Hoya Plant


There are over 200 species of the easy to grow, almost indestructible hoya plant. Hoya plants are often referred to as  wax plant, wax Vine, or wax flower because of the waxy nature of their leaves and unique flowers. Most varieties were originally found growing in the warm temperate climates of  India, Thailand, the Philippines, Polynesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. There are also many that are native to Australia. The leaves come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. Hoyas are very popular flowering plants that look beautiful hanging in a warm, bright, area of your home.

Hoya Plant Description

A hoya plant is a trailing or climbing plant with thick, succulentLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant." leaves. The leaves come in many sizes, colors, shapes, and textures. All hoya plants  produce clusters of waxy, star shaped flowers from late spring to early autumn. Hoya carnosa is the basic species we use as an indoor plant. There are several different varieties of  this species available.

Hoya Carnosa has long vines of green, fleshy leaves and waxy, star shaped flowers

Hoya “Krimson Queen” (Hoya Carnosa ‘Variegata’) has variegated green leaves with pink, white, or cream-colored edges.

Hoya Krimson Princess (Tricolor hoya) has leaves with green edges and white, pink, yellow, or dark pink depending on the amount of light available in the room

Hindu Rope plant (hoya carnosa compacta), has thick, twisted, curly, cupped leaves which is how it got its nickname Krinkle Kurl.

There are over 50 other hoya plant varieties such as the Hoya Kerri (Sweetheart hoya) with heart-shaped leaves and the Hoya pubicalyx with elongated, oval leaves that make great houseplants. Most varieties grown indoors produce clusters, called umbels, of five-pointed, star shaped, fragrant flowers in red, white, pink, purple, yellow, orange, and even black.

    White and purple Hoya Calycina        

Hindu Rope        K. Crimson Queen        Hoya Flower                 H.Sweetheart     H. Crimson Princess

Quick Care Tips for a Hoya Plant

Light – Bright, indirect light and some morning sun

Water – Barely moist but never soggy soil, water less in the fall and winter

Temperature – Average warm temperatures, but prefers cooler temperatures in winter

Flowering – Do not move the plant once buds appear and do not remove dead flowers


A hoya plant is a semi- succulent, very forgiving, green gem perfect to hang in front of a bright sunny window. They are easy to propagate using stem tip cuttings if you want to share your plant with friends and family.  Even a plant novice will be successful growing a hoya if they are careful not to over-water.



What Should I Do to Help My Hoya Houseplants Get Flowers?

Indoors, hoya plants need to be about 3 years old and sit in very bright light in order to bloom. Never cut off the older stems because that is where the flowers will grow.

Should I Prune the Old Stems Off My Hoya to Encourage New Growth?

Not a good idea!! New flowers develop on the old flower stems of a hoya plant so never cut off the old stems.

How Do I Get Rid of Mealy Bugs on My Hoya? I Have a Beautiful Plant With Long Vines Twisted Around Each Other. The Plant Has Mealy Bugs and No Matter How Much I Spray They Keep Coming Back in Areas I Can’t Seem to Reach.

You can try to get rid of Mealy Bugs on hoya plants by spraying the entire plant with the ” green solution” (8oz. water & 8oz. alcohol, add two tablespoons of biodegradable soap and two tablespoons of mineral oil). You can read more about this simple remedy in the Glossary of the website. You can also purchase a very small pesticide bomb at your local nursery. Place your plant in a plastic bag, release the bomb, and seal the plastic bag. Leave your Hoya in the bag for 24 hours. I prefer the ” green solution” since it doesn’t use chemicals.