Today we’re going over a Hoya “wax plant” complete care guide. Covering everything you need to know in order to grow a large and lush Hoya of your own! It’s easier than you may think too, let us show you.

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At some point in your plant collection obsession journey, you are bound to own a Hoya. There are so many different varieties out there in all shapes and sizes.

Hoyas are also commonly known as the wax plant. This is because their blooms are shiny and resemble a wax figure.

Hoya Care Guide
credit from the wonderful @goodandplantiful on Instagram.

Types of Hoyas

Let’s go over a few popular types of hoyas you will commonly see.

  • Hoya Hindu Rope
  • Hoya Krimson Queen
  • Hoya Krimson Princess
  • Hoya Curtisii
  • Hoya Bella
  • Hoya Kerrii
  • Hoya Linearis

The list goes on and on..

Hoya Care Guide
via @rose_rue_and_the_pea

Check out some of our other care guides for these plants:
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Pothos & Philodendron
English Ivy

Lighting Requirements

Hoyas are a pretty versatile as far as lighting goes. They tolerate low and medium light, but you probably won’t see blooms unless they are in bright indirect light.

They could happily live in a south facing window behind a sheer curtain to protect them from the sun. They also do best with 2-4 hours of bright light a day.

You are also able to use artificial grow lights, they are best for people without much natural sunlight in their home.

Hoya Care Guide
via @foliagejournal


While Hoyas do appreciate higher humidity, they can also thrive in just your normal house humidity without additional help. You would notice though, they grow better with a little higher humidity.

If you aren’t able to get a humidifier for your home, try the pebble tray method. This is where you get a saucer, fill it with pebbles, then fill it with water and place the plant on top of it. Be careful to not let the water touch the pot because that could cause soil saturation which could lead to root rot.

The pebble tray method essentially creates a bubble of humidity around the plant by evaporating water which the plant absorbs.

Hoya Compacta Variegata
via @goodandplantiful


Water requirements vary from Hoya to Hoya, so be sure to look up your plant specifically for this one. For most Hoya, you are safe to let the soil dry out completely before watering.

They prefer room temperature water, tap water is fine also.

It’s best practice to water your plants early in the day, that way the sun helps absorb some of the moisture and doesn’t let the leaves of the plant be wet when the sun goes down and temperatures drop.

Water your plant until you see it dripping out of the drainage hole on the bottom, and remember to remove any excess liquid as to not let it sit in water and potentially cause problems.

You’ll also notice that you need to water your Hoyas more in the growing season which is Summer and Spring. During the colder months of the year, slow down on watering and allow your plant to dry out a bit more in between.

Hoya Care Guide
via @arapisarda


Hoyas are easily propagated by node cuttings. You can find the node where the leaves touch the stem, and always cut below the node.

You can propagate Hoyas like you can most plants. Through water, soil, perlite, or leca. It takes between 4-6 weeks for good roots to form and be transferred to soil.

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