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Hoya Plant Care

Posted by Alexander Holdinghausen on

AHoya plants are some of the easiest indoor houseplants to care for. They are slow-growing vining plants native to tropical and subtropical Asia. They are also known as Wax plants due to their thick and shiny foliage. As Hoyas mature, they produce clusters of sweet-smelling star-shaped flowers.

 

Light

Your Hoya will thrive in medium to bright indirect light. It can tolerate lower light but will likely produce flowers if placed in brighter light. The more light it receives, the more vibrant the foliage and the more flowers it will produce.

Water

Water your Hoya when the pot becomes completely dry. Water thoroughly until water flows from the drainage hole on the bottom of the pot. Discard any excess water in the saucer. If your Hoya begins to drop its leaves, most likely it is being watered too much. Hoyas require less water in the winter months.

Humidity

Your Hoya Plant will do just fine in average household humidity.

Temperature

The ideal room temperature for your Hoya is between 15-25 degrees. If the temperature falls below 10 degrees, it will stop growing. Avoid drafts and direct air from heating and cooling vents.

Food

For best results, use a general-purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer at half strength once every month during the spring and summer. There is no need to feed your plant in the winter when growth naturally slows. Before applying any form of fertilizer make sure the soil is damp. Never apply fertilizer to dry soil.

Toxicity

Hoya Plants are non-poisonous to humans and pets.

Additional Care

When Hoya plants mature, they will produce clusters of star-shaped flowers from their tendrils. Do not remove the spent flower stems or tendrils after your Hoya blooms–it will produce flowers on those stems again the next time it blooms. Also, do not move the Hoya after it begins to develop new flower buds. Moving the Hoya could disturb it and cause it to drop the buds before they open.


 

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