Hoyas, my all time favorite house plant. I don't even know where to begin. There are so many different species, making this a fun genus to "collect." A majority of the species prefer similar care routines. My first love was the Hoya Obovata, but the carnosa is more readily available and easier to get your hands on! This one has also grown on me with its pink tones and occasional albino leaves. The deep green, and the creamy white can elevate any space with its presence.
- I water when leaves are tender to the touch. I used to read "water when leaves pucker," but I wasn't sure what a puckered hoya leaf exactly looks like. I think it's the same concept, but I just tell my friends to get familiar with how their hoya feels when its been watered (thick and firm) and when its thirsty (softer and tender). Warning: I've seen this be true for chelsea, carnosa, obovata, and kerrii. Can't speak for others. Playing it on the safe side means playing it on the dry side. Some of my tips is to notice the color of the soil, especially when you peak at the bottom drainage holes. Also get familiar with the weight of a pot that has been watered, then you will feel the difference when the pot feels significantly lighter (b/c the soil has dried out).
- Most hoyas thrive in bright light but tolerate low light. My hoya obovatas thrive on the wall where they receive bright indirect light. I have one that sits in my bedroom and it doesn't grow as quickly, occasionally drops a leaf, but still puts out new growth. I always give hoyas (& all plants) a few days in bright light after I water them so their soil doesn't stay too wet for too long, before moving them back to their more permanent place.