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Hoya Curtisii Breakdown
Light: Bright light
Soil: Aerated well draining soil
Temperature: Warmer temperatures preferred
Humidity: Medium to high humidity
Native to: South East Asia
Hoya Curtisii are native to South East Asia and are native to the Hoya family although they are more reminiscent of the String of Hearts plants which belong to the Ceropegia plant family. A lot of their care needs are similar to other Hoyas and they are a beautiful trailing plant which makes them a perfect addition to a shelf display or somewhere where they vines can hang down. This is a breakdown of Hoya Curtisii care needs.
Just like many other species of Hoya, Hoya Curtisii is a plant that will not do well if its overwatered. Overwatering this plant can cause rapid decline and can eventually kill the plant. It is best if you allow this plant to dry out between waterings and then water it thoroughly ensuring that the pot has adequate drainage holes for the excess water to flow through.
You may find that you need to water less in the winter months however if you use central heating in your home you may find that this isn’t an issue. If you find it difficult to know when your plant need watering then you might want to consider using a moisture meter. You simply stick the probes into the soil and it tells you the moisture level. When your plant is dry give it a drink.
Hoya Curtisii do well in bright lighting conditions. If they are kept in low light then it is likely that they will not bloom. They like strong bright light and can normally tolerate direct sunlight. However if you live somewhere with extremely strong sunlight you may want to consider moving your plant back away from the window or giving it a slightly shaded option.
As the Hoya Curtisii comes from the tropics of South East Asia it should come as no surprise to you that this little plant prefers higher levels of humidity. It can tolerate medium humidity but if your home is a very dry place you may notice that it starts to suffer.
The easiest way to increase humidity in your home if you are from a drier region is to use a humidifier. One of the favourites among house plant enthusiasts is the Levoit model as it has a large tank capacity, sensors and warm and cool mist options.
Misting your plants once a day can also be a big help to them, plant misters are cheap and easy to use.
As this plant does not like to sit in water it will need a well draining potting mix. We would also recommend adding perlite to the mix to aerate the soil. Our favourite perlite is the Espome perlite.
As mentioned earlier it is also important that the pot you choose for your Hoya has adequate drainage holes so that excess water does not stay sitting around the roots of your plant.
As this plant is from the tropics it should come as no surprise to you that it prefers things to be a bit warmer. It can tolerate relatively warm temperatures as long as the air doesn’t become too dry but will not do well in cooler temperatures.
So to summarise, in order to adequately look after a Hoya Curtisii you will need:
- Access to bright light
- High levels of humidity in your home
- Loose well draining soil
- Drainage holes for excess water
- To water your plant infrequently
We hope you’ve found this Hoya Curtisii care guide useful. They really are a beautiful little plant and can make the perfect addition for beginners and more experienced plant carers alike. Their foliage and size is reminiscent of the string of hearts plant although they are from different species. We would definitely recommend this plant for any display or small space. If you find the vines are getting too long for where the plant is sitting then don’t be afraid to cut them back.
Hoya Curtisii FAQ
Now you’ve learned all about how to care for a Hoya Curtisii take a look at some of the most commonly asked questions and see if any of them are similar to questions you have about this dainty little trailing plant.
How do you propagate Hoya Curtisii?
A Hoya Curtisii will propagate from seeds. Make sure you propagate your Hoya during the growing seasons.
Do Hoya Curtisii need humidity?
Yes Hoya Curtisii definitely need humidity. They originally come from South East Asia which is a high humidity area so you would ideally be trying to recreate those conditions. You don’t need the humidity to be as high as in the tropics but this plant will do well with things being a bit more moist.
Where should I place Hoya Curtisii?
Since Hoya Curtisii is a trailing plant a great place for it is a shelf as it can really add depth to your display. You also want to place your Curtisii near a window, ideally south or west facing as they like bright light and will do well under sunnier conditions.
What does a Hoya Curtisii look like?
Many people get mixed the Hoya Curtisii mixed up with the string of hearts as they have a very similar aesthetic. They are both trailing plants with small delicate leaves.
Is a Hoya Curtisii ok for beginners?
Although there are easier plants to take care of a Curtisii is fine for a beginner and they shouldn’t have too much trouble. The main piece of advice we would give to beginners is not to overwater this plant and you should be fine.
If you have any other questions about this plant please leave them in the comments below and we will do our best to answer them. In the meantime we hope you enjoy your Hoya Curtisii and if you have any pictures please feel free to share them with us as we always like to hear and see how your plants are getting on.
Christina Hadley says
I bought a Hoya curtisii that is over watered and the leaves are yellowish, and the roots are not mushy but they are like sticks. Can I save this or should I return it?