Hoya Plant Features
If you're looking for an exotic indoor plant that's very easy to grow, take a look at hoya (also sometimes called wax plant). This unique houseplant is a vine (but don't worry; it's not a fast-growing one!) that has thick, waxy leaves and clusters of star-shaped waxy flowers. It's among the most tolerant of all houseplants.
Hoya is often sold in hanging baskets, but its lanky stems will trail from tall containers such as urns, too. Or, if you want to grow it upright, supply a trellis or totem and let hoya supply vertical interest to your home or office.
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Hoya Growing Instructions
Grow your easy-care hoya in low, medium, or bright light. It tolerates low and medium light, but doesn't typically bloom in these conditions. Like most flowering houseplants, the more light hoya gets, the more flowers it will produce.
Water hoya when the potting mix dries out. Don't worry if you forget to water it once or twice -- this houseplant doesn't mind. It thick leaves and stems help the plant store water for cases just like that. Do take care not to overwater it; hoya would rather be too dry than too wet and can suffer from root rot if the potting mix stays wet for extended periods.
Low-maintenance hoya doesn't require a lot of fertilizer, but you can fertilize your hoya if you want it to bloom better. Use any general-purpose houseplant fertilizer and follow the directions on the packaging.
Note: Hoya is not meant for human or animal consumption.
Indoors: High light
Indoors: Low light
Indoors: Medium light
Low water needs
Purifies the air
Super-easy to grow
Complement your Hoya with these varieties:
Dog tail cactus is an interesting and lovely accent to wax plant.
Pothos is exceptionally easy to grow and is a lovely houseplant companion for wax plant.
Varieties: Our Favorites
Hoya bilobata 'DS-70'
One of the smallest hoyas we grow, H. bilobata has little green leaves often flushed with red. This flowering houseplant has little clusters of reddish-purple flowers on and off throughout the year. Note: You'll sometimes also see it offered as Hoya 'Tsangii'.Exotic Angel® Plants
Showing off rounded leaves, H. brevialata also has charming red-and-white flowers that are delightfully fragrant.Exotic Angel® Plants
Mini waxleaf hoya has small, shiny leaves and wonderfully fragrant white flowers.Exotic Angel® Plants
We love narrow-leaf hoya's fun texture; the long, narrow leaves are fun! It's little clusters of creamy flowers are lovely, as well.Exotic Angel® Plants
Hoya carnosa 'Crispa'
Among the most unique houseplants, rope plant has curled, contorted leaves all along the stem, almost making the plant look like it's a braided rope. If it sees enough light, it will produce reddish fragrant flowers.Exotic Angel® Plants
One of the most dramatic flowering houseplants, shooting stars produces clusters of fragrant, star-shaped white flowers.Exotic Angel® Plants
Offering fun variegated foliage (the leaves are stippled in silvery dots), Stripes hoya has little leaves with a great texture.Exotic Angel® Plants
Hoya carnosa 'Variegata'
This easy to grow houseplant has green leaves variegated with white and pink. It's wonderfully charming in a window!Exotic Angel® Plants
Hoya carnosa 'Rubra'
A fun flowering houseplant, this variegated hoya has cream-splashed leaves and reddish-purple stems. Note: It's also sometimes called 'Krimson Princess'.Exotic Angel® Plants
Hoya carnosa 'Crispa Variegata'
One of the most unusual hoyas, this variety has tight, curled and twisted leaves that are variegated with golden yellow. It's also sometimes called Hindu rope plant.Exotic Angel® Plants
Hoya carnosa 'Regalis'
An interesting flowering houseplant, this variety has twisted leaves variegated with cream and can produce fragrant reddish-pink flowers. It's also sometimes called Hindu rope plant.Exotic Angel® Plants