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How Do You Care for Hoya Linearis? Important Growing Tips

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Hoya linearis is another super hot plant that growers can’t keep up with demand. There are many types of Hoya out there that are much more commonly available, but Hoya linearis is distinctly unique and quite a bit different.

Challenging to find, they are also reportedly one of the most challenging Hoyas to grow, but I’ve found them to be easy! It is all about knowing what each plant species likes.

If you can give it what it likes, it will be a cinch to grow! Let me show you how I take care of mine.

Where Hoya Linearis Grows

Before I go into how exactly I care for my Hoya linearis, I would like to introduce where this plant grows in nature.

If you can approach the conditions that this plant grows in nature, you will have no problems growing this plant.

This plant grows as an epiphyte (on trees) in the Himalayan region in Northern India and in the nearby vicinity. It actually grows on trees in higher altitudes, and dangles down similar to how Spanish moss grows.

If you can gather from the region that it grows in, it does prefer cooler nighttime temperatures as compared to some other types of Hoyas.

How to Grow Hoya Linearis

This plant is different from many other hoyas in that it doesn’t have large, firm, waxy leaves. Instead, the leaves are skinny, soft, and slightly hairy. It really has a lovely growing habit.

They also will give you white, star-shaped flowers that reported have a lemon scent to them. Mine has not flowered yet, but I will update my post when it does to show you.

Take a look at the difference between my Hoya linearis below…

Compared to my Hoya carnosa below…

hoya carnosa

In my experience so far with growing this plant, despite the rumors and hype that you may have heard that Hoya linearis is one of the more difficult hoyas, I’ve had no troubles at all!

I strongly believe that this is because I am providing the right conditions for this plant. So what are the conditions that it likes?

Let’s talk about that a little bit, and you’ll want to read ALL of this post because you can’t just get one thing right when it comes to houseplant care. A number of combinations working together will give you true, lasting results.

There are NO shortcuts or magic buttons to houseplant care!


Improper watering and soil moisture conditions is probably one of the most common downfalls in houseplant care.

This is especially the case with Hoya linearis. These are very easy plants as long as you keep the soil on the dry side (but at the same time, you need proper watering habits)!

I do my best to teach people about my watering methods so let me elaborate more on this. Like all hoyas, these plants like to dry out well between watering.

This does NOT mean that when you water, that you’d only want to add a tiny bit of water. So many people are scared of overwatering, but it is a very misunderstood term! Always water thoroughly.

I preach a holistic view on houseplant care. You can’t just get one thing right, and have complete disregard for everything else.

Good watering practices are paramount.

When you water, you should thoroughly soak the potting media. Water until all the soil is saturated and all excess water drains away through the drainage hole. ALWAYS have a drainage hole!

This is especially important for epiphytes, like Hoya linearis, which literally grows hanging on trees. They DEMAND excellent drainage and this is apparent because of how they grow in nature.

Like any hoya though, they like to dry out between watering. So allow the entire potting mix to dry out before you consider watering again.

On that note, feel the potting mix with your finger to know when it is dry. Pick up the pot and also notice when it is very light. You will get to know when the soil has completely dried out.

I strongly caution against the usage of water meters. I’ve known so many people that have devastated their plants because they trust the water meter too much in order to tell them when to water.

Think about it, many epiphytes will get poured on by heavy rains (the entire plant is thoroughly soaked), but since they are epiphytes (growing on trees and exposed to a lot of air circulation), they will dry quickly

In the winter, you can go even longer in between watering since reduced light and perhaps cooler temperatures indoors will slow down, or even halt, growth.

Watch out for signs of stress. You don’t want to push it too far that the plant is stressed and becomes shriveled or dried out.

This brings us to the next point which you NEED to have for hoyas.


Hoyas in general like smaller pots and like to be root bound. My own plant came in a tiny pot and I will leave it in there for quite a while.

As a general rule of thumb, Hoyas need repotting much less frequently than other plants and are content to be in the same pot for years.

Remember the Hoya carnosa I showed you in the picture earlier in this post? I’ve had it in the same pot for over 15 years and it is thriving!

If you’d like to read about how I care for that plant, be sure to check out my blog post on Hoya carnosa for growing tips.


If it comes time to repot a hoya, only go up by one pot size. These plants despise being over-potted and are content in smaller pots for long periods of time.


As far as potting mixes go, light and airy is the way to go. You have a few options that you can use for Hoya linearis, or any hoya for that matter.

A good succulent or cactus mix, to which you add some perlite would make a wonderful mix for this plant. Remember, sharp drainage is important for any plant, but especially for epiphytes.

Horticulture magazine recommends 2 parts of a soilless mix to 1 part of fine-grain bark mix and a good mix for epiphytic plants in general (please don’t use this mix for moth orchids though!). This mix is very appropriate for hoyas.

If you don’t have fine-grain bark mix, you can substitute perlite. I tend to use a good cactus/succulent potting mix and add perlite. Experiment to see what works for you. This blend has worked very well for me.

I always have a succulent mix and perlite on hand myself so I typically use those for most of my houseplants.

I buy the following from Amazon to make my blends:

Miracle Gro Cactus, Palm and Citrus Potting mix


Espoma Organic Perlite.


LIGHT! Another super important topic. I have my own Hoya linearis in my sunroom in the corner of a North and East facing window.

When the sun does decide to come out in Ohio, it does receive morning sun 🙂 . Be sure to keep this plant right in front of a window for best results, and if you can give it morning sunshine, it will greatly benefit this plant, especially in the winter time.

I know it may seem so basic to do this, but you’d be surprised how many people I have to remind that they should have plants right in front of a window for best results.

If you do live in warmer regions, be careful of too much sun, especially extended periods of strong sun. This is a cooler growing species.

As a general rule for houseplants, make sure your minimum nighttime temperature doesn’t go much below 55F.

During the summertime, depending on where you situate your plant, you may want to diffuse the direct sunshine a bit. Just keep an eye on your plant and it will tell you if it doesn’t like something.

And remember, having Hoya linearis in appropriate lighting will help the potting medium to dry out more quickly, which is absolutely critical for this plant.


To keep things simple, I have greatly simplified my fertilizing routine and pretty much consolidated to one fertilizer. It is readily available on Amazon.

I use Dyna-Gro Grow fertilizer and have had great results with all of my houseplants! It’s an amazing all-purpose, urea-free, complete fertilizer that contains all the major micro and macro nutrients that plants need to thrive.

It has become my go-to all-purpose fertilizer that I use for most of my plants (because it works really well and I’m lazy and like to consolidate!)

I simply mix 1/4 teaspoon into a gallon of water, and use it every time I water (or try to at least) during the growing season.

You can mix it as you go, or prepare the solution in a gallon jug to use whenever you need it.

As a general rule, I don’t fertilize any of my plants from about October through February or so. When I notice plants perking up in February or March, I will slowly start my Dyna-Gro Grow fertilizer routine.

Remember that the key to growing Hoya linearis is allowing its potting mix to dry out completely fairly quickly in between through watering. This can only be achieved by a combination of good light, small pot size, and an appropriate potting mix.


I’ve known people to propagate these plants in water. You can certainly do so, but let me discuss what the International Hoya Association recommends for Hoya propagation.

  • Take stem cuttings and ensure that each cutting has 2 or 3 nodes (where the leaf meets the stem).
  • Remove the leaf from at least one of the lowest nodes.
  • Dip the end into a rooting hormone, and insert each cutting into a pot. The IHA recommends using soilless mixture to which you add 30-40% perlite.
  • Water the soil and make sure it drains. Don’t allow the soil to dry completely. Conversely, don’t let the pot sit in standing water.

I use Garden Safe TakeRoot rooting hormone which I get on Amazon.

If you are able to increase humidity while the plant is rooting, this can be very beneficial. You can place the pot in a clear plastic bag to increase humidity. Keep it out of direct sunlight though while it is rooting so that you don’t cook your cuttings!

The clear plastic bag can help you keep humidity high while it is rooting, but these plants also like to generally grow in higher humidity.

I wrote a blog post on the topic of humidity and I also talk about my favorite humidifier. I’ve tested many humidifiers and this one is by far my favorite!

To check it out, be sure to read my humidity blog post. This is especially important during the winter months when dry air can be big issue!

Do you grow Hoya linearis? Share your comments or questions below! I’d love to hear from you. Check out my other posts on Hoya carnosa and Hoya obovata if you want to read more!

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Saturday 18th of April 2020

I just bought a cutting and I have a question, ¿can I put it in water for propagation? I live in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico.


Saturday 18th of April 2020

Yes it should easily root in water :-)


Monday 6th of April 2020

Hey there! I'm thinking of buying one of these to hang in a south facing window but I'm worried it will be too bright. The window isn't massive and I live in Scotland, so it's not exactly like it will be getting full sunshine most days. It will also sit in front the window blind so I will be able to give it shade if needed. Do you think these light conditions will be suitable, or shall I look for something that likes full sun? Thanks!


Sunday 27th of September 2020

@Karena, I have 2 of these plants in very bright rooms in cornwall, they get diret sun for some of the day via a skylight and they are doing brilliantly, they are one of my favourite house plants


Tuesday 7th of April 2020

@Raffaele, brilliant, thank you. My new plant friend is on its way!


Monday 6th of April 2020

Hi Karena! You will probably be fine in Scotland! Direct sun, especially in the darker months, will be perfectly fine and actually beneficial! You may want to filter things a bit maybe during the summer months if necessary. I'd say you're good to go! Like you mentioned, you can always your your blinds to diffuse the light if there is a lot of direct sun coming in.

Karen J

Friday 3rd of April 2020

Would this be likely to do well in a fairly big terrarium where the humidity is around 70-80%? It's also warm in the terrarium, close to 90F at the top, and maybe 10 degrees cooler at the bottom, there's about 30" of space between the top and bottom.

Someone local has some for sale, but I'd like to plant it on cork bark in the terrarium and grow it more like it grows naturally, if you think the conditions won't just melt the poor thing.


Friday 3rd of April 2020

Hi Karen! It's hard to say....but Hoya linearis grows in higher altitudes and grows in cooler temps compared to other Hoyas. The high humidity is great, but continual 80-90F range may be too hot. You can always get the plant, propagate a small piece and place it in the terrarium to see how it does, and keep the original plant somewhere else. That way if the terrarium cooks it, it's no big loss! :-)


Sunday 22nd of March 2020

I propagate my Hoya linearis by cuttings, rooted in water. Or by stemcuts with 2 leaves directly in soil. It works very well. My hoya grows very fast, so I can share a lot of plants... thanks for your growing tips! It’s true what you say, by placing cuttings with the motherplant, you can get a nice, full plant with beautifull flowers.


Sunday 22nd of March 2020

That's great Tine! They have quickly become one of my favorite plants! I'm glad you are enjoying my growing tips :-)


Wednesday 26th of February 2020

Thank you for the article. It was super interesting and helpful to read. Whenever I propagate my hoya linearis, I get lots of white mold on the leaves and they shriveled up. The soil is kept moist. Do you have any suggestions on how to stop the mold from forming and the stems from shriveling?


Saturday 29th of February 2020

Hi Kelly, can you please send me photos showing your plant? Are you maybe confusing the "mold" with mealy bugs perhaps? Hoyas are prone to mealy bugs. If you send me some photos, I will be able to tell you. Also, these plants should dry out in between watering. I wouldn't keep them moist all the time.