Rooted cutting of Hoya Diptera with new growth
INFORMATION AND CARE ABOUT HOYA DIPTERA
Hoya diptera is from islands off Australia’s coast.
Their leaves are thin, light green with no visible veining, and they grow in pairs, hence the name diptera. In Greek, di means two, and ptera means wing making it the double-winged Hoya.
The flowers are buttery yellow.
Hoya Diptera care is relatively low maintenance if you can stick to a regular schedule. Just use the usual well-draining medium using potting soil, orchid bark, and perlite to grow in and an environment with humidity around 70 to 80%. This Hoya grow fast and you will need a trellis or fern pole to hang onto.
Basic guide (applicable to all Hoyas)
The best way to propagate a Hoya plant is to create a cutting that is at least ten centimeters long. You can place the cutting in water and wait for the roots to form or you can transplant it directly into dirt. You can also use perlite, hydroton, cocofibre/perlite mix and spaghnum moss.
If not using water or hydroton, make sure to keep the soil moist until new growth is seen, which means that the cutting has taken root. Transplant the new plant into a small pot; it will be able to live here for two to three years before a transplant is required.
How to Plant and Care for Hoya Plants
There are different species of Hoyas, each of which have unique colors and shapes. Their beauty is seen not only in the blooms, but in the foliage as well. Hoyas are popular house plants that often bloom in the first year, but if they are indoor there is a possibility that the process could take longer.
- Soil Requirements – A Hoya plant need soil that is rich, aerated, and drains well. Ideal soil mix for hoyas is 1/3 of cacti and succulent mix, 1/3 perlite and 1/3 coarse pumice. Hoyas planted in a pot like being in close quarters, so transplanting the Hoya into a larger planter may do more harm than good.
- Fertilizer – Like most of indoor plants, Hoya likes to be fed with fertilizer. Use liquid fertilizer to feed your Hoyas about once a month during the growing season. Once cold weather comes along, make sure to cut back on the fertilizer.
- Water – During the spring and summer, these plants crave water, and they need quite a bit of it to remain hydrated. Water the plant thoroughly, and as long as the pot that it is planted in is a container that drains well, then you shouldn’t need to water it again for about two weeks. Test the top of the soil, if it is dry, the Hoyas need watered again. It the soil is still moist, then you can wait a bit longer to give the plant more water. During the winter months you can cut back on watering the plant. Since it is in a semi-dormant state, the Hoyas can most likely be watered once a month.
- Light Requirements – Sunlight is important for a Hoya plant, but indirect sunlight is best. Having the plant hanging directly in your window will cause the leaves to burn from the direct heat of the sun. A north facing window provides the perfect light for a Hoya plant, but if you do not have that lighting option available, fluorescent lighting will do the job as well. They prefer morning sun, but if the light is not sufficient, the plant may not bloom.
- Temperature – These beautiful plants are tropical plants, so you do not want to keep them in extremely cool temperatures. Try to maintain the room where you have your plants located at a temperature of at least 15 degrees Celsius.
- Pruning – These long lush plants do not need to be pruned, unless of course they are becoming unruly. The only pruning that is required on a Hoya plant is cutting off dead growth and controlling the size of the plant. If the plant is becoming too long, cut it back and propagate the cutting.