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Tips on how to Look after The Hoya pubicalyx Or Harlequin Porcelain Vine

I’ve been having fun with the beautiful aroma of the blooms of my Hoya pubicalyx ‘Splash‘ each evening as I shut the sliding door in my sunroom. Learn right here how I began this plant. I even have one in the lounge and it smells great as I wend my technique to mattress. I’ve discovered they don’t scent nearly as good in the course of the day, however at evening, all the sunroom and front room scent like heaven! I usually have crops blooming within the sunroom that scent good solely at evening, together with Epiphyllum oxypetalum or Queen of the Night time, different hoyas, and one in every of my sansevieria/dracaena. This Hoya pubicalyx has not solely wonderful-smelling flowers, however they’re stunning. Additionally referred to as the Harlequin Porcelain vine, let’s learn the way to look after it so you can also have flowers like this and the great aroma in your house.

Hoya platyclada

Hoya pubicalyx bloom


The very first thing to learn about hoyas, generally, is that they develop as epiphytes in rainforest jungles. The vines scramble by way of the treetops discovering mild the place they will. Subsequently, they don’t want full solar however like shiny mild. I’ve totally different hoyas in an east publicity, south publicity, and within the sunroom and they’re blooming effectively in these home windows. Those within the south window do higher a foot or so from the window as I’ve a Hoya pubicalyx near a south window and it’s pink from solar stress which doesn’t damage the plant, however some individuals don’t admire the totally different coloration of the foliage.


As a result of they’re normally epiphytes, hoyas don’t develop within the floor however crevices of bushes with their roots rising in plant particles. Subsequently, it wants a well-drained potting combine because it likes loads of air round its roots. Many individuals add orchid bark to their hoya potting combine for higher aeration and extra oxygen. I’ve discovered they like to be cosy of their pots as effectively, so don’t up-pot them except it’s needed. 


The nectar does drip excessively from hoya flowers, so pay attention to that. Whether it is dripping on my tile sunroom ground, it isn’t an issue, however whether it is dripping in your couch, it might be an issue so be cognizant of the place you place your plant. 

nectar dripping

There’s extreme sticky nectar that drips from the flowers

hoya nectar

The nectar dripped onto this amaryllis leaf under


Hoya flowers develop from a flower spur referred to as a peduncle. It could be tempting to trim it off after flowering such as you would deadhead an annual akin to a geranium, however resist the urge. Your hoya will flower from that very same peduncle time and again. I’m undecided methods to “depend the rings” however I feel mine has bloomed at the very least 8 or extra occasions from this peduncle under. If you realize for positive, let me know. Learn extra concerning the care of your hoya after it blooms.


Hoyas are straightforward to begin from cuttings and you may learn how I began this plant from cuttings right here. The one factor wanted is one leaf (extra is preferable) and a bit of stem, which is the important thing. In case you don’t have a bit of stem hooked up to the leaf, learn what occurs to your hoya.  

hoya publicalyx

This inflorescence has buds and open blooms.

In conclusion

The Hoya pubicalyx is a superb plant and I really like the speckled foliage of this one and the profusion of flowers it sends out. And I can’t say sufficient concerning the great smelling blooms! Do you’ve gotten this hoya or some other hoya in your assortment? Is it blooming? Let me know within the feedback

Have an excellent week, plant pals!


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