Hoya Bilobata
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Hoya Bilobata

Welcome to our guide to Hoya Bilobata care and propagation, including soil, water, light and humidity. They key to Hoya Bilobata is to give it plenty of humidity and indirect light, but do not over water it.

Hoya Bilobata Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Make sure soil is dry all the way down before watering it again. Check the soil weekly.
Fertilizer:A balanced feed monthly in the spring and summer.
Soil:Hoya Mix.
Humidity:60%.
Temperature:15-35°C (59-95°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Root rot from overwatering.

Introduction

The hoya bilobata grows in the wild in the Philippines and is known for its crescents of red flowers.

See also: Hoya Soil, Hoya Diptera, Hoya Krimson Princess, Hoya Fungii, Hoya Lauterbachii, Hoya Elliptica, Hoya Finlaysonii, Hoya Fitchii, Hoya Gracilis (Hoya Memoria), Hoya Wayetii.

Hoya Bilobata Light Needs

Give it bright indirect sunlight to encourage growth and flowering. It will be ok a bit further back from the window but may bloom less.

How Often To Water

It’s important not overwater these plants as they grow in tree bark in the wild and not wet soil. So make sure the soil is dry all the way down before watering it again. Check the soil weekly. They can get root rot very quickly.

Fertilizer

It does not need feeding, but can grow faster if you do. Give it a balanced feed monthly in the spring and summer.

Hoya Bilobata Soil

Use a hoya mix, suitable for epiphytes with orchid bark, perlite and potting compost, see our guide: Hoya Soil.

Tip: Sometimes hoyas come in a mix that holds on to water too much (which is ok for the young hoya cuttings, but not for bigger plants). I would let the plant acclimatize to your home for couple of weeks and then if the soil is not bark-based, repot it in a good, well draining Hoya Soil.

When to Repot

They are slow growing as houseplants go, so wont need repotting every year, but if you see their rotos getting crowded them give them a bigger pot.

Humidity

60% or more is ideal as they are tropical plants, but they can be fine in drier parts of the home too. They tend to do ok in most parts of the home, but thrive if given higher humidity levels.

Temperature

15-35°C (59-95°F) is a good range for the daytime, and keep a few degrees above freezing as a minimum temperature at night. This hoya will bloom in normal household temperatures.

How to Propagate Hoya Bilobata

I water prop my hoyas, I take stem cuttings about 15cm (6 inches) long and take the leaves from the bottom half, then put it in a jar of tap water to root for a month or so. Keep them somewhere bright but out of direct sun. They can take a one or two months to develop a good sized root system, then once rooted it can be potted up into soil.

Hoya Bilobata care - close up of plant
Hoya Bilobata – close up

Hoya Bilobata USDA Zone

Zones 10-11.

Hoya Tsangii Vs Bilobata

You can tell these plants apart as the tsangii has thinner, smaller and more delicate leaves.

Hoya Bilobata Bloom

They have a half-ball cluster of red flowers. The flowers have a caramel scent to them.

Hoya Bilobata Vs Burtoniae

They can be told apart by the flowers as the Burtoniae has pink flowers and the Bilobata has red.

Hoya Bilobata Vs Ds-70

The DS-70 is another name for a Burtoniae aff (meaning closely related to the Burtoniae).

For more on hoyas see our hoya category with all our hoya care guides.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

FAQs and Common Problems

Root rot from overwatering is really common, make sure your plant is planted in a chunky mix including orchid bark and perlite and that you let the mix dry out before watering again.


Additional Resources

Buy: we recommend a digital thermometer hygrometer (amazon affiliate link) to measure humidity.

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Other Articles You Might Like

There you have it, here ends our guide to this beautiful plant. You might also like our other articles:

Hoya Soil, Hoya Diptera, Hoya Krimson Princess, Hoya Fungii, Hoya Lauterbachii.

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