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Hoya carnosa 'Mathilde'

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Hoya 'Mathilde,' also known as Hoya carnosa 'Mathilde' or simply Hoya mathilde, is a popular cultivar of the Hoya carnosa species. It is a hybrid between Hoya carnosa and Hoya serpens. Here are some key characteristics and care tips for Hoya 'Mathilde':

  1. Appearance:

    • Hoya 'Mathilde' is known for its compact and trailing growth habit. It produces clusters of small, fragrant flowers that resemble those of Hoya carnosa but are typically smaller in size.
  2. Leaves:

    • The leaves are typically small, succulent, and elliptical. They are often a dark green color with a slightly glossy texture.
  3. Flowers:

    • The flowers of Hoya 'Mathilde' are star-shaped and usually have a pale pink to lavender color. They are known for their sweet and pleasant fragrance.
  4. Growth Habit:

    • This Hoya cultivar is well-suited for hanging baskets or trailing down from elevated surfaces. It can also be trained to climb with proper support.
  5. Light Requirements:

    • Hoya 'Mathilde' prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate lower light levels. Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight for extended periods, as this can scorch the leaves.
  6. Watering:

    • Allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Like many Hoyas, it is more tolerant of drought than overwatering. Water sparingly during the winter months when the plant is in a dormant phase.
  7. Temperature:

    • Maintain a warm and consistent temperature for optimal growth. Hoya 'Mathilde' prefers temperatures between 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 27 degrees Celsius).
  8. Humidity:

    • While Hoyas can adapt to average humidity levels, they appreciate higher humidity. If you live in a dry climate, consider increasing humidity by misting the plant or placing a humidity tray nearby.
  9. Soil:

    • Use a well-draining potting mix that allows excess water to escape. A mix containing perlite, orchid bark, and peat is suitable.
  10. Fertilization:

    • Feed with a balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer) to support healthy growth. Reduce or eliminate fertilization during the dormant period.

Hoya 'Mathilde' is a favorite among Hoya enthusiasts for its charming appearance and ease of care. As with any plant, individual care requirements may vary, so it's always beneficial to monitor the specific needs of your 'Mathilde' and adjust care accordingly.