Welcome to our hoya mathilde care guide. The hoya mathilde needs to be treated with caution and not overwatered, as it is epiphytic. We cover all you need to know about plant care and propagation…
Hoya Mathilde Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check it once a week and water when dry.|
|Fertilizer:||A well diluted balanced feed once a month in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A cactus mix mixed with the same amount of orchid mix.|
|Where to buy:||Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.|
|Common issues:||Root rot from overwatering.|
The hoya mathilde is a vining hoya that is a mixture of a hoya carnosa with a hoya serpens, it is a small, easy going hoya.
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Hoya Mathilde Light Needs
Bright indirect sunlight is ideal, but don’t give them any direct. Off to the side of a bright window is a great spot for it.
How Often to Water
You can tell when a hoya needs watering as it’s leaves are thinner. The soil will be dry too. Check it once a week and only water it if the soil is dry all the way down. They can get root rot easily, so don’t be tempted to give them water unless they are already dry. Make sure the water runs off after watering, or tip it out, so the plant is not sat in a saucer of water, as this can cause root rot.
Hoya Mathilde Fertilizer
Feed a well diluted balanced feed every 3 or 4 weeks in spring and summer to encourage growth. They’ll be ok if not fed but can grow much quicker if you feed them regularly in the warmer growing months.
They like a really well draining potting mix, a cactus mix mixed with the same amount of orchid mix (bark and perlite) is a good and easy to make mix for them. It is really important the medium is very well draining and does not hold on to soil. For more on hoya soil (what to buy and how to make your own) see our guide here: Hoya Soil.
When To Repot
They do not need to be repotted regularly, in fact they like to be a bit root bound. Repot them once they become really crowded. It’s a good idea to check the plant about Easter time, so you can repot them if needed and give the roots space to grow over the coming growing months.
Hoya Mathilde Humidity
50% is ideal to encourage growth. They will do well if you can give them 60% or more, too. Higher humidity levels can really encourage growth.
Tip: give your Hoya Mathilde 60% humidity, to encourage growth and plenty of light (no direct though). They can go from almost dormant to a big growth spurt if given the right conditions.
Aim for 15-28°C (59-82°F) during the day, towards the higher end of this is better for growth. And keep them above 5°C (41°F) as a minimum temperature at night and in the winter.
How To Propagate Hoya Mathilde
You can propagate a hoya mathilde by taking stem cuttings and rooting them in water. You can take a few at a time by cutting off a long stem and then cutting that into sections. You want a section with at least 2 leaves at the top and a node underneath it that will be in the water. Strip leaves from the bottom node, then put the cuttings in a jar of filtered tap water to root. Keep them in a humid and well lit spot and keep the water topped up (change if if it goes cloudy). It should get decent sized roots in a couple of months, and you can pot it up into soil.
hoya mathilde flower
The hoya mathilde produces hairy, pale yellow flowers with raspberry colors centers. The have a sweet floral smell, almost jasmine-like.
Hoya Mathilde USDA Zone
They can live outdoors in zones 11-12.
Is hoya mathilde Toxic to Cats?
They are not toxic to cats.
hoya mathilde growth rate
If you give them humidity and light they can grow very fast for a hoya.
hoya mathilde vs serpens
They are similar plants, but the serpens has smaller leaves. For more on the serpens see our guide: Hoya Serpens.
hoya mathilde vs obovata
They both have green leaves with speckled variegation, but the obovata has bigger leaves which are more rounded at the end, the mathilde has smaller leaves that are round but slightly pointed at the tip. For more on the obovata see our guide: Hoya Obovata
Where To Buy
Hoya Mathilde FAQs and Common Problems
Common issues are root rot from overwatering, they absolutely must not sit in wet soggy soil as they get root rot very easily. Keep them in a very well draining mix and water sparingly.