Hoya Mitrata

Hoya Mitrata

Hoya mitrata is an evergreen, perennial climber native to India and China. It has oval, leathery leaves with a glossy shine and produces clusters of small, star-shaped, white flowers with yellow centers. The plant is drought tolerant and does well in both full sun or part shade positions. Hoya mitrata has a beautiful appearance and can be used as an ornamental plant in gardens or as a houseplant.


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Scientific name: Hoya Mitrata

Common names: Waxplant, waxvine

Origin: India, China

Flower colour: White

Genus: Hoya

Family: Apocynaceae (Asclepiadaceae)

Kingdom: Plantae

Type:Flowering vine

How to care for

Hoya Mitrata?

When it comes to care requirements, Hoya mitrata prefers bright indirect sunlight but can also tolerate some shade. It should be kept moist but not overly wet during the growing season and fertilized regularly with a balanced fertilizer for best results. Pruning should be done sparingly as this plant does not respond well to heavy pruning. Additionally, it is important to provide adequate humidity levels around the plant by misting it regularly or using a humidifier if necessary. With proper care and attention, this species can serve as an attractive addition to any home garden or indoor space for many years to come.


  • Bright, indirect light
  • Temperature range 64-86 degrees F
  • Humidity range 50-80%
  • Water when dry
  • Well-draining coarse soil
  • Fertilizing during the growing season

Hoya Mitrata Care Detail

Light Requirements:

  • In order for Hoya mitrata to flourish, it needs a healthy balance of indirect and direct light throughout the day. 
  • To ensure this balance, keep in mind that when grown indoors, placing the vine near a south facing window will provide enough sunlight but not too much. 
  • When grown outside avoid placing it directly in midday sun and instead locate it in a spot where it will receive morning/late afternoon sunlight. With proper care and attention this beautiful evergreen vine will bring its unique charm into your home or garden space!

Temperature Requirements:

  • The ideal temperature range for Hoya mitrata is between 18-30°C (64-86°F). 
  • It is important to note that temperatures lower than 18°C can cause the plant to become dormant while temperatures exceeding 30°C can lead to wilting and death of the plant. 
  • These temperature requirements should be observed closely when growing Hoya mitrata indoors or outdoors. Providing consistent warmth throughout its life cycle will help ensure optimal health and flowering potential. When given proper care and attention, this species will reward you with beautiful star-shaped blooms that carry a sweet fragrance!

Humidity Requirements:

  • Generally, a humid environment with levels between 50-80% is optimal for this species. This level of humidity helps to ensure that the plant has adequate access to water and prevents its leaves from drying out.
  • When maintaining the appropriate level of humidity for Hoya mitrata, it is important to note that too much moisture can be just as detrimental as not enough. I
  • It’s recommended that the soil remain slightly moist and not overly soggy as this could lead to root rot or other issues related to excessive moisture levels. If the soil becomes overly dry, misting the leaves or lightly spraying them with water can help increase the humidity levels around the plant and provide additional hydration for its foliage. 
  • Additionally, placing a humidifier near the plant may also help keep humidity levels at an optimum level for healthier growth.

Watering Requirements:

  • When watering Hoya mitrata, it is important to note that the soil should be kept evenly moist but not soggy. The plant does not tolerate dry conditions very well; thus frequent light waterings are recommended.
  • During the growing season from spring to autumn, approximately once a week is sufficient; however during winter months when growth slows down, water less frequently but still ensure that the soil does not completely dry out. It may also be beneficial to mist the leaves occasionally during summer months in areas with hot climates.
  • Overall, appropriate watering habits are essential for keeping Hoya mitrata healthy and thriving. A moisture meter can be used to check the soil's moisture level before watering as an added precaution against over or under-watering.

Soil Requirements:

  • When it comes to soil, Hoya mitrata prefers a medium that provides good drainage while still maintaining ample moisture.
  • A mixture of peat moss, bark, and perlite is ideal, though the proportions can vary based on the individual grower's preference. 
  • When potting Hoya mitrata, it is important to choose a container with plenty of holes in the bottom for proper drainage. 
  • Additionally, the soil should be allowed to dry out between waterings to prevent root rot and other issues caused by excessive moisture. Taking these precautions will ensure that your Hoya mitrata gets all the necessary nutrients and moisture it needs without becoming over watered or undernourished.

Fertilizing Requirements:

  • Fertilizing requirements for Hoya mitrata are fairly minimal, yet still important to consider in order to keep the plant healthy and thriving. A balanced, slow-release 10-10-10 fertilizer should be used at a rate of one teaspoon per gallon of potting mix every four months.
  •  It is recommended to use an all-purpose liquid fertilizer at half the strength suggested in the label instructions once a month during its growing season which usually lasts from April to October.
  • It is also important to note that when it comes to fertilizing Hoya mitrata, less is more. Overfertilization can cause leaf burn or yellowing of the leaves due to nitrogen toxicity. Too much fertilizer can also lead to root burn and poor growth. Therefore, always apply fertilizer with caution and observe how your plant responds before increasing the application rate or frequency. Additionally, never fertilize Hoya mitrata while it is dormant as this may damage the plant.


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