Hoya linearis care guide

In this guide you'll learn: How to care for your Hoya linearis plant and
answers to FAQs to keep your plant happy

The Hoya linearis plant is a sight to behold, boasting rib-like foliage which lends a sophisticated style to any area you fill with its presence. Boasting an incredibly striking shape, with linear leaves radiating from a center point, this fast-growing evergreen hails from warm and humid climates such as the tropics of India and Australia. Still, it can be a suitable addition to any home that is willing to put in the work to care for it properly.

Often known as the Porcelainflower, this plant is much rarer than some of its hoya family members, and the foliage can give almost a teardrop-like shape, symbolizing their genus. Not only is this unique shape a beautiful accent to any home decor, but with the proper care, they can also look down at a stunning canopy of flowers, which is a sight to behold. Though this may seem like a high-maintenance plant, with the suitable materials, your Hoya linearis can not only survive with you but thrive as well.

Tips for nurturing your Hoya linearis


This plant loves a bit of natural light, but it can also do quite well in areas with artificial lighting. Place your Hoya linearis near a window or in an area directly lit for 12-14 hours per day.


Hoya linearis prefers temperatures between 15 – 34° Celsius (59-93°F). The ideal temperature for it is 21-27°C (70-81°F), as this will promote optimal growth.

Soil Type & Drainage

Plant your Hoya linearis in a well-draining potting mix of two parts of soil mixed with one piece of peat moss and one part of perlite or clay. Some sources suggest using cactus soil, which generally works well with the Hoya’s natural environment; it’s worth experimenting with.


Hoya linearis likes a humid environment, so it is essential to water when the soil has dried lightly. In addition, you may also want to mist the leaves every now and then.


Allow the top 1-2 inches of soil to dry out between waterings. This should usually take about seven days. It should also be noted that Hoya linearis prefers drier winter conditions rather than wetter ones.


The Hoya linearis is considered to be non-toxic to humans, cats, and dogs. It’s always worth double-checking with your vet to ensure the safety of everyone before adding plants to your home.


Fertilise your Hoya linearis twice a year during the spring and summer months. Make sure to use an all-purpose liquid fertiliser that is diluted to half of the recommended strength, as the Hoya can be sensitive to high fertilizer levels.

Troubleshooting Pests, Diseases, and Common Problems

Though Hoya linearis isn’t usually susceptible to pests or diseases, they can develop root rot or fungal diseases if over-watered. It’s important to inspect for pests and diseases each month and to adjust your watering schedule accordingly.


To propagate your Hoya linearis from home, you will first need to take a cutting from an established plant. Then, place it into a pot of soil and lightly water. Hoya propagations work best when the cutting is partially submerged in water, so if you can find a pot that is big enough to fit into a container of water, this will help the process go much smoother.

Final Thoughts

With its unique linearity and thick foliage, it’s easy to see why the Hoya linearis has become so popular in the world of houseplants and the minimalistic home decor style. Though it may take a bit of time and effort to look after, it is well worth it if you feel that this is the right plant for you. With the right environment and the right care, you’ll be able to appreciate its beauty in all of its glory.

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A passionate plant lover and houseplant connoisseur with a rich family background in horticulture. With experience in plant nurseries and garden centers, Jonathan has cultivated a diverse collection of leafy friends and explored native flora on adventures such as trips to South America. His mission is to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for plants, creating a greener and happier world for all.

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