Hoya Megalaster is a gorgeous house plant with beautiful pink blooms and attractive succulent leaves. It is an epiphytic beauty from the Apocynaceae family and has characteristic evergreen and perennial vining stems.
This detailed guide provides you with all the information about caring for, growing, and propagating the plant. Learn to grow attractive vines in hanging baskets to adorn your patio and balcony.
- What Is Hoya Megalaster?
- Hoya Megalaster Care
What Is Hoya Megalaster?
Hoya Megalaster is a perennial vining plant with evergreen succulent leaves and pink fragrant blooms. The foliage has distinctive climbing and perennial foliage that will thrive in your garden for years. It does well in partially closed spaces like patios and balconies.
Hoya Megalaster Care
This Hoya variant produces long trailing stems that grow in clusters. It requires fertile and well-draining soil with a perlite or peat base, moderate indirect sunlight, and high humidity to ensure the foliage thrives well.
In the section below, our experts list in detail each of the care aspects that you would need to pay attention to. Read to find out what you need to be providing the plant to keep it nourished, healthy, and thriving.
– Water Requirements
This plant does not require much water to sustain its growth and all you need is a proper schedule where you would add in more only when the soil has completely dried out. This Hoya is extremely sensitive to overwatering so do not keep the soil soggy or create a situation where the roots are sitting in water for a long time.
Excess water can be hazardous to the plant’s health and can result in the yellowing of foliage or even lead to fungal diseases and root rot. Ensure the pot or container the plant is placed in is well-draining so that the excess water can easily flow out.
Additionally, also make sure that the plant is not under-hydrated too. This hoya variant may be drought resistant, preferring less water at its roots yet an overly dried soil can prevent the absorption of oxygen by the roots from the soil. Hence, it is key to prevent both extremes by watering right, increasing frequency during hot sultry days, and scaling back during the fall or winter months.
– Light Requirements
Place the plant in
a particular spot where it can receive moderate levels of bright yet indirect sunlight. Avoid overexposure or direct light as this will scorch the leaves and shrivel up buds. Diffused light is essential to keep the foliage evergreen and perennial and to also prevent them from turning brittle.
You can also grow this plant indoors under artificial lights or near an east-facing window where the maximum levels of morning sunlight can be received. Outdoors you could place them under tree canopies or semi-closed spaces such as balconies or patios. Alternatively, place a garden sheet over it so that it can be protected from harsh direct rays of the sun.
– Soil Requirements
The plant requires a fertile and well-draining aerated potting mix. The ideal composition should include one-third perlite along with an equal proportion of grit or sand and orchard bark. It is essential that the soil remains light as heavy and loamy soils can retain too much water and pose a threat to the health and growth of the hoya.
Keep the soil slightly acidic between a pH of 6 to 7. Additionally, you could also include more chunky matter such as worm castings and organic compost to improve the nutrient composition of the soil
– Temperature Requirements
The plant grows well in warm temperatures between 60 degrees Fahrenheit to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. As a tropical epiphytic plant, it can seldom tolerate extreme cold climatic conditions, thus any range below 50 degrees Fahrenheit can be hazardous to the thin vining stems and can make them go weak.
At the same time, hot sultry weather above 85 degrees Fahrenheit can turn the foliage brittle. Thus always protecting the plant from excessive heat as well as frost and chilly winds is essential. In summers that are particularly hot place them under partial shade or tree canopies or move the plant indoors under artificial grow lights in winters.
– Humidity Requirements
Similar to other Hoya variants this variety requires high humidity levels so that it can produce healthy blooms. The ideal range is between 60 percent to 70 percent. Maintain this level and you will find the plant producing vibrant and fragrant flowers as well as sustaining a green and thriving foliage.
If you are growing it in a dry zone, create moisture by misting the plant regularly. You could also choose to place a pebble tray under the pot or container which will kick in some moisture as the water in the tray slowly evaporates. Alternatively, you could group the hoya plant with other plants so that they can gain some advantage from collective humidity around. For indoor growth, you may also choose to use a humidifier around the plant.
– Fertilizing Requirements
Moderate levels of fertilizing are recommended to boost foliage as well as to produce and promote blooms. The ideal time to apply fertilizers is during the growing months of spring when the plant is active and the buds occur in dozens.
We recommend that you use a formula with a balanced proportion of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Alternatively, a diluted liquid fertilizer can also serve the purpose of keeping the plant immune to diseases and boosting its growth and health.
The long slender vines of this hoya will bear a neat and maintained look if regularly pruned. Pruning also helps to reduce the spread of diseases and to boost foliage growth. Begin by pruning from the sides and remove all dead, decayed, and brown stems.
Nonetheless, you must avoid removing peduncles where future blooms can occur. The latter is the reason why you must remember that the process of pruning needs to be done with sterile tools so there is no risk of fungal and bacterial diseases.
Here is the exact way in which you will need to undertake the process of propagation. It is always advisable to keep the below-mentioned tools ready before you begin the process of propagation. Typically you would require a sterile garden pruner, a well-draining potting soil, rooting hormone, and a plastic sheet with tiny holes to kick in some humidity.
Always ensure your tools are sterilized with a diluted solution of isopropyl alcohol to prevent the spread of any fungal or bacterial diseases.
– Propagation by Leaf Cutting
Pick a healthy leaf section from a parent plant with at least two nodes intact. With the help of a sterile garden pruner, place a cut just below this leaf node. On the underside of the cut leaf section rub a bit of rooting hormone which will boost the process of propagation.
Place this cut leaf section now in a well-draining peat-based potting soil. Keep it moist and under warmth, in a well-lit place. Cover it with a plastic sheet with tiny holes for a few days so that there is humidity around this leaf section.
At the same time, make sure that you remove this plastic after some days so that there is no risk of excess humidity that may damage the new budding leaf section.
Care for it as you would do to a mature adult plant and in a few weeks, this given section will develop its root. Over time the leaf section would grow in height and also develop fresh shoots. This is the time you could consider transplantation into another pot if required.
You have now successfully propagated a healthy offset of the hoya variant on your own. This will grow into a mature and sturdy adult plant with long trailing vines in a couple of more months.
This Hoya plant may be sturdy and hardy yet it is not to be ignored. The plant comes with its own set of challenges and problems and luckily though these issues are easy to tackle. With just a few tools and gardening skills you can address them successfully. Read this below section to identify the most common problems and some quick-fix solutions to handle them effectively.
– Plant Leaves Are Wrinkled
If you find your leaves with a wrinkled look it is because the plant has been subject to stress conditions. The two main reasons are overwatering or extremely tight soil.
As mentioned in the earlier sections this hoya variant is sensitive to overly moist or soggy soil thus you will have to maintain a proper watering schedule by adding water only when the soil has gone completely dry. You may also accomplish a simple finger test by pushing your finger one inch deep into the soil and feeling for moistness.
If your finger comes out moist, then refrain from adding in more. On the other hand, avoid using compact and tight soils as they are poor in drainage. Use a well-draining potting soil with chunky organic matter such as bark or worm castings to increase aeration.
If you find your leaves wrinkled you could remove the plant gently from its container and trim out all mushy and unhealthy sections of the roots, before transplanting it into dry and well-draining soil to help it regain its health.
– Leaf Deformation
Your hoya variant may have deformed leaves if it is subject to temperature fluctuations, nutrient deficiencies, or an inaccurate watering schedule. The plant requires a warm climatic and temperate climate to grow and will not tolerate excessive heat as well as excess cold. Moreover, sudden exposure to changes in temperature is going to hamper its health drastically. Thus, maintaining a steady temperature around the plant is necessary to fix the problem.
Also, if your plant is deficient in essential nutrients it is going to develop deformed leaves. Fertilize the plant with a diluted organic formula, especially during the growing stages of the plant and this should fix its nutrient deficiency to help it produce proper leaves. Water the plant to just keep the soil moist and never let the roots sit in water for a long time.
– Limp and Weak Vines
The beauty of this Hoya variant is its vines and trailing stems that grow in clusters. Your wines may look lifeless, weak, or without any leaves, if it is not receiving an adequate amount of sunlight.
This plant requires a minimum of at least four to six hours of bright and indirect sunlight every day. Without proper lighting, the vines will not be able to produce new leaves and will slowly look lifeless and limp.
Another reason probably why the leaves drop off the trailing vines before they mature is due to the classic condition of stress due to overwatering or underwatering. Do not let the plant’s roots sit in water very frequently. At the same time avoid dehydrating the soil completely. It is imperative to schedule your plant’s watering sessions properly to eliminate this stress.
– Mealybug Infestation
Mealybugs are a big nuisance when it comes to this Hoya variant because the pests can drain out the nourishment of the larger succulent leaves. The pests occur in clusters on the underside of the large leaves and suck out the sap from the vines and other parts of the foliage, making leaves droop, the vines shrivel up and over time they can even kill the plant.
These insects also chew on the leaves and destroy the plant’s looks. Thus it is necessary to tackle such pest infestations at the earliest so that further damage may not be done to the plant.
You will have to look for them in the spots between the stem and leaf, inside and underside of blooms, and under the large leaves. You may also notice white cottony masses with yellow eggs in infected spots.
You can easily tackle pests by spraying an organic neem or peppermint solution on the foliage. Alternatively, blast a spray of water on the infected area to make the bugs fall off, or you could mix soap with oil and water and spray on infected spots to make them off the foliage.
Repeat this process every few days until all of the bugs have been removed. To prevent mealybug infections keep the plant clean and dust-free by misting it often. Also, remember to isolate the plant as soon as you notice any form of infestation so that these pests do not spread to nearby garden plants.
– Yellowing Leaves
Do you notice the leaves of the otherwise evergreen Hoya plant turning yellow? Then, you need to relook at your watering schedule as well as at your soil. The plant is intolerant to excessive moisture, thus it is necessary to provide it with the right levels. Abstain watering from watering as soon as you spot any yellowing of foliage and let the soil dry out between watering schedules.
Additionally, the container or pot the plant is placed in must have well-draining holes to permit easy flow out of water. Check to see if the soil you are using is light and aerated.
A heavy or loamy soil will hold way too much moisture at the roots which can be quite a disaster to the health of the plant. Use a peat-based potting mix along with orchard bark, peat, and worm casting thrown in to improve drainage.
– Misshapen Leaves
You may occasionally notice freshly produced misshapen leaves among the foliage. This occurs when the plant is subject to stress such as fluctuations in temperature, overexposure to light, or irregular watering.
At the time of new growth in the plant, it must receive the right environmental conditions so that it can produce healthy leaves and buds. Read our earlier care section to understand the exact requirements of the plant and provide it with the same to prevent the occurrence of misshapen leaves.
– Slow Growth
If you notice that your Hoya plant is growing slowly or the vines seem to be stunted, then take a look at the environment it is placed in. This variant is very sensitive and prefers to thrive in a zone that is closest to its native. Thus monitor its watering, providing it with indirect yet diffused light and the right levels of warmth and humidity to keep it growing and produce long trailing vines.
Also, take note that the plant enters a state of dormancy in the winter months, so the rate of growth will reduce or stop during those months.
– How Do I Make Hoya Megalaster Bloom Quickly and Healthy?
This plant species produce beautiful blooms with a fragrant smell. So if you want it to produce healthy blooms quickly, you will have to place it under the right temperature and adequate sunlight.
The plant also requires humidity along with a diluted organic NPK-based formula, especially during its growing phase in spring and summer. These aspects of the plant should produce healthy and beautiful blooms quickly.
– What Is the Right Season To Propagate?
The right season to propagate the plant is during the warm days of spring and summer. These are the active growing months of the plant where it is capable of expanding growth and sustaining healthy foliage. Thus utilize the warmth of the seasons to establish strong roots and a plant that will thrive well for many more days ahead.
In this detailed guide, we have discussed how easy it is to grow this Hoya variant.
Let us summarize all that we have understood and learned in the section below.
- The Hoya Megalaster is a delightful plant to grow and its long trailing vines make it perfect for hanging baskets on patios and balconies. It is evergreen and perennial and produces beautiful fragrant blooms.
- You will find pale pink flowers that grow in clusters in the plant adding to its beauty and charm.
- The plant requires bright and partial sunlight and well-draining peat-based moist soil with moderately high temperature and humidity at 60 percent to ensure the foliage is healthy as well as for it to be able to produce blooms.
- You can easily propagate the plant using leaf cuttings. Take a small section of a mother plant and dip it into rooting hormone before placing it in the soil to develop into a healthy new offset.
- Mealybugs are the common pests that you will need to tackle to keep the plant healthy. Also monitor the watering schedule, heat, and light conditions to keep the foliage healthy and green at all times.
The hoya megalaster is a delightful plant in every way with beautiful pink blooms that can fill your garden with attractiveness and fragrance. We are sure that we have convinced you to grow this stress-free vining plant which is just what you need to charm your home and garden space.