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Hoya Imbricata is a climber that belongs to the Apocynaceae family. This species is very common in tropical and sub-tropical Asia. The species is very common in tropical and sub-tropical Asia. This plant is not recommended for beginners as it needs extra attention in non-tropical climates. That being said, this amazing plant is worth trying the challenge! To keep it in perfect shape, here are things you need to know:

  • Thrives in dappled or diffused light
  • Between 65 and 80ºF, best around 50-70%+ humidity
  • Water when the top 1” to 2” is dry
  • Hoyas are not toxic to humans and animals
  • Mix of one-third peat, one-third perlite, and one-third orchid mixture
  • Spreads indefinitely, consider a generous space for optimal growth

In-Depth Care Guide

The complex-looking foliage, the fluffy white flowers, and its symbiotic relationship with ants makes Hoya imbricata an amazing addition to your collection. Since it might need a little more attention compared to regular plants, here's more detailed information about how to take care of this beauty:


Since Hoyas have succulent characteristics, it is not necessary to water them every day. To grow a healthy plant, make sure that the 1" or 2" of the soil are slightly dry and only then water your plant. Since this plant naturally grows in very small/limited substrates, you'll probably need to water more frequently. However, don't let any water accumulate in the roots, leading to plant suffocation and death.

Overwatering the plant may cause stress and infections. It goes the same way around: a very dry plant will grow orange/yellow leaves and lose its structural strength.

Pro tip: it is sometimes recommended to water the plant with low-chlorine and lukewarm water.


Hoya Imbricata is native to South Asia: it grows in forests where the light fall through the tree gaps, between and within the treetops. Direct exposure to sun rays for extended periods may generate significant damage since it is used to grow under dappled light. Make sure that during the peak summer times your Hoya imbricata plant is placed in filtered sunlight.

Since sunlight frequency and intensity may change with different seasons, your Imbricata's current spot may have excessive sunlight falling on it. If that's the case, change its location.

In conclusion, make sure that the plant gets its fair share of bright, filtered sunlight. If placed in sunlight that is too direct or insufficient, the plant’s growth is adversely affected.


Your Imbricata plant loves well-draining soils that have good aeration.

An ideal PH range for this evergreen species is approximately 6.1 to 7.5 (slightly acidic to neutral). A well-balanced pH is important for the plant: it improves growth and favorized an efficient nutrient absorption.

You can use a mix of one-third peat, one-third perlite, and one-third orchid mixture to make an excellent soil for your Imbricata plant. This mix provides an aerated soil that will prevent water-logging and promote growth.


Although Hoyas aren't heavy feeders, you can feed your Imbricata plant with a good quality fertilizer about twice a week (ideally with a gentle and organic fertilizer or a balanced synthetic fertilizer).

Make sure that you place the fertilizer a few inches away from the stem to avoid any toxicity accident. Also, Imbricatas produce flowers: it needs phosphorous to make healthy and fragrant blooms.


Hoya Imbricata thrives in a very moist environment. The high humidity keeps the plant's shape and leaf turgidity. However, make sure the humidity level is not too high: it would favorize fungal and bacterial infections.

The optimum humidity range for the Hoya Imbricata plant is 60% to 90%. Since this range is a little higher than the one that's in your typical household, you might need to use humidifiers or pebble trays. Misting indirectly will also help raising the room's humidity levels.


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