Hoya Linearis ‘Wax Plant’

Hoya Linearis 'Wax Plant'

The hoya linearis is an excellent houseplant for hanging or climbing; it has curved, dark green, glossy leaves.

The Hoya Linearis is native to South Asia and grows in countries like Nepal, China, India, and Burma.

It is a plant of an epiphytic nature, you can say its development is slow, but over time its stems can reach more than 1 m in length.

It has thin stems and long, hairy, dark green fleshy leaves, which are concave at the top and rounded at the bottom.

The inflorescences have a less rounded appearance than other Hoyas; these are numerous and are made up of fairly small flowers.

These plants enjoy blooms of intense fragrance; some are even somewhat cloying.

The flower produces long stems capable of stretching up to six meters, which are completely covered with the singular leaves that grow in curvature and that at the beginning of the plant’s life are somewhat whitish and later turn greenish-gray.

These clustered spring inflorescences hold many small hanging flowers.

The perfume of the succulent tends to intensify towards the afternoon, especially at night.

Umbels can have a few flowers grouped up to a considerable number.

The waxy-touch flowers have five triangular, white petals with fleshy-colored star-shaped centers.

It is not convenient to move the plant when forming the first flower buds; changing the location during this phase can cause the loss of the flowers.

The inflorescence stem blooms again and, therefore, should not be removed.

Its growth allows it to be placed in a hanging pot where it will show great beauty or a prop to support its flexible stems.

Given the slow nature of its growth, it is better to plant several seedlings in the same pot.

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Hoya Linearis ‘Wax Plant’ Care:

Illumination:

The Hoya Linearis needs high lighting and bright light, especially if we want it to flourish.

It could also survive in poor lighting, but its stems will grow weaker.

My recommendation is that you place it in a place of the house where the most intense light reaches.

During winter its recommended to use artificial light for plants; it can improve the well-being of the plant.

The quality of flowering will depend on the light factor. Don’t neglect it.

Temperature:

The minimum tolerated is 10 °C/50°F. If you grow this plant in a stable environment of around 19 °C/66°F or a little higher, La Hoya will always be grateful.

It resists the heat, although it is recommended to avoid that the Hoya Linearis withstand temperatures higher than 30 °C/86°F.

Watering:

Watering is the most delicate point of care for La Hoya Linearis. This plant needs to be well hydrated but without flooding it.

My recommendation is that you water it once a week in summer and that you observe the soil.

The moment you see that the root ball (the central part) begins to dry, spray a little water until it is wet again.

It is important to prevent the root ball from drying out because this can be very detrimental to its development.

Therefore, to avoid waterlogging, I advise you to water it once a week and spray the soil a little if you see it begin to dry.

Do the same in winter, but space the watering more since having cooler temperatures will keep the plant humid for longer.

In times of plant growth, watering must be very moderate, always taking care that the top layer has dried before spraying with water again. That is a rule that you must always adhere to.

Substratum:

It grows very well on commercial substrates for succulent plants as they are highly aerated and allow rapid drainage of water.

Said substrate can be enriched every three months with earthworm humus and crushed charcoal to achieve more vigorous growth.

Plantation or transplant

Changing every 2 to 3 years to a slightly larger pot is enough.

Doing a plant transplant shouldn’t be a very complicated job if you follow the appropriate steps.

If you are going to a larger planter, you must ensure that it will be appropriate for the plant.

All plant pots should have a vent in the base for excess water to drain out.

If it goes to the garden, you have to make a hole wide and deep enough to protect the roots.

It is necessary that the destination has good soil, nourished, and that it is humid.

The best time to transplant is spring-summer.

Fertilizer

When the flowering time arrives, the Hoya needs to be helped by a mineral fertilizer that is applied in the irrigation every 2 to 3 weeks.

You can use natural fertilizer like eggshells, bones, or coffee.

Diseases

It’s fairly resistant to pests, although it can suffer from infestations of mealybugs, mites, and aphids. 

Pests generally appear in dehydrated plants or under some stress caused by errors in cultivation; only weak plants are infested.

Pruning:

This plant does not need it. Only remove leaves or flowers that are already dry.

Propagation:

The hoya linearis is propagated quite well by means of cuttings.

I recommend cutting the healthiest and most flexible stems.

As a general rule, the size of the cutting should not exceed approximately 20 centimeters, but this length may vary depending on the species.

When carrying out this gardening process, you should use gardening scissors or sharp knife.

After treating the cutting and removing the lower leaves, it is time to prepare the container in which it will be placed.

Place the leaves in a pot with a substrate composed of soil, sand, and water.

If you have decided to root the cuttings in a container of soil, you should keep them moist.

In the first days you may see wilt, but do not worry, it is totally normal.

Cover them lightly at the top with a loose plastic bag to keep that moisture the plants need while they are forming roots.

Once the cuttings have rooted correctly, it is time to grow them in the final pot or, in other words, transplant them to the desired location.

For this, you must remove the cuttings, with great care, and plant each one at a depth of approximately three-fourths of its total length.