It is an evergreen vine or creeper, native to the Himalayas and commonly grown as an epiphyte in semi-shade. The plant is a small shrub reaching just 2-5 ft in height. Hoya retusa produces white or off-white flowers with red centers, which bloom in the Summer season. This plant is also known as Grass-leafed Hoya.
Hoya retusa is a low-maintenance plant, a moderately watered one that once established can require less watering. It is a hardy plant, able to withstand temperatures as low as 35F (USDA hardiness zone 9-11). Since it is adapted to mountaineous conditions, Hoya retusa can do well in cooler regions.
When planted in containers in cold regions, some extra care is needed to ensure this plant thrives. It requires light, well-drained soil, and it is advised to use an organic-rich potting mix. It is also important to water the plant regularly and use a balanced fertilizer during the growth period. During cooler months, the amount of water should be reduced, but the pot should be sheltered from direct sunlight and kept out of frost.
In addition to its attractive foliage and flowers, Hoya retusa is easy to propagate. Cuttings taken in the Spring and Summer season root easily and can be transplanted into new pots or garden beds. To make sure they take, it is important to keep the soil moist during the first few weeks.
Hoya retusa is an ideal addition to any garden, given its ease of care and ability to thrive in different climates. It's a resilient, low-maintenance plant that can survive in colder regions, given their extra protection and care. It also provides a lovely show of flowers in the Summer season, making it a great pick for gardens of all sizes.