Hoya bella

Hoya bella

Hoya bella is an epiphytic plant. It has lovely foliage and produces fragrant flowers. It’s a simple houseplant that works well in pots or a hanging basket.

Hoya bella is a miniature wax plant Hoya lanceolata ssp. bella is the botanical name for the plant. Bella means “beautiful,” and this plant lives up to its name.

It is a rapidly growing foliage found in Himalaya to Northern Myanmar (formerly Burma).

From May to August and sometimes even year-round depending on the conditions she grows within, the plant has waxy leaves and clusters of small star-shaped corollas with a pinkish-purply corona. The flowers have a sweet fragrance.


The inflorescence is composed of multiple hanging or upright flowers arranged in an umbel. White corolllas with purple and pinkish coronas. They are star-shaped and grow in clusters that appear to be made of wax. The surface of the flower is smooth, with no tiny hairs, as seen in many other Hoyas. They have a strong scent.

H. bella, like all Hoya species, flowers from nodes. These sprout from the axils of the leaves and stem; flowers may not appear at first, but buds emerge from the tips over time. Because new flowers are produced on these peduncles every season, they should not be damaged or removed.


If you’re impatient like us, the good news is that the Hoya bella grows faster than most other Hoyas. Your Hoya will reach its maximum length and spread of 0.3-1.6 feet in 2-5 years (0.1–0.5 meters).

The branches of Hoya bella are far apart and have a lot of green, lush, 'lance-like' leaves with pointed tips. They’re waxy but not as thick or succulent as other Hoyas.


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Scientific name: Hoya lanceolata subsp. bella or Hoya bella Hook

Origin: Himalaya to Northern Myanmar

Flower colour: White corolla with purply to pinkish corona

Genus: Hoya

Family: Asclepiadaceae

Kingdom: Plantae

Type: evergreen

Common names:Beautiful Hoya, Waxflower, Pretty waxflower, Miniature Wax Plant, Porcelain Flower, Hoya Plant, Wax plant

Caring for the

Hoya bella


  • Bright, indirect light
  • Fairly low-maintenance
  • Soil should be kept moist
  • High humidity preferred; low humidity tolerated
  • Monthly during active growth
  • 71°F-75°F (22°C to 24°C) preferred temperature

Hoya bella Detail

Light Requirements:

  • Hoya bella prefers dappled shade. This is more difficult to replicate indoors because dappled shade usually refers to the light filtering through trees.
  • Hoya bella prefers dappled shade with 30-50% direct sunlight. To avoid burnt leaves, keep your plant protected from the afternoon sun.
  • Hoya bella will be fine in low light and indoor, medium, and indirect light.
  • Although Hoya bella doesn’t like direct bright light, that doesn’t mean NO light. Indirect light or full morning sun stores up enough energy to be able to produce spurs, where the flowers grow from and bloom. 
  • It does well under artificial light, making it ideal for office environments.

Temperature Requirements:

  • This plant likes cooler night temperatures. But temperatures below 41 degrees Fahrenheit will damage your Hoya Bella. 
  • Keep the temperatures between 53 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal growth. The best range is between 71 to 75 (22°C to 24°C) degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Lower temperatures between 55°F-59°F (12°C to 15°C) are allowed but should not go below 41°F (5°C).

Humidity Requirements:

  • Hoya bella thrives in more humid conditions. One of the simplest methods for creating humidity for houseplants is to use a humidifier.
  • It helps to keep it between 40-60%. You can place a drainage tray filled with gravel underneath the container to achieve this. Fill it in with water at a low level making sure that the water does not touch the pot.

Watering Requirements:

  • The Hoya bella, unlike many other Hoyas, does not have abundant water reserves in its leaves. While the plant can still store some water, its foliage has shrunk and become thinner.
  • Because of its limited water reserves, the Hoya bella cannot be allowed to dry out completely. During the growing season, it can be quite thirsty.
  • Every few days, check the topsoil.
  • Water your plant deeply until excess water runs off the drainage hole once the top 1 inch (2.5cm) of soil has dried. Deep watering encourages healthy root growth and reduces the risk of mineral-salt buildup caused by fertilizing.
  • Watering frequency naturally decreases in colder months when using this method. During the winter, your plant slows its growth and eventually goes dormant, requiring less water.

Soil Requirements:

  • Hoya bella thrives in sandy and loamy soils with good drainage.
  • Because your Hoya bella is prone to overwatering, getting the potting mix just right is critical. Generic commercial mixes retain too much water, causing root rot.
  • It does, however, require adequate moisture for healthy foliage. Getting the right balance is difficult, but any of the following are excellent options:
  • This plant will do well with a mix of perlite, bark, and indoor plant potting mix or just indoor plant potting mix and lots of perlites.
  • Or Combine 1 part orchid potting mix, 1 part perlite, and 1 part sand.

Fertilizing Requirements:

  • Because Hoya bella does not require a lot of fertilizer, overfertilizing it may harm the plant. Use a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength once a month during the growing season to fertilize this plant (spring and summer).
  • Fertilizing your light-feeding Hoya bella once a month during the growing season is sufficient. Using a balanced liquid fertilizer once a month at half strength is sufficient.
  • When you see flowers developing, switch to a high-phosphorous fertilizer to encourage flowering.
  • Fertilize not in the fall or winter. This is when your plant is dormant or growing slowly. Your plant will suffer if you use too much fertilizer.
  • If you notice a white crust forming on the soil’s surface, this could be due to salt buildup from overfertilization. Flush your plant with room-temperature water in this case.


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