Hoya Cinnamomifolia Care InfographicThe Hoya Cinnamomifolia of the Apocynaceae family is a popular houseplant with many homeowners and plant lovers for several reasons.

However, the most common reasons cited for its popularity are that this plant is an incredibly easy-to-grow twining plant that makes a statement with its dark green, visibly veined leaves.

Often known as the purple wax plant by many avid gardeners, each Hoya Cinnamomifolia shrub can have anywhere from 20 to 30 flowers per cluster!

To add this hoya genus plant to your collection, continue reading to learn more about its background and how to look after it. 

What Is Hoya Cinnamomifolia?

Hoya Cinnamomifolia mostly has a nondescript scent; most describe it as virtually undetectable. The waxy, fragrant blossoms often bloom in the late spring or early summer. They are star-shaped and blossom in clusters. The Hoya family includes more than 200 species. Some refer to Cinnamomifolia as a purple wax plant.

Hoya Cinnamomifolia Plant Care 

This hoya is a tropical vine from the Island of Java known to be an excellent air purifier. Now, it is time to get into exactly how you care for your plant so it thrives and grows to its full, magnificent potential.

WaterWater Requirements

The easiest way to care for a Cinnamomifolia is to water it from the top. We suggest you wait for at least two to three inches above the soil’s surface to dry up before you completely water again.

They typically thrive in a little dryness and are resistant to drought. They dislike having damp feet, and most Hoya can visibly communicate their displeasure whenever owners overwater the soil.

The best way to care for the Cinnamomifolia is to completely soak the soil once it has dried up while letting the extra water drain out of the draining holes in the bottom of the pot.

LightLight Requirements

As every Hoya we’ve observed, these plants thrive in strong light but not direct sunshine.

To properly care for your Cinnamomifolia, always ensure it spends a few hours each day in an indirect yet bright sunspot. They can also thrive in a slightly shaded environment.

If you take good care of your Cinnamomifolia, it will mature at a size that is typically 12 inches tall and 24 inches across.

SoilSoil Requirements

Hoya, Wax plant flowerThe soil for Cinnamomifolia is rather simple that even rookie gardeners can care for their plants with a few pointers and tactics. They thrive in any top-notch, quick-draining soil. We suggest using perlite-mixed decent cactus or succulent soil.

Ideally, you can use two parts soil and one part perlite for your Hoya maintenance and get fantastic results. You can also combine equal parts of coarse perlite, peat-free compost, and orchid bark.

Test the soil’s moisture with your finger before watering a Cinnamomifolia. Instead of being overwatered, these plants thrive when they are underwatered.

If they are kept excessively wet, they can be subject to root rot, like most house plants. Most people don’t water their plants until it becomes almost entirely dry.

TemperatureTemperature Requirements

The ideal range for this plant lies in temperatures ranging between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18 and 24 degrees Celsius) throughout the day, and roughly 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night are ideal for the Cinnamomifolia plants.

Don’t allow their temperature to fall lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit and try to keep them warm (minimum 10 degrees Celsius). Because of their tropical nature, they favor a tropical setting. They are not tolerant of droughts.

HumidityHumidity Requirements

Instead of watering this plant right away, a good rule of thumb is to mist the leaves of your Cinnamomifolia plant sometimes, but ensure you are not doing so excessively. The plant will love the misting because it is a tropical plant native to Indonesia’s Isle of Java.

If you reside in a place that has a dry climate, we advise using a humidifier as part of the Cinnamomifolia care regimen. Most likely, they won’t need it; however, a humid climate is preferable for these plants. To add moisture to a new cutting is to tent the cup or pot with a plastic bag to keep the moisture inside while the roots are developing.

For your Hoya, maintain humidity levels over 60 percent; they will repay you with rapid flowering. As part of your Cinnamomifolia maintenance, spray the leaves, but be careful not to keep them too moist, and don’t mist them when it is budding or blossoming.

You may not need a humidifier shouldn’t need one if you live in a naturally moist or humid environment. If you reside in a dry region, we suggest putting one in your plant’s room. However, if do you have a humidifier in the room with your plant during the winter or all year long, if it is a new plant you have recently propagated, you will likely find it thrives.

People who live in an environment where the winter is dry and the summer humid prefer to make use of a humidifier during the winter months. Remember, most plants thrive in an environment like their native one.

FertilizingFertilizing Requirements

Any plant parent soon discovers that fertilization is one of the most crucial aspects of Cinnamomifolia care. (A decent fertilizer is beneficial to all Hoyas, in fact!)

To encourage plant growth, apply fertilizer with higher nitrogen content. During the growing season, fertilize once every four to six weeks, and during the dormant period, perhaps once or twice.

Feed these plants with one-fourth of a teaspoon per gallon of water; the results are fantastic. Another choice is to incorporate compost into the planting process and then apply a top dressing of organic compost in the spring, just before the plant begins its growing season.

Hoyas can occasionally treat using coffee grounds or pureed eggshells rather than any generic commercial fertilizer. As long as you don’t add over three to four tablespoons at a time, based on the scale of the pot, you will find that it works fine for them.

You can add more, but ensure that grinds are completely dry before doing so since they might otherwise trap moisture in the ground. Never put more than a thin (one-fourth of an inch to one inch) coating in any pot.

GroomingPruning Requirements

The simple answer is no, although removing diseased leaves from any plant is a good idea. Regular pruning can change the shape of your Cinnamomifolia plant, making it less straggly and resulting in a fuller and bushier plant.

Any stems you trim off can be used to spread the plant. Always ensure the knife or scissors you use to cut the stems are very sharp and clean.



Stem cuttings are the most straightforward method of a Cinnamomifolia plant’s propagation. Once you get this plant, you’ll learn that early spring or even the summer is the greatest time to do it.

Proceed by placing the cutting in a glass of water that contains some moist soil. The cutting can soon be put in a pot after the roots start to grow quickly.

Following is a step-by-step guide on the propagation of a Cinnamomifolia:

To begin with, keep in mind that it is advisable to wait until the growing season (spring or summer) to propagate, as with many plants, and the reason for this is because the plant needs to feel safe and ready for the blooming season.

Observe your plant, as it is the right time to propagate it. When you are shaping or pruning your plant, this is a wonderful opportunity to propagate it. It would help to cut below the node where the air roots are growing to propagate a stem. Hoyas have numerous air roots to pick from and are simple to identify.

After which, you have to make precise cuts on the stems you intend to use for propagation using a pair of sharp scissors, which you need to make sure that they are sterilized. The node is the place where the leaf or aerial root emerges on the stem. Make sure your cuttings have a stem and healthy, vividly colored leaves.

Place the cut ends in a small jar of water, dirt mixed with water, or both. In this case, using damp moss for propagation is an additional choice. Create a watery moss mixture by soaking some moss and adding it to the jar.

It is key to remember that you need to be careful not to hurt the cuttings as gently set them in the moss because this could harm the plant and would cause difficulty in the propagation.

Finally, you may have to transplant the cuttings into little pots with soil and perlite once they have developed robust roots. We think the best time is typically two months after you put the cuttings in water.


– Common Pests

Small insects like aphids, mealybugs, various scale bugs, and spider mites can be an issue for this plant.

Try spraying the leaves of your Hoya with insecticidal soap twice during the summer: once at the beginning and once after two weeks into the growing season.

Use neem oil on the leaves if you don’t have an insecticidal soap on hand. It appears to function fairly well.

– Overwatering 

Overwatering or incorrect watering is the most typical reason for a Hoya dying. Hoya may survive longer without water than some other plants like Peace Lilies because of their magnificent thick leaves. They are prone to overwatering because of the way their leaves store excess water.


– Where Can I Buy A Cinnamomifolia plant?

This plant doesn’t require any particular travel. They are frequently offered at gardening and home supply stores. Additionally, they can easily be bought at supermarkets and even on Amazon! Interestingly, many sellers online on sites like Craigslist offer clippings!

– Are Cinnamomifolia Plants Toxic To Animals Or Small Children?

Because a cat or dog’s digestive system cannot digest the leaves, if they eat them, it will cause them to vomit. However, in general, they are not poisonous to people or animals. Except for the cat grass, you should always keep every plant away from pets and young children. Why run the risk?

– Can I Plant My Hoya Outside?

Theoretically, you can, but if you leave it outside and live in a colder area, it will die. Since they are tropical plants, they should only be placed outside during the tropical seasons. Generally, try to bring your plant outside as little as possible; they do much better indoors anyway!

– Does Propagation Through Air Layering Work For Hoya Cinnamomifolia?

Yes, the use of layering is the alternative method for propagation. The new growth is still linked to the parent plant during layering propagation until it develops new roots.

To accomplish this, bury the stem’s node in the ground next to the mother plant. Sever the young plant with a sharp knife once the roots have grown (two to three months), and then carefully remove it from the pot.

In a fresh pot with two parts soil and one part perlite, plant it right away. Layering is a great approach to increasing the volume of a thin plant.

According to expert observations, the typical cutting will result in a blooming, full-size plant in three years or less.

– What Are the Best Pots For Hoy Cinnamomifolia?

It is best always to use a high-quality, quickly draining pot for your Cinnamomifolia plant. A hanging basket or a ceramic pot can be appealing to most plant owners.

We suggest choosing ceramic containers with a growth rod or trellis for the plant to climb. One of the things to avoid is planting a Hoya in a planter that would be too big for its roots because this plant prefers to be a little root-bound.

For years at a time, they can remain in the same pot, but like most plants, they ultimately need to be repotted.

Only transplant Hoya into larger pots if necessary for appropriate maintenance and growth. The maximum size your plant should be transplanted to, for instance, if its size has exceeded a four-inch pot, is a six-inch pot.

Because it normally sheds one leaf from each node as it grows, they take some time to spread out. This indicates that they need some time to develop bushy foliage.


These unusual and lovely tropical plants give color to any place with houseplants. There are many reasons why so many plant owners and gardening enthusiasts love this plant, such as the following reasons, to name:

  • They have gorgeous green leaves with vivid veining that stand out. 
  • They don’t need much upkeep to be strong and healthy and are generally easy to care for.
  • They are simple to grow from stem or leaf cuttings and produce lush, lovely foliage.
  • This beautiful hoya would thrive when they are living in a quick-draining soil. 
  • These hoys are great for balancing humid environments, hence you need to make sure that the humidity range is between 60 percent. 

Cinnamomifolia, for this reason, is one of the most sought-after Hoya plants. Their stunning, low-maintenance, and easy to grow. What’s not to love?

Now that you’re aware of how great this plant is, the next step is to add this plant to your collection and care for it; what are you waiting for?

Go to your nearest home supplies store, or purchase one online from the comfort of your home and start planting Hoyas. Good luck!

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