Hoya Heuschkeliana: How To Care For This Gorgeous Epiphyte

Introduction

Hoya Heuschkeliana is a gorgeous, epiphytic succulent belonging to the family Apocynaceae. These plants look stunning in hanging baskets and when mounted on bigger trees. It has a moderate to fast growth rate and does not enjoy frequent changes in its position.

Foliage

Hoya Heuschkeliana pink and Hoya Heuschkeliana yellow has thick, curved leaves that are light green on the undersides and darker on top. While the Hoya Heuschkeliana Variegata has light green/yellow leaves with a dark green outer rim. Under warm and humid weather conditions, the leaves become longer. When the plant is kept in full sun, the Hoya Heuschkeliana Variegata leaves develop a lovely reddish tinge.

Blooms

Hoya Heuschkeliana has tiny, star-shaped, spherical flowers that bloom in clusters called ‘umbels’. The plant flowers intensely in the spring and summer months once every few years. These blooms come in various colours ranging from pink to yellow. Do not cut the flower spikes after flowering. Most of them will rebloom in the next season.

Hoya Heuschkeliana Growth Needs

Hoya Heuschkeliana is an easy-going plant provided you keep it under the right growing conditions. Let us look at all the important information regarding its care requirements such as water, light, soil, temperature, and fertiliser.

Light

Hoya Heuschkeliana needs bright, dappled light to grow well. Avoid exposing your Hoya to direct sunlight as it can cause leaf burns and over-exposure may also kill the plant. Morning and evening sunlight help in giving the leaves a reddish tinge.

Do not place your Hoya in a spot with very little light. Too little light can make your plant susceptible to root rot and fungal diseases. If you tend to overwater your plants, be extra careful while keeping Hoya Heuschkeliana in dark spots.

Watering

Water Hoya Heuschkeliana one to three times a week in the summer months when the plant grows actively. Reduce the watering frequency to about once a week in winters. Since the plant is dormant in winters, there is no need to water it frequently.

The frequency of watering will depend majorly on other weather-related factors in your area. The warmer the temperature and drier the weather in your area, the higher will be the frequency of watering and vice versa.

Watering Hoya Heuschkeliana is similar to succulents. Water thoroughly each time such that it drains out of the drainage holes at the bottom. Allow the soil to dry out completely in between two watering sessions. If the soil remains moist at all times, your succulent will face rot problems.

Potting Mix for Hoya Heuschkeliana

Hoya Heuschkeliana needs a well-draining and airy potting mix where its roots can breathe. It is an epiphyte which means that the soil has to be loose and rich. The epiphytic roots need organic matter and soil rich in nutrients to grow well.

Prepare your potting medium by mixing some potting soil with organic compost, worm castings, and perlite. Adding perlite or charcoal to the soil mix helps in making it well-draining.

Temperature

Hoya Heuschkeliana grows well in moderate temperatures between 15 and 21 degrees Celsius. It is not cold and frost-hardy, so keep the plant in a warm spot in the winter months. Bring it indoors when the temperature falls below 10 degrees Celsius.

In summers, if it gets too hot in your area, group your plants or keep them in a shaded spot away from direct sunlight. Mist the plant occasionally to regulate the temperatures.

Humidity

Hoya Heuschkeliana thrives in humidity levels above 50 per cent. Usual humidity levels in homes are good enough for its growth. Avoid keeping your plant near air conditioners and heaters as the air gets too dry and low humidity leads to stunted growth in Hoya Heuschkeliana.

If the air gets too dry in your home, place a humidifier or a humidity tray near the plant to maintain the humidity levels. With high humidity levels, make sure to have good air circulation around the plant. Poor air circulation can cause fungus growth and rot problems.

Fertilising

Feed Hoya Heuschkeliana regularly using a diluted, liquid fertiliser for best growth results. Nitrogen-rich fertilisers work best for greener and healthier leaves and phosphorus-rich fertilisers work well when the plant is about to produce flowers.

Avoid using strong fertilisers to prevent root burn due to excessive salts in the soil. Do not fertilise your Hoya in Autumn and winter as the plant goes dormant and does not show significant growth.

Repotting

Repotting Hoya Heuschkeliana should be every few years when either the roots start to come out of the drainage holes or the potting medium gets old. The plant flowers intensely when it remains root-bound for some time.

The ideal time to repot Hoya Heuschkeliana is in early spring when it just begins to grow new leaves and stems. To re-pot your plant, first, remove it from the old soil mix and check its roots to see if they are healthy. Remove the dead roots and prune old stems and foliage to encourage new growth.

In a freshly prepared potting medium in a bigger pot, place the succulent and keep it in a shaded spot for a few days until it fully settles in the new environment.

Propagating

You can propagate Hoya Heuschkeliana easily with the help of stem cuttings in soil and water. Take a 10 – 12 cm long stem cutting and remove the leaves from the bottom leaving only the top two to three leaves.

Dip the cutting in a rooting hormone for faster root growth but this step is optional. Place the dipped cutting in a freshly prepared well-draining moist soil mix. Keep the plant in a shaded area and wait for a week or two before the roots grow properly. You can root the stem cuttings in water too before placing them in the soil. Once the roots get about an inch long, you can place them in the soil. Remember to change the water every two to three years to prevent stem rot.

Diseases

It is not common for Hoya Heuschkeliana to catch many diseases. However, sometimes it might face root rot and Botrytis Blight.

Botrytis Blight

Botrytis Blight is a fungal disease that causes grey mould or grey patches on the leaves along their margins and centres. Hoyas are more likely to catch on this disease when the moisture levels are too high.

If you notice the leaves falling off and getting mushy, treat the plant immediately for the disease. Use neem oil spray to prevent this fungus and insecticidal soap solution when the problem is severe.

Root Rot

Root rot is quite common in Hoyas because most beginners tend to overwater the plant. Always follow a regular watering schedule and check the soil each time before watering. If there are black lesions on the leaves and they start to get mushy, remove the plant from the soil and check its roots. Replace the soil and cut off the dead parts to keep the plant healthy.

Pests

Pests such as mealybugs, aphids, and spider mites can affect Hoya Heuschkeliana occasionally. The sap-sucking insects can cause distortions and stunted growth in the plant. Look out for their symptoms by keeping a constant check on the plant and using effective insecticides in case of severe infestations.

FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions about Hoya Heuschkeliana.

Does Hoya Heuschkeliana Need Regular Pruning?

Hoya Heuschkeliana can be a fast grower in optimal growing conditions. If you want to keep your succulent compact, pruning helps in keeping it bushy and also encourages new growth. Regular pruning is not needed for this succulent. It is only when you feel the plant is getting lanky or leggy that you can trim some parts of the plant.

Are Hoya Heuschkeliana Flowers Fragrant?

Hoya Heuschkeliana has tiny, fragrant blooms that resemble the fragrance of butterscotch. These tiny flowers are not more than an inch and bloom in clusters. In one cluster, there are up to 12 flowers.

Final Thoughts

Hoya Heuschkeliana is a great plant to have even if you are an absolute beginner in the world of gardening. It is easy to grow and grows beautiful foliage and flowers under optimal growing conditions.

We hope our care tips have helped you know all there is to know about this beauty and you try growing one of them yourself!

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