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  • Writer's pictureRachelle Ford

Hoya Plant Care Cheat Sheet

Hoyas are primarily slow growing houseplants that come in lots of different shapes, textures, colors, and have wonderful smelling blooms if you are lucky enough to get some. They are also pet friendly and are non-toxic to cats and dogs.

Lighting: This species can handle low light, however it won't bloom without bright indirect light. In fact, most Hoya's thick leaves can tolerate being sun stressed from 3-4 hours of direct light on the foliage. To maintain the plant's size, a minimum of 100 FC is required. For good growth, 200 FC is ideal.

Watering: This plant likes to dry out majority of the way between watering. Hoyas store water in their thick waxy leaves and can handle going quite a while without water, depending on their lighting situation. The foliage will start to wrinkle when it's thirsty.


This quick cheat sheet is meant to give you tips and tricks for how to best care for your plant. All of the information above is based on my personal experience and advice with houseplants and the lighting requirements are a reference from Daryl Chang of House Plant Journal.

*FC is lighting measured in Foot Candles and requires a light meter to get an accurate reading.

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