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Why Hoya's?

Updated: Mar 10, 2022

How did I come across Hoya's and above all, how do I come to sell them myself? Here's why I'm so infatuated with Hoya's.

Hoya onychoides in weißem Übertopf, hoyas kaufen, Übertopf kaufen
Hoya onychoides

At the beginning I would like to mention right away that my Fici only grew crispy🤣

“Normality is a paved road, easy to walk on - but no flowers grow on it.” Vincent Van Gogh 1853 - 1890

Why Hoya's? As mentioned above, I've never been very good with houseplants. At least that's what I thought until I found wax flowers through my aunt. She said I should try them, because they can't be killed. I wanted to accept this challenge, so I came across my first Hoya. After that I started watching videos and pictures about the plant, I really wanted to see it bloom. At that time, it was almost impossible to find a Hoya in regular garden centers in austria, it was mostly by chance and often they were labeled wrong. Long story short, one Hoya turned into 3 and then they came to my house in orders, like big orders.

Care tips for wax flower

Needless to say, that my first Hoya's really survived, right? Well, now you know. So I can only say that everyone can hold a Hoya. Hoya's are very easy to care for and hardy if you follow a few simple rules.

Rule #1 - Less is more when it comes to watering

Hoya's belong to the milkweed family within the dogbane family. With their predominantly thick leaves, they are among the succulent plants, so you should be very careful with watering. Hoya's can develop root rot relatively quickly if they are not allowed to dry out in between waterings. You could almost compare them to orchids and they have something else in common:

Rule # 2 - Hoya's love to climb, because most of them are epiphyts

This means that they grow in and on trees. However, they differ fundamentally from orchids, as of growth of Hoya's usually begins on the ground. So I would always recommend you give your plant something to trellis on, it will thank you with leaves. Yes, many Hoya collectors also leave their plants hanging, that is also possible, but it does depend entirely on the variety. The offshoots usually find their way up anyway, whether on the wall or on the shelf.

Rule # 3 - Hoya's grow a lot better in strong indirect light areas

The more light you give your wax flower, the better it will grow. I would also like to mention the blossoms of the Hoya, which you will see from variety to variety at different times of the year and time of day. But they all have one thing in common, they need a lot of indirect light to develop. Indirectl light is the key, as many Hoya's react to direct sunlight with sunburn and too much sunburn can result in shedding the affected leaves and even death of the plant in severe cases.

In general, a lot of people would say that the rules apply to all houseplants and yes, that might be true for a lot of houseplants. But not every houseplant survives a longer dry period as well as a hoya, not every house plant rewards you with such beautiful, often fragrant flowers and not every house plant grows as vigorously as a hoya. So now you know why I got stuck at Hoya's, well, and also because of the diversity of species. It is said that there are around 800 different varieties worldwide and new varieties are still being discovered. So, once started, the collection potential is huge.

I'm very curious about your experiences, and please leave your personal care tips below. Of course you can also ask your questions below and we will be happy to help.

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