Hoya Conditions in the Wild

This list was derived from information that the late, great David Liddle provided for conditions where some Hoyas were found in the wild.  It is a great place to start when you are wondering about the appropriate environment for the Hoya that you want to grow.

H. albiflora – 2 monsoon region. Moisture necessary, moderate indirect light.

H. aldrichii – Grows slightly dry and warm.

H. archboldiana – Lowland trees and shrubs, high indirect light. Let it grow dryer in winter.

H. bella – From moist highland rain forest…constant moisture. Cool

H. bhutanica – Grows dryer, moderate light.

H. bordenii – Grows shady, moist, cool dim to moderate light.

H. callistophylla – From dark, deep shade. Grows wet.

H. campanulata – Found at edge of forest. High humidity and light.

H. caudate – High humidity and air movement.

H. cembra – Likes light and grows dryish.

H. citrina – Double monsoon area. From mangroves – moisture. Understory plant.

H. curtisi – Moist. Deep shade. Don’t let it get dry.

H. davidcummingii – Found near Lake Bulisan in moderate shade.

H. dennisii – Deep shade.

H. deykei – Double monsoon area. Likes warm and shady, hates cold and wet.

H. doliocosparte – Found in a cleared forest under a log.

H. engleriana – Found at high altitude where it got fog at night during the dry season. Getting dry would probably kill the plant.

H. erythrina – Grows in understory with little light and lots of air movement.

H. erythrostemma – Found beside a river, shady, moist, good air movement.

H. flavida – Cool is OK.

H. fusca – Likes deep shade, moisture.

H. glabra – A wet forest climber, not full sun.

H. halophila – Found in mangrove swamps. Shade. Humidity.

H. hypolasia – High humidity. Air movement is the key.

H. inconspicua – Coastal. + light.

H. kanyakumariana – would not like to grow wet.

H. kerrii – grow open and dry.

H. latifolia – Shade. Understory plant.

H. linearis – Grows dryish and cool.

H. lobbii IML 1161 – Found along streams, shady, humid.

H. loheri – Grows dryish and shady.

H. macgillivrayi – Single monsoon area. Moderate light, grow dryish in winter.

H. magnifica – Found in high altitude, in shade and lots of water.

H. megalaster – Found in deep shade, in the understory in the rainforest. High humidity.

H. mindorensis – Shade grower.

H. naumanii – Found in the understory, moist, low light.

H. nummularoides – Grows dryish.

H. odetteae – Grows moist but not wet in shade.

H. obtusifolia – From mountain areas + moisture + humidity

H. pachyclada – Grows dryish. Capable of withstanding long periods of drought.

H. padangensis – Grows dryish.

H. parviflora – Less light – grow like H. carnosa.

H. purpureo-fusca – Grows in midstory of forest, dim light + humidity.

H. pusilla – Dim light. + water + humidity.

H. sariae – From shady jungle.

H. scortechinii – Grow moist.

H. sp. 1280 aff. H. kentiana – Not too wet.

H. subglabra – Moderate to cool. Moderate light. Found in high altitude growing in the grass in an aging moss forest.

H. revoluta – Found at beach edge. Warm and lots of water.

H. rigida – Found in mangrove swamp with high humidity and moderate to bright light.

H. thomsonii – Found on rocks next to a stream. Grow cool, deep shade, high humidity. Air flow.

H. waymaniae – Found in understory, deep shade.