If you want a healthy and thriving indoor plant, the hoya is the plant to have. Once you see how to grow the hoya plants, you will understand that this plant is hardy and can grow for many years with a little care. The plant is a deep green foliage that makes a good table plant or a hanging plant. As long as the plant is kept indoors with the right conditions, it will continue to grow strong.
Starting the Plant
Start the plant from a clipping if you don't want to buy one from the nursery. Use a scissors to cut a stem with at least three leaf nodes. Sprinkle the end with hormone powder.
Plant the stem in soil consisting of sphagnum peat moss and perlite vermiculite.
Water the new plant, making sure the soil is completely wet. Allow the soil to dry before watering again. After a few weeks, the roots will develop and proper ongoing care is needed.
Hoya Plant Care
Place the plant in a location that has indirect sunlight such as a south or north window that has enough light, but not direct sun. Sometimes, the plant must be moved around until the right light is found and the plant starts thriving.
Water the plant to soak the soil. Allow the plant soil to dry completely before watering again. If the pot is in a tray, place gravel in the tray so that the water can drain out of the pot, but the plant is not sitting in standing water. This will help keep a little humidity around the plant. However, the hoya survives in low humidity settings.
Use a 15-15-15 fertilizer once a month except during the winter months when the plant stops growing. Resume feeding in the spring.
Prune back the blooms after they have died. This prepares the plant for new growth. Use scissors to prune the flowers at the stem base.
Use insecticide soap if the plant has spider mites or mealy bugs. Spray the soap on the leaves, making sure to get the underneath of the leaves where the bugs live and lay eggs.