|Common Name||Wax plant, honey plant|
|Origin||Tropical Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands|
Here is a list of popular hoya varieties:
Also known as the Hindu Rope Plant, the Hoya Carnosa is one of the most popular varieties. This topical plant boasts both succulent vines and soft-pink wax-like flowers that bloom in summer.
The Hoya Kerrii is a rare hoya variety that has close-jointed stems with heart-shaped leaves. It produces brown-colored flowers.
Popular in Australia, the Hoya Australis can flower at any time throughout the year. Its large oval leaves will change color depending on its environment. The leaves will grow darker in lower light and lighter in brighter light.
The Hoya Kentiana has variegated long leaves that can come in white, pink, or green. While it may not bloom often, when it does, it will produce a star-shaped flower.
Also known as the “Shooting Star Hoya,” the Hoya Multiflora is a popular variety that is relatively easy to grow. It produces large, leathery leaves and soft-yellow flowers.
A rare variety, the Hoya Coronaria is a variety that keeps a low profile but has a long central stem that climbs. The recurve leaves are waxy on one side and hairy on the other.
How to Care for Indoor Hoya
Common Problems with Hoya
How Does Hoya Spread?
Hoya is typically spread through propagation or air layering. While both methods can be easy enough, you should know that the process can take a long time, and even after the plant roots, it still may grow very slowly.
To propagate, you will need to prune healthy parts of the plant and place them in potting soil with a rooting agent.
Companion Plants to a Hoya
The following plants can often grow alongside hoya and may compliment the plant (depending on the variety you have):
Lavender is a well-known and loved perennial herb that produces long stems with delicate buds and blooms. While the foliage can range in color from bright green to grey, the flowers are typically light purple but can come in other colors. They emit a floral scent that many people find calming. In fact, lavender is often used as a home remedy for sleep or stress relief. Lavender is fairly easy to grow and can be harvested up to several times per year (depending on the variety).
Aloe Vera Overview
A member of the lily family, Aloe Vera is a short-stemmed shrub that is very popular for its healing properties. The leaves of the plant are succulent and stand erect and contain a gel-like center that is often used to relieve burns or treat other skin issues. The Aloe Vera plant is typically light green and is easy to propagate. They typically enjoy warmer environments. They can grow to above three feet in length but are generally harvested more frequently.
Mandevillas are tropical (and subtropical) vines that produce big, fragrant flowers (generally between 2 to 4 inches wide) in several different colors including yellow, pink, red, and white. The vines are climbers and, therefore, can be trained along trellises, poles, and other decorative structures. Mandevilla vines can grow both indoors and outdoors in the right conditions and are very popular for container groupings. Grown outdoors, the plant can grow quite tall.
Purslane is an annual that grows relatively short, but wide as it branches out from its base. The round or oval shaped leaves are thick ad range from a brownish red to light green depending on the variety, they tend to cluster more toward the top of each stem. The plant flowers are small and yellow, containing 5 petals that will open on sunny mornings. The plant will typically bloom for about two months during the summer.
Moss Rose Overview
Known for its small, pretty flowers that resemble miniature roses, the Moss Rose is a spreading plant that is low growing. The cylindrical leaves and stems are succulent-like, storing water for the plant to use over time. The plant is hardy and can last even in drought-like conditions. There are many varieties that produce several different colors of flowers from pink, to red, to yellow. The plant is generally small, growing no more than a foot high.
Plants that are Similar to Hoya
The following plants are similar to hoya in some way. Read on to learn what other plants you can grow:
Spider Plant Overview
Known for its ability to clean the air in your home, the spider plant is a plant that grows long, variegated stems. Colors range from green to cream to white depending on the variety. The plant also produces smaller versions of itself on long stems that can be easily propagated in a new pot. Many homeowners will place them on a higher shelf to allow the leaves and stems to drape down, but they also look great in a hanging pot.
Snake Plant Overview
Also known as “Mother-in-Law’s-Tongue,” the Snake Plant is a popular plant that can grow up to 4 feet tall with proper care. The plant is created with sword-shaped leaves the grow directly from the base. The leaves will vary in color between light and dark green as well as a bluish green. Not only is the Snake Plant a hardy plant that can grow in a variety of conditions, but it is also known as a plant that will help clean the air in your home.
English Ivy Overview
Although the English Ivy is considered an invasive plant in many outdoor areas, it is the perfect indoor plant for busy people. This perennial vine comes in many varieties ranging in size. Some people keep smaller varieties in terrariums, while others will keep a variegated variety in a pot and have it climb around the frame of a windowsill. Without pruning, the vines of the English Ivy can grow quite long, reaching at least 90 feet.
Depending on the variety, a philodendron’s leaves may vary from green, purple, red, or copper. Grown leaves will range from 10-16 inches that are arrow-shaped and have veins that will occasionally contrast with the color of the leaf. Not only are these plants popular in many homes, but they are also said to remove harmful toxins (such as formaldehyde) from the air. The plant will typically grow to be about 3 feet tall, but can be quite wide.
Arrowhead Plant Overview
Also known as the Arrowhead Vine, the Arrowhead Plant can grow to up to 6 feet tall indoors. The plant is named for the spade-like shape of its leaves, though each will start as a softer heart shape before maturing. This vine will grow very quickly, and will need to be trimmed in order to keep it under control. There are several varieties available that will range in variegated leaves that will include hues of pink or light green.