Hoya Shooting Star

Hoya Shooting Star

Posted by Hannah Brand on Jun 23rd 2024

Weekly Plant Chat: Hoya Shooting Star

Hey Plant Friends!

This week we are talking about Hoya multiflora ‘Shooting Star’. Hoya are known for their waxy foliage and extra-terrestrial blooms. This specific variety is named for its fireworks-like display of blooms. Hoya are one of the easiest groups of plants to care for with a few care tips to get you started. There are hundreds of varieties to collect - once you start, you can't stop!

Family of Origin

Hoya belong to the Apocynaceae or dogbane plant family, which includes dischidia, milkweed, and plumeria to name just a few. Hoya are native to several countries in Asia including the Philippines, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Polynesia, New Guinea, and many species are also found in Australia.

Plant Care


Hoya thrive in bright, indirect light. Bright light will promote bright leaf coloration, variegation, and blooming.


Hoya are epiphytes (a plant that grows on the surface of another plant) so naturally they are going to need a well-draining, chunky soil mix. We recommend using Sol Soils Houseplant Chunky Mix.


Allow your hoya to dry down at least halfway before giving it a good soak. A good way to tell if your Hoya is thirsty is by touching the leaves, they will be bendable and soft to the touch if they need water.


Fertilize with Schultz All-Purpose Liquid Plant Food during the summer months for new growth and beautiful blooms. Cut fertilizer routine in half in the fall and winter as your plant growth slows.

Hot Tips

Keep an eye out for common pests such as mealy bugs and spider mites. Check for pests weekly while watering and keep a bottle of Bonide’s Insecticidal Soap on hand for easy treatment.

Hoya are pet safe plants and non-toxic to cats and dogs.

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Hoya ‘Shooting Star’ is available in 6” pots in the greenhouse.

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