How to Care for a Hawaiian Hoya Houseplant

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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
  • Perlite
  • Trellis
  • Spray bottle
  • Seaweed fertilizer
    1. 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.
    2. Place a trellis or other support next to the mature hoya stem to encourage climbing.
    3. 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.
    4. Mist the plant with water every few days to replicate its humid natural environment.
    5. Fertilize the plant with seaweed fertilizer two to four times during the growing season from late spring to early fall.
    6. Lower the temperature to between 55 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit over the winter. This will encourage flower buds to develop in time for spring.

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