Hoya australis 'Lisa'

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Scientific Name
Hoya australis (Hoy's southern plant) 'Lisa'

Common Name
Hoya Lisa, Wax Plant Lisa, Porcelain Flower, Variegated Hoya Australis

Native to tropical rainforests in Australia

The Hoya Lisa is a recent hybrid of the Hoya australis plant, which itself was discovered on the northeastern coast of Australia in the 1700s. Hoyas, or Wax Plants, like to vine and climb even as houseplants so make sure you have somewhere for them to climb on! The 'Lisa' variety stands out from other Hoyas thanks to its stunning colouring; the thick, waxy leaves morph from deep green on the edges to creamy paler green and yellow in the centre. As with any variegation, this will need a little more light than other Hoyas to maintain its colours; the Hoya Lisa will thrive especially with a splash of morning sun. Pick the right spot and take care not to over-water and the Hoya Lisa will reward you with vibrant, standout foliage- and if it's really happy and healthy, with clusters of white, star-shaped flowers with a scent like sweet vanilla and chocolate!

Thrives in bright, indirect light, and will benefit from a splash of morning or evening sun. Make sure it gets 1-2 hours of direct sunlight in autumn and winter, throughout its dormant period.

Allow the top third of the soil to dry out between waters, and reduce watering in winter and in dimmer spots. Make sure you don't leave any water sitting in the foliage (or flowers) as this can cause damage.

Used to a rainforest environment, this plant likes it humid; introduce a humidity tray if possible, and hose down the leaves regularly to keep them free of dust. If the leaves start to brown and curl, this is a sign that the air is too dry.

Use an anthurium mix and repot every three years in spring as the plant grows. If it's flowering, keep it pot-bound a little longer to prevent it getting shocked by the move and losing flowers.

Feed every four waters throughout the year. To tailor your feeding even more, look for a Nitrogen-heavy fertiliser when the foliage needs to develop more, and to encourage flowers once it's mature look for one with higher Potassium (K) content, like tomato feed.

Ideal temperature is between 18-24°C; make sure it does not get colder than 15°C in winter.

Hoya are not toxic but can have bad reactions for your pets, including vomiting/ diarrhoea

Sprouts Top Tips
While this plant likes it humid, it does not like soggy soil- make sure not to over-water it. Keep an eye out for yellowing leaves, especially those closer to the soil, to spot this early and reduce the frequency of your waters before the roots are damaged.


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