Hoya Heuschkeliana Complete Plant Care Guide

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Are you looking for a fun Hoya that grows fast and is easy maintenance? Hoya Heuschkeliana is a plant with semi-succulent, oval shaped foliage. This plant doesn’t ask for much and once it’s acclimated to your home, it grows fast.

Hoya Heuschkeliana main care directions.

  1. Water. Water about once a week or when the soil is dried out. This plant can tolerate some drought as it had semi-succulent leaves but shouldn’t be without water for more than 1-2 weeks.
  2. Light. Bright indirect sunlight (south or west facing window) or artificial plant grow lights.
  3. Fertilizer. Feed Hoya Heuschkeliana a high quality fertilizer like Dyna-Gro Grow. Feed every watering, bi-weekly, or once a month.
  4. Humidity. Hoya Heuschkeliana thrive in high humidity in the 50%+ range. I keep mine right at about 50% and it’s loving it. This plant thrives in high humidity just like other Hoya’s.

Here’s what to know to keep Hoya Heuschkeliana thriving in your home.

Light

One of the best things you can do for your Hoya Heuschkeliana is give it adequate lighting. This is the kind of plant that thrives in high light settings such as a south or west facing window.

South and west facing windows get a ton of great sunlight throughout the day so this is always the first spot I recommend for this plant. If placing the plant directly on a south facing window, make sure there’s some kind of sheer barrier between the window and the plant because south facing windows get very intense sunlight.

I have my Hoya Heuschkeliana sitting under T5 Barrina plant grow lights which are on 13 hours per day from 8AM-9pm.

Plant grow lights are a great option for people who don’t get adequate sunlight into their home. Lights are also handy for people who have hundreds of plants and are running out of room near windows.

Water

Hoya Heuschkeliana is a hardy houseplant that has semi-succulent leaves. This means the plants soil doesn’t need to stay moist all the time because the foliage is storing water instead.

Typically, this plant only needs to be watered once a week in the summer and once every two weeks in the winter. Your watering schedule will really depending on what kind of lighting your plant gets, how large your plant is, and what kind of substrate the plant is growing in.

Soil

Hoya Heuschkeliana need well-draining soil. Without well-aerated soil, your plant becomes more susceptible to things like root rot which can easily destroy your plant.

Well draining soil mix is easy to make but you can also buy it premade from the store. Fox Farm Ocean Forest is a high quality houseplant potting mix that contains everything you need to grow healthy houseplants.

You can also make your own houseplant mix with a recipe of 1/3 orchid bark, 1/3 perlite, and 1/3 coco coir.

Temperature

Hoya Heuschkeliana do well in any home that is between temperatures of 60 degrees F to 90 degrees (15 degrees Celsius to 32 degrees Celsius).

Fertilizer

Fertilizing plants is one step that a lot of people new to houseplants forget about, but it’s one of the most important. Fertilizer contains key nutrients your plants need to thrive in your home.

I feed all of my 200+ plants the same fertilizer, which is Dyna-Gro. This fertilizer contains all of the nutrients your plants need to grow healthy new foliage. Without fertilizer, you may notice your plant stops growing altogether.

Humidity

Hoya’s love high humidity and you’ll find this plant is a lot easier to grow if you give it healthy growing conditions. I’ve grown certain Hoya’s in regular humidity but I find these plants are much easier when I give them the humidity they desire.

Best tips for increasing humidity around your plants:

  • Place a humidifier nearby your plants and run it daily
  • Do not place any plants near a drafty area like a window, vent, or heating unit
  • Place plant in a greenhouse or DIY cabinet that gets high humidity
  • Optional to mist plants, but this doesn’t help a whole lot

Propagation

Propagating Hoya Heuschkeliana is easy which makes this a great plant to share with others. As you can see in the picture below, this Hoya has nodes which allows for easy rooting in water or soil.

I like to propagate my plants in water because I want to see the roots grow. Once the roots get to about 3-4 inches long, that’s when I like to transfer the stem cutting to my substrate of choice.

Hoya Heuschkeliana Common Questions

Is Hoya Heuschkeliana rare?

Hoya Heuschkeliana is somewhat of a rare houseplant that you won’t find at any big box stores. I bought this plant from a local plant seller from Facebook. I’ve yet to see this plant at any plant shops or anywhere selling houseplants.

How much is a Hoya Heuschkeliana?

I bought a 4 inch pot of Hoya Heuschkeliana for about $20. Prices vary depending on where you buy this plant, if there’s variegation on the plant, and how large the plant is.

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How do you care for Hoya Heuschkeliana?

Caring for Hoya Heuschkeliana is easy. As long as you give this plant high humidity, bright indirect sunlight, and regular fertilizer, you’ll be rewarded with rapid growth.

Is Hoya Heuschkeliana hard to care for?

Hoya Heuschkeliana is an easy plant to take care of. Give this plant high humidity in the 50%+ range, bright light, and water once the soil is dry. This plant won’t give you any problems.

Is Hoya Heuschkeliana a fast grower?

Hoya Heuschkeliana is a fast grower. When I first brought my plant home, growth paused and I noticed the plant wasn’t growing much at all. Once the plant acclimated about 2 months later, the foliage really started to take off.

How big do Hoya Heuschkeliana get?

Hoya Heuschkeliana can grow into a large, bushy plant when given the proper growing conditions. I’ve seen large 6 inch pots of H. Heuschkeliana with full trailing foliage hanging off the pot.

How do you propagate Hoya Heuschkeliana?

Propagate Hoya Heuschkeliana via nodes. This plant has nodes which makes it incredibly easy to propagate. With clean cutting sheers, cut below a node and submerge this node underwater.

In a few weeks, your plant should have sufficient roots for you to transfer to your preferred growing substrate. You can also place this node back into soil from the same potted plant to create a fuller looking plant.

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I’ve never smelled Hoya Heuschkeliana blooms, but I’ve heard they have a buttery, caramel scent.

How do I get my Hoya Heuschkeliana to bloom?

Increase your chances of H. Heuschkeliana blooming in your home by making sure the plant is in a warm spot around 80 degrees F. Humidity in the 50%+ range is another factor that will greatly increase your chances of the plant blooming in the home.

Is Hoya Heuschkeliana toxic to pets?

No, this plant is not toxic to pets.  You can get more information on toxic and pet-friendly plants at ASPCA here.

Common pests

Hoya Heuschkeliana is a hardy houseplant but it can still succumb to pest pressures. Pests are normal and typically come into the home from a new houseplant. This is why it’s important to make sure any plant your bringing home doesn’t have any bad pests on it.

Before I bring a plant home, I use my phones light to inspect the soil and foliage for bugs like mealybugs, aphids, spidermites, thrips, etc. If there are no pests on the plant, then I bring the plant home and use pest preventative on it. I sprinkle Bonide Systemic granules on top of the plants soil. This stuff is amazing at preventing fungus gnats and other bugs.

I also use Azamax which is a natural pest killer. I spray Azamax on all of my plants foliage, soil, and make sure the plant dries out away from sunlight for a day. This is because the plant is essentially soaked with Azamax and I don’t want the plant to burn from the pest killer.

I’ve never had major problems with pest pressures and I owe that to staying on top of pest preventive.

Common issues

Yellow leaves: If your Hoya Heuschkeliana gets yellowing leaves, this may be a sign that your plant is receiving too much water. Make sure you’re only watering the plant once the soil dries out. This plant is pretty drought tolerant and the soil doesn’t need to stay moist all the time.

Brown leaves: If your Hoya Heuschkeliana gets brown leaves, this may be from your plant receiving too much sunlight. Hoya’s love bright light, but they should never receive direct sunlight.

Key Points To Remember

Hoya Heuschkeliana is a beautiful houseplant that grows oval shaped foliage. This plant trails beautifully out of a pot and makes for a great plant to hang from a ceiling or on a shelf.

Here are the key things to remember for Hoya Heuschkeliana

  • Light: Bright indirect sunlight (south or west facing window or under plant grow lights)
  • Water: Water once the soil is dried out, typically once a week
  • Fertilize: Fertilize during the active growing season with a high quality fertilizer like Dyna Gro
  • Humidity: 50%+ humidity is ideal for healthy growth

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