HOYA ODORATA syn. HOYA CEMBRA
Hoya odorata is a native of the Philippines, and is a small, non-twining shrub with perfumed flowers.
The Hoya odorata leaves are thin and a rich copper to deep pink colored when young. The stems have an upright habit until they begin to flex as they grow longer.
The flowers are white with a yellowish centre wonderfully fragrant and have a crisp, clean, waxy appearance.
The fragrance is somewhat citrus-like but sweet. Unusually for Hoyas, the flowers seem to be very seasonal, forming in the autumn. This plant has moderate to slow growth.
Most Hoya are well suited to hanging baskets or ladders and can be grown indoors under pot culture in a warm position but flowering is sometimes difficult.
Dig the hole twice the size of the pot and plant level with the surrounding soil. Mounding can help with wetter soils. The vine will enjoy most soil types but prefers well drained gravelly soils, moist but not wet, warm but frost free above 4 degrees C. Mulch well to conserve water.
Prune after flowering but don’t cut off flower buds as flowers appear each year on the same bud. Fertilise during growing period and withdraw water in the colder months.
ENJOY THIS GREAT HOYA!