Hoya australis ‘Lisa’ is a stunning variegated cultivar of Hoya australis. New leaves emerge a shocking pink that fades to give way to a beautifully variegated leaf with cream and multiple shades of green. As with all variegated plants, each new leaf is unexpected and a delight to grow. Blooms are a pure white and have an intense sweet fragrance.
The genus Hoya is a group of largely epiphytic flowering plants native to mainly Southeast Asia with many species also native to Australia. As such, it is relatively easy to grow and flower in our local tropical climate.
Keep your Hoyas generally in bright shade. A few hours of gentle direct sunlight can encourage faster growth and more blooms. Do not cut off the flower stalks, which are also known as peduncles, as Hoyas can re-bloom from the same stalk over and over again. It is fairly common for Hoyas to 'abort' blooms and new leaves, but do not worry too much as they can easily bounce back. Instead, ensure that the plant is getting sufficient light, and is not over or under-watered. To prevent over watering, make sure succulent leaves are slightly soft and that the medium is completely dry before watering.
Light: Bright shade to some gentle direct sunlight
Water: Water when medium is completely dry or when leaves loose turgidity