Plant-o-Pedia: Hoyas

Hoya by Danae HorstHoya obovata. Photo: Danae Horst

Easy-to-care-for plants are always a hit around here- it's nice to have a plant you can 'forget' about occasionally without killing it, right? While not totally indestructible, Hoyas definitely fit the easy-care bill. With succulent leaves, meaning they store water in the leaves, you can often get away with watering them as little as once a month, depending on the species. Besides being fairly easy to grow, Hoyas also look great on shelves or in hanging planters, since many of them become long and vine-y- perfect for that jungalicious vibe!

Hoya by Anne Parker

Photography by Jaclyn Campanaro via Design Sponge

GET THE GREEN:  Wax Plant (Hoya obovata)

WATER: Hoyas need good drainage- pot in a planter with a drainage hole and allow to dry between waterings. When leaves begin to wrinkle or pucker slightly- it's time to water.

SUNLIGHT: Bright to medium indirect light. Avoid direct sun or dark corners.

PLACEMENT: Most hoyas are climbers, so they do well in hanging planters, or on shelves, where they have space to roam.

EXTRA CREDIT: When mature, hoyas develop spectacular flowers. To encourage blooms, allow the plant to get slightly root bound by keeping it in a smaller pot. However, don't transfer it from a larger pot to a smaller one, which could shock the plant.

WORD OF CAUTION: According to the ASPCA, hoyas are non-toxic to cats and dogs!

Ready to add a Hoya to your Jungalow? Find some here.

Is there a plant you want to learn more about? Leave a comment and you may find it in a future Plant-o-Pedia!

-Danae



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