You may have probably seen the Hoya Wayetii before, being a very distinct and easily identifiable plant.
Its unique appearance is what has it stand out from its other hoya family members, known for its markings found on its leaves and marvelous flowers!
It is favored among many gardeners not only because of its beauty, but because they are one of the most accessible Hoya plants from the genus.
Learn more about how to propagate and care for this plant here!
What is Hoya Wayetii?
– About the Genus Hoya
Hoya is a genus of around 700 evergreen flowering plants, with more species joining in. Most of the Hoya plants are climbers, following the epiphytic trailing habit. They are also well known for their leaves and small, waxy flowers.
It features vibrant green foliage with darker edges, varying in redness depending on how much light it receives. Its succulent waxy leaves have distinct markings that would grow closely on dangling stems, donning alternate patterns. A leaf would mature and grow up to 3-8 inches long.
The plant can grow bunches of 10-20 tiny flowers that bloom in a deep red to mauve shade. Every flower would be around a quarter inch in size and unlike other plants in its genus, the Hoya Wayetii isn’t a heavy bloomer. Its foliage would pop out, grabbing attention so this plant is just as attractive as its siblings.
– Toxicity Levels
The Hoya belongs to the milkweed family, with white milky latex running in its body, which may cause allergic reactions if in close contact with or ingested. The reaction may be stronger in those who are more sensitive to latex, but according to researches, latex isn’t dangerous for animals.
With that in mind, it’s better to keep pets and kids away from these plants.
– Where Can You Grow it
You can grow the Hoya Wayetti indoors or outdoors, whether they are in pots, containers, or hanging baskets.
They have a low and dense growth habit, so they are great for ground covers in shady and well-lit areas. Furthermore, these plants love growing under trees or in groups of other plants that require similar nutrition, water, and light sources.
– Variegated Hoya Wayetii
If the hoya wayetii is variegated, then the foliage’s colors will differentiate compared to its parent plant. Its leaves would grow with shades of pink and red, maturing to a yellow to green or off-white with dark borders.
Besides its colors, the other features of a variegated Hoya Wayetii are similar to its parent plant, with the same care and requirements.
How to Care for Hoya Wayetii
Among all the Hoya plant varieties, the Hoya Wayetii falls under the ‘No Fuss’ category, as they are easy to care for and maintain. They are suitable for those who are busy and lazy, though there are still specific things to do to help your plants grow.
– Light Requirements
The Hoya Wayetii is usually trained to trail in hanging baskets, which is why they make awesome indoor hanging plants. It can stay up in high areas, soaking up as much natural sunlight as it can. And that’s a good thing, as the Wayetii needs more light exposure compared to other Hoya plant varieties, requiring about 70-90& of sunlight daily.
However, the Hoya Wayetii should NOT be under direct sunlight, so avoid placing it next to a window where the sun faces. For better care, keep the Hoya Wayetii in an area where it can get a lot of indirect sunlight so it gets the light it needs without the risk of it sleaves burning from exposure to direct light.
Your Hoya Wayetii requires at least 6 hours of light exposure, even all day if needed. The more natural light it receives, the fuller and regular blooms will come!
– Water Requirements
One of the minor issues new gardeners have with the Hoya Wayetii is getting the watering schedule just right. Unfortunately, many gardeners new to caring for Hoyas would overwater the plant as they think the soil is dry!
However, just like all other Hoyas, the Wayetti doesn’t like being waterlogged.
As a general rule of thumb, let the topsoil of your plant dry out, then dip your finger two inches into the soil, which can help you know if it needs watering. If you can feel that the soil has completely dried out, then it’s time to water the plant.
When watering your Hoya Wayetti, run the water until you can see it spilling out from the bottom of its pot, then allow it to drain. Once it has drained completely, place it back to its original location. Do NOT let the Hoya plant sit in water, instead, water it from its top.
I advise against using tap water for all plants, including the Hoya Wayetii. Tap water contains too many chemicals that can affect its growth. You can opt for deionized water or one that has been cooled completely after boiling. If you do need to use tap water, leave it to collect for a few days and you’ll be able to use it.
– Soil Type
One of the crucial factors that can make or break the Hoya Wayetii growth rate is its soil.
The optimum soil for Hoya Wayetii is well-draining, as they are an epiphyte species. With a well-draining soil mix, water will be able to flow unrestricted, preventing roots from retaining wet roots, which we all know plants hate.
We recommend that you use a bark mix with soil higher in perlite, which is quick in draining while encouraging an even healthier root system. This isn’t only for the growth of Hoya Wayetii, but it also improves its care when flowering begins.
– Temperature Levels
The Hoya Wayetii is a native plant from the Philippines, a tropical country. Because of this, the plant won’t tolerate temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to remember this when the winter season begins and the temperature would fall further come nighttime.
As much as possible, keep the temperature levels to around 60-85 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the day. If you are growing the plant outdoors, monitor the temperatures and take it indoors if it gets too hot or cold.
Hoya Wayetiis are hardy in USDA growth zone 11.
– Humidity Levels
Compared to other Hoya plant varieties, the Hoya Wayetii would prefer more humidity. Because it originates from such a humid country, the Wayetii loves very humid conditions!
This is why it’s crucial to maintain optimal humidity levels at home, so they can emulate the best they can in favorable conditions. If you can, do invest in a humidifier and keep the levels high, setting it at around 60-80% humidity.
When you are feeding a Hoya Wayetii, it’s a matter of personal choice. Some may want to fertilize their plants, while others opt for a more natural process.
If you choose to not fertilize your Hoya Wayetii, you can add organic matter on the soil’s top layer, such as dried green tea leaves to your water or sprinkling ground coffee granules.
If you want to fertilize your plant, you can invest in fertilizers made for Hoya Wayetii plants, either in pellet or liquid form. Only fertilize your plant during the growing season, about 2-3 times a month.
– Growth Rate
Unfortunately, the Hoya Wayetii plant is a very slow grower, so be patient! It may take up to 3 years before it blooms its first flower. This plant isn’t for gardeners who want to see some growth action!
Once fully grown and in the right conditions, then it will bloom beautiful flowers every year.
When you have your first Hoya Wayetii plant, keep it in its nursery pot for as long as it can. Many gardeners may want to repot Hoya Wayetii plants immediately, but doing so may shock the plant, negatively affecting its growth.
In terms of repotting, you might find that its roots are pushing through the bottom of its pot, being rootbound. While this may be bad for some plants, the Wayetii likes to be rootbound.
But once you see that the pot is full and bursting, or that you have to water your plant more than usual, then it may be time to repot.
Again, they are slow growers, so choose a pot that is next size up, which is about 2 inches larger than its current pot. Doing this will make sure that you aren’t potting your Hoya Wayetii in an oversized pot, which would require more water and risk your plant from experiencing root rot.
How to Propagate Hoya Wayetii
There are three methods in propagating the Hoya Wayetii, which are:
1. Stem-Tip Cutting
Follow these steps when using this method:
- Cut off a stem that is around 5-7 inches long from its growing end. Cut below the plant node, adding 2 or more nodes per cutting. Plant 5 or more cuttings for a bushy plant.
- Remove some leaves from its lower end, keeping more at its upper end.
- Plant your cuttings in a moist preprepared soil pot, around 3 inches deep. The nodes need to be planted under the prepared soil.
- Place the pot or container in a warm and ventilated area that had medium indirect light. The growing cuttings should have medium-light rather than a strong and bright light exposure early on.
- Water the soil using a spray, doing so mildly. Before watering again, the soil needs to be 70% dry,
- After 3 months, you’ll start to see a young Hoya Wayetii!
2. Water Propagation
Hoyas like growing in water, so you can follow this method:
- Start by filling a jar with water and at room temperature. When using tap water, allow it to stay overnight so the chlorine settles at the bottom. Dip the stem cuttings’ lower ends, keeping nodes underwater.
- Change the water weekly, do NOT let it go murky.
- You will see root development in around 3-4 weeks, which will be followed by shoot development after week 5.
- After 3 months, you may transfer the plants to prepared soil, or you can let them flourish in water since Hoya plants also thrive in water.
3. Air Layering
This is the quickest and easiest method you can try. Simply take rooting medium to moist lightly. Apply the blob of the moist medium to the plant’s joint or node, then cover it using a polythene sheet.
After this, you will see the roots and shoots develop after 6-8 weeks, and by that time, you can cut the stem below its root development, planting it in moist soil or other growing mixtures.
While the Hoya Wayetii doesn’t come with many problems as long as you care for it well, there is one problem: PESTS!
There are two main pests to watch out for, which are mealybugs and fungus gnats, which can pose a problem with your Hoya Wayetii.
Mealybugs can turn your leaves yellow. If you leave the plant untreated during an infestation, they end up sucking juice from your plant and spread to other plants, as they quickly lay a lot of eggs.
Fortunately, you can prevent and kill off these pests by using the appropriate pesticides. If you want a natural alternative, you can opt for a horticultural oil spray, dousing the plant with it to kill off the eggs and insects. You can also spray the plant using the jet blast setting on your shower.
You should also ‘quarantine’ your plant to prevent the bugs from transferring to other nearby plants.
2. Fungus Gnats
Fungus gnats can affect the overall health and growth of the plant. They are a common problem found in most plant varieties.
One cause of fungus gnats exploring your plant is from water-logged soil. Some gardeners have advised to sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on the top layer of plant soil, mixing it in gently, then to place one layer of pebbles round the top of the plant.
Doing so will keep fungus gnats away from the soil, not being able to lay larvae in it.
There are also two things you may need to watch out for. Not to worry, as both of these issues are minor and can be easily prevented with pruning and improved drainage.
3. Fungal Infections
When using your plant as ground cover, it might experience airflow deficiency, which can lead to fungal infections. If you detect signs of fungal infections, make sure that you prune your plant well.
4. Dark Water-Logged Stems
After you get stem cuttings from your plant, do you see dark and water-logged stems? This might be because you planted them in before they are good to go. You should keep cuttings in a smaller container or pot so they can control moisture better. Also, make sure that the pot and soil have enough drainage.
Preventing Problems to Your Hoya Wayetii
To prevent further problems from happening to your plant (this can happen with poor care and monitoring), here are a few tips to follow:
- Inspect your plant every day to watch out for any pests infestations or signs of diseases. This can help you detect problems as early as possible, and to prevent any from happening at all.
- Don’t be afraid to put your fingers in the soil, as this can help you know if your plant requires watering. Do NOT overwater your plant as well, making sure it only gets the right amount. While you can salvage plants that are underwatered (to an extent), you can’t rescue one with rotted roots from overwatering.
- If your plant is already established, as much as possible, you should not move it again. Plants prefer to stay in one place their entire lives, unless the temperature and weather disallows it. But if you have one spot where all plants can thrive consistently and equally, then let it stay there.
- While you shouldn’t move your plant, do rotate it to give it proper light source as needed. This ensures that all leaves will receive equal light exposure, growing symmetrically.
Now that we tackled what you need to know about the Hoya Wayetii, here are some key points to keep in mind:
- Hoya Wayetii is a native plant from the Philippines, liking a lot of humidity and higher temperatures.
- They are slow growers, taking a few months or years to grow their first bloom. You have to be patient!
- Caring for Hoya Wayetii is very easy, as long as you place it in a well-lit area with an appropriate watering schedule.
We hope you are now more well informed and ready to start planting a Hoya Wayetii. Try it out when you can and enjoy a beautiful plant in your home. Good luck!
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