Plant Care Hoya obovata

Hoya obovata

4.6 out of 5 (16 experiences)

Hoya obovata has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Hoya obovata has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Hoya obovata

With over 500 species and even more cultivars, there's a Hoya out there for everyone! They're native to Southeast Asia and their common name, waxplant, refers to their thick, waxy leaves which help them retain water in the heat. They're excellent climbers and will take off if you give them a trellis to grow on. Their other-worldly, star-shaped flowers are often fragrant and come in brilliant shades of red, pink, yellow, and more!


Hoya obovata

How to care for Hoya obovata


How often to water your Hoya obovata

Water needs for Hoya obovata
0.5 cups
every 12

Hoya obovata needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Hoya obovata

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Hoya obovata in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Hoya obovata: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Hoya obovata may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Hoya obovata

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Hoya obovata: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Hoya obovata after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for Hoya obovata

Hoya obovata

Hoya obovata

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Hoya obovata has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 8
Hoya obovata has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 6
Hoya obovata has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Hoya obovata has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Hoya obovata has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
@Megan avatar
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 14,740 XP
globe Washington, DC

Super easy and happy plant! Just chills.

@Roxanne avatar
leaf-1 49 Plants
xp 12,115 XP
globe Portland, OR

She wasn’t growing much the first month or two after I took her home when she was on a bookshelf further from a window. Then I moved her to a northwest corner right next to the window with a grow light and she grew at least a dozen giant healthy leaves in just a couple months. Bright indirect light seemed to do the trick!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@error.crystal avatar
leaf-1 70 Plants
xp 6,316 XP

I’ve heard Hoyas are slow growers, but this guy put out so many leaves and shoots this past summer that it’s my favorite Hoya. I have it less than a foot away from a West bathroom window

Survivor Survivor
@Kugglag avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 79 XP
globe Lawrenceville, GA

Fun, found leaves!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@Teafungus avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 229 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA

Just so pretty. Thick green ploppers. You can’t go wrong.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@elephantplantlover30 avatar
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 210 XP

Beautiful plant but Hoyas grow so slow! Always unsure of what it needs too since it’s so stagnant in its growth and health.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@Ktinasplant avatar
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 578 XP
globe Hamburg, NY

Dont over water it! And indirect sunlight for sure my new leaf has definitely shows some signs of sun stress. But overall easy plant

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
@juulia.lowdon avatar
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 147 XP
globe Desenzano del Garda, Lombardia

VERY DRAMATIC. lost half of its leaves while making more but also dying still? i can’t keep up!

Browns easily Browns easily

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