Hoya Plant Care Tips from a Garden Expert
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A hoya plant or a hoya heart plant is a perfect choice for a beginning succulent parent. Find out how to keep your new houseplant happy.
How to Care for a Hoya Plant
Hoya, also known as wax plant, are known for their ease of care. They make a great plant for a new succulent gardener. Really, all a hoya plant needs is bright indirect sunlight and intermittent watering. Plants that are at least five years old are more likely to bear clusters of sweet-smelling blooms.
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Hoya Heart Plant
Another hoya favorite is the sweetheart hoya, or hoya heart plant, named for its adorable heart-shaped leaves. Gardeners typically place this succulent in a hanging basket or along a trellis. Like the rest of the hoya family, it only requires infrequent waterings and indirect sun. You can also grow a single leaf cutting like the one pictured above that will stay the same size in a small container for many growing seasons.
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Hoya Plant FAQ
I have had this plant (above) for more than 16 years and it has not bloomed until now. What kind of plant is this and is it supposed to bloom? — Birds & Blooms Reader Linda Overdorf
Garden expert Melinda Myers says, “Your trailing houseplant is known as wax plant or hoya. This succulent grows best in a sunny window in well-drained soil. Use a ﬂowering houseplant fertilizer during periods of active growth. Pot-bound plants growing in a cool location with slightly dry soil in winter and high humidity in summer are more likely to bloom. Be sure to leave the long leaﬂess stem-end intact because this is where the ﬂowers will form.
My indoor hoya used to bloom all the time, but when I moved, I had to cut 3 feet off the bottom. It seems happy in its new location, and yet it hasn’t bloomed. Why? — Birds & Blooms Reader Mary Ann Fecteau
Melinda Myers writes, “Congratulations on growing a hoya that bloomed not once but several times throughout the year. You obviously had a great location and provided proper care. Severe pruning of any plant, including your hoya, stimulates vegetative growth (leaves and stems) and delays flowering. Provide the same care and be patient. It may take a few years for your plant to adjust to its new home and switch back into a reproductive, or flowering, mode.”
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