Flowering Hoya

It has been a long wait since the last flowering of my Hoya nummulariodes. This extremely fragrant Hoya produces 50-cent coin size umbels of flowers. The plastic-like flowers earn Hoya’s common name, Wax flowers, give off very strong fragrance. The fragrance of this particular Hoya is so strong that it is overpowering. It is nice to smell it in the wind but it definitely not if you sniff the flowers under your nose!

Plants_0013 An umbel of flowers (Hoya nummulariodes)

Plants_0016Unlike other Hoyas like Hoya obscura and Hoya lacunosa, Hoya nummulariodes is not a frequent flowering plant. It is a very slow grower and has grow less than a centimetre since I got it in January. The pink-centered white flowers are a sight to behold, the translucent centre of the plant, possibly the stamens, resemble stars.

Hoyas generally need 4-5 hours of sunlight and bright light throughout the day to do well. High humidity is also preferred. Hoya nummulariodes is an easy plant to keep and no repotting is needed. Not only a good candidate for apartment gardens, it is a Hoya and fragrant flowers collector must-have plant!

  1. AiShan
    November 2, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Hi! I came to know about your blog from the ST article on 31Oct…I’m so glad to know abt this blog, its so super informative, thanks for the tips too! The Hoya flowers are really sweet! Wonder if I will be able to get them at the nursery? Are they rare?

    • Richmond Tan
      November 3, 2009 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks a lot! I am glad it helped many of us here. Hoyas are available in most nurseries, and there are so many species to choose from! However there are uncommon species which are only available in some nurseries only. Common ones can be a good start and they are as colourful as the rare ones too!

  2. AiShan
    November 4, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I see…thanks a lot!

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