Hoya spartioides is a native of Borneo and was first described in the 1800s. It is a very strange plant made up entirely of peduncles with leaves almost never making an appearance, and if they do, they are very short lived. I have read on the internet that they come from dry and harsh conditions. This information is not in keeping with how I care for my plant. The very pretty flowers only last a day.
I have wanted Hoya spartioides for a long time as I am partial to strange plants. About 3 1/2 months ago I spotted on Ebay the saddest example of the species that I had ever seen. There was two miserly little little stalks planted in an angelfish planter. Fortunately for me not many people could see the potential in what was offered as I stole the plant for $32. The seller was clear that the plant came bare root without the planter, which didn’t hurt my feelings any, because it was some kind of awful! Well, I have turned that miserly little plant completely around and tripled the number of stalks to six. Not only that, but I took that poor plant, which languished on a West Texas TV console, in an angelfish planter, and made it bloom!
I keep my plant moist at all times and never allow it to dry out. I give it strong artificial light, but feel that it would even do better with stronger lighting. I am about to begin some trials with LED lighting and will report back on how this species responds to it.