Hoya Plant Care Tips from a Garden Expert

Hoya Plant Care Tips from a Garden Expert : For an inexperienced succulent parent, a hoya plant or a hoya heart plant is an excellent option. Learn how to take care of your new houseplant.


Hoya Plant Care Tips from a Garden Expert

Wax plants, or hoya, are renowned for being low maintenance. An excellent plant for a novice succulent gardener are these. Actually, brilliant indirect sunlight and sporadic irrigation are all that a hoya plant need. Clusters of fragrant blossoms are more likely to appear on plants that are at least five years old.



Hoya Heart Plant

The darling hoya, also known as the hoya heart plant, is another favorite of hoyas because of its charming heart-shaped leaves. This succulent is usually grown along a trellis or in a hanging basket. All it needs, like the rest of the hoya family, is occasional watering and shade from the sun. A single leaf cutting, similar to the one seen above, can also be grown in a tiny container for several growing seasons at a time.



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Hoya Plant FAQ

This plant (above) has been with me for almost 16 years, yet it hasn’t flowered until recently. This plant is what kind, and is it meant to bloom? — Linda Overdorf, Author of Birds & Blooms

Melinda Myers, a garden expert, explains, “Wax plant, often known as hoya, is the name of your trailing houseplant. This succulent grows best in well-drained soil under a sunny window. When your houseplants are actively growing, fertilize them with a flowering mix. Blooming is more likely in potted plants that are grown in a cool, dry spot with high summer humidity and somewhat dry soil in the winter. Because this is where the flowers will form, make careful to keep the long leaf stem end intact.

I had to trim three feet off the bottom of my indoor hoya when I moved, even though it used to bloom constantly. It hasn’t blossomed, but it appears content in its new home. Why? — Reader of Birds & Blooms Fecteau, Mary Ann

“Congratulations on growing a hoya that bloomed not once but several times throughout the year,” comments Melinda Myers. You obviously took good care of them and had a great setting. Any plant, including your hoya, that is severely pruned will promote vegetative development (leaves and stems) and postpone flowering. Be patient and give the same attention. Your plant can need a few years to acclimate to its new surroundings and resume its reproductive, or flowering, phase.

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