Indoor plants


How to water

Regarding hoya irrigation, it is necessary to proceed sparingly. This plant is, in fact, able to store water in the leaves and therefore manages to resist quite well even in conditions of particular drought. However, the hoya is very afraid of excessive irrigation that can cause water stagnation. These stagnations are the primary cause of the submergence and asphyxiation of the roots and the consequent root rot. Root rot is the primary and fastest cause of plant death. Therefore, in order to avoid damaging our hoya, it is good to check that the soil is dry up to 3 cm deep before proceeding with a new irrigation. Furthermore, it is recommended to try to recreate a humid environment around the plant and for this reason we try to nebulize some

How to cure

Hoya is a plant that prefers sun exposure, but without being exposed directly to the sun’s rays. If the plant is grown in an apartment, it can be placed under a window to the south or west, while if the hoya is grown in the garden, the ideal location is under a deciduous tree that can filter the sun’s rays. Hoya can withstand low temperatures down to a minimum of 10 ° C. Its ideal climate is around 18 ° C-22 ° C. Temperatures of this type largely favor the growth and development of this plant. As far as pruning is concerned, it is possible to remove the dry leaves during the vegetative period and shorten the branches if necessary by about 1/3 or 2/3 at most.

How to fertilize

The fertilization of the hoya must take place through the use of a fertilizer in liquid form. It is good that the fertilizer contains a high dose of potassium. It can be administered to the plant by diluting it with irrigation water in slightly lower doses than what is stated on the package. Hoya should be fertilized about once every two weeks and only during the period of vegetative activity. As for the soil, however, it is good to ensure the plant a light soil that is very well draining. For this reason it is recommended to manually mix peat, sand and organic substances. It is essential that a good dose of draining soil is placed in depth. Also, to ensure even lighter ground, perlite can be used.

Hoya: Diseases and parasites

The hoya can be attacked by the mealybug and the spider mite. If it is infested with cochineal, it is possible to notice white and floury spots on the underside of the leaves. If the attack is not particularly extensive, it is recommended to proceed by removing the stains with a cotton swab soaked in alcohol. If the cochineal has spread further, the plant must be treated with mineral oils. As for the red spider, in the event of an attack, yellow, grayish or rusty spots will be visible on the leaves. We proceed through the use of specific pesticides. However, the spider mite infests the plant in particularly drought conditions. Therefore, it is good to always try to spray water around the canopy to avoid its appearance.

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