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Hoya Multiflora: 7 Care Tips for the Shooting Star Hoya

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Hoya multiflora, or the Shooting Star Hoya, is probably the freest blooming Hoya that you can grow in your home. Seemingly always in bud or in flower, this Hoya species makes for a wonderful addition to your indoor plant collection. Keep reading to learn more about how to care for this beauty.


Native to southeast China and neighboring tropical Asia, this Hoya has a stiff, upright or even spreading nature as it grows.

Unlike most other Hoyas, this one will bloom several times a year, so if you love flowers, this is definitely one to add to your collection!

You can easily see where it gets its common name, Shooting Star Hoya, by taking a look at the flowers.

Hoya Multiflora Care


Place your plant right in front of a window for best growth and flowering. Windows that have no direct sun at all would work, but if you can provide a couple hours of direct sun either in the morning or late afternoon, this would benefit your plant.

You can also grow your your plant under grow lights. My own plant, at the time of writing this post, is situated in front of a northern facing window in my sunroom and it is supplemented by T5 grow lights that are on for 12 hours a day.

In this position, my plant blooms freely.

If you have an Eastern or Western facing window, this would be perfect for your plant.

My Hoya multiflora


Always water your plant thoroughly and allow excess water to escape your drainage hole(s). Never allow any Hoya to sit in water for extended periods of time otherwise they can easily develop root rot.

I try not to allow my multiflora’s soil to dry out completely. Although they do have sturdy leaves, they are not as succulent as many other hoya species, so try not and let them go completely dry for too long.

I normally allow about the top 1-2 inches of the potting mix to dry out before watering again.


I use the same potting mix for all my hoyas. I typically use 2 parts of a cactus/succulent mix and then I mix in 1 part of 1/4″ pumice.

This provides a freely draining mix that Hoya plants need to thrive.

Mixing in pumice to improve the drainage in my Hoya mix.

I love the 1/4″ pumice from Bonsai Jack. It is always consistent in quality I love using it as a soil amendment for Hoyas.

If you want an amazing mix to use right out of the bag, check out the amazing Hoya soil blend from Oh Happy Plants. This is an amazing mix and you will get 10% off at checkout automatically if you use my link.


Keep your multiflora in relatively small pots. Never repot your Hoya unless it is root bound, and even then, they can stay in the same sized pot for quite a few years.

If it starts to become difficult to keep up with watering your plant and your pot is full of roots, you can upsize your pot to the next larger size.

Don’t be tempted to use pots that are much larger than the size it was previously growing in. If it was in a 4 inch pot, use a 6 inch pot and no bigger.

Be sure not to miss my blog post on choosing the best pot for Hoyas.


Fertilize your Hoya during the active growing season. There are many fertilizers that you can use, but I like to use Dyna-Gro Grow.

I use 1/4-1/2 teaspoon per gallon of water at every watering. My plants love this fertilizer and with consistent use, you will notice a beautiful difference in your plants!


Like any Hoya, never remove any of the old flowering flowering spurs because they will continue to bloom on those in the future, and also grow new ones as well.

One nice thing about this plant is that it will easily bloom even as a very small plant. Many Hoyas can take 2-3 years to even start to think about blooming, but multiflora will often bloom even as a cutting!

Take a look at my plant when I originally propagated it. It bloomed even as a tiny plant.


One thing to note is that the flowers will produce a lot of sticky nectar. You can easily clean this up, but be aware. Take a look at the nectar dripping from the bottom most flower in the photo of my plant below.


One common problem with Hoya multiflora is flower buds dropping off before they open. I’ve experienced this in cases when I’ve let the soil go completely dry.

When your plant is in bud, pay extra attention to consistency in soil moisture. Allow the surface of the potting mix to dry out, but don’t let all of the soil dry out completely.

They can tolerate going drier, but it may pose issues for you while in flower.

On the opposite end, also avoid letting your plant sit in water for extended periods of time.


These are warmer growing Hoyas, so try and keep these plants in the 60-85F range for optimum growth.

Average indoor humidity is fine, but they will always benefit from higher humidity. Humidifiers are they best way to increase your indoor air humidity.

If you’d like recommendations on humidifiers, check out my post on my favorite humidifiers.


These Hoyas propagate readily by cuttings. Simply take a tip cutting that has at least a couple leaves at the end. Remove the bottom leaf if you need to, and place in water.

Your cuttings should root in a matter of weeks. Once the roots are about 1/2 inch to an inch long, plant them into a small pot.

Do you have a Hoya multiflora? Comment below. I’d love to hear!

If you are interested in other Hoyas to grow, check out my blog post on the best beginner Hoyas to grow in the home.


Sunday 10th of March 2024

I just got a plant with BUDS!!!! Thank you to my hubby for the plant shop gift card. What do the flowers smell like?

Raffaele Di Lallo

Tuesday 12th of March 2024

Wonderful! The scent isn't too strong but it has a faint, sweet scent.


Sunday 11th of February 2024

My multiflora has to stems. Both have blooming peduncles. Can I propagate a section with peduncles without losing them? I'm trying to get my plant to fill out instead of just growing taller. Thanks

Raffaele Di Lallo

Sunday 11th of February 2024

It's always a risk if you make cuttings of stems with buds. Just decide what is more important to you, knowing that you may lose the buds. If growing a bushier plant is much more important, I would just go ahead and propagate. You may or may not lose the buds. It's hard to say.

YM Lee

Monday 6th of March 2023

My plant has been blooming frequently, two times as many within a month. I think may be due to my watering recent month. I used to water weekly but increased to half weekly. S


Monday 6th of March 2023

These Hoyas definitely like more water than other Hoyas that have thicker leaves :-) Glad your's is happy!

Antoinette Ryder

Friday 30th of December 2022

My multiflora leaves are starting to turn yellow. Does this mean it's too dry? It's definitely not too wet....Do you mist the leaves? Thank you.


Friday 30th of December 2022

Hi Antoinette! There are a lot of reasons why leaves can turn yellow in general. It could be from soil going too dry, or staying too wet for too long. It can also be a response to lower light conditions, pests, cold temperatures, etc. Read through this blog post and see if it triggers anything that makes sense for your situation. Good luck!

Mary Berne

Monday 31st of January 2022

Hi. I bought a multiflora about a month and a half ago. It has mealies and I used alcohol and horticultural oil to treat it. Since then the plant leaves have dried out and developed spots. It’s it still alive and viable? Can I cut off the top of the plant? Will it grow new leaves then? Thanks.


Monday 31st of January 2022

Hi Mary! You can easily root cutting of this plant in water and replant. The original plant should shoot out new growth after you trim it. Just don't trim it all the way down completely. Good luck with your plant and let me know if you have anymore questions.