What is a Hoya Plant ?
Hoya is also called wax plant .Hoyas have thick, waxy leaves that overflow from a pot in beautiful vines. They bloom in clusters of sweetly smelling flowers like those of their distant milkweed. The flowers themselves are hardy and waxy, often appearing in pink or white. Hoya is Native to tropical Asia and Australia, they live a long time and will quickly become some of your favourite house plants.
Do Hoya Plants Like Direct Sunlight?
Most hoya plants preferred medium to bright, indirect light. Some do well with about two hours of direct sunlight in the morning or evening, but too much sun exposure may burn their leaves or turn them yellow. They tolerate low light, but in those conditions, they may focus their energy on growing more leaves rather than producing blossoms. That’s not necessarily a problem, as the thick leaves themselves are beautiful gifts. However, proper light will give them energy to bloom.
How Often Should I Water My Hoya Plant and Hoya Plant Care ?
Like other succulents, hoya plants like their soil to dry out completely in between waterings. When you do water, give them a thorough soaking. But make sure it all drains, and remember to remove excess water from the pot . If the plant is too dry , the lower leaves on the vine will start to yellow. If it’s too wet, it will attempt to shed moisture by dropping leaves. During their dormant phase in winter, they’ll need even less watering.
How Do I Get My Hoya Plant to Bloom?
Hoya plants begin to bloom when the plant reaches maturity. At that stage, there are a few methods to encourage it to bloom.
Ensure that it’s receiving the correct light and water requirements . Once the flower buds form, keep the plant in one place, as moving it may cause the flowers to fall off.
It’s also essential to keep the roots pot-bound and not move it to larger pots too soon.
Give it a 4-5 week period of drought during the winter as a way to encourage it to bloom the following spring.
And finally, when it does bloom, remember not to deadhead the flower stems. Leave them on as this is where your hoya plant will bloom next time around.
What Kind of Pot is Best for a Hoya Plant?
Hoyas grow well in any plastic, terra cotta, or ceramic pot. A hanging basket is often a beautiful way to enjoy their trailing branches. As they like to be pot-bound, only repot them once the roots have replaced nearly all of the soil, and only select a new pot that is 1-2 inches larger than the previous one. They are also sensitive to too much water, so make sure to use a well-draining soil mix with plenty of perlite.