Welcome to our guide to the Hoya Rebecca, covering care and propagation, including water, soil, humidity and temperature needs…
Hoya Rebecca Care Summary
|Light needs:||Bright indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Check weekly and water it when the soil is dry to the touch.|
|Fertilizer:||Feed a diluted, all-purpose fertilizer once a month in the growing season|
|Soil:||Very well draining hoya mix.|
|Humidity:||60% – 80%.|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Other names:||Wax Plant “Rebecca,” Wax Flower, Wax Vine.|
|Common issues:||Lack of light and pests.|
If you’re a gardening enthusiast, then you’re likely familiar with Rebecca Hoya, a cross between Hoya lacunosa and Hoya obscura. It is a rare variety of Hoya that is prized for its beautiful blooms, which come in a variety of colors, including pink, red, and white. Being native to Southeast Asia, the Hoya Rebecca thrives in warm, humid climates. However, it can also tolerate some shade, making it a versatile plant.
It is a tropical plant that requires bright, indirect sunlight. However, if you want your plant to bloom, it will need to be in a bright spot where it can receive at least four hours of direct sunlight each day. Too much direct sunlight can scorch the leaves.
How Often To Water Hoya Rebecca
They love humidity and do not like to be dry, so make sure to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Water it about once a week or when the soil is dry to the touch.
Hoya Rebecca benefits from being fertilised with a diluted, all-purpose fertiliser once a month during the growing season. However, It is important to avoid over-fertilising, as this can lead to leaf burn.
They prefer a well-draining, rich potting mix. A good option is to mix equal parts of peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite. For best results, it is important to use soil that has been specifically formulated for epiphytic plants.
See our guide: Hoya Soil.
When to Repot Hoya Rebecca
Repot your Hoya Rebecca every two to three years or when it becomes rootbound. When repotting, choose a pot that is only one size larger than the current one. Be sure to use fresh potting mix and water the plant well after repotting.
Hoya Rebecca loves humidity and does not like to be dry. A humidity level between 60% to 80% is ideal for it. To increase the humidity around your plant, you can mist it with water daily and can use a humidifier to maintain the ideal humidity level for your plant.
Hoya Rebecca prefers warm temperatures and will not tolerate cold drafts. It should be kept at a temperature between 64-72°F (18-22°C). If the temperature drops below 18°C, the plant will become dormant and will not bloom.
How to Propagate Hoya Rebecca
Hoya Rebecca can be propagated by stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. Take a healthy stem or leaf cuttings and plant the cutting in a pot of well-draining potting mix and water it well. Keep the soil moist but not soggy, and place the pot in a warm, bright spot. The cutting should root within four to six weeks.
Wax Plant “Rebecca,” Wax Flower, Wax Vine
FAQs and Common Problems
One of the most common problems with is that it does not receive enough light. If your plant is not getting enough light, its leaves will become pale, and its growth will be stunted. Hoya Rebecca is susceptible to mealybugs, aphids, and spider mites. To get rid of these pests, you can use insecticidal soap or neem oil. You can also try using a mixture of water and dish soap. Simply mix 1 part water with 1 part dish soap and spray it on the affected areas.
Why are the leaves of my Hoya Rebecca turning yellow?
Yellow leaves can indicate a number of problems, including too much or too little water, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.
Why are the leaves of my Hoya Rebecca drooping?
Drooping leaves can indicate that the plant is not getting enough water. Make sure to water your Hoya regularly and keep the soil moist but not soggy.
Is Hoya Rebecca toxic to pets?
No, Hoya Rebecca is not toxic to pets. However, the sap from the plant can be irritating to the skin, so it is best to keep pets away from the plant.
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