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Hoya Care: The Complete Guide

Hoya Care: The Complete Guide

Hoyas, known for their cascading vines and fragrant flowers, bring charm to any indoor garden. Whether you’re a green-thumbed enthusiast or just starting your plant journey, Hoyas offer a wonderful combination of beauty and resilience.

THE SCIENCE

Family: Asclepiadoideae

Genus: Hoya

Commonly: wax plant, porcelain flower plant

THE BASICS

WATER

Hoyas prefer slightly drier conditions compared to other houseplants – they’re close to succulents in nature! Allow the top few inches of soil to dry between soaks.

LIGHT

These plants are pretty versatile about lighting conditions - they’ll thrive in bright, indirect light but can adapt to lower lighting levels.

Providing ample light encourages growth and flowers in some varieties!

HUMIDITY & TEMP

Hoyas can tolerate average home conditions but will enjoy a bit of extra moisture in the air, so offer a humidifier or pebble tray where possible in drier conditions.

Keep temperatures consistent, avoiding drafts and sudden fluctuations throughout the seasons.

THE NITTY GRITTY

SOIL

A well-draining mix with chunky media like perlite and orchid bark are best to promote root development and prevent rot.

Try our signature, hand-blended mix: Dirt Bag!

Repot every 1-2 years to refresh nutrients and give the plant space to grow.

FERTILIZATION

A balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing season will keep your Hoya well-fed.

Dilute to half strength or stop fertilizing in the fall and winter when the plant is heading into dormancy.

Incorporate our Arber Plant Food during your routine waterings to promote lush, bright foliage.

Pro-tip: Want to see those iconic blooms? Adopt a regular feeding routine to promote flower production.

PESTS

Hoyas are generally resilient against pests but occasional checks are still crucial, especially in curly varieties like the Compacta where pests like mealy bugs can hide.

Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to prevent dust buildup, maintain plant hygiene, and deter pests from setting up camp.

OTHER DEETS

PRUNING & PROPPING

Pruning your Hoya will help control its shape and size while promoting new growth! Remove older, yellowing leaves to encourage more energy.

Propagate stem cuttings in water or soil and share the joy of Hoyas with fellow plant parents (or even just expand your own collection 😏).

Check out Water Propagation 101 for the how-to!