It is not as difficult to maintain nor as sensitive as Hoya carnosa. Hoya Serpens. However, it isn’t as simple to maintain as the Hoya carnosa, either.
However, it’s the Hoya Mathilde is an epiphyte with small circular leaves that are light-coloured. If you take a look at the leaf’s undersides you’ll see they’re somewhat fuzzy too. In the warmer seasons, the plant will also produce bunches of fuzzy, fragrant white flowers with pink centres.
Hoya Mathilde Care
The Hoya Mathilde has tiny green leaves, with small white speckles. These plants thrive and keep their colour under moderate to bright, indirect light.
They do well in a bright area near a window so they are clear of the intense mid-day sun. It loves sunrise and late afternoon sun and will reward you with more attractive vegetation and a higher probability of blossoms.
Try to stay away from direct sunlight between the hours of 10:10 a.m. and between 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. when the sun’s sunlight is the harshest. It only takes around 1-2 hours to get this. If you continue to expose it for a long time, exposure, the leaves can become yellow, and some may even get burnt.
The Hoya Mathilde also does well in dim light. However, it’s not something I would want to have in this plant. This is because the less sunlight it gets, the less the chance of it blooming.
A good lighting system is a primary aspect of the production of flowers. Therefore, if you’d like to witness the Hoya Mathilde blooming regularly it is essential to pick a suitable spot.
It is the Hoya Mathilde is a warm weather-loving plant. It is an indigenous tropical plant It isn’t averse to extreme cold, including frost and snow.
On the other hand, the Hoya Mathilde is a great choice for those who want a temperature that is between 60 to eighty degrees F. It is at this temperature that it can thrive and will produce more leaves. The good thing is that it’s the same temperature range that the majority of households live in because people feel most at ease in this temperature range also.
Thus, aside from the need to avoid cold places, there’s nothing you have to do to keep your plant content indoors.
Outdoors, it is in USDA zones 10 and 11. It is the best for hardiness. It can remain outdoors all year long without fear of becoming too cold. In these areas, winters are extremely mild and are characterized by lots of sunshine. Now, it’s snowing.
Hoya Mathilde Humidity
Humidity isn’t a major problem for the Hoya Mathilde since it can endure normal humidity due to its succulent leaves.
If you examine the leaves of the plant you’ll see that the leaves are firm and firm. This is because they store water within their leaves. This helps them endure dry periods and less humidity.
The Hoya Mathilde has a perfect humidity range of between 40% to 60 per cent. This is the reason it can develop fast, grow the fastest leaves, and retain a very vibrant colour.
While it is true that the human body loves high humidity, you may be cautious about it because excessive humidity in the air can increase the danger of fungal and insect-borne diseases.
How Often to Water Hoya Mathilde
The Hoya Mathilde is a plant that has very minimal to no watering requirements. This is due to its lush leaves.
However, it is sensitive to excess watering.
So, when taking care of the plant, it’s always best to be in the dry zone rather than adding more water. It doesn’t need to be somewhat dry since it will endure dryness.
Like every other kind of plant try to avoid leaving it dry for prolonged durations of time. If this happens frequently and it is damaged, it could suffer too. It is the time of year when you need to water the Hoya Mathilde will be contingent on the time of the year.
- In the warmer months, the plant is growing rapidly. In addition, the warm weather and a lot of sunshine can cause the soil to dry out faster. This is why you must be sure to water your garden regularly to ensure that it stays hydrated.
- In the winter reduce the amount of watering as the plant takes time off from growth. Additionally, the cold conditions and the lower level of sunlight can keep soil moist longer. Therefore, you should reduce your frequency of watering.
The easiest way to adapt the timing to suit your needs is to be patient until the top 1-2 inches of soil is dry before adding additional water. This means that your watering schedule will adjust to the time of year automatically.
If you follow this method then the frequency of your would-be drinking will probably decrease to once per week (give or just a few days) in summer and every 2 or 3 weeks during the winter.
The way you water is just as crucial. It is recommended to soak the plant in water thoroughly and then let it drain immediately after. This is that you soak your root until it becomes saturated. It will be obvious when this happens when the liquid begins flowing out of the holes in the pot.
If you observe this then stop watering and let the soil be completely drained.
So the roots of the plant get the water they need and are not left in water for prolonged durations of time.
Hoya Mathilde Potting Soil
To allow the excess moisture to evaporate from the soil following the flooding of your root ball it’s crucial to select the correct soil.
The ideal soil to plant Hoya Mathilde will be well-drained light and allows for good aeration.
Because epiphytes are plants which means their roots are capable of breathing. Wild, they’re used to hanging on trees. Thus, their roots receive plenty of airflows.
This is why loose, airy soil is so important. It also ensures that any water is removed quickly. In this way, the roots will not be stuck in the water.
However, beware of dense soils and any other material that holds moisture since it will result in the soil being soaked with water. In this kind of environment, you’ll find that your Hoya Mathilde could be at risk of yellowing leaves, and eventually, root rot. Depending on the type of dirt you’ve got in your home, you could make one of the following DIY mixes of potting soils that are suitable for Hoya Mathilde. I like keeping things simple, so I work with fewer ingredients when possible.
- 2 parts peat moss and two parts peat
- 1 Part perlite
If you have pots of soil:
- 1 part potting soil
- 1 part pumice or perlite
It’s important to ensure that the mix can provide some form of drainage. In this case, it’s the perlite.
Naturally, it is possible to can make use of charcoal or pine bark, orchid bark vermiculite or pumice as well as wood from fir.
It is important to note that the soil
- Drains quickly
- This allows for good airflow to the roots.
- It is light and won’t be compacted
- Doesn’t remain wet or hold excessive amounts of water.
Hoya Mathilde Fertilizer
Hoya Mathilde Hoya Mathilde has low feeding requirements. However, it benefits from the nutrients. Therefore, it is essential to provide it with fertilizer during the growing season (spring as well as summer).
This allows it to grow and create more leaves.
You can apply an all-purpose liquid fertilizer that has been diluted to half strength, once a month or every two weeks. Begin once per month and see what the plant is doing.
Keep in mind that more isn’t always more effective when it comes to fertilizer. Commercial fertilizers are made up of salt that plants do not like. Salt is the way that nutrients get transported into the plants.
The more fertilizer you apply it’s the greater amount of salt that you’re giving to the plant.
Because Hoya Mathilde Hoya Mathilde is a light feeder, it’s an ideal idea to reduce the dosage by 50% to lower the possibility of burns to fertilizers due to the salt. There is no need to feed your plant during winter, as it can rest because of the frigid temperatures.
Flowers / Blooms
The Hoya Mathilde creates beautiful star-shaped, white flowers which measure fifteen millimetres in size. They feature red/pink centres, and a sweet scent.
These flowers will last around 5 days. However, it takes between 2 and three weeks for them to develop gradually. It happens between the spring and summer seasons.
Therefore, you must ensure that the plant receives plenty of bright, indirect light at this time to encourage it to bloom. The blooms are also arranged in umbels or clusters of flowers. Each umbel can contain anywhere from 10 to 40 flowers.
Perhaps the most important thing to understand is that Hoya Mathilde’s blooms grow in spurs. As the blooms begin to fade, you won’t need to deadhead them.
This is because trimming off any spurs can hinder the growth of future flowers.
Hoya Mathilde Pruning
As I mentioned above, it’s not a great decision to cut the spurs once the flowers have diminished. This is perhaps the most crucial aspect of pruning in the case of Hoya Mathilde, at least if you wish to keep it producing flowers.
This is because spurs in the natural world are perennial. So, new flowers originate out of the spurs, season after season. If you remove them, you will eliminate any growth possibility (which is unjust).
For the plant itself, it does not require much pruning.
You might need to be giving it a gentle cut now and again when the vines grow longer or begin to overlap each other. However, based on the way you plant it on your property, you may or might not require pruning often.
It is particularly effective if you allow the plant to climb upwards on support or run down from the hanging basket. Both of these allow it to develop in a controlled manner. This means that only it is only necessary to prune it back.
How to Propagate Hoya Mathilde
Hoya Mathilde Hoya Mathilde is usually propagated by cuttings of the stem. This is a simple way to increase the size of the plant. It’s easy and free. You can grow it at home without needing any special equipment.
If you are propagating through stem cuttings you can plant this new growth in water sphagnum-moss or even plant it directly into the soil.
The most popular method is to propagate your roots in water because this permits you to watch the growth of roots. However, eventually, you’ll have to transfer the cutting into the soil.
So, if you do not like the additional step of this it is possible to directly place the cut in the soil.
The most important thing to do is to ensure that the cutting has at minimum two leaf nodes as it is the place where new roots will sprout from.
It usually takes between 4 and 6 weeks for new roots to get insufficient length and volume.
Keep the cutting indirect light that is bright and bright in a moist, warm place to allow for maximum growth in the first few phases.
How to Repot or Transplant Hoya Mathilde
Indeed, the Hoya Mathilde seldom needs refilling. Most of the time you will only need to do it every two years.
The plant doesn’t have a huge root system. The roots of the plant will not be experiencing sudden growth spurts also.
It is more comfortable when it is kept a little cosy within its container. Also, keeping it slightly in its pot encourages flowers.
The trick is to not allow it to stay in a pot that is too tight.
This can eventually strain the plant and hinder its growth. Therefore, when roots begin to emerge through the holes in the base of your pot you can wait longer, but you should be prepared to pot it up again soon.
The most ideal time to plant is during the spring or the beginning of summer.
If you decide to do so select a new container, and make sure it is 2 inches bigger than the container you currently have. It will provide enough room for it to expand.
Is It Toxic/Poisonous to Humans, Cats & Dogs
It is important to note that the Hoya Mathilde is not considered to be harmful to humans or pets. It is, therefore, safe to be used in the vicinity of dogs, cats as well as young children.
However, it is not intended to be edible. Therefore, be careful not to let the plant chew or inhale any of the plants. This could cause adverse effects such as gagging or vomiting, as well as choking.
Problems & Troubleshooting
It is known that the Hoya Mathilde is susceptible to mealybugs due to its succulent leaves. The sapsuckers, which are white cotton-like, tend to be the more frequent insects to be on the lookout for. Even so, the plant could be targeted by other insects such as scale, thrips, as well as spider mites.
The most important thing to do is to detect them early.
They are simple to eliminate even if there are just a handful of them. So, finding them early is essential. This is because they multiply rapidly.
If you let them remain, they could become a complete infestation quickly. They can cause major damage and can be an issue to eliminate.
Diseases generally are not an issue for Hoya Mathilde. However, excessive moisture can increase the risk dramatically.
The overwatering of the soil, waterlogged soil and allowing leaves to remain wet are the most common causes of why leaf and root diseases occur. Each one of them is different as they are caused by various fungal and bacterial pathogens.
But, they accomplish the same similar thing. They damage the parts in the facility.
Leaf infections can include different forms of blight, mould as well as leaf spot disease. However, the most significant root issue is the getting rotten.
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Tochukwu is an experienced gardener and blogger for over 10 years. With the love he has for gardening, he decided to turn it into a daily business and offers advice on how to grow vegetables in Nigeria. His freelance work has brought him to produce significant research and ecological advice that is used globally. He is the author of Urban Gardening.