Hoya Imbricata

Hoya Imbricata

Welcome to our guide to hoya imbricata care and propagation. The key to hoya imbricata care is to give it something to climb up and remember it is an epiphyte – it must not sit in waterlogged soil.

Hoya Imbricata Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Mist them when the potting mix is almost dry.
Fertilizer:A diluted, high-nitrogen feed monthly in summer.
Temperature:21-33°C (70-91°F)
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.
Common issues:Overwatering is a real common issues as they are epiphytes.


The hoya imbricata is a climbing creeper, which grows a little bit like a monstera dubia. It will need a plank of wood or a moss pole or similar to climb on. This is not a houseplant for beginners to be honest, they can be quite fussy, most of all make sure you do not over water them!

See also: Hoya Pachyclada, Hoya Polyneura, Hoya Retusa Care, Hoya Serpens, Hoya Heuschkeliana.

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Hoya Imbricata Light Needs

Bright indirect sunlight is best. They will tolerate some direct too.

How Often to Water

They will need spraying and watering when their potting mix almost dries out. If you are growing it in leca or sphagnum moss it will be more obvious, you can see when it’s almost dry. They must not sit in soggy soil.


Use a well diluted high nitrogen feed in the summer, once a month.


This is a plant best not grown in soil, but in leca. You can also grow them in orchid bark. It really does not like to sit in soil, it grows up on the side of trees in the wild and so you must not plant it in heavy soil.

When To Repot

You can refresh the potting medium once every year or two.

Tip: they need something to climb on, so give them some wood, a moss pole, or even train them around a terracotta pot. The leaves grow much better when clung on a surface.

Hoya Imbricata Humidity

60% humidity is ideal to get the best out of it.


21-33°C (70-91°F) during the day, they like to be warm! Try to keep them above 10°C (50°F) at night or in the winter and avoid cold drafts.

A lot of people keep them in an open terrarium with a heat mat under it to keep the heat and humidity constant.

How To Propagate Hoya Imbricata

Propagate with cuttings in the warmer months, late spring is a great time. Take a section with 2 leaves and an extra node underneath. Pu it in a jar of filtered tap water, keeping the laves out of the water and the node, under the surface to root. Once it develops roots you pot it up.

Is it Toxic To Cats?

Good news! it is not toxic to cats.

Hoya Imbricata Flower

They bloom in white or yellow hairy blooms with darker centers. They smell strong and almost chemically sweet.

Hoya Imbricata Green

There is a a more vibrant green colored cultivar called the Hoya Imbricata Green Leaves.

Hoya Imbricata Vs Dischidia Imbricata

They are both shingling plants that love to climb up wood but can be told part as the Dischidia has much firmer and smaller leaves that form ovals and hold their shape well. The hoya imbricata has more paper-like, bigger leaves.

Where To Buy

Try one of these Rare Plant Shops. Or Etsy.

Hoya Imbricata FAQs and Common Problems

Look out for aphids, and as with all hoyas be careful of overwatering, the roots hate to sit in soggy soil.

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