Hoya are super popular at the moment despite having been around for decades. This is probably due to the many different varieties that are available to collectors and the fact that they are relatively undemanding plants. Often called Wax Plants due to their thick, waxy foliage, Hoya produce clusters of scented, star-shaped flowers which also adds to their appeal.
Hoya is a member of the Dogbane family, Apocynaceae. They are native to tropical Asia and Australia; they are often found growing in tropical forests where they can hang of climb amongst the other plants.
Hoya and their connection to the North East
Although their natural habitat is far from the North East of England, Hoya have a fascinating link to our local area. Hoya were named by botanist Robert Brown in honour of Thomas Hoy who was employed for over 20 years as gardener and botanist to the Duke of Northumberland. Hoy was renowned for his expertise with Brown describing him as someone “whose merits as an intelligent and successful cultivator have been long known to the botanists of this country”.
- Bright, indirect light is best. They will tolerate lower light but it is unlikely that they will flower
- Water moderately: the soil can be slightly damp, but not saturated
- Keep a good level of humidity around the plant, particularly if central heating is in use.
- Feed during Spring and Summer months