Hoya onychoides is a vine or creeper native to Papua New Guinea. Its striking flowers draw attention and admiration, especially when each bloom opens anew with pristine white petals, zig-zagged by dense spirals of darker red and burgundy corona. In the middle of each flower sits a star-shaped patch of vinous color, perfectly complementing the unique shape of the whole bloom.
Despite its exotic look, growing Hoya is not difficult. They thrive when provided with semi-shade exposure and regular watering. Be sure to thoroughly soak the soil and ensure plenty of drainage, then let it dry until the topmost layer feels dry to the touch. Moderately water the vine in the height of summer, but do not over-water, as this could be fatal to the plant.
In horticulture, the USDA Hardiness Zone 9-11 is located in warm regions with mild winters and hot summers. While in cold regions, Hoya plants are usually grown in pots and taken indoors during winter months. When growing Hoya in a pot in colder climates, try to simulate the warmer conditions of its native habitat. Place the pots in bright light, but avoid direct sunlight, and feed your plants with a balanced fertilizer during the growing season. Regularly check the soil and, if necessary, water slightly more often than usual in summer months. If the winter temperatures are quite low, hibernate the pots until next season.
In conclusion, with its vibrant deep red and burgundy blooms, and relatively easy suit ability for both indoor and outdoor growth, Hoya onychoides makes for a truly eye-catching addition to any garden. With the proper light, temperature, and water, you can enjoy its exquisite magnificence for years to come.