The hoya plant — native to China, Burma and India — is a tropical succulent well-suited to indoor pots and hanging baskets. Also called the "wax" plant because of its waxy leaves and star-shaped white flowers, the hoya thrives and flowers best when kept in the same spot all year long. When caring for a hoya houseplant, replicate the conditions of its natural tropical environment for best results.
- Moderately Easy
things you’ll need:
- Flower pot
- Potting compost
- Spray bottle
- Seaweed fertilizer
- Place the hoya in a flower pot or hanging basket filled with a mix of 50 percent potting compost and 50 percent perlite for good draining. Set the plant in a location that is sunny in the morning but shady in the afternoon to replicate its natural conditions. Never set the plant in direct sunlight.
- Place a trellis or other support next to the mature hoya stem to encourage climbing.
- Water the plant only when the soil feels dry. Since a hoya is a succulent, it doesn’t require as much water as most plants, and can easily rot when over watered. Once a plant rots, it is difficult to impossible to reverse the damage.
- Mist the plant with water every few days to replicate its humid natural environment.
- Fertilize the plant with seaweed fertilizer two to four times during the growing season from late spring to early fall.
- Lower the temperature to between 55 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit over the winter. This will encourage flower buds to develop in time for spring.