:1:2 are suitable. 
  • The best times to fertilise the plant are once a month in the summer and once every other month in the spring. The plant's growth rate is at its fastest during this stage of its life cycle, so it will need a more regular supply of nutrients. However, there are better times to use fertilisers than in winter. Plants are frequently dormant during this time of year, as befits a time of rest.
  • Regardless of whether the fertiliser is organic or synthetic, it is advised to dilute it by 50%. In this way, fertiliser burn will be prevented.


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