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Hoya Soil Mix and Plant Care Guide
Hoya is a tropical plant commonly known as a wax plant or honey plant.
Loved for their fragrant flowers and stunning foliage, hoyas come in various species, like:
- Hoya carnosa (most common wax plant variety)
- Hoya obovata
- Hoya kerrii (sweetheart hoya)
- Hoya Acuta Variegata (variegated hoya)
- Hoya linearis
- Hoya pubicalyx
The species requires minimal care and thrives in indirect light, making it a hot favorite among indoor gardeners.
But what’s the right soil for hoya?
When should I water it?
How do I propagate my hoya plant?
You have the questions. We have the answers.
1. Choose the Best Soil for Hoya
In nature, most hoyas grow on trees like epiphytes (think: orchid).
Indoors, this tropical plant can survive in soil with:
Good aeration: A hoya plant’s root system requires proper access to oxygen. Aeration also prevents soil compaction (a common problem in DIY mixes with sphagnum moss).
- Optimal drainage: Hoya plants need slightly moist soil that’s also well-draining to avoid root rot. Ingredients like compost, biochar, horticultural charcoal, pine bark, or orchid bark can help here.
- Ample nutrients: Like any other houseplant soil, your hoya mix should contain essential nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, to support plant growth.
So can I use a cactus mix?
You could use succulent soil, orchid mix, or African violet potting soil as a hoya soil mix.
But we recommend using soil specifically crafted for hoyas — like Rosy’s hoya soil.
2. Hoya Plant Care Tips
Do you ask yourself: “How can I help my hoya flourish?”
Then apart from choosing the best soil, follow these essential plant care tips:
Provide bright indirect sunlight: Like philodendrons and monsteras, hoya plants need ample indirect light. Direct sunlight can burn your wax leaf plant.
- Adjust your watering schedule: Water your hoya mix only when the top layer dries, but reduce the watering frequency in winter. You can also use a humidifier to maintain optimal humidity, but ensure this doesn’t lead to overwatering — which causes root rot.
- Add fertilizer: During its growing season (spring and summer), fertilize your waxy leaf plant once a month. Use worm castings, compost, or fertilizers rich in phosphorus to encourage blooms.
- Use an appropriate pot: Terracotta containers are better for hoyas since they are very porous. Regardless, the container should be up to 2 inches larger than the root ball and have a drainage hole.
- Provide support: Use hanging baskets or a trellis for vining foliage or epiphytic (orchid) hoya varieties.
- Repot your hoya plant once every few years: Use fresh soil but don’t change the container size (since hoyas like to be root bound). Also, avoid disturbing the roots when repotting.
- Use a cutting to propagate hoya: Place a stem cutting with a leaf or two to root in water or soil during its growing season. If you use water, move the cutting to a potting medium when the roots grow 2 inches or more.
My plants love it!
I’m really happy with this soil mix. I repotted four plants with this mix 2 months ago and my plants are very happy. My monstera has grown 6 new leaves sine repotting. I did major surgery on my jade and it has put out so many new little leaves. I do pick out little mushrooms often but it doesn’t bother me. Will be purchasing again.
Interesting soil seems great.
I’ve transplanted all that I could for about 3 weeks now and all of the plants appear very happy. I enjoyed working with it also. I would definitely plant more of my plants in the soil.