Hoya Plants

HOYA PLANTS
Collected for their variable eyecatching wax flowers and lovely foliage. Great for your landscaping ideas outside as well as the indoor garden. There are some 200 known species of Hoya….from the Family Asclepidiacea. Many in Papua New Guinea are yet to be discovered !! Mostly tropical and subtropical.There are at least seven Australian natives in Queensland. It is mostly an evergreen perennial vine.
Hoya Plants are one of our Nursery specialties and all will take morning sun and some full sun in your garden

Hoyas are collectibles due to the amazing array of flower shapes, colour and sizes. Many could be grown for their foliage alone…even without the wonderful flowers..
Plant Types Hoyas are mostly hangingand/or climbing vines.Some are more rigid and erect. Many are epiphytes.There are many variables in flowers and foliage. They all have a central crown and are five starred.
Multiplication In nature seeds are produced in pods after ants cross pollinate the flowers. You wont get many seed pods at home though as we tend to kill off the ants which have a cosy relationship with mealybug…(which can be sprayed with detergent water.) You can propagate hoyas by cuttings.
Water Requirements Its an epiphyte so dont drown it with water especially when its cold.Let it dry out a little between waterings. However dont leave it dried out for a long period or the plant will dessicate.
Potting Mix Needs to be well drained with a little coarse material. They must have good drainage. Old mixes need to be replaced as they break down …become too fine and hold too much water in winter.
Potting Up The biggest mistake that can be made is to overpot the plant. It happens a lot. Hoyas more than most plants like being rootbound. You can keep them in a 70mm diameter pot for several years then go up to a 100mm diameter pot.
Flowering is enhanced if the plant is rootbound. You need good strong filtered light under shade or cover. Morning sun is fine and recommended if you can get it. In nature hoyas grow on trees near openings in the forest or on edges or by the river or br the sea. Plants under a little stress for water or nutrients will usually flower best. This is a survival mechanism. Run the vines horizontally for more flowers.

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