Ahoya, there! If you’re keen on growing hoyas, then you’re in the right place. There are so many different varieties to choose from, including the traditional wax flower (Hoya carnosa) or the twisted gnarled foliage of the Indian Rope hoya and the sweet, heart-shaped Hoya ‘Kerri’. All are tough plants and can be grown indoors or outside, in warm frost-free environments. They’re tolerant of mid-levels of light (although need moderate light or some morning sun to flower well) and prefer to be kept in the same pot for years – less repotting for you, woohoo!

How to grow hoya in a pot

  1. Most hoya varieties will grow very happily in quite small pots, and are particularly suited to growing in hanging baskets. If growing indoors, choose a well-lit spot, away from direct afternoon sun. For outdoor situations, position the pot in a semi-shaded area and protect from strong winds.
  2. Fill pots with quality free-draining potting mix, like Yates Specialty Potting Mix Orchid.
  3. Remove plant and position in centre of the pot. Backfill with potting mix and water in well. 
  4. Water when the potting mix feels dry. They will not tolerate being overwatered or having 'wet feet'.
  5. Feed regularly during the growing season with Yates Thrive Indoor Plants & Ferns Liquid Plant Food or use Yates Thrive Plant Food Spikes Plants & Ferns, which feeds for up to 2 months.

Growing tips

  • Keep the leaves clean by wiping with a damp cloth, when required.

  • Hoyas like to be quite tight in the pot and are quite at home in a small space. Repotting is not required for a few years.

  • Hoya are unusual in the fact that they flower from the same point every year, so don’t prune off old flower spikes when they finish flowering.

  • Hoyas are susceptible to sap-sucking insects like aphids and mealybugs. Treat at first sight with Yates Nature's Way Vegie & Herb Spray.

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