Hoya Care Tips Featuring a Hoya heuschkeliana

Hoya Care Tips Featuring a Hoya heuschkeliana

Apr 27 , 2020

Light: Medium to bright light is best - within a few metres of a window. These guys like to be in shade though so ensure the light is indirect. If the window receives direct sun light for a few hours each day, consider using a light curtain to diffuse the light

Water: With their thick water-storing leaves and mostly short roots, they do not need much water! Water these as you would a succulent - let the soil completely dry before watering thoroughly. Quite prone to root rot so use a moisture meter or your finger in the soil to test the soil’s dampness before water. The leaves will also curl and wrinkle when they’re thirsty. They’re adaptable to wide ranges of humidity too, so will be ok in a drier house vs other indoor plants

Growth style: The entire genus tends to be quite a slow grower and I’ve observed mine all growing in little growth spurts.

Soil: Ensure they’re in well draining soil with a high ratio of perlite or similar (up to 50% is good) to avoid waterlogged soil. They don’t mind being a bit rootbound too

Pests: Very prone to mealybugs although thankfully these bugs take a while to do significant damage. Aphids are also common. Preventative treatment with a systemic pesticide once a month is a good idea to keep pests at bay

Propagation: Propagate via stem cuttings in water, sphagnum moss or soil. I find them slow to take and prone to rot so take more than one cutting to improve your chances of success

Flowering: It can be uncommon for them to bloom indoors so don’t be surprised if it doesn’t bloom in its first year or more. But when they do flower, they’re exceptional, growing in gorgeous clusters called umbels and can be very fragrant. Don’t chop off their flower spikes or peduncles after they’ve flowered, as they will bloom from them again

Toxicity: Non-toxic to cats & dogs