The Q&A Archives: Non-Blooming Hoya

Question: Do you have any tips or hints to get a Hoya to bloom? It grows like crazy, is in a window, gets fed regularly, and is about 2 years old.

Answer: Hoya is one of those plants that must be allowed to go dormant during the winter months in order to produce blooms. If you've been keeping yours growing all year around, you may be sacrificing bloom. Here are some general care tips for Hoyas: Provide average household temperatures in spring, summer and autumn, but keep the plant cool in the winter (50F - 55F). Give the plant bright light - some direct sunshine is beneficial. Water liberally from spring to autumn, but sparingly in winter. (Allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings.) Mist the leaves regularly except when it is in bloom. Don't disturb the plant once flower buds appear, don't remove the dead flowers and don't repot until it is absolutely necessary. Following the above guidelines should put your Hoya back on schedule so it will develop blossoms.

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