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The Hoya Handbook: A Beginner's Guide to Green Thumb Success


Are you ready to dive into the magical realm of hoyas, where every leaf tells a story and every bloom is a celebration? If you're ready to embark on a journey filled with greenery, charm, and a touch of whimsy, then hoyas are the perfect companions for your plant-loving soul. Let's explore the secrets of hoya care and unlock the mysteries of these captivating creatures.



  1. Lighting : Picture your hoya lounging in a sunbeam, basking in all its glory. These sun-loving darlings thrive in bright, indirect light, so find them a sunny spot by a window where they can soak up the rays without getting scorched. They're not fussy about the specifics; just keep them away from harsh midday sun to prevent any leafy sunburns. East facing windows are ideal.

  2. Watering: When it comes to watering your hoya, think of it as a delicate dance rather than a vigorous workout. Let the soil dry out between waterings, and then give them a sip to quench their thirst. It's all about finding that perfect balance—neither too dry nor too soggy. Your hoya will thank you with lush, vibrant foliage in return.

  3. Temperature: Hoyas are the epitome of cool, but they do have their limits. Keep them cozy in temperatures ranging from 60°F to 80°F. Due to our Northern Illinois climate, their growth will slow significantly in the winter.

  4. Potting Size: No need for a ton of repotting with these friends! Keep your hoya nice and tight in it's pot to help it feel secure. Choose a well-draining potting mix to keep them happy and prevent any soggy soil situations. After all, nobody likes soggy socks, especially not your hoya!

  5. Fertilizer Finesse: Treat your hoya to a little organic fertilizer feast during the growing season (March-October ). An organic fertilizer will provide the nutrients they need to thrive without overwhelming their delicate sensibilities. Remember, a little goes a long way in the world of hoyas.

  6. Pruning Party: Sometimes, a little trim is all it takes to unleash your hoya's inner beauty. Cut back any leafy stems that have grown too long and stick the cut stem back into the soil to reroot and start again. This keeps you hoya nice, full and happy.

  7. Blooming Bliss: Last but certainly not least, let's talk about the pièce de résistance—the hoya blooms. These ethereal beauties may take their time to appear, but when they do, they steal the show with their waxy petals and intoxicating fragrance. Be patient, dear friend, for the bloom of your dreams is just around the corner.

Caring for hoyas is a delightful adventure filled with twists, turns, and a whole lot of leafy love. With a little patience, a sprinkle of magic, and a dash of green-thumb finesse, your hoya will thrive and become the star of your indoor jungle. So, grab your watering can, put on your gardening gloves, and let's embark on this whimsical journey together!



The Quick:

Hoya Care

Lighting: Bright Indirect, East facing window or grow light is best

Water: Water when almost completely dry. Usually 7-10 days for a 4in pot

Fertilizer: Organic - We love Joyful Dirt, Arbor or We the Wild

Pet Friendly - Yes



Purchase Hoya's from GROW here. During the cold months, all plant purchases are in-store pickup at our shop in Geneva Illinois. We happily ship from Mid-April through Mid-October


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