How do you grow Hoya Linearis?

A balcony that has Hoya Linearis grow in it looks so much more interesting and attractive than a normal one. These plants belong to the kingdom Plantae and their family is Apocynaceae. They are the fresh and happy plants that bring happiness wherever they are kept. If in your house, the Hoya Linearis will bring a lot of happiness, freshness, and positivity to your surroundings.

When sold to you, these plants are supplied in plastic nursery pots and they are nicely hydrated when handed over to you. The sign that the plant is hydrated is that the leaves will stand at a 45° angle when dehydrated and will fall flat downwards when dehydrated. This plant is of great biological importance to the environment and is very useful for humans.

Hoya Linearis is an evergreen creeper that is usually said to be perennial. Mostly they are vines and very rarely grow on land or rocky places. They usually need support to climb and without support, they are unable to grow and propagate. The largest species of Hoya Linearis grow up to around 1-18m or 3-59 feet. These plants have a lot to know about and keep making plant-lovers curious about them.

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Important parts of the Hoya Linearis plant and its specialties and features:-

The Hoya Linearis plants grow with the support of the other plants. So, they do not have so many features that are their specialty. There are only 2 parts of the plant that has lots of special characters and features in it and are considered the most important in their resemblance to nature.

The 2 important parts of a Hoya Linearis plant are-

  • Leaves:

    The leaves of Hoya Linearis vary in many ways like the size, texture, color, or even the venation. These various ways help the leaves to show their strength and growth. The size of the leaves may be varying from 5mm length to 2-4mm width (small) and 25 by 35 cm (large).

    Sometimes, the leaves can have a height as long as 2 feet or even more than that. Some plants of Hoya Linearis may have round-shaped leaves or some may have linear leaves too. Some leaves of Hoya Linearis have veins on them and some leaves may also be veinless in appearance. Some leaves may also have much lighter veins on them.

    Some leaves of Hoya Linearis are shiny and very smooth due to the absence of hairs on it while others may have hairs covered on its surface. The leaves have a silvery-white appearance on it. Some leaves are thin and some may be translucent. The leaves when silvery are usually translucent. The leaves of maximum plants of Hoya Linearis are thick and heart-shaped too.

    Therefore, we can say that the leaves contain very important features of a Hoya Linearis plant and should be taken care of so that the plant remains intact and strong.

  • Flowers

    Flowers are the second most important parts of a Hoya Linearis plant. Hoya Linearis is a very rich and colorful in its appearances. All the flowers of Hoya Linearis appear to be star-shaped. It has five pointing edges on it and this shape is very unique and different from the flowers of all other plants. That is why Hoya Linearis is considered very rich in terms of flowers. 

                Some flowers are ball-shaped or even round-shaped. These flowers show one special feature, i.e. umbel in their appearances. An individual umbel may be nearly 2 cm in length and 30 cm in breadth. The reflexes of these types of flowers are very long-lasting and very strong that causes the shape of the flower to be round or ball. There are many plants of Hoya Linearis which have many different flowers in the diameter of 3 inches each. 

                The inflorescence of the flowers of different Hoya Linearis plants varies from around 60-70 in numbers. The surface of the flowers may be glabrous, skinny, hollow, or finely haired. Sometimes it may also be matte or colored such as blue, violet, or purple. But, usually, the flowers that have blue, violet, or purple color may sometimes not even be considered as a Hoya.

Cultivation of the Hoya Linearis plant:-

                  Hoya Linearis is considered as one of the most difficult Hoya plants to grow. This is discovered by scientists after lots of efforts and strong researches. Even the enthusiasts have agreed to this report of the scientists about the plant. It is a very rare plant and that is because of the difficulties that are caused to grow it even on a small-scale. Therefore, large-scale cultivation of Hoya is just not possible.

               At the same time, scientists and researchers have also concluded that Hoya Linearis is a very charming and attractive plant and looks cool when somewhere around. But the real challenge is to grow it for you and that is where a lot of people miserably fail. Not a lot of people can achieve or master the art of maintaining and cultivating the Hoya Linearis plant in their own houses.

 

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There are various precautions and measures to be taken to cultivate a Hoya Linearis plant nicely and appropriately. These measures include-

  • Bonsai soil moisture:

It is a very hard soil and can give a lot of moisture support to the Hoya Linearis plant. It has a very rough surface, so it is difficult sometimes to exactly guess when to water the plant. But, if you give the measured and regular amount of water to the plant, there are a lot of positive changes in its growth and propagation. In one season, if treated properly and with special care, it can become three times than its initial length and size and can also produce a lot of flowers and leaves.

  • Areas for cultivation:

The Hoya Linearis is considered as the most non-toxic plant among all the Hoya species. The meaning of non-toxic is that they do not harm any animal or humans in any way. That is the best thing as because of this they can be cultivated in any place at your house. They can be kept hanging in your living room, or even kept in a corner in your balcony. You can place your Hoya Linearis anywhere you want and that won’t harm any of your loved ones and your family members.
  • South-facing window:

A window that is facing towards the south would be the best place to grow a Hoya Linearis plant. This place would be so perfect because of its availability of sunlight and indirect light. The plant can be easily exposed to direct sunlight (the daytime) and indirect light (when sunlight is unavailable).

Conditions which will help you grow your Hoya Linearis:-

Hoya Linearis is a tough plant to grow as discussed above, so, there should be some proper ways to grow it well and with good effect. There are some particular conditions required for the plant to grow in the areas that you keep them in and if these conditions are not followed, then it would cause you loss of your Hoya Linearis plant. The conditions are as mentioned below-

  • Direct sunlight:

             This is the most important factor in the growth of Hoya Linearis. If direct sunlight is restricted or obstructed, then the plant may suffer from a deficiency of fresh air and light and may soon die miserably.

              If we think a little, this also would go with humans. The light is very important for the Hoya Linearis the same as it is for we humans. So, proper and direct sunlight should be provided to the plant at regular intervals to prevent it from dying or decaying.

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  • Indirect light:

              Along with direct sunlight, the Hoya Linearis plant may also need some indirect light to grow faster than the expected growth in particular time-span. Indirect light will help the plant grow in the season or time when direct sunlight would not be available for the plant.

              This enables the plant in getting the required light whether or not the presence of sunlight. Sunlight would no longer stop the growing Hoya Linearis plant.

  • Plants should not be potted very often:

               The Hoya Linearis plant grows best in intact conditions. That is why the pots of the plants should not be changed very often otherwise they may lose their grip and this may stop or slow down their growth rate very drastically. Potting, again and again, may also make them lose a lot of water content that would be lost in the transferring of the pots.

              Therefore, it is better not to change the pots of the plant again and again and to help the plant get its tight soil in the same pot for a longer time.

  • Humidity:

         The humidity being provided to the plant should be around 55-60% and not more than that. Because more humidity would make the soil clumsy and inappropriate for the plant and less humidity would cause cracks in the soil and it would not be able to handle the plant roots anymore. So, if you want to keep your Hoya Linearis healthy and want to keep it growing, then you should provide a moderate amount of humidity to the plant.

           Measures of moderate humidity may change according to the seasons too. In summer months, the moderate humidity quotient may increase to some extent and in the winter months, it may decrease considerably. So, you should have the exact idea about how much humidity quotient is required by the Hoya Linearis plant in which season and you should work accordingly so that your plant lives healthy and grows well.

  • Watering:

              Watering is the best way to keep a Hoya Linearis plant growing and healthy. Soil moisture should be maintained at regular intervals and that can be achieved by watering only. You should water your Hoya Linearis plant thoroughly so that the plant does neither get overwatered nor get under-watered. The amount of water provided to the plant will be normal and this will make the plant strong and efficient.

               The supreme step that can be taken to keep the Hoya Linearis growing is to keep it in good watering conditions. You should make sure that the upper surface of the soil in which your Hoya Linearis plant is potted, should be fully soaked in water so that the appropriate amount of water is taken by the plant whenever required by it.

               As far as nurseries are concerned, they need to keep the Hoya Linearis in good and growing conditions to attract more and more buyers towards the plant. That is why watering is the most important factor that is required in growing a Hoya Linearis plant.

  • Fertilizers:

                 Another important factor that should be considered without fail to make the Hoya Linearis healthy and keep it growing is the use of fertilizers on the plant. Many fertilizers can be used for making the plant grow very well. These fertilizers may include urea-free and micro and macro-nutrients including agents that may not be found all over the world but are very important in the growth of the Hoya Linearis.

              So, you should make sure that you use limited amounts of fertilizers and do not exceed its usage limit otherwise that would also cause huge damage to the plant and give you a lot of side effects.

              Proper usage of fertilizers may help the plant to grow at a much faster rate than expected whereas not providing the proper amount of fertilizers will cause a loss for the plant.

Conditions that affect the growth of the Hoya Linearis plant are very important to be considered so that and implemented with your Hoya too. This enables your Hoya to grow at good rates and helps you to manage the needs of your plant. Hoya is a constantly growing plant and needs constant care and attention to keep it growing. Spoiling of your Hoya plant may be the result of your ignorance or irresponsibility towards your plant and that is not at all a good sign. Therefore, you should take all the measures to protect, care, and make your Hoya Linearis grow at a very speedy and good rate.

References

https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/596329

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https://bioone.org/journals/Annales-Botanici-Fennici/volume-46/issue-2/085.046.0214/Hoya-baishaensis-Apocynaceae-a-New-Species-from-Hainan-China/10.5735/085.046.0214.short

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.12705/631.3

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