I have changed my mind a few times as to what my favorite cultivar of plants are. When I first started looking at houseplants I was drawn to Calathea’s which who isn’t? They are so beautiful with their pinstriping and how they move up and down with the time of day. Though I still really enjoy these beauties my actual favorite plants are Hoyas. These low maintenance plants are so beautiful to look at and require way less care.
I have many types of Hoya’s from the Krinsom Queen, Krinsom Princess, Hawaiian Publix and Chelsea. I have had a lot of luck with these guys so far and I really enjoy looking at their foliage and watching them grow. I have purchased most of my Hoya between two shops which are both located in CT. My Krinsom Princess came from Logees which is supposed to normally have a large selection of rare Hoyas but all of the rest are from Bark and Vine!
Hoya is a genus of about 200-300 species of tropical plants. Which I only own five of these which is crazy to put into perspective. Most of these plants are native to countries such as Asia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Indonesia and a few other countries.
- You should always plant your Hoya in a pot with drainage. These plants are sensitive to too much water so you want to make sure to use a well-draining airy soil for them. I water my Hoya’s when they are completely dry. These plants are not technically succulents but they do store water in their stems and waxy leaves. These plants are better to underwater then overwater especially because they do not like their feet wet.
- Hoyas are tropical plants that are adaptable to other climates but they enjoy having some humidity. If you notice that your plant looks stressed then you can put a pebble tray with water under it or mist it a few times a week. I have heard that many people find when they give their Hoya’s more humid environments they will put out more growth.
- Most Hoyas cannot stand direct, intense sunlight. My home is fairly dark and I keep my Hoya tucked back from a south-west window. Hoya’s are plants that mostly grow among and between the treetops they are more accustomed to dappled sunlight which we should try to recreate in our homes.
- These plants are more likely to bloom when they are in tight pots and actually enjoy being a little root bound. Flowers will appear off of the plant’s peduncles – if you notice these on your plant do not trim them off even after they flower. They will actually bloom from the same spot each time getting larger and larger blooms over time.
- You may be wondering what these long tendrils are that the plant is putting out. Do not cut any of them from this plant. They will develop leaves and flower clusters from them. Unlike most trailing plants Hoyas will put out their tendrils first and then leaves form after.
- I personally use fish emulsion when feeding my plants. I do this because I have some finicky plants that hate the synthetic stuff that can burn their leaves. Do not fertilize your plant in the late fall or winter which is their time to go dormant. When you over fertilize a plant it can cause buildups that may burn the roots of the plant.