Hoya Macrophyllas can be long-lived and low-maintenance succulent vines. I’m here to discuss the specifics of this plant and some tips and tricks for caring for it.
Hoyas, also called Wax plants, seem to have become very popular among houseplant lovers.
They prefer light soil that is well-drained and moderate watering.
The plant’s sturdy green leaves are surrounded by yellow tendrils that fade to yellow and can be seen reaching out for something.
Hoya Macrophyllas flowering plants and their flowers appear in clusters of small, star-shaped white, creamy-colored blooms with a touch of pink.
Let’s dive into the plant’s origins and how to help it thrive indoors.
Some background information on Hoya Macrophylla
Austral-Asia is Hoya macrophylla’s original habitat.
Although there were once over 500 species of Hoyas, their numbers have declined significantly due to deforestation.
Epiphytes are Hoya macrophyllas. An epiphyte organism grows on the surface of other plants. You can see most Hoyas crawling up trees and climbing up canopies.
They collect nutrients from mist and fog, rain, rain, air, the surface of any plant they are chilling on, and other factors.
They flower when they bloom, which is quite common in nature. Their flowers have an odorless day and then emit a pleasant scent at night.
Because their pollinators tend to be nocturnal,
It is a distinctive smell many people liken to chocolate and sweaty socks. However, this doesn’t stop anyone from buying a Hoya macrophylla.
Many people still claim they smell like hyacinths but deny any foul odors.
Local tribes believe they can cure cancer. However, this is not yet proven scientifically.
Hoya Macrophylla Plant Care Essentials
Hoya macrophyllas are native to limestone regions. Therefore, it prefers alkaline soil.
This means you need to avoid peat because it is acidic. Second, you can add crushed eggshells and oyster shells.
They’re full of calcium, making potted Hoya macrophyllas feel more at home.
Mix one part regular potting mix with organic cactus or regular potting mix, one portion perlite for aeration, and one part organic orchid mixture rich in charcoal.
You should place a Hoya macrophylla just a few feet from an east-facing window that receives a lot of sunlight and avoid long periods of direct sunlight.
Hanging your Hoya macrophylla with a modern macrame hanger is a good idea. It should be far from the sun to keep it cool but not too close to a window. Also, the plant must be hung low enough to let enough light through. Otherwise, it could lose its leaves and look wilted.
We can see hot weather, with some rain but not enough, if we return to the natural habitat for Hoya macrophyllas.
They like to dry completely before being placed in a pot. This is why I’m cautious and enjoy inspecting plants before watering them.
Do the roots come out clean if I put my finger into the pot? How about the bottom? Check the soil using the drainage holes. If it is dry, it’s time to give it a good soak.
I then dunk the container in water, hold it for a few minutes, so it doesn’t float to the top, and let it rest for at least half an hour. Next, I take a watering container with a thin spout. Then, I water the soil to make sure it’s evenly moistened.
This, my friends, is what I call a thorough watering.
All that I do is because, much like Senecio Rowleyanus or String Of pearls, it has shallow roots that sometimes don’t reach the bottom of the pot. This is especially true if the plant was recently replanted into a larger one.
It is important to drain it afterward so that there are no drips.
As with many other plantophiles, I recommend watering your plants with aquarium water when possible. Otherwise, rain or distilled water is sufficient. Avoid tap water.
These crawling beauties love it hot, as I mentioned before. You can get as tropical as possible. You can keep your Hoya macrophylla outdoors if you live in a hot area all year.
If you live in a temperate area, I would advise against it. Also, once temperatures drop below 55-60 degrees F (12-15 C), your Hoya macrophylla goes into dormancy.
This is not something to worry about. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the plant will die. Please keep it in a bright spot and wait for the spring to come.
Hoya macrophylla can enjoy a high humidity level of up to 90% in its natural habitat. Without a terrarium, this is not possible in your home.
They seem fine, with humidity levels of around 40% or higher.
They will appreciate regular, ample, consistent daily misting and humidification. This is except when they are in bloom or budding.
It might seem tempting to place your Hoyas together to increase humidity, but this is not a good idea. They are susceptible to mold and other fungi.
fertilize my plants monthly using organic fertilizer in the growing season. I wouldn’t say I like the smell of fish emulsion.
I reduce the strength of my fertilizer by half and continue to feed it when it is dormant.
People have reported great success spraying Hoya Macrophyllas with orchid fertilizer.
It would help if you did not place them in the sun afterward, as this could cause the leaves to burn.
You are sure to love this plant. It is simple to propagate your Hoya macrophylla. I do it every year, and my family and friends all have at least one Hoya spawn.
I recommend propagating by the stem (tendril) in water or long-fiber sphagnum moss.
They will be more able to adapt to the soil if they are rooted in sphagnum. You can wet the root system to remove the Moss, but it is not a problem.
These are the steps to propagate your Hoya Macrophylla.
Follow these steps to enjoy the plant that gives.
1. You should not cut off a budding tendril. They rarely survive, in my experience.
2. To propagate, you only need one or two of the following nodes: A minimum of one leaf is required to propagate, but it’s better to have two.
3. This can be placed in water or sphagnum Moss to keep it moist.
4. To increase the moisture, place a plastic bag on top of your cutting. Rooting requires warmth and moisture.
5. Give it two to three weeks. Once you can see roots at least two inches in height, your cutting is ready for potting.
They don’t grow fast. You can let them hang or encourage them to climb a trellis or moss stick as it would in natural life.
Before repotting, I let my Hoya Macrophylla become almost root-bound.
It should be potted in soil that is at least one-third orchid bark. This is because orchid bark deteriorates and becomes acidic after two years. I recommend repotting the orchid in this tempo.
Repotting does not necessarily require you to increase the size of your pot. However, your Hoya must stay as snug as possible for as long as possible.
Hanging your Hoya Macrophylla on tree bark is an excellent option if you’re creative and enjoy DIY projects.
This is how ferns are usually planted. Although it’s not an easy job, you can make a large piece of bark or porous wooden to hold the Hoya and then cover the roots with Moss.
Next, secure the whole thing with a nylon thread that will not be visible.
You can hang the bark piece on a wall as a living painting.
Although this gadget needs to be watered more frequently than a potted Hoya Macrophylla plant, it will still be great for any room if you want to add greenery to your walls and create an urban jungle.
Hoya Macrophylla: Common Problems
This plant is very resilient, and I have never had any problems with it.
As always mealybugs, they aren’t selective about who they choose to eat.
Mealybugs, which look like cotton balls, are tiny crawlers with no wings. They can cause serious damage to plants despite their adorable appearance.
If your Hoya Macrophylla leaves are yellowing or curling, and you’re sure it hasn’t been overwatered, look under the leaves for pests.
If you find them, the first thing to do is to quarantine your plant, so they don’t spread. Next, remove them physically with a Q-tip dipped into alcohol.
This should be done as often as possible to ensure the bugs go away. It would be a good idea to adjust your plant’s living environment to ensure the bugs don’t return.
Mealybugs are attracted to hot, humid, and high-quality nitrogen environments. It would be a good idea to delay fertilizing and misting your plants for a while.
Mold and Fungus
Mold is another problem you might face, especially if it is frequently misting or you live in a warmer environment.
Mealybugs and mold often go hand in hand because they produce sticky sap, which encourages mold growth.
Poor air circulation is another factor that contributes to mold. There is an easy way to prevent both of these problems. Regular Neem oil treatment is a good idea.
Non-toxic vegetable oil will protect your Hoya Macrophylla against insects and fungus. It will also make your plant’s foliage shine.
Their sweet sap may attract spiders while they are in bloom. Aphids are also known as plant lice or greenflies. They feed on the sap and come in many colors.
They can be found in large numbers underneath leaves or bundled up around the stems, buds, and stems of your Hoya Macrophylla.
They are very slow and easy to remove with soap, water spraying, or water.
Neem oil can also be used to control their growth. They can multiply quickly, so it is important to persist and continue this process until they are gone.
You can find our detailed guide to identifying and eliminating aphids right here.
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Tips to Keep Hoya Macrophylla Problem-Free
You might be worried about your Hoya Macrophylla’s watering needs, so that you could use a terracotta container.
Terracotta and clay pots are porous, so that they will draw water from the soil. This will prevent root rot or stagnant water.
Because sphagnum moss may not be readily available, I have a trick to trick the plant into accepting soil with less stress.
You can add soil to the water once you have a few inches of roots.
This is done spoon-by-spoon every 3-4 days. Then, I gradually replace all the water with soil.
This allows the roots to adjust to a darker and denser environment. It will also increase your chances of success in propagating any plant.
To remove dirt and dust from the Hoya Macrophylla leaves, use a towel or tissue dipped in the water.
This will give the plant a healthy, fresh look, allowing it to breathe more easily.
Conclusion On Hoya Macrophylla Care
Hoya Macrophyllas is an excellent match for anyone looking to have a piece of the jungle in their home.
A Hoya Macrophylla can be planted in a pot or hung from a piece of bark. Or it can run up a trellis.
It will love you and will return the favor with flowers that will attract guests to your home.