When hoyas are given the care they need, they can produce spherical clusters of star-shaped flowers that will take your breath away. There are over 100 species of this incredible plant and each will need slightly different care in order to thrive.
That being said, there are certain things you can do to help your plant get what it needs in order to produce these beautiful flowers. This post will cover each so that you can start enjoying the flowers for yourself.
Environment to Help Your Hoya Flower
One of the most important aspects of helping your hoya bloom is creating an environment where it can bloom well. It needs to be properly fertilized as well as get enough water and sun.
Here’s a little more information on what you can do:
Increase the Light on Your Hoya – Hoyas need bright, indirect light in order to bloom. It is very important that you ensure that it doesn’t get direct sunlight. If you have to move it to southern-facing windows in order to increase the light on them, then make sure that you put up a sheer curtain to prevent your plant from becoming scorched.
Increase Nutrients in the Soil – Make sure that you are fertilizing your plant throughout the blooming season. It takes a lot of energy for your plant to flower and it will need to be fed in order to do so. Feed your plant fertilizer that has a higher phosphorus number, the P on the NPK ratio, which will help encourage the plant to bloom. A 5-10-5 fertilizer should do well.
Water Your Plant Regularly – While your hoya will need to be watered regularly, it is important that you allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. During the growing season, allow the top half of the soil to become dry. Water the plant a bit less during the winter. Make sure the water is room temperature before watering.
Increase the Humidity Around Your Plant – Your hoya should be kept in an environment that is at least 40% humidity (60% is better). To do this, you can mist your plant with a spray bottle periodically, use a humidifier, or place the plant on a dish with stones and water.
Appropriate Potting to Help Hoyas Bloom
You should only repot your hoya after the roots have become overly crowded. In those cases, go to a slightly larger pot. Hoyas enjoy crowding and many varieties require it in order to bloom. When repotting, use peat-based potting soil. Place it at the bottom of the new pot and water the whole plant thoroughly after the transplant.
Don’t remove the bare stem
Don’t remove the bare stems on your hoya plant. These are the stems where your flowers will bloom. Allow them to stay year after year. To encourage more stems on your plant, repot your hoya to a slightly larger pot every few years. Remember to not overdo it, however, as the roots enjoy crowding.
Don’t Move the Plant During Flowering Season
Hoyas do not like to be moved. Once you have set your plant in a place where it gets adequate sun, avoid relocating it to another area in your home.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Will I Need to Wait Until My New Hoya Flowers?
In order to bloom, hoyas need to reach full maturity, which will typically take between 3 to 7 years to reach depending on the variety. In some environments, it may take longer.
What Does a Hoya Bud Look Like When It First Starts?
The booms of a hoya plant look like a small cluster at the end of the bare stems. After a few weeks, it should bloom into the full clusters we know and love.