Welcome to our guide to the Hoya Bilobata, all you need to know to care and propagate this plant, including soil, water, light and humidity.
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:||A Hoya Mix.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Root rot from overwatering.|
The hoya bilobata grows in the wild in the Philippines and is known for its crescents of red flowers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
60% or more is ideal as they are tropical plants, but they can be fine in drier parts of the home too.
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 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).
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.
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