Have you been thinking about growing hoya plants? If you have, you probably already have an idea of how difficult it can be. Not only do they need constant attention and care, but they are downright picky when it comes to where they grow. As if they know what they're looking for, they'll tell you. Before you get any more confused, buy a hoya gardening guide to help you through the process.
One of the first things you must do is decide what plant you want to grow. It should be a sturdy, hardy plant that will withstand at least four hours of sunlight each day. Make sure to pick one that is a true hoya as some varieties are sold as "hoya in a bottle." That's not what you want! Picking the wrong type can be a waste of time and money, so choose carefully.
Once you've decided what plant you want, you should figure out a proper indoor or outdoor location. If you live in a warm climate, choose a place that has direct sun all day long. You should also consider a shade for the morning and afternoon. Keep in mind that there is a difference between tropical and hoya. While both grow well in the same climate, their specific attributes will differ.
When you've chosen a good spot for your hoya, it's time to set up your container garden. This should take about a week, depending on the type of plant you are growing. If you have a greenhouse, this will shorten the preparation time.
The next step is to prepare the plant for planting. To do this, you must water the soil thoroughly. Then, remove any excess soil with a spade and fill the hole with a light layer of soil. Now, you need to prepare the plant for planting. If there are no weeds in the area, sprinkle some fertilizer and make sure to smooth the soil.
Once you have everything prepared, you can begin transplanting your new plant into its new location. When you do, make sure you follow the direction of the root system. You don't want to transplant the plant backward because it will grow up out of control is bad for the hoya. It will also take longer to mature.
Finally, you should check regularly to see that the plant isn't growing towards the lights. If it is, simply pinch off the tip of the stem. This will allow the plant to grow horizontally instead of vertically. This will result in better flowers for your garden.
Keep in mind that hoya will typically grow to be about 5 feet tall. That is a good size for a houseplant so if you are just starting out with this plant, you may want to consider another smaller plant to grow initially. That said, once you have had time to properly care for the plant, you will probably want to move it to a larger location. Just be certain that it receives enough water and sunlight so that it will continue to grow and mature. With patience and time, you will be rewarded with a magnificent display of blooms.
When transplanting a hoya plant, you will need to get the plant out of the ground as quickly as possible. It is best if you can do this before the roots freeze. Once frozen, the roots can't grow back. This results in the plant looking unnatural and will detract from its beauty. If the roots are still in relatively good shape, they will probably need to be tied with veterinarian's tape so that they will stay alive during transport.
After the plant is in the container, the best time to put it in the sun in the morning. You should place the container on an established sunny day. If the plant gets too much sun, it will burn. On the other hand, if it goes into the shade too much, it will lose its nutrients. Be sure to keep a careful eye on the plant so that it does not burn.
The most difficult thing about caring for hoya plants is watering them. They require frequent watering, approximately three times a week. You should water the soil only, never the foliage or roots. Water only when the soil seems dry. Too much water causes the roots to go slack. If you think the plant may be over-watered, but a little less water on the next watering.
Most people prefer to buy the seeds then try to grow them. This is because the seed packages are more mature. If you do purchase the seeds and plant them yourself, watch for signs of disease. Sometimes it takes just a few days of observation before you know you have a disease-free plant.