Hoya Australis (8" POT)
+ Comes in an 8" plastic container with hanger.
An infamous saying goes with Hoyas, that their tolerance for neglect is legendary, and ultimately, they will outlive their owners. While this may not be one of the showier leaf Hoyas out there (particularly when compared to its counterpart the Hoya Australis 'Lisa') this is a wonderful trailing glossy green plant, that will produce some of the more fragrant smelling wax flowers of the Hoya species. This Hoya originated from eastern and northern Australia and Indonesia.
CLASSIFICATION / GENUS:
Apocynacea (milkweed plant) / Hoya
Hoya Australis / Australian Waxflower /Bitu-bitu / Wa tavua / Draubibi / Common Waxflower
It is an evergreen climbing vine, which can reach 13 feet - 33 feet if grown outdoors. Indoors this plant can trail up to 6 feet. You will often see its vines reaching out to grab onto something. Its leaves are oblong shaped and can get to be about 2-3 inches long to about 1-2 inches wide
The Australis is considered a somewhat cold-hardy hoya, but that does not mean it should be in conditions lower than 50 degrees F. It does like to have dips in temperature, particularly in the evening. Which is why a northern window may be its best placement.
The Australis prefers bright but diffused light. Its recommended to place on a northerly facing window, without direct sun hitting its leaves, or a couple of feet away from a window. Direct sunlight can lead to sunburn on its glossy leaves, but a good source of light for this plant can lead to bronzing of the leaves and encourage flowering.
Like most Hoya plants, these are succulents and require very little water. Water weekly during the summer, and even less in winter time. Soil should feel dampish bordering on dry before watering. They enjoy the occasional misting as well.
The Australis prefers moisture retentive soil that is well draining. Typical mixes include peat, some fibrous soil (like coir) and sand, along with perlite (or the like). You can also add in small mixtures of chopped coconut husks or orchid bark to your mix as well. Be advised, this does not mean soggy soil, like most Hoyas, water logged pots can lead to root rot.
DOES IT FLOWER?
Yes. This is one of the more fragrant Hoyas out there. It has clusters of 3" in diameter wax flowers that can blossom year-round indoors.
IS IT POISONOUS/TOXIC?
All Hoyas are considered toxic (as they produce sap similar to the milkweed), but not necessarily poisonous, the amount of ingestion varies from animal, but on a whole the ASPCA regards them as safe to have around pets and children.
CAN IT BE PROPAGATED FROM CUTTINGS?
Yes. These can be propagated anytime using stem tip cuttings. The stems produce aerial roots which can root easily when inserted into a moist medium. Allow your cuttings to dry for a day before planting.
Common Pests: Spider Mites and Mealy bugs. / Common diseases: root rot.
WINTER TRAVEL: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PURCHASE A HEAT-PACK (FOUND WITHIN OUR STORE) IF THE PLANT IS TRAVELING IN BELOW 50 DEGREE WEATHER.