Welcome to our guide to Hoya Elliptica care, all you need to know to care and propagate this plant, including soil, water, light and humidity. The key is to let the soil dry out before watering it again.
Hoya Elliptica Care Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check weekly, make sure soil is 100% dry before watering again.|
|Fertilizer:||Use a balanced feed every month in spring and summer, a high phosphorous one when flowering.|
|Soil:||A mix of soil, perlite and orchid bark (Hoya Soil).|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Root rot from overwatering.|
The Hoya Elliptica is know for its big veiny elliptical leaves and impressive flowers. They are really impressive.
Hoya Elliptica Light Needs
Bright indirect sunlight is ideal, they will be fine less too. but will grow slower and bloom less. Give it indirect sun to encourage those magnificent flowers.
How Often To Water
They are used to growing on tree bark in the wild and so hate to sit in wet soil you must make sure the soil is 100% dry before watering again. Check it weekly.
Tip: underwatering is better than overwatering as they live in trees in the bark in the wild and so hate wet soil.
Use a balanced feed every month in spring and summer, you can switch to a high phosphorous one when flowering.
Hoya Elliptica Soil
A mix of soil, perlite and orchid bark is great. they must be a very well draining and chunky mix, they do not grow in the ground in the wild, but up in trees so heavy wet soil needs to be avoided.
See our guide: Hoya Soil which covers all you need to know about buying hoya soil or making your own mix.
Repot in Spring if the roots are crowded, make sure it has some extra root space over spring and summer as they can grow more in the warmer months.
Aim for over 60% as optimal, but they will be ok in a bit less. They are tolerant of most household conditions but do best at a higher humidity.
In the daytime 15-28°C (59-82°F) is ideal, try to keep them above 0°C (32°F) at night.
How to Propagate Hoya Elliptica
Take stem cuttings with a couple of leaves at the top of the cutting a couple of naked nodes at the bottom (you can strip the leaves off these) and then root them in water. Once they develop decent roots you can pot them up in a hoya soil mix.
Hoya Elliptica USDA Zones
They can live outdoors in zones 10-11.
Hoya Elliptica Sunstress
You can sun stress a hoya. You must be careful as you can burn them. You let them get slightly underwatered and leave them in direct sun a little bit longer each day. There is s fine line between the getting that rich coloration of sun stress or just burning the leaves to a crisp. So keep a close eye on it, and if you think you might be going too far, bring it into shade and water it a little.
They have really beautiful, white flowers that can bloom when quite young, within a year of taking a cutting. The blooms smell like dough.
Tip: give them warmth and light to encourage blooming.
Is It Toxic To Cats?
It is not toxic to cats and dogs.
Where To Buy
Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Hoya Elliptica FAQs and Common Problems
The biggest killer is root rot from letting them stand in wet soil or watering them too much. Be careful as they are epiphytes.
Buy: we recommend a digital thermometer hygrometer (amazon affiliate link) to measure humidity.
- More info on the Wikipedia page.
- More info on the Kew Gardens plant page.
- More info on the Vermont Hoyas plant page.
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