*SALE* Hoya Benitotanii
+ Comes in a 6" pot
Originally from the Philippines. First documented by collector David Bicknell and named after Benito Tan, who was the head of the herbarium at the Singapore Botanical garden. Originally referred to as Hoya gigantanganensis.
CLASSIFICATION / GENUS:
Apocynacea (milkweed plant) / Hoya
Mature leaves are large, ranging from 4-8 inches in length, and 2-3 inches in width. May require support due to the weight of its leaves.
This plant can exist outdoors in zones 10a-11. It does not like being in temperatures below 40 degrees F. This plant prefers warm and humid conditions to get it to bloom.
Low maintenance, great beginner plant.
Bright indirect light, direct sun can scorch its leaves. Can also thrive in low light conditions, but is not favorable.
Like most Hoya plants, these are succulents and require very little water. Water weekly during the summer, and even less in winter time. It is even ok to skip a watering, as they do like to dry out before the next watering. They are sensitive to overwatering.
General all purpose soil, heavily mixed in with bits of charcoal, perlite, and bits of bark. Orchid mix will sometimes have all three of these items to mix in with an all purpose soil. add in some bits of bark as well. Hoyas like to be pot bound, so only upsize when ready.
DOES IT FLOWER?
Yes, but is considered a difficult bloomer.
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 due to overwatering.
WINTER TRAVEL: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PURCHASE A HEAT-PACK (FOUND WITHIN OUR STORE) IF THE PLANT IS TRAVELING IN BELOW 50 DEGREE WEATHER.