How to Get a Hoya to Bloom
Hoyas are known to produce beautiful star-shaped flowers. They are also known to be fickle bloomers. In fact, many hoyas do not bloom for the first five or more years. Hoyas are very particular about their care and must be provided with adequate sunlight, fertilizing and water if they’re to bloom. In addition, growers must adhere to a couple "do nots" when it comes to properly caring for hoyas. When hoyas do bloom, it’s usually during the summer.
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things you’ll need:
- Set your hoya plant in an area with lots of indirect light and about four hours of direct sunlight per day. Near an east- or west-facing window may be the perfect location in your home.
- Keep a hoya well watered while it is actively growing, watering it thoroughly after the soil dries out a bit. Beginning in the fall, as the hoya enters its dormant season, ease up on the water, only watering when the soil almost completely dries out. At that time, only give it enough water to wet the top couple of inches of the soil. Resume regular waterings in the spring when the hoya begins to grow again.
- Mist the hoya every couple of days from spring until fall, but stop when the hoya starts to bloom. Misting will harm the flowers.
- Fertilize a hoya every other week during active growth — which is usually from spring until early fall — with a balanced houseplant fertilizer. Read the label for proper application amounts, which will vary depending on the fertilizer. Fertilize just before watering.
- Let any flowers the hoya does produce fade and drop on their own. Don’t deadhead a hoya; it will only prevent it from blooming again anytime soon.
- Avoid repotting. Only do it when it’s absolutely necessary, such as when the soil has a disease, the plant is infested with bugs, or the plant has completely outgrown its pot.
- Place your hoya in a cool location during the winter. An area that is 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal, but it must still be an area with lots of indirect light and about four hours of direct sunlight. Do not fertilize a hoya during the winter.