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Popular mostly for their variety of flowers, Hoyas are really good indoor plants to add some freshness in a room without taking too much space.

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Below is a general care guide for Hoya plants which can slightly differ depending on variety.

Light & Temperature

Hoyas can thrive in almost all levels of indirect light. They prefer bright indirect light and will be more likely to bloom in such lighting conditions. Those that don’t get ample light may begin to stretch their leaves outward.

Hoyas generally prefer warmer environments, and cannot tolerate low temperatures. Be sure to protect them against cold drafts.

Watering, Humidity & Misting

Hoyas generally do not need much water as it is drought tolerant in its native environment. The general rule of thumb is to allow their soil to completely dry out between waterings, watering about once in two weeks is a good gauge.

It is important to note that the amount of water your hoya needs should be directly proportional to the amount of light it gets.

Soil and Repotting

Use a cactus mix that has efficient drainage. 

Repotting requirements depend on the growth of your hoya. However, hoyas do not mind being a little root bound so typically they only require to be repotted every 2-3 years, sometimes just to refresh its potting medium.

Propagation

The best way to propagate a hoya is through stem cuttings. Cut a stem of about 10cm long, with 2-6 leaves, and place it in water for it to root. Once it is root, directly pot it with some cacti mix.

Fertiliser

Hoyas do not require a special fertiliser to grow. You can simply use a balanced fertiliser. Follow directions on the label of plant food.

Toxicity

Hoyas are non-toxic and therefore safe around kids and/or pets.

Possible Issues

Under the right care and conditions, your plant will grow happy and healthy. But here are some issues you may encounter while caring for a Hoya: 

Spider mites, aphids, mealybugs and ants - The sweet smelling flowers of hoyas tend to attract these pests. When spotted, try to spray it off with a hard jet of water. If the pests persist, try using a neem oil.

Leaves burning/turning red - This is a sign of too much sunlight, move your hoya to an area with less light.

Shriveled leaves - This can be caused by too little water. Even if they are drought tolerant, succulents still need ample watering for healthy growth. 

Limp leaves - A sign of over or under watering. Check the soil and roots to identify the problem. Propagate if there is root rot.