Hoya Gracilis is a vining plant that has one of the most eye-catching foliage colors and patterns. These plants are quite popular among people who want a climbing plant with flowers. The colors of the flowers combine perfectly with the dark foliage that sets a perfect balance to look more appealing to the eye.
We recommend that you provide your plant with some medium to climb up to get the best out of its ornamental features. The foliage, with the help of fast-growing vines, can cover the whole moss pole in no time, so make sure that you have enough space to let the vines grow freely.
Characteristics of Hoya Gracilis
These plants are quite different compared to other plants, but their resemblance with Hoya Memoria has made it difficult to identify them. Most of the shop keepers sell Hoya Memoria with Hoya Gracilis’s name, so make sure that you follow this guide to get a good knowledge of what you are buying.
The deep green color of the foliage with long vines fills the whole room with astonishing colors. We recommend fulfilling all the basic requirements of your plant to make the vines grow faster and healthier.
Height and width
These plants can grow up to 6 to 8 high and 30 to 36 inches wide. The foliage of the plant needs a bit of space to spread itself, so make sure that you place them where they have enough room to grow wide.
The color of the flowers is what makes it different from Hoya Memoria. These plants have bright pink flowers that grow in clusters. They are yellow in the middle with white edges.
On the other side, Hoya Memoria has dark pink flowers to purple-pink flowers with white specks in the middle. Please check the flower colors before you buy your Hoya Gracilis to ensure that you are not deceived by the seller.
These plants are native to the Philippines. We advise you to keep your plant in an environment similar to its native lands to make it feel at home, allowing the plant to grow fast and strong with maximum health.
They are not toxic to your children and pets, as their consumption cannot be life-threatening to them. However, we would advise you to keep them away from them, as ingestion can cause some minor side effects.
These plants grow in hardiness zones 9 to 11. A hot and humid temperature region is always preferred by these plants, so make sure that you keep the temperature stable inside your room for better growth.
These plants can climb almost anything, so let them grow the way they want by providing them a trellis or pole to wrap them with their foliage. It is the most attractive way of displaying your precious plant inside your house.
Caring tips for Hoya Gracilis
These plants must be kept under partial shade where bright, indirect sunlight reaches their foliage. 6 to 8-hour exposure to sunlight allows the plant to produce healthy foliage.
We advise you to place them near a window where the light from the sun gets filtered through the glass before hitting the foliage for best results.
A slightly acidic to neutral soil with high organic matter is ideal for your plant. Keep the pH level from 6.0 to 7.5 for the best plant growth.
Please make sure that your pot has drainage holes that allow the excess water to pass through. We recommend preparing the soil by mixing equal amounts of potting soil, orchid mix, and perlite.
It would be best if you keep the plant under dry soil before watering again. These plants are quite sensitive to overwatering and can be attacked by root rot in no time if you keep the roots soaking in water.
We advise you to water the plant only when the soil becomes completely dry as these plants can tolerate a little bit of dryness.
A 65 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit range makes the plant flourish and thrive with astonishing colors. These plants prefer to grow under warm climate conditions because of their origin. Please do not keep the plant in extremely cold environments as it will stop growing and eventually die in no time.
They can tolerate low humidity levels but thrive under higher ones. We recommend that you keep the humidity level from 50 to 75 percent to help the plant develop more strongly.
Humidity levels can be increased with various methods such as misting, humidifier use, or water and pebbles method. Please do not mist the plant during its flowering season.
These plants do not require fertilizer to grow well, but if you still choose to fertilize them, feed the plant with organic fertilizers only. Organic fertilizers have no chemicals which makes the best choice to use with these plants.
Pruning is one of the most important tasks that you need to complete while caring for this plant. Please keep in mind that you do not need to remove the peduncles after the bloom period when the flowers become faded.
They have a climbing habit, so pruning occasionally is a must for an attractive plant shape and size.
Pests and other diseases
They are resistant to diseases but can attract a few pests, so make sure that you properly clean the plant and inspect it daily for possible pest attacks.
Propagating Hoya Gracilis
The stem cutting method is one of the easiest ways for propagating your plant. We have listed down a few steps to ensure that you execute the process properly.
- Choose a healthy stem and make a cut with a help of a cleaned knife.
- Keep a few leaves attached to the stem after cutting.
- Place the cutting in water and wait for a few weeks for the roots to develop.
- Plant the roots in a well-draining soil mix.
Hoya Gracilis is one of the most attractive plants in its family. We highly recommend you to grow this plant, but make sure that you follow all the tips provided in this guide for the ideal growth of your plant.