Gardening: Hoya One of the most beautiful flowering succulents in your pot and garden
One of the most beautiful flowering succulents, Hoya is suitable for growing both indoors and outdoors. Originating in East Asia and Australia, Hoya is one of the most popular succulents due to the very special appearance of its waxy flowers.
Perennial climbing or hanging branches, depending on the place where it will be placed, with a height that exceeds 3-4 meters. There are many varieties that differ mainly in the shape of the foliage but also the size and color of the flowers.
Its flowers grow in umbrella-like inflorescences, have an asteroid shape and each one consists of two parts. The exterior is covered with white hairs and the smaller interior, in the exact same shape that has a waxy texture and really looks like a small candle. They also have a special sweet, honey-like aroma, and often a nectar-like substance flows from the fully open flowers, something you should consider for indoor plants.
The flowers, depending on the variety, have a white, pink, purple, yellow or dark crimson hue and their heavy weight makes them tilt down. In the early stages of its development, Hoya needs the support of the central shoots, after the development of which the laterals are “knitted” on them, giving the foliage of the young plants a look that is quite similar to that of the Orchid.
Soil: Use a fully enriched topsoil for outdoor or indoor species, depending on where you place it, which has good drainage.
Location: It belongs to the species that can not withstand extremely low temperatures, strong air and direct sun exposure. Choose for Hoya a place with indirect sunlight, mainly morning and afternoon and places protected from the wind currents. Indoors, it should not be exposed to direct sunlight for many hours, but it needs indirect light, otherwise its flowering is aesthetically reduced. Plants that are outdoors during the winter are best moved to a warm, sheltered spot.
Watering: Like all succulents, the inside of the shoots-leaves of Hoya retains water, so in conditions of extreme cold it freezes and the plant is destroyed, but it needs moderate watering during spring and summer. Water 2-3 times a week, depending of course on the place where the plant is placed and the weather conditions and when the soil not only on the surface but also at a depth of a few centimeters begins to dry.
Fertilization: A liquid or granular fertilizer from early spring to autumn, every 2-3 weeks, is essential for rich flowering. All preparations for Orchids are also suitable for Hoya.
Pruning: After the end of flowering the shoots can be pruned up to 1/4 of their length, to favor their new growth and the plant to maintain its shape. When pruning, avoid removing large numbers from the “eyes” of the shoots, as new flowers are created in these areas.
Diseases: It does not belong to the species that are easily infected by weed-diseases, except for the yellow meligra, which most of the time does not cause damage to the foliage or the cotton that should be treated with a suitable preparation.
Transplantation: It can be transplanted in early spring or during autumn, before the weather gets colder, but in no case when it has started to produce flowers. During flowering, avoid even moving the pot. Hoya most of all is sensitive to … changes and the displacement of the plant to another location during or just before it begins to form buds can result in not only reduced but also complete cessation of flowering.
Hoya, depending on the variety, blooms gradually from mid-spring to early autumn and each flower has a long life. Its propagation is done mainly with cuttings that to take root can be placed not only in enriched soil but also in water. An important detail that you need to know in order not to be … disappointed from this really beautiful plant is that its first flowering usually takes place after 3-4 years during which only the foliage develops.
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