Hoyas invited themselves into my life. I was not particularly drawn to them but the generous people around me are. I often receive propagations or cuttings as presents. Plants are plants and I will grow them all.
I just realized I have a good amount of them now when I noticed my fastest growing plants of the moment – hoyas!
These plants are ideal for beginners, at least the common varieties, since they do not need watering every day and readily available.
Most have waxy leaves and you only water them when the leaves feel papery or thin. Overwater them and they will quickly decline! The only other requirement is plenty of bright, indirect light and your hoyas will thrive. Here are some that I am enjoying now:
Also known as Hoya Splash, this hoya pubicalyx comes in different varieties determined by the color of their flower. I am more in love with the splashy leaves than the flowers though. I have several of these, large and small, and they propagate like a charm. This particular one on the photo started from a one leaf cutting two months back and it has grown into a small plant that fast. Super rewarding to grow!
Hoya Carnosa Compacta
Two words: chunky leaves. How cute are these? They remind me of spaghetti and The Parmigiana Whisperer. I wish I could eat it. The plant, not Irene. The only catch is they grow slow. At least mine does. It has not done a thing since my sister gave it to me. Maybe the trick is to buy a large plant so you can enjoy it. I saw a video from a store in The Netherlands where pots with 10 ft long vines are sold for €9. I am crying.
My aunt has one that climbs up a tree. It is so large that it has blanketed the trunk of their glorious santol or cotton fruit tree. I love the fat leaves on mine and it sunstresses really nicely, making the leaves turn red.
Hoya Macrophylla Albomarginata
The name sounds like a spell from Harry Potter, doesn’t it? I have only had this plant for a couple of months but it has grown so much. I think I started with four leaves but look where we are now! This plant alerted me to how fast hoyas grow. I could barely keep up with it! I love how the small leaves come out of its tendrils. Like leaves for ants.
Unlike the waxy hoyas, Hoya Sunrise needs more frequent watering, say once every three days or so? It is still not much to ask for, right? I have tried propagating these in soil and in water and both works. Again, this grows really fast. The main plant is overflowing from its hanging pot – really pretty.
Hoya Kerrii Variegata
Aren’t the heart-shaped leaves the cutest? Also known as the Valentine Hoya, this plant is mostly sold everywhere as a single-leaf cutting like the one on my skull pot. However, single leaf cuttings are not likely to grow into a plant. It will live in this cute way but do not expect more leaves to show up. If you want a full plant, get a cutting with stems, or even better, pick up an actual plant with at least three leaves.
My interest in Hoya Cumingiana grew when I learned it was endemic to The Philippines. I campaign for all Filipino gardeners or houseplant hobbyists to have one! My father has kept one for so long and it basically takes care of itself. I love its coin-shaped leaves and whimsical stems. It makes me think of a fun octopus actually. I like gifting it to people. Love your own, of course!
I do not know if this counts as a hoya collection. I have not bought a single one of these but I enjoy growing them because they are easy and non-demanding. Which hoya do you like best?