Hoya Bella: home care
Hoya Bella - an unpretentious houseplant with magnificent flowers, asterisks can become the main decoration of the interior, revive it and fill it with a delicate aroma. We will learn how to create the right conditions for growing, how to care for a beautiful hoya, and what difficulties may arise.
Botanical description of the plant
Hoya Bella is an evergreen shrub of the Dowdy family from Australia, India and South China. The plant has thin and flexible shoots about 0.5 m long, dense foliage. Leaflets are smooth, dark green in color, diamond-shaped. Leaf width 1.5 cm, length - 3 cm. Waxy, five-pointed, star-shaped flowers with a diameter of 1-2 cm, an umbrella inflorescence of 7–9 pieces. In the center of the white flower there is a convex crown of pink or purple.
Did you know? Hoya is named after the famous English gardener Thomas Hoya, who worked at the Duke of Northumberland in the late 13th and early 19th centuries, growing tropical plants in greenhouses, accustoming them to cold climate conditions.
|Root system||weak, superficial|
|Stem||flexible, thin, dark green|
|Leaf shape||narrow, diamond-shaped|
|Leaf color||dark green|
|Flower shape||five-pointed sprocket|
|Flower color||white, with a pink or purple center|
What conditions do you need to create at home
Hoya does not require special conditions, it is photophilous, but can tolerate a lack of lighting. He does not like sudden changes in temperature and drafts. Often it should not be watered and transplanted. It develops well in poor enough soil. For cultivation, it is recommended to use small and shallow hanging plastic flower pots. Flexible shoots freely descend, and do not require support. The plant grows rapidly, abundantly and continuously blooms with large inflorescences-umbrellas.
For a flower, choose a window seat on the east or west side. It is recommended to use hanging planters, as for ampelous plants. Sunlight should be enough, but from direct sunlight, burns on the leaves are possible, so it is better not to put a flower on the south side. It is necessary to protect the hoya from drafts.
Important! You can not often rearrange the hoya to a new place, it loses its buds and can die.
Temperature and humidity
The optimum temperature for active vegetation is considered to be + 20 ... + 25 ° С. Do not allow temperature drops below + 18 ° C for a long period. From the cold, the plant can throw off leaves and unblown buds.
How to care at home
It is a pleasure to grow a beautiful hoya at home, it does not require much attention and a waste of energy. It is enough to choose a suitable place, water as the soil dries, periodically feed and admire the beautiful flowering. Did you know? In China, it is advised to put hoyu in the bedroom, this flower has a beneficial effect on the sexual relationship of a couple in love, fills the house with positive energy.
For irrigation, it is advisable to use well-maintained soft water with a temperature 2 degrees higher than the room temperature.
The flower most needs feeding in the period of active vegetation and flowering. A weak fertilizer solution is applied to moist soil about twice a month. The solution should be weak so as not to burn the roots of the plant. It is necessary to use complex mineral and organic fertilizers, alternating them.
Read more about the proper nutrition of indoor plants.
Pruning is not needed for the plant; new flowers may appear on old peduncles.
The flower does not require frequent transplants, it is difficult to get used to new conditions and blooms worse. It will be enough to transplant it every 3 years at the very beginning of spring, before the start of active vegetation. The pot should be small with a good drainage layer at the bottom. It is advisable to transplant along with part of the old soil on the roots, so as not to damage the weak root system, and carefully pour fresh soil into the pot.
How to propagate at home
There are two methods of breeding hoya:
Important! During the flowering of beautiful hoya in a small room, the aroma is very strong and can cause headaches and dizziness.
The flower is resistant to disease and difficulties in its cultivation are extremely rare. Only mistakes made during care can provoke his illness and damage by pests.
- Stains appeared on the leaves - a burn in direct sunlight, or insufficient lighting. You need to find the best place for hoya.
- Leaves fall off - excess watering, hypothermia, use of cold water for watering, frequent relocation of the pot to a new place. It is necessary to ensure optimal temperature and moderate watering, you can not often change the place of a flower.
- Buds and flowers are falling - a draft, too hot and dry in the room, the plant was moved to a new place. If necessary, increase the temperature and humidity in the house, try not to change the location of the pot.
- The plant does not bloom - the place is poorly lit, abundant watering in winter. It is recommended to transfer the flower to a lighter place and do not water often in the winter.
- The flower does not grow well, casting is pale - there are not enough nutrients. It is necessary to transplant into fresh soil.
- Small red dots on the underside of the leaves - damage by a spider mite. Urgently treat the plant with an insecticide.
We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the features of growing another type of hoya - Kerry.
So, we can conclude that everyone, even a beginner grower, can grow hoya bella. Caring for her is very simple. If in your house there is a suitable bright and warm corner for hoya, then it will soon be transformed, and it will delight you with magnificent and fragrant flowers.