She’s a beast for sure! I have been caring for this plant for 3 years now and she captures my interest still. Which is saying something because I have a track record for getting bored with plants and selling them off without a backwards glance. (Poor babies.) What can I say? I’m a girl who knows what she likes.
But before I go convincing you that you need one of these Hoyas too, I do want to make a confession…no blooms in three years. Three. Years. People!
But that doesn’t mean that I don’t love her, I do. Those pretty crinkled leaves are so fascinating to sit down and really study. Gazing at those long squid-looking tentacles back lit by one of my East facing windows…well…it’s pure joy. Even without those lovely pink blooms this plant is a worthwhile one in my humble opinion.
Moving forward, what should I do to increase the chances that I will have blooms this year?
I’ve already increased humidity in that corner of my house and I think that will make a big difference. (I use the Cadillac of humidifiers, the Levoit humidifier, and highly recommend it if you are shopping for one.) There is another Hoya growing there also, a Hoya bilobata (A.K.A. Hoya DS-70) and I’m hopeful that it will consider blooming for me this coming year also. So increased humidity is Step #1.
For Step #2 I am planning to feed my Hoya plants a little bit heavier than I have in the past. I plan to topdress with worm castings as well as using a liquid fertilizer at half strength for every watering. Every year, I begin fertilizing on March 1 because that is the official “Go Time” for my houseplants. In other words, that’s when they are waking up and coming out of their winter resting state.
I don’t have to do this next step because my Hoyas are already enjoying loads of bright light, but Step #3 is increase light levels for your Hoya.
That’s it! That’s the plan. I’m hopeful! Also, if you have any advice that has helped you encourage your Hoyas to flower, please, please, please share it with us in the comments. After all, we are all in this plant thing together. Right?
Mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you.