Hoya pubicalyx cv "Silver Pink" is a cultivar of Hoya with dark green leaves with silver markings and lighter green underneath. It is one of the fastest growing Hoyas that I have encountered. Ours in the greenhouse reached 12 feet [nearly 4 meters] in 2 years from a cutting.
Blooming Time: Clusters of attractive, star-shaped, pink flowers edged with white hairs occur in impressive inflorescences in late spring through early summer.
Culture: Hoya pubicalyx cv "Silver Pink" does best in at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day, but also can be grown in bright indirect or curtain-filtered sunlight. Night temperatures of 50 to 65° F [10 to 18° C] and day temperatures of 70° F [21° C] or higher are optimal. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of 1 part peat moss to 1 part loam to 1 part sand or perlite. Water freely during flowering but allow the soil to become almost dry between waterings. Fertilize every 2 months in spring and summer with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. During the winter rest period, the plant should be watered sparingly with only enough moisture to keep the foliage from shriveling. Do not remove the peduncles on which new flowers are produced every year.
Propagation: Hoya pubicalyx cv "Silver Pink" can be propagated at anytime by air layering or by stem cuttings. A portion of the stem including one or more pairs of leaves will quickly produce roots in water or damp sand.
Hoya pubicalyx cv "Silver Pink" was featured as Plant of the Week May 24-30, 2002.
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