How To Repot 4 Popular Hoyas Without Killing Them

As a passionate Hoya lover, I always take great care when it comes time to repot them. In this article, I’m focusing on how to repot 4 popular hoyas while keeping them alive, which is always a good thing.

Hoyas or otherwise known as Wax plants are succulent beauties that are great as indoor plants and are easy to maintain and care for. But it’s also easy to forget that they need repotting for different reasons. So when do you know when you should repot your Hoyas?

When To Repot Hoya Plants

Before I get into the steps of how to repot 4 popular Hoyas, I wanted to go over some signs of when you should be repotting your Hoyas. Most Hoyas can stay in the same pot for a long period of time. You don’t need to repot them every year. They actually prefer to grow a bit tight in their pots which helps them to bloom.

So, how do you when it’s time to move your Hoya to a bigger pot?

  • When your plant is root-bound – hard mat of roots on the surface of the pot.
  • If there are lots of roots growing from drainage holes.
  • If the plant is no longer producing new growth, or the leaves are malformed at the growth tips, your Hoya may be needing more space to grow.
  • The soil or potting mix is drying out more frequently than usual.
  • Your Hoya looks too big for the pot it’s in and it seems to have slowed or stopped growing.

How To Repot 4 Popular Hoyas

Google how to repot a houseplant, indoor plant or even a Hoya and you’ll instantly come across an overwhelming amount of information, how-to’s, step-by-step guides and articles. So, I’ve chosen to focus on a few individual Hoyas that I know are popular because they are not only some of my favourites, they also sell well in The Breathing Leaf shop.

Here is my step by step guide on repotting your favourite Hoyas.

Image from Ohio Tropics

1. How to Repot a Hoya Rope Plant

Indian or Hindu rope plants feature long vines with folded or looped leaves that resemble ropes. These plants do best when the soil dries between waterings, and the extreme stress of overcrowding in containers actually leads to more prolific blooms, although they do eventually require repotting.

  1. It’s best to wait until after the rope plant finishes flowering, usually mid-spring to early summer.
  2. The new pot that you choose should be a bit larger than the pot it’s currently in, about 2.5 to 5cm in diameter.
  3. Carefully slide the rope plant out of its container, gently twist to loosen it, if needed. If the container is plastic, cut it or if its a ceramic pot, you may need to break it if gets a bit stuck and you can’t remove it easily. That’s better than damaging the plant.
  4. Once it’s out of the container, slightly loosen the roots so the they can spread easily in the new larger pot. Be careful not to unbound them completely because the tangled roots helps the plants’ growth and performance.
  5. Cut off any dark, rotten roots from the root ball, leaving only the healthy, light-coloured roots.
  6. Make sure you have prepared a good-draining potting mixture.
  7. Holding the top of the soil ball inside but slightly from the top of the new pot add enough potting mixture to the bottom of the container to achieve the proper planting depth.
  8. You can also add a small amount of gravel to help with drainage in the new pot.
  9. Place the Rope plant into the container on top of the potting mixture, then fill in the space around the soil ball, top up the pot to just below the top of edge.
  10. Water it thouroughly until water drains from the bottom of the pot.

2. How To Repot a Hoya Carnosa

Commonly called wax plant or porcelain flower, Hoya Carnosa is a succulent flowering vine widely grown as a houseplant. These plants grow very slowly and thrive under pot-bound conditions, so it seldom requires repotting. However, if the plant fails to grow or flower, it is best to move it into a new pot with fresh soil to provide a renewed source of nutrients.

  1. Water the plant thoroughly the morning before repotting it to ensure that the roots are hydrated and the soil is soft and friable. Allow the water to soak in overnight, and repot the following morning when the plant is turgid.
  2. Prepare the new pot for your Hoya. Use a plastic or ceramic pot with at least one drainage hole at the base and a diameter 2.5 to 5cm bigger than the current container. Scrub it well with hot, soapy water, and rinse thoroughly. Allow it to air-dry before use.
  3. Prepare new potting mix before removing the plant from its original pot. Add water, and stir until the mix feels moderately moist.
  4. Remove the wax plant from its current container. Place one hand over the top of the plant, and tip the pot upside-down. Gently shake the container until the root ball slips free. Be careful not to break off or damage the stems.
  5. Remove the outer layer of soil from around the roots. Gently loosen the root ball to encourage lateral root growth in the new container. Examine the roots for signs of damage. Snip off and discard any black, oozing or foul-smelling roots with small, clean scissors.
  6. Fill the bottom quarter of the new pot with the prepared potting mix. Nestle the plant’s root ball onto the soil mixture. Lift the stems out of the way, and backfill around the root ball with additional soil. Keep adding soil until the root ball is covered.
  7. Water the wax plant deeply after repotting it. Add water until it trickles freely from the drainage holes. Check the soil level after watering. Add more soil if it settled below the stems of the wax plant. Gently firm the soil.

3. How To Repot a Hoya Obovata

A hardy, fast-growing Hoya with large rounded and fleshy leaves, makes an attractive plant with or without flowers.

  1. Give your plant a good soak a couple of hours or a day before the repotting time. Doing this loosens the root ball, and if it does not want to budge, break the pot.
  2. Now loosen the root ball as it makes growing easier in the new soil mix.
  3. Take your pot about 5cm in diameter bigger than the original container and place the soil mix in it, ensuring there are enough drainage holes.
  4. Start by adding a little of the potting mixture at the bottom and set your plant on top.
  5. Add the rest of the mix and press gently down to prevent air pockets. Make sure to leave a small space above the soil to the top.
  6. Give your wax plant a good watering and leave it to drain.

4. How To Repot a Hoya Bella

Hoya Bella is one of the most popular of all Hoyas as it does very well indoors under low light and flowers and has a great scent.

  1. Your Hoya Bella does not like being moved.
  2. Additionally, it prefers staying in a smaller container. Being root bound actually helps it flower. So, you want to keep it in its current container for as long as possible.
  3. This means you only want to repot when necessary.
  4. If you don’t encounter any issues, your plant can be repotted every once in 2 or 3 years, but only if required.
  5. Water your plant the day before replanting it.
  6. Carefully slide the Hoya out of the current pot, breaking or cutting container is required.
  7. Use sterilized containers or pots, a few centimetres bigger compared to the previous ones.
  8. Use a sterilized, good draining potting mixture to fill the bottom of the new container and place the plant inside the pot on top of the soil.
  9. Fill the remainder of the pot with more potting mixture.
  10. Water thouroughly.

General Repotting of Hoya Plants

Follow these easy steps for any other Hoya.

  1. Soak the soil/potting mix overnight or a few hours before you’re ready to repot.
  2. Gently slide the plant out of the current pot and loosen the root ball.
  3. Next, choose a new container that is 2.5 to 5cm larger than the original pot. Ensure it has drainage holes. This is a must.
  4. Use a very-well drained potting mixture in the new pot. Hoyas need to dry out pretty rapidly in between watering.
  5. Lastly, give your beloved Hoyas a good watering.

Happy repotting!

(References: Home Guides, Plantly, Ohio tropics)

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