6 Popular Hoyas and their best easy care tips

Plants are my passion. My favourites by far are Hoyas and that is what my brand, The Breathing Leaf has become known for. Supplying high-quality premium Hoyas.

Hoyas are part of the milkweed family, they are commonly referred to as wax plants and porcelain flowers, names which describe their delicate, waxy flowers. These, sometimes rare plants are becoming or regaining popularity amongst avid plant collectors. They are also a great starting point for new collectors as they have the reputation of being easy to look after.

There are approximately 900 known species, hybrids and cultivators of Hoya. Today, I’m going to focus on 6 Popular Hoyas and their best easy care tips.

1. Hoya Rope

The Indian or Hindu Hoya Rope is also known as the Hoya Carnosa Compacta is one of my top-selling Hoyas. This plant has solid, dark green or variegated contorted leaves and is perfect for high locations such as ledges and hanging pots that show off the stunning cascading vines that resemble thick ropes.

The curled leaves, which are generally green but can also be a green and white colour, have a waxy look to them, hence the name wax plant. The flowers are almost star-shaped with a porcelain look.

They are also easy to care for.

Easy Care Tips For Hoya Rope

Flowers – Highly scented 12 to 15 mm appear in clusters throughout the growing season, older buds can reflower each year so do not remove them.

Position – Full sun to heavy shade, flowers better under higher sun levels. Indoor it will grow well but will not flower as well.

Temperature – Cool to moderate range, may need to be protected in severe frost areas.

Water – Keep dryer in winter and moist in warmer months. If leaves wrinkle it is a sign of not enough water or bad root systems.

Fertilizer – Weak dose regularly in warmer months

Repotting – Only when the plant is well advanced in the pot or mid-spring to summer.

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6 Popular Hoyas and their best easy care tips

2. Hoya Krinkle Giant

Hoya carnosa ‘Krinkle 8’ is a succulent vine species in the Apocynaceae family that produces thick, crinkle-textured, waxy, rounded leaves. Also known as Waxflower, the Krinkle Giant has leaves that are 50 to 75% larger than the Krinkle 8. Its thick, waxy leaves are puckered and folded slightly inward, looking almost like a cross between the standard Carnosa and another famous cultivar, the Hindu Rope Hoya.

Easy Care Tips for Hoya Krinkle Giant

Flowers – 1.5 cm across in large bunches that will produce multiple sets of scented flowers from each stem throughout the warmer months.

Position – Full sun to heavy shade, flowers better under higher sun levels. Indoor it will grow well but will not flower.

Temperature – Cool to moderate range, may need to be protected in severe frost areas.

Water – Keep dryer in winter and moist in warmer months.

Fertilizer – Weak dose regularly in warmer months

Repotting – Only when well advanced in the pot or plant is mid-spring to summer.

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3. Hoya Serpens

This exotic plant is considered to be one of the most special species in the Hoya family. Hoya Serpens is a plant that originates from the Hoya genus. It has small, thick, hairy, round-shaped, dark green leaves. It produces clusters of star-shaped sweet fragranced flowers that are extremely fuzzy.

Its growth is very compact so the plant will contain itself for many years. It is ideally suited for a hanging basket.

Easy Care Tips For Hoya Serpens

Flowers – Clusters of attractive 10 mm flowers are produced along cascading stems.

Position – Partial to heavy shade in a well-protected position.

Temperature – Temperate climate can tolerate cold areas provided they are undercover, will do well indoors.

Water – Keep dryer in winter and moist in warmer months.

Fertilizer – Weak dose regularly in warmer months.

Repotting – Only when the plant is well advanced in a pot or mid Spring.

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4. Hoya Davidcummingii

Hoya Davidcummingii is a small climbing perennial herbaceous hoya with amazingly attractive rose-red perfumed flowers with yellow centres. Usually, it starts blooming at an early age and flowers are produced throughout the year. The species name honours the Australian hoya collector David Cumming.

Easy Care Tips For Hoya Davidcummingii

Flowers – Clusters of 8 mm fragrant flowers on short cascading branches.

Position – Partial to heavy shade in a well-protected position.

Temperature – Semi-tropical, will need to be kept under cover or indoors over the winter months climates. in very cold

Water – Keep drier in winter and moist in warmer months.

Fertiliser – Weak dose regularly in warmer months

Repotting – Only when the plant is well advanced or mid-spring in a pot

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4. Hoya Obovata

A great Hoya with beautiful round, glossy leaves. These large leaves are dark green and can develop a speckling of silver. The blooms are beautiful clusters of pink flowers. These drought-tolerant plants are easy enough for the beginner, but satisfying enough for the seasoned grower as well. If there is only one Hoya that you can grow, make it this one!

Easy Care Tips For Hoya Obovata

Flowers – 10mm across in clusters of 10 to 20, lightly fragrant.

Position – Shaded positions outdoors, flowers better under higher light. Will grow well indoors but will not flower.

Temperature – Intermediate-range; must be undercover in frost areas or wintered indoors.

Water – Keep drier in winter and moist in warmer months.

Fertiliser – Weak dose regularly in warmer months.

Repotting – Only when the plant is well advanced in pot or mid-spring.

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6. Hoya Mathilde

This is a cross between a Hoya carnosa and a Hoya Serpens. It has silver specks that are lightly splashed over the plant’s green foliage and produces sweetly scented flowers. It makes an easy houseplant, ideally suited for pots or a hanging basket.

Easy Care Tips For Hoya Mathilde

Flowers – 1.5cm across in large bunches that will produce multiple sets of scented flowers from each stem each year. Fast-growing suits pot or basket.

Position – Full sun to heavy shade, flowers better under higher Sun levels. Indoors it will but will not flower. grow well

Temperature – Cool to moderate range, may need to be protected in severe frost areas.

Water – Keep dry in winter and moist in warmer months.

Fertilizer – Weak dose regularly in warmer months.

Repotting – Only when the plant is well advanced in pot or mid-spring.

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General Tips For Hoya Plant Care

1. Did you know that Hoya leaves and flower clusters develop from the long tendrils on these plants, so never cut them.

2. Use the stem cuttings for propagating Hoya plants

3. You can keep your Hoyas in the same pot for years. Hoyas don’t mind being a bit root-bound. 

4. Remember to fertilise your Hoyas throughout Spring and Summer

5. These plants are very sensitive to too much water, they need to be in planters with drainage. 

6. Use well-draining soil with heaps of perlite.

Hoyas are overall beautiful and easy to care for plants which are growing in popularity more and more. If you are looking to grow or start your collection take a look at our full range of Hoyas here.

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