Meet our very first hybrid, Hoya ‘Maliksi’. It is an open pollinated Hoya patcharawalai 023 (aka icensis) but we are unsure of the pollen father. However, we suspect it to be Hoya erythrina (which was one of the flowering hoyas at the time). It boasts venation on the leaves like erythrina and the flower resembles it as well. As from the mother plant, it can grow big leaves and shows dark margins when exposed to bright light as well.
We chose the name ‘Maliksi’ not only because that is one of our beloved dog’s name but it also means “fast” or “quick” in my native language (Tagalog). This plant grows quick given the proper environment and you’ll also quickly fall in love with it as soon as you receive it.
Please note that the coloration of the leaves vary per plant. You can provide it bright light to get nice sun-tanned leaves.
Recreate conditions under a tree canopy, where plants receive lots of light, but it is filtered through the foliage of the trees above. Your light should be bright enough to cast soft shadows.
Low Humidity: Ideally Above 40%
This Hoya tolerates a drier environment. However, it could still benefit from light humidity care, including misting and grouping together with other houseplants. May require humidifier in cooler, drier months.
Loves Heat: Lowest 70F/21C
This hoya does not do well in cold conditions, so be sure to keep in a greenhouse or other temperature controlled space.
This plant has evolved to shift color when exposed to bright sunlight, much like a human getting a tan. This does not harm the plant with proper care.