Posted by Hannah Brand on Jun 14th 2021


Hey plant friends!

This week we are talking about one of our favorite species of plants… Hoyas! There are about 900 different species, cultivars, and hybrids that we know of so far. Hoya belong to the dogbane plant family, Apocynaceae which includes dischidia, milkweed, and plumeria to name just a few. These waxy-leaved plants are native to several countries in Asia including the Philippines, India, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Hoya are some of the easiest and most rewarding houseplants to grow and collect. With a few easy care tips, your hoya will thrive and even bloom indoors.

You may know these plants for their extra-terrestrial blooms, but they are also known for a wide variety of leaf structures and climbing tendrils. Hoya require bright light, some can handle direct light, some like to be sun stressed and some prefer bright, indirect light. Check for your specific lighting needs depending on which Hoya you have. Hoya need a well-drained soil. We recommend Espoma’s Organic Potting Mix with added orchid bark and/or perlite for extra drainage. These plants like to dry out between watering. Touch the leaves. If they feel soft and bendable to the touch, then it is time to water. During the growing season, fertilizing is the key to getting these plants to bloom. Use the Schultz All Purpose Plant Food at full strength - 1 x per month. Hoya thrive without a lot of fussing making them a great houseplant for the busy human. Hang or set about in your space and watch the room transform.

We just received a fresh shipment of Hoya including Pachyclada, Linearis, Australis Lisa, Krimson Queen, Curtsii, and more. If you have any further questions feel free to reach out to us by phone, Instagram, or email us at hello@tonkadale.com.

Happy planting!