Basic Hoya Linearis Care
These somewhat rarer plants are one of our favourite cascading houseplants and you’ll be pleased to know they aren’t the most difficult plant to care for. There are a few key things to remember though to keep your Hoya Linearis happy. Firstly, keep them away from any direct light during spring and summer. Whilst they can handle some direct light in winter when the sun is weaker, any intense sunlight will dry out and burn the leaves.
The next thing to remember is to cut back on watering significantly during the winter darker months as it will take a lot longer for the potting mix to dry out and Hoya Linearis plants are sensitive to root rot. Below you’ll find everything you need to help your Hoya Linearis thrive.
Detailed Hoya Linearis Care
Avoid direct light
You’ll want to put your Hoya Linearis in a spot with bright but indirect light. Too much direct light can dry out the plant.
Cut back watering a lot during winter
During the warmer summer/spring months, you’ll want to water frequently but still allow the top part of the soil to dry out. In winter, water monthly to stop the plant from drying out completely but it won’t need too much more than this.
They can tolerate a large range in temperature
Hoya Linearis plants aren’t super fussy about temperature, just avoid the extremes caused by direct light, radiators, drafty windows or air conditioning vents.
Use a humidifier to boost humidity
Hoya Linearis plants need medium to high levels of humidity to stop them drying out. We recommend investing in a humidifier to keep a nice constant humidity level.
Never fertilise at full strength
Hoya Linearis plants are sensitive to overwatering so you want to make sure to dilute the fertiliser more than the recommended amount. We suggest feeding your Hoya Linearis twice a month during spring and summer to support with growth. Cut back completely during winter as your plant will be dormant.
Hoya Linearis don’t mind being root-bound
One thing you don’t have to worry about too much is repotting your Hoya Linearis. They don’t mind being a little rootbound so only need repotting every few years.
Propagate through stem cuttings
The easiest way to propagate your Hoya Linearis is through stem cuttings. We recommend wearing gloves as the sap that is released when the stems are cut can cause skin irritation.
Keep away from children and pets
Whilst technically Hoya Linearis plants are non-toxic, the sap in the leaves can cause irritation.
Hoya Linearis Care FAQs
Are Hoya Linearis plants toxic?
The sap found in the leaves of the Hoya Linearis can cause irritation on contact so best to keep these away from pets and children and wear gloves when handling them.
Are Hoya Linearis plants easy to care for?
Hoya Linearis plants are relatively easy to look after as they can adapt to a wide range of environments.
How often should I water my Hoya Linearis?
During the warmer summer/spring months, you’ll want to water your Hoya Linearis frequently but still allow the top part of the soil to dry out. In winter, water monthly to stop your Hoya Linearis from drying out completely but it won’t need too much more than this.
How much sunlight does a Hoya Linearis need?
You want to find a spot with plenty of bright but indirect light for your Hoya Linearis. Avoid intense full sun during summer as it can dry out the leaves of your plant pretty quickly.
Common Issues with Hoya Linearis
What is causing my Hoya Linearis to have shrivelled leaves?
If the leaves on your Hoya Linearis are dry and shrivelled then it may be that the humidity level isn’t high enough. Combat the dry air through misting, pebble trays or humidifiers. It can also be caused by underwatering so monitor the moisture levels in the soil.
Why is my Hoya Linearis losing leaves?
A drop in temperature can cause your Hoya Linearis to also drop its leaves. Hoya Linearis will get shocked if lower than 10C or 50F.
Why is my Hoya Linearis wilting?
If you notice your Hoya Linearis is suddenly looking quite wilted than it indicates some watering issues, usually overwatering. Check the potting mix to see if it is waterlogged and replace if necessary. Start to cut down on how much or how often you are watering your Hoya Linearis to avoid the problem reocurring.
Written by Billy Dawson