Say Hola to Hoya (Wax Plant, Porcelain Flower)
Widely cultivated for their amazing waxy flowers, Hoyas are also a popular and versatile houseplant choice because of their diverse array of foliage types and their ability to adapt to varied light conditions indoors. Some Hoyas can grow to an enormous size indoors – about 6m long – while others remain more compact.
Try growing varieties that feature interesting textural foliage such as H.carnosa ‘Indian Rope’ or ‘Krimson Queen.’
Where to Grow Hoya at Home?
Thick waxy leaves on long trailing stems can be trained to grow up a structure or wires. When left to grow on its own, the Hoya plant will cascade over surfaces.
The plant features truly exquisite umbrella-shaped clusters of sweetly fragrant, porcelain star-shaped flowers. A combination of bright light and high humidity encourages flowering indoors. Buy flowering plants online in India.
Watering Hoya Plant:
In warmer months, water regularly, about every two weeks, keeping the soil moist but not wet. In winter, water every three weeks, allowing the soil to dry out for longer in between watering. Wrinkly leaves are an indication that its time to water. Read about tips on watering houseplants.
Light Conditions for Hoya Plant:
For optimal flowering indoors, choose a bright position, but not direct sun. Darker, green-leafed types rather than variegated ones adapt better to shaded or filtered light.
Fertilizer for Hoya Plant:
Apply slow-release fertilizer once every six months and liquid fertilizer every three weeks during warmer months to encourage faster, healthier growth.
Hoya Plant Propagation:
Hoyas are easy to grow from cuttings taken in spring and summer. Take stems 15-20 cms long with two or more leaves and place in a glass of water or a pot of moist potting mix. When roots form, pot the plant into a small container.
Remember that Hoyas don’t mind being root-bound. They will live happily in the same 12-cm pot for years, provided they are fed and watered adequately. When repotting, only upsize a few centimeters.
Maintaining the Hoya Plant:
Enjoy the gorgeous starry blooms, but do not cut-off spent flowers as Hoyas re-flower from the same spur every year.
Styling Hoya Plants Indoors:
Reference: Gardening Australia (Magazine)