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Hoya Australis Breakdown
Botanical name: Hoya Australis
Native to: Asia
Light: Bright light
Humidity: Medium to high
Other names: Australis plant
Hoya Australis is a semi succulent species of Hoya plant meaning it likes bright light and to be watered infrequently. The Australis plant is relatively easy to take care of and puts out beautiful white flowers if kept in the right conditions. It’s the perfect addition to any houseplant collection but if you’re a Hoya enthusiast then it’s a must have. Take a look at our Hoya Australis care guide to find out how to look after this beautiful little plant.
Hoya Australis will do well when kept in bright light. You might find their growth slows or they stop putting out flowers if the lighting conditions are too low. It is recommended that you don’t keep them in direct sunlight but this probably depends on where you live. If you live in northern Europe or along a similar latitude then direct sunlight should be fine for this plant, if you live closer to the equator or receive lots of sunlight then you are going to want to pull your Hoya Australis back away from the direct light.
Hoya Australis does not like to be wet so you should only water your plant when necessary. Allow the Australis plant to dry out between waterings to avoid problems such as root rot. If you struggle to know when your plant is dry you can either use your fingers by sticking them down into the soil or you can use a moisture meter to help you.
For your Hoya Australis you will need a well draining mix to avoid water clogging around the plant’s roots. For this a good mix would be cactus soil, orchid mix and perlite. It’s important that you make your your plant pot has drainage holes so that excess water doesn’t stay clogged in the soil.
Hoya Australis like to be kept warm but it’s important that the air doesn’t dry out, so make sure they’re not near heating systems. They do not do well in cooler temperatures so make sure you keep them in warmer rooms and away from doors and windows that will allow cool air into the room.
The Australis plant prefers to live in medium to high humidity. Although misting can be beneficial for plants a humidifier would help a lot more. Our favourite model is the Levoit humidifier that you can find on Amazon. It has both cool and warm mist, a large capacity you can set it to maintain the room at a certain level of humidity.
Only fertilise your Australis plant during the growing season and leave it during the winter months. You can fertilise on a fortnightly basis. A general fertiliser should be appropriate for this plant.
Hoya Australis FAQ
Now you have read our Hoya Australis care guide you should be equipped to take care of this plant but if you still have any queries then take a look at some of the most commonly asked questions below.
How do you care for a Hoya Australis?
In order to care for your Hoya Australis we would recommend the following:
- Bright light
- Medium to high humidity
- Infrequent waterings
- Cactus soil, orchid soil/bark, perlite potting mix
- Fertilise during the growing season
Do Hoya Australis like full sun?
This really depends on where you live. Although Hoya Australis like bright light, full sun can be too strong for this plant and can even cause damage. If you live somewhere that receives weaker sun then you can probably allow your plant access to direct sunlight. However, if you live somewhere with strong sunlight then you may want to reconsider this as the sun may damage your plant.
Can Hoya Australis tolerate low light?
Hoya Australis prefer brighter light and may not do so well in low light conditions. If you want your plant to bloom and see some of those beautiful waxy flowers that Hoya are so famous for then you definitely don’t want to keep them in low light conditions as they need bright light in order to bloom.
Is Hoya Australis suitable for a beginner?
Yes there is no reason that a Hoya Australis shouldn’t be suitable for a beginner. They aren’t that difficult to care for, their main requirement being that you don’t overwater them.
Do Hoya Australis bloom?
Yes under the right conditions Hoya Australis will put out beautiful white flowers but they require lots of bright light to do so.
How does the Hoya Australis grow?
The Hoya Australis is a vining plant and can grow to impressive lengths if not pruned. You can either leave this plant to trail downwards and use it as part of a shelf display or another option is to encourage the vines to grow vertically by attaching them to a moss pole. Both have a dramatic effect and are very visually appealing.
Are Hoya Australis common?
Whether or not this plant is common depends on where you live. If you’re from North America and Australasia then you shouldn’t have too much trouble coming across one. However if you’re based in Europe it might be a bit trickier. No matter where you’re from you should be able to order one online but shipping can be expensive and they can be difficult to come by. Hopefully as they become more popular they will be easier to find.
Are Hoya Australis expensive?
Again this depends where you’re from. If you live in Australasia or North America then they shouldn’t be too expensive. However, if you live in Europe where they are less common and more difficult to come by then you may find yourself paying higher prices for them especially if you include shipping. Cuttings are cheaper but can be more difficult to keep alive.
If our FAQ hasn’t managed to address your question then please leave it in the comments below so we can help you as best we can.
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