Hoya Obovata 25cm Hanging Basket
Common Name: Wax Plant, Porcelain Flower
Bright Indirect Light, some sunlight will do it some good but not the hot afternoon sun
Feed with liquid fertiliser every 2 weeks
Hoya obovata is a species of the Hoya genus, commonly known as the Wax Plant. It is a popular houseplant appreciated for its attractive foliage and occasional clusters of fragrant flowers.
Appearance: Hoya obovata features thick, leathery leaves that are generally oval-shaped or obovate (wider towards the tip). The leaves have a glossy texture and are typically dark green in colour. The veins on the leaves are prominent and add to the plant’s visual appeal.
Flowers: Hoya obovata produces clusters of small, star-shaped flowers. The flowers have a pale pink to white coloration and emit a pleasant fragrance. While the flowers are not as showy as some other Hoya species, they can still add beauty to the plant when in bloom.
Growth Habit: This Hoya species has a climbing growth habit. It develops long vines that can be trained to climb a trellis, moss pole, or allowed to cascade from a hanging basket. The vines may develop aerial roots that help the plant cling to surfaces for support.
Lighting Requirements: Hoya obovata thrives in bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some morning or evening sun, but direct sunlight should be avoided as it can burn the leaves. Place the plant near a window with filtered light or provide artificial light if needed.
Temperature and Humidity: Hoya obovata prefers average room temperatures between 15-24°C. It can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures, but avoid exposing it to cold drafts. The plant appreciates moderate to high humidity levels, so misting the leaves or using a humidifier can be beneficial.
Watering: Allow the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil to dry out before watering the plant. Hoya obovata prefers a well-draining soil mix, and it’s important not to overwater to prevent root rot. Water thoroughly but allow the excess water to drain away.
Soil and Fertiliser: Use a well-draining soil mix specifically formulated for succulents or orchids. Adding perlite or orchid bark can improve drainage. Fertilise the plant during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertiliser diluted to half strength.
Pruning and Maintenance: Prune Hoya obovata to control its size and shape. Remove any dead or yellowing leaves and trim back excessively long vines to maintain a more compact and bushier appearance. Pruning can also stimulate new growth and enhance the overall appearance of the plant.
Hoya Obovata 25cm H/B