Known as the “wax plant” or “wax flower plant”, Hoya has been enjoyed for decades, perhaps because fanciers enjoy their easy going as a houseplant indoor dispositions.
Native to southern India, highly prized, and the subject of legend. You’ll find Hoyas throughout eastern Asia to Australia and classified botanically in the Asclepias (milkweed) family.
Hoya Light Requirements – a north window is a good location. Although the plants do not require direct light, they would not do well away from a window, unless you prefer to grow them under fluorescent grow lights. Supply all but the hottest sun.
Soil – a moist, well-drained, light soil – African violet soil like this mix at Amazon with some added perlite – is a good growing medium.
Watering – keep the soil moist in spring and summer, dry but not to the point of shriveled foliage in winter. In dry climates more frequent watering may be necessary.
Some like to mist the leaves frequently, to clean themand increase humidity… but NOT when the plant is budding or in flower.
Fertilizer – In spring hoyas react favorably to feeding. Fertilize using a liquid balanced food, about every four weeks, three or four times during the growing season will produce a vigorous growth. Withhold food during the winter. More on applying liquid plant foods here.
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