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Sunny Southern California (Zone 10b)
Jun 4, 2019 10:38 AM CST
I would like to grow a hoya in a circle on a trellis on a low wall between 2 south-facing doors.

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I would like an inexpensive and easy-to-find hoya.

I own hoya krohniana and carnosa and a struggling linnearus

I am new to hoyas.

Cheap and available:
Australis 'lisa'. ( Pricey but pretty. Must thrive in my conditions)
Publicalyx bright star
Publicalyx red buttons

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Sunny Southern California (Zone 10b)
Jun 6, 2019 2:23 PM CST
I bought 3 Hoyas at a good price online from a Florida nursery:


My internet research suggested these plants are hardy indoors and folks are happy with 'em, cumingiana in particular.

Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Jun 6, 2019 4:48 PM CST
Here are links to our database with information and photos for the ones you listed that you have:
Wax Plant (Hoya cumingiana)
Wax Plant (Hoya finlaysonii)
Hoya (Hoya fungii)

The most common (and easiest) Hoyas that I've seen at the big box stores over the years:
Wax Plant (Hoya carnosa)
Krimson Princess Hoya (Hoya carnosa 'Rubra')
Krimson Queen Hoya (Hoya carnosa 'Tricolor')

Two that have been extremely easy for me and my conditions are those in the Hoya australis and Hoya pubicalyx group; mine stay outside year round and love the heat and humidity here in Florida:
Hoya (Hoya australis subsp. tenuipes)
Hoya (Hoya pubicalyx)

I have a small growing Wax Plant (Hoya heuschkeliana) that stays indoors in an east facing bathroom window, where it seems quite happy but again, it gets very bright light and a lot of humidity.

Member @tarev lives in California and grows a few Hoyas; perhaps she can offer Hoya advice on care for your area of the country.
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Name: Cora
Arlington, Va (Zone 7b)
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Jun 6, 2019 4:58 PM CST
I'm growing all my hoya's indoor all year around. And also, just bought my first grow tent to put all my hoya's led grow light.
Name: tarev
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Jun 6, 2019 7:05 PM CST
Hello Sproquita, I have Hoya shooting star year round indoors by my west facing area, got to keep it moist always. Initially I had it in standing water, but now it is more acclimated, so I just step up watering. I get intermittent blooms year round. This one absolutely prefers to be grown on the moist side.
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My two other Hoyas: these ones, I find is good to grow here, adapts quite well to our dry humidity since it has more of succulent leaves. Requires very well draining media. One thing I have learned now, once temps are warm, I can freely spritz the vine, helps to cool it down especially if weather forecast calls for warm to hot and very dry conditions. Even indoors, the plants will feel it, especially in your suggested location near a south facing area. You may want to consider putting up a sheer white curtain, just to dampen the very strong light that will pass through the glass.
Hoya kerri variegata - I allow this plant to go outdoors but by the shadiest side of my patio. Typically I get the blooms in summer. During winter, I have to keep this indoors. It will not take our cold wet winter. You can probably try this one too in your suggested location;
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Hoya carnosa 'Krimson Queen' - I think you can also grow this nicely on your suggested area. This is the only one I keep outdoors year round, but by the shady side of my patio, close to the house. Blooms during summer time too.
I have the vine running along my grid cube outdoors, so there is good airflow around, and positioned by the shady area.
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Jun 6, 2019 7:28 PM CST
All of your Hoyas look GREAT! Sproquita, the linnearis is hanging in there, it really seems to like the high humidity we are having now.
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Sunny Southern California (Zone 10b)
Jun 17, 2019 3:24 PM CST
Gina1960 said:All of your Hoyas look GREAT! Sproquita, the linnearis is hanging in there, it really seems to like the high humidity we are having now.

I am SO happy you are doing well with the linearis. Mine sleeps with the fishes.
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Jun 18, 2019 1:55 PM CST
Oh NOOOOO! It put out a new shoot for me.
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Sunny Southern California (Zone 10b)
Jun 20, 2019 11:56 AM CST
Gina1960 said:Oh NOOOOO! It put out a new shoot for me.

I've been collecting houseplants for 6 or 7 months. The first plant I bought was an Alocasia Zebrina. Hoya Linearis was the 2nd, and the 3rd, a fern so perfect, when I saw it, I had to touch the leaves to make sure it was real. Well, I still have the Alocasia. The others... RIP!

Experience has taught me to research before I buy. My home is now populated with the usual suspects: ZZ, "easy" hoyas, and Peperomia to name a few. They are thriving and a joy to behold.

I'd love to see a picture of your Linearis after it's grown for a while.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Jun 20, 2019 1:00 PM CST
I will certainly post them! The only houseplants I have ever really had have been winter freeloaders, except for some sansevieria. That is why I have made my 'houseplant habitats'. Modeled on vivariums/terrariums, but not try terrariums because they are not sealed. They have screen tops for air movement. There were some plants that I had in my greenhouse that, believe it or not, were not happy at 55-58 F in winter. They want more like 70-90F all the time and extreme humidity. Its brutally hot and humid here in summer, but winter is a lot less humid during Dec-Jan-Feb and that is when it will be cold if its going to happen.
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Jul 12, 2019 1:08 PM CST
Hi Sproquita
You'll love your Hoya.
I started out with Carnosa. Took it to work, stayed for ten years, grew like mad on an east facing windowsill. Watered once a week. Bloomed spring, summer & sometimes even late winter. Fertilized 4x a year with a general, very diluted indoor plant fertilizer. Repotted once in 10 years because its plastic pot split open.
Shared cuttings freely with anyone who asked. It got so people came to visit the plant, not to see me !
When I retired, we both packed up & came home. She's residing on a south facing windowsill now, I have a sheer curtain hung to filter summer sun. Today she is in full glorious bloom.
Below you see the work environment where she hung out for 10 years, along with two other Hoya. Each plant was trained to climb. Be sure you have a heavy duty hook for supporting your hanging pot, if you do hang it.
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