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Hoya Pandurata Care in a Nutshell

Hoya Pandurata Care in a Nutshell

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Hoya pandurata is a plant species from the family known as Apocynaceae. This stunning plant is a native plant of China. The growth seen in Hoya pandurata is similar to its family member known as the Hoya Lobbii, but the Hoya pandurata has yellow flowers.

The Hoya pandurata is now an endangered species in its native habitat; thus, keeping the plant alive within our homes can help increase its growth around the world.

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Basic Plant Care for Hoya Pandurata

This plant is really easy to take care of, as its demands are simple; it loves cool temperatures. This Hoya does very well in average household temperature, ranging from 18 to 24 degrees Celcius (64F to 75F). Hoya pandurata requires simple, well-drained soil; this allows for the roots to not rot. In terms of lighting, Hoya pandurata require partial sunlight, but for its blooms to appear, a couple of hours of direct sunlight must be provided as well.

 

Soil

Hoya pandurata requires well-drained soil. It is not hard finding soil that is well-draining as you can even create it yourself. Cacti soil mix and succulent soil mix is ideal for Hoya pandurata.

Cacti soil mix requires five parts of potting soil, two parts pumice, and one-part coir. Succulent soil mix requires two parts of sand, two parts gardening soil, and one-part pumice or perlite. Your soil will end up holding a lot of water in it if the mix is not well-draining; this will lead to rooting of the roots.

You can also use a basic soil mix of the following:

  • Potting soil
  • Worm castings

Once you have gotten the soil mix, make sure that the soil pH is between the range of 6.1 (slightly acidic) to 7.3 (neutral).

 

Watering

Since Hoya pandurata is kept mostly as a houseplant, their need for watering will change depending on the amount of light it receives and the temperature in which it is kept. If your Hoya pandurata is kept facing the north-east window or has been kept under artificial light, then the water requirements for your Hoya pandurata will be less.

If your Hoya pandurata is receiving natural sunlight, then it will need more water. When it is the growing season, then it is enough for you to water your Hoya Pandurata once or twice a week.

However, once the fall or winter season arrives, then watering your plant once in the span of two weeks or once a month will also be enough for your plant.

Since Hoya Pandurata’s roots have a higher tendency to rot compared to other plants, it is best to underwater your plant rather than overwatering it.

Hoya Pandurata is a succulent plant, meaning it retains a lot of water within itself; thus, you do not need to worry about your plant dying from lack of water as it has plenty of it stored within itself.

 

Light

Hoya pandurata requires indirect sunlight throughout the year. However, in order for its blooms to grow, the plant must be kept under direct sunlight for a short period of time.

Your plant will survive under indirect sunlight for years, but it must be kept in direct sun for a few hours without scorching the plant.

The optimum time period to keep your plant under direct sunlight without causing it any harm is by placing it outdoors early morning and bringing it inside before the afternoon.

 

Temperature

The best temperature to grow your Hoya Pandurata is room temperature, which can range from 64-degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius) to 75-degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius).

 

Humidity

Hoya pandurata can survive in several different levels of humidity. They usually require higher humidity levels if they need to survive in areas with less water. However, Hoya Pandurata tends to grow rapidly in areas where the humidity level is up to at least 60%.

To increase humidity levels for Hoya Pandurata, you simply need to mist the plant or use a pebble tray that has been filled with water and place it under your plant.

You can also group a bunch of other humidity loving plants with your Hoya Pandurata to increase the humidity levels.
 

Fertilizer

Hoya Pandurata tends to grow well in soils that have high nitrogen levels, which means using fertilizers with higher nitrogen levels is the best option for this Hoya’s growth.

However, once your Hoya pandurata is about to bloom, you will need to change your fertilizer from a higher nitrogen level to a higher phosphorus content fertilizer.

You can fertilize your plant with a liquid fertilizer, or you can use a fish emulsion twice a month during the growing period, which is the summer season. Using compost to fertilize your Hoya Pandurata is also a good idea as it will act as slow-release fertilizer; thus, reducing the chances of you over-fertilizing your plant.

Never fertilize your Hoya pandurata during the fall and winter season, as the plant does not require it. Fertilizing must only occur throughout spring and summer, and that too only twice a month.

 

Repotting

Hoya Pandurata does not like to be moved around pots too often. This plant loves to be root bound, so you will only need to repot it once every two to three years. If your repotting year has arrived, then remember to repot it only during the spring season, and your choice of pot can only be a few inches larger.

Hoya Pandurata blooms best when it is pot-bound; thus, never repot your plant when it is in its blooming season. I repot my Hoya Pandurata when:

  • The plant is becoming dry a lot faster than it did in the past
  • The roots on my Hoya Pandurata are starting to grow out of the drainage holes
  • My plastic pots are no longer flexible, meaning all space has been occupied

I wait for up to three years before repotting my Hoya, as this is the best rule of thumb to follow.

A great way to know whether your plant needs to be repotted is when you slightly remove it from the pot, and there is no loose soil within the pot; this shows that your Hoya Pandurata needs to be repotted.

Never choose a pot that is much larger than your plant, as it can cause the growth of your plant to slow down. Choosing a pot only a few inches larger than your previous one is the best choice.

 

Pruning

Hoya Pandurata needs to be pruned as it will help promote growth within your plant. If your plant grows too large, pruning is a great way to make it smaller again according to your liking. When you decide to prune your plant, follow these points:

  • Never cut off the part of the plant that may have a spur on it. The spurs are responsible for the blooms that appear on your plant; thus, chopping one-off will cause you to lose several blooms for that year. Through old spurs, new flowers grow, and every year the quantity of the flower that blooms from an old spur increases.
  • If you must cut off a part of the plant that has a spur on it due to it being damaged, then you can do so. Cutting the spur off won’t kill the plant, though it will ruin the beauty. However, regular pruning of your plant encourages further growth of the plant, which allows for more spurs to develop.
  • The areas of your plant that you have been pruned will grow new branches that will have several new spurs present on them.

Once you have studied all the above points, you can continue to prune your plant. To successfully prune your plant, you will need scissors or shears that are sharp and have been disinfected.

Next, you simply have to grab the part of the plant you want to prune and cut the part off just below the node. Remember to cut the plant from a good angle, so you do not end up damaging the plant. Never cut off more than 1/3 of your plant.

 

Propagation

Since Hoya Pandurata is a succulent plant, they are extremely easy to propagate. It can grow big and beautiful if it is propagated properly. The best way through which you can propagate your Hoya Pandurata is through stem cuttings.

You can easily propagate your plant through stem cuttings as you simply need to cut off a softwood stem from your Hoya Pandurata. To propagate your plant through this method, follow these steps:

  • Keep the cut of the plant between four to twelve inches long (ten to thirty centimeters long). Cut the plant from a good angle and with a sharp-sanitized tool
  • Remove the leaves from the cut part of the stem and leave the remaining leaves on the top end.
  • Place the cuttings in water. The rooting process will take up to four weeks
  • Leave the top half of the stem cutting above the water and place the plant container under bright, indirect sunlight, and keep it in a warm location
  • Change the water once you notice that it has become cloudy
  • Once the roots appear, you can place the stem cutting into a pot that has a well-draining soil mix in it. Now your Hoya Pandurata can be treated the same way as the adult plant

 

Blooms

Hoya Pandurata’s flowers are known as porcelain flowers. The blooms look almost artificial due to their stunning appearance. The blooms appear mostly in the spring and summer season when the Hoya Pandurata is in its growing season.

The blooms on Hoya Pandurata are yellow in color and can seem slightly orange as well. The center of the flowers is a pinkish-red shade, and the flowers smell slightly citrus.

 

Growth

Hoya Pandurata can grow as tall as eight to twelve inches. This plant has stunning evergreen leaves that are smooth in texture.

The leaves of Hoya Pandurata are longer than most other Hoya plants, and you can easily spot that they are quite succulent due to its slight thickness. From the side of the leaves, you will also notice that they have folded edges.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Common Problems for Hoya Pandurata

 

Root-Knot Nematode

The root-knot nematode is from the genus Meloidogyne. This parasite is well known in areas where the climate is hot and the winter is not too long. Every gardener living under these conditions has had to face them at least once in their life.

This parasite cannot be spotted above ground as it loves to damage your plant’s roots. Damaged roots can cause issues with water and nutrient uptake for your plant, which in turn causes your plant to die.

Around 2000 of the world’s plants die due to root-knot nematodes, and these parasites are responsible for up to five percent of the global crop loss. This parasite causes damage to the roots by draining your plant of all its nutrients. Young plants can easily die due to this parasite.

However, in adult plants, only the yield of the plant is reduced. If your Hoya Pandurata seems to be infected with this parasite, then it is best to cut off some good leaves and stems from your adult plant to grow a new one.

Throw away the infected plant, as well as the soil that it has been planted in. for further control of root-knot nematodes; you can use biocontrol agents.
 

Red Spider Mites

Red spider mites tend to cause damage to several Hoya plants. These pests tend to move quickly from one plant to another and multiply fast as well; once one of your plants has been infected, then it is likely that many of your other plants have also been infected.

Red spider mites are not visible to the human eye easily; you may need to use a magnifying glass to catch their spread in the early stages.

Your infected plant will start to look dusty if it has been infected, and when you look closely at your plant, you will notice that the dust particles are moving.

This is because the dust particles are actually red spider mites, and more of them will be seen in abundance on the bottom side of your leaf.

These pests have a tendency to create webbings on the branches and the leaves.

The best way to control the spread of red spider mites and to get rid of them is by planting natural predators in your garden, such as a ladybug. You can also use methods such as pesticide spray or insecticidal oil.

 

Fungus Gnats

Fungus gnats are common amongst indoor plants. Due to the high humidity level indoors, the fungus gnat tends to easily develop as it is provided with optimum growing conditions.

You can easily spot an adult fungus gnat flying around your plants or a window if one of your plants have been infected by it.

Adult fungus gnats are harmless to humans, but they are a nuisance to plants and can get annoying to have when they are flying around your house or garden.

The best way to get rid of them is by not over-watering your plant and using non-toxic insect killer sprays that will kill them.

 

Tips for Growing Hoya Pandurata

Following these simple steps will allow your Hoya Pandurata to thrive:

  • Hoya Pandurata loves to be pot bound, so do not repot them often as it can cause issues with their growth.
  • Hoya Pandurata is an epiphyte; thus, they need the support of something to grow upwards. However, you can grow them without support as well.
  • Hoya Pandurata thrives in high humidity levels
  • If you wish your plant to grow blooms, then provide it with direct sunlight early in the morning (an east-facing window is good for that purpose)
  • Once you find the right spot for your Hoya Pandurata, do not relocate it.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Hoya Pandurata

 

Does Hoya Pandurata like partial or full sunlight?

Hoya Pandurata prefers partial sunlight, but they can also survive under direct sunlight, and they need direct sunlight so that their flowers can bloom.

 

Should I leave my Hoya Pandurata pot outdoors during winters?

Hoya Pandurata is a wax plant. This means that it needs to be kept indoors as wax plants are sensitive to frost.

 

How long does Hoya Pandurata stay alive?

Hoya Pandurata can live for several years. They are known as perennial plants meaning they have a long life.

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