Water, Soil & Sun
The love language to any indoor plant!
Hoyas don’t need a lot of lovin’ so consider the water, soil, and sun conditions of your Hoya and you'll be on your way to growing a beautiful, lush Hoya plant!
Dampen When Soil is Dry
Hoyas crave water, especially in the summer; when you water, water them thoroughly. However, make sure that the pot they are in has a good drainage system because Hoyas are sensitive to overwatering. Sitting in a pool of water leads to root rot which will most likely cause the plant to die.
Feeling the top of the soil is a good way to predict if your plant needs watering. If the soil is dry, go ahead and water it. If the soil is still damp, wait a few days and test it again.
If you forget to water, no worry! Hoyas would rather be too dry than too wet! Those thicker, succulent-like leaves were made to withstand drought.
Hoyas do not need to be watered as often in the winter season. Plants go through a natural semi-hibernation in the colder months, using this time for restoration and rest. Because the plant is not growing steadily, you can look to water every 3-4 weeks.
Lighter & less dense
Again, because Hoyas do not like to sit in water, lighter and less dense soils allow drainage. My suggestions for soil include any of the following: orchid soil mixtures, peat moss, and succulent or cactus mixes. The airy substance of these soils will allow the plant to intermittently dry out which makes for a happy Hoya!
You do not need to purchase special soil if it is inconvenient! Just plant your Hoya in a pot with drainage!
Bright, indirect light
Hoyas need a lot of sun exposure in order to thrive. However, direct sunlight can cause their leaves to burn or dry out. Many species of Hoyas grow in the gaps of forests and are accustomed to light being filtered by taller foliage. This should be recreated in the home. Hoyas prefer bright, indirect light.
A great way to achieve this type of environment for your Hoya is to pull them 1-4 feet away from a window that gets direct sunlight or place your Hoya in a northeast-facing window. Hoyas thrive under the morning light.
Reddening of a Hoya’s leaves might be pretty but suggests that the plant is under distress and their leaves are being sun-damaged. If you’re noticing this on your Hoya’s leaves, you should find a happier spot for your plant! It will thank you.
Hoyas are generally very easy-going plants; they thrive off of neglect! They are perfect for beginner and experienced plant enthusiasts. Their beautiful varieties and blossoms will make anyone fall in love! We'd love to see your journey with growing Hoyas! To share with us on Instagram click here.