Hoya Carnosa Chelsea – How to Grow and Care!

Are you looking for a fresh way to redecorate your house, back garden, or office?

Then Hoya is the way! Thanks to its remarkable appearance and simplicity of growth, this beautiful blooming plant has gained a lot of popularity over the years. In this article, you will find how to take care of this beautiful plant and tips to grow it, don’t worry it’s beginner’s friendly.

How do you choose which Hoya plant to keep and which one matches your aesthetics when there are so many different varieties and which one is easy to grow because let’s be honest we all want one less thing to worry about in our lives. Read on to learn more.

My favorite plants to collect are Hoyas, I can’t stop admiring the flowers and the way this plant quickly enhances any space. This evergreen vine will also provide beautiful flowers in addition to its beautiful leaves.

In this article, I will discuss everything you need to know about Hoya Chelsea plants from their origin, how to grow, how much light it needs, how much water it needs, what are the symptoms of overwatering, its soil’s needs, humidity, and temperature needs, how to trim and repot, pests and diseases and some important tips for you to know to for growing this plant in your home. So, let’s begin!

Let’s talk about its origin!

We must understand its origins to understand its character. The Hoya species have been growing for more than 200 years, which of course will lead to the development of several variations. The Hoya Carnosa Chelsea is an Australia and East Asia (China or India) are the natural habitats of this plant. This species makes a fantastic indoor houseplant due to its ability to withstand heat and drought.

The Hoya Chelsea, also known as Hoya Carnosa Chelsea, is a variety of Carnosa that goes by several names, including Porcelain Flower, Honey Plant, Chelsea Wax Plant, and Wax Vine.

How does Hoya Chelsea grow?

You can identify this plant by its glossy, and sweet-smelling leaves. The plant is sometimes mistaken for fake since it mimics wax so closely. The plant’s unusual, flesh-colored blossoms that also have a waxy look promote this.

Hoya Chelsea plants have a maximum growth length of 12 feet. Although as a potted plant indoors, you most likely won’t succeed in that. You may train them to climb or let them grow long and trail from a hanging basket. Mine is beautiful and is in a hanging basket.

Additionally, the Hoya Carnosa Chelsea’s leaves do not fully unfold. So if the new growth is modest, don’t become alarmed. Initially little and lighter in color, leaves that emerge from stems ultimately reach their full size and color.

How much light does Hoya Carnosa Chelsea need?

Indirect light is preferred for this plant. Your plant will be burned by too much direct sunlight. However, because the morning sun is not as intense, Hoya Chelsea can tolerate it. Make sure it’s in a sunny but shaded spot outside.

I have mine hanging beneath my covered patio, which receives a significant amount of sunlight from late morning to early evening in the backyard. It is always in the shade, although the top deck lets in dappled light. Chelsea will begin to shed leaves if it doesn’t receive enough light.

Additionally, the leaves on the stems will likely be smaller and spaced farther apart. This is referred to as “leggy” in simple words plants will try to reach for the light.

How much water is required for Chelsea?

Hoya Chelsea maintenance is fairly simple because Hoyas are often very tolerant to drought. Before watering the plant once more, you must wait till the topmost several inches of soil have dried off. You can also allow the soil to entirely dry out.

In the spring and summer, you should give your Hoyas about once a week of water, in the fall and winter, you should give them considerably less. Although it is extremely humid outside, the soil dries out more quickly since the temperature is greater.

With my outside plants, I often try to let nature take care of things, but during dry times, I’ll provide my swinging baskets with a little additional water. Let me give you an extra tip: you can use your finger on the soil’s surface or feel the weight of the basket to figure out the water needed.

What are the symptoms of overwatering a Hoya Carnosa Chelsea?

Overwatering this plant is the most harmful mistake you can do to it. Chelsea’s roots will decay if it is overwatered. One should inspect the roots if your plant’s leaves are growing black spots, wilting, or are becoming mushy. If your plant’s roots are becoming grey and mushy, it has root rot. Cut remove the unhealthy leaves and the harmed roots from your plant before repotting it in new soil. Take a few days before watering, and then go on with regular maintenance.

Hoya Carnosa Chelsea’s soil needs!

Let’s talk about soil for a moment. For Hoya Carnosa Chelsea, the majority of premium well-draining houseplant soil combinations work just well. Frequently adding a handful of perlite to improve drainage. Orchid bark is another option, however, it might make some soils too well-draining. Hoyas can benefit from soil mixtures with succulents. Therefore, if that’s all you have, it will work. Be sure to buy something that drains effectively.

Humidity and Temperature needs of Hoya Carnosa Chelsea!

Hoya Chelsea thrives in any typical home temperature. However, warmer temperatures are preferable for it. Try to exceed 70 degrees Fahrenheit. You might need to water it extra if it becomes too hot. It can withstand short cold spells, like other Hoyas, it will suffer in temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. It is not frost-resistant and will die in below-freezing conditions.

The Chelsea also performs best at various average levels of humidity, but it particularly shines at higher humidity. You can install a humidifier indoors or think about using a greenhouse cabinet with a greater humidity level. I mostly prefer humidifiers.

Trimming and Repotting of the Hoya Carnosa Chelsea!

Hoyas generally have a moderate rate of growth, but in the correct conditions, they may do rather well. Plants don’t require frequent repotting as a result. A few seasons should be plenty. You should not repot till you notice roots sprouting from the drainage openings. It is pleading for greater space, so to speak. Repot your Chelsea simply with new, well-draining soil and water it thoroughly. You may also trim off any extra leaves at this time. A couple of trims to promote fullness. In addition, the cuttings may be multiplied!

The major problem with the Hoya Carnosa Chelsea is pests!

It is a major issue but can be dealt with. On Hoya Carnosa Chelsea, common home pests can be a problem, however, these plants are not highly pest-prone. Spray your plant with a bar of insecticidal soap if you see any indications of a pest problem.

Hoya Carnosa Chelsea flowers

Hoya Carnosa Chelsea produces flowers, or flower buds, from “spurs” on the stems as well. The formation of spurs is followed by the gradual emergence of buds from the tips. These flowers may wither away in the winter, but the spurs endure. In these same locations, fresh blooms sprout in the spring. Usually, it takes 2–3 weeks for each blossom to reach full maturity.

Like other Hoya flowers, Chelsea’s flowers are distinctive and easy to recognize. They are arranged in clusters resembling stars. In addition to the arrangement’s star form, each bloom also resembles a five-pointed wax star. The Hoyas’ flowering season normally begins in the early summer. But a lot of this depends on the atmospheric temperatures in their habitat. The plant also produces seeds at this time that resemble little hair tufts. These flowers’ beauty is something to look forward to.

Now time for some tips on growing a Hoya Carnosa Chelsea!

Let me tell you some important tips that you can follow to make your hoya plant grow healthy and have a stunning appearance as well!

  • During the afternoon sun, make sure your Hoya Chelsea is in a shady area. 
  • To manage the lack of water, this drought-resistant plant has to be at least 2-3 years old. 
  • On hot days, mist the foliage to create a tropical atmosphere. 
  • Your stem cutting might include more than one node for propagation. 
  • The growth of the cutting is increased by having more nodes. 
  • For optimum development, move your Hoya Chelsea outside once every two months or so. 
  • Never place a Hoya Chelsea in direct sunlight as the leaves may begin to yellow.
  • The old flower’s spurs should not be cut off since new blossoms will sprout from them. 
  • When the leaves on your Hoya Carnosa Chelsea start to become wrinkled and mushy, you should water them. 
  • Your plant will grow more blooms and leaves as a result of greater sunshine, but it will also require more hydration. 
  • Avoid watering from above as it wets the foliage and increases the likelihood of bacterial development. 
  • Use bottom watering to hydrate your Hoya Chelsea plants at the base.


Q1. What’s the best location for my Hoya Chelsea to get the most sunlight? 

Ans. I’d suggest placing this plant on a windowsill because it needs lots of sunshine to thrive well. 

Q2. Can I set up the Hoya Chelsea in the early morning light? 

Ans. The light is not too harsh, Chelsea adores the early sun. Your plant will blossom more frequently if it receives morning sunshine.

Q3. Is it possible to teach the Hoya Chelsea to climb a trellis? 

Ans. A trailing plant, the Hoya Chelsea. It is simple to train it to grow on a pole or trellis.

Q4. Where can the Hoya Chelsea grow the healthiest? 

Ans. In a greenhouse, sizable terrarium, tropical garden, or hanging pot on the balcony, this plant will thrive.


This gorgeous variety may thrive in a variety of environments, including basic balconies and greenhouses. Every Hoya lover has to have this. The simplicity of this plant and its maintenance benefits this plant’s beauty. For a busy plant parent, it is ideal. This plant just needs lots of sunshine and the occasional, delicate watering it needs because it will wilt in wet soil. Summertime brings forth the stunning white and pink flowers on this little plant.  Go for this plant and add beauty to your house. 

Are you a hoya-obsessed lover like me too? Never enough I say!

I hope my article is informative to you and if you like my article, please comment down below, and don’t forget to share this article with your friends and family!

Happy gardening to you!

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