Are you planning to get a beautiful and fragrant indoor plant that spreads positivity in the home?
If yes, then trust me, you are at the right place! I am here to suggest a plant that you will enjoy growing at home. Being a plant lover, I often bring new plants to my garden, and within a short period, my small garden is filled with plants and there is no space left. Then a friend of mine gifted this beautiful plant to me which I’ve kept next to the window in my living room. Now, I am very thankful to my friend who gave it to me.
Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plants are a subspecies of Hoya Pubicalyx species which belong to the Hoya genus. These plants are well-known for the gorgeous blooms that they produce. The flowers are purple with a soft texture and spread a sweet fragrance that makes you feel peaceful. They have olive green oval-shaped velvet leaves that add beauty to the plant. This plant has a vining tendency that climbs on the trees or the support you give in your home.
You need to know how to care for this plant if you are planning to welcome it to your home. In this article, I will share everything you need to know for growing this plant at home, where and how to grow, how to propagate, how to care, and the facts you need to know about this plant. So, let’s start with where and how to grow this plant!
About Hoya Pubicalyx Royal Hawaiian Purple
|Scientific name||Hoya ‘Royal Hawaiian Purple’ (Hoya pubicalyx hybrid)|
|Light||Bright indirect light|
|Water||Once a week; reduce watering in winter|
|Temperature||60-80 degrees Fahrenheit.|
|Pruning||Does not need much pruning. You can remove dead and damaged parts of plants.|
|Repotting||Repot every 2 years|
|Propagation||Seeds, cutting and layering method|
|Blooming time||Early spring to late summer|
Where and How to grow Hoya Pubicalyx Royal Hawaiian Purple plant?
Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple are beautiful plants that can be grown both indoors and outdoors if you provide enough care. These plants cannot tolerate direct sunlight whether indoors or outdoors. Also, these plants should be placed in the shade if you plan to place them outdoors, make sure that they get adequate light. You can grow them indoors but you should place them in a well-lit place.
Although these plants have to deal with your negligence, they need enough care to thrive. In this article, I will share with you all the tips and tricks to care for your plant. So, keep reading till the end!
Now, let’s discuss how to propagate the Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plant!
How to propagate Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plant?
You can easily propagate these plants in three methods, which I will now discuss in detail! Let’s check them out!
1. Propagation of Hoya Pubicalyx Royal Purple plant through seeds
You can propagate Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian royal purple plant by sowing their seeds. This is an easy process to propagate these plants. But you must have much patience to wait to see the plant’s growth. It takes a lot of time to grow. However, this is the cheapest method of propagating these plants, if you have a mother plant. Let me tell you the complete process.
- Firstly, collect some seed pods from the mother plant, which is healthy and mature. Make sure that the pods are neither too dry nor too young to collect seeds from them.
- Then twist the pods there will be some seeds inside the pods.
- Prepare a pot with the best quality soil mix and place the seeds inside the soil about an inch deep. Leave a space of at least 2-3 inches between any two seeds to allow root growth.
- Water the pot and maintain the wetness in the soil to boost root growth. Place the pot in a bright place.
- The seeds start growing roots in 4-5 weeks, after 5 weeks you can transfer the seedlings into a pot with a suitable soil mix.
We will discuss the pot and the soil mix that is suitable for planting this plant in further paragraphs. So, keep reading!
2. Propagation of Hoya Pubicalyx Royal Purple plant through cuttings
Most plant lovers use this for propagating this plant as it is an easy and carefree method. Also, it is cost-free if you have a mother plant and may not take as much time as a seed takes to grow into a seedling. Let us know the method in detail.
- Cut a stem from a strong and old plant. It is better if you cut one of the bottom stems of the plant, as it produces the root growth fastly. Make sure that the stem has at least 10 inches in height.
- Remove all the bottom leaves of the stem, and leave some leaves at the top. You can dip the bottom end of the stem in the rooting hormone to boot the root growth. However, the stem can produce the roots even if you don’t use the hormone.
- Now, you can use sphagnum, perlite, or soil as a medium for propagating things.
- Place the stem into the soil (or in any other medium) up to an inch in depth. Maintain the soil dampness to encourage root growth.
- It takes at least 2-3 weeks to produce the root system. You can change the pot after a successful propagation.
You can propagate these beautiful plants even in water. You need to put the stem in a container of water after applying liquid rooting hormone at the bottom end. It takes at least 15 days to see the root growth. Once you observe the root growth, transfer it to a pot with soil.
3. Propagation of Hoya Pubicalyx Royal Purple plant through layering
It is the fastest method of propagating plants. But, it needs much care and attention. Beginners should be attentive, for the first time. Let us know the method in detail.
- Select a strong, mature, and bottom stem, which is in contact with the main stem, for propagating this plant by using the layering method.
- Select a suitable pot and potting mix for propagating this plant. And prepare a pot before you start the process and place it beside the pot with the mother plant.
- Make a small wound to the stem, by cutting it ½ in depth and 2 inches in height. You apply rooting hormone to the wound if you like to boost the root growth.
- Bend the selected stem, such that the wound touches the soil mix in another pot, without any damage to both stem and mother plant. Secure it by placing a small rock on the stem. You can use floral pins to avoid the movement of the stem.
- Let the soil be wet in the pot which we are using for propagation.
- In just a week or two, you can observe the root growth in the wounded place.
- Then gently cut the stem from the mother plant safely using a sharp knife to avoid mushing.
4. Air layering of Hoya Pubicalyx Royal Purple plant
It is also the same as the above process, but there is a slight difference, which we discuss now.
- After making a wound to the selected stem, apply some rooting hormone (optional) and cover it with sphagnum or soil.
- Then wrap a cover around it and secure it with floral ties.
- This helps in maintaining the humidity and thus root growth.
- In 1-2 weeks you can see the roots growing from the wound.
- Separate the stem from the mother plant using a sharp knife and plant it in another pot.
Now, you know how to propagate this plant. But do you know how to care for a Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plant at home? Let’s discuss this in detail!
How to care for Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plant?
Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plants are low-maintained plants that can be grown easily. They survive with minimum care, but you should provide enough care to encourage their growth. Let us now know how to care for this plant!
1. Sunlight requirements of Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plant!
Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plants thrive in bright indirect sunlight. Being a tropical plant, this plant loves to be in warm and dry conditions. But, if the plant is placed under direct sunlight, for longer hours, the sensitive foliage can get damaged by the intense, direct sun rays. The plant also undergoes dehydration and may stop its growth in these situations.
The care guides of these plants suggest that these plants grow well when they get bright indirect sunlight for 4-5 hours daily. These plants can survive in a little more indirect sunlight for a while. But if the plant does not get enough sunlight, you can observe some problems like a fall in the growth rate of the plant, drooping foliage, not blooming, and other such diseases. So, it is better to place your plant outdoors under a shade or indoors near windows to provide enough light.
2. Watering Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plant!
Hoya pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plants need adequate water to survive. Because water supplies nutrients to the plant and helps in energizing the plant. As this plant has a sensitive root system, watering it can be a tricky task. The amount of water you supply should satisfy the soil and the roots of the plant. Both overwatering and underwatering can damage the plant.
Watering causes root rot, and fungal infections and may sometimes lead to plant death. While underwatering this plant makes this root system dry and affects the performance of the root. Dehydration makes the plant weak and droopy. A good rule for watering the plant is always checking the soil’s wetness before you water. Water the plant, only if the first one-inch layer of the soil is dry. Water it slowly without disturbing the soil mix, until the excess water comes out of the drainage holes.
3. Suitable Temperature range and Humidity level for Hoya Pubicalyx Royal Hawaiian Purple plant!
Hoya Pubicalyx Royal Purple plants like warm conditions to thrive. They adapt to room temperature and humidity which is one of the best qualities of the plant. The suitable temperature range of the plant is between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. The rise or fall in the temperatures for a short period can be neglected, but if the plant is left to the extreme temperatures for a long period will show its effect on the plant’s health.
Temperatures below 55 degrees will stop the growth of the plant and may eventually kill it. So, bring the plant indoors during the winter, if you have placed it outdoors in shade. High temperatures will damage the sensitive foliage of the plant and can also lead to dehydration in the plant. So, maintain the plant in the above range of temperatures.
While talking about the humidity, the moisture present in the home best suits your plant. In humidity levels of 40-60 %, the plant thrives and produces nice fragrant flowers. Above or below the level will damage both the plant’s look and health.
4. Soil mix for planting Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plant!
Soil plays a crucial role in maintaining this plant. Hoya plants need a well-draining soil mix to get planted and this subspecies is not an exception to it. Well-draining soil mix never holds the water and dries quickly, thus keeping the root system healthy.
You can prepare a well-draining potting mix by adding ¼ of perlite, ¼ of peat, and ¼ of orchid bark to the ¼ of normal household soil. Always use this mix to plant these kinds of plants. This not only dries quickly but supplies enough nutrients to the plant.
5. Potting Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plant!
Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plants need to be potted in well-drained pots as the roots of these plants are prone to root rot. The Hoya publicly Hawaiian Royal Purple species are not an exception to this. They love to be dry for a while between watering. The pots that are made up of plastic and other such materials will hold the water for a long time. This may cause the roots of the plant to get rotten.
Use the pots that are made up of soil. Because clay pots, unglazed ceramic pots, and unfinished terracotta pots help in transferring the air (oxygen) to the root system of the plant. The soil which is in contact with the walls of their porous walls dries quickly. Thus they are well-suited to use for potting these plants.
While you pot the plant, place gravel at the bottom of the pot because it avoids clogs of drainage holes and thus drains the excess water quickly. After the gravel layer fills the pot with a layer of well-draining soil then place the plant. Now fill the pot with the remaining soil at the sides and top of the root system of the plant.
6. Repotting Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plant!
Your Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plant might be willing to stay in the same pot and grow pot-bound roots, which encourages drops blooming, but having the pot-bound roots may cause root rot. Fertilization affects plant growth. So, it is better to repot your plant every 2 years to maintain it. Early spring to early summer is the best time to repot these plants, as this season helps encourage growth.
Use only a 1-2 inch larger pot than the older one. Because the large containers which hold more water may not be liked by your root system. Extreme weather conditions are well-known for reporting the plants.
To repot this plant, firstly dampened the soil to avoid root damage while pulling the plant out of the pot. Gently drag the plant out from the old pot. Separate the old soil which is stuck to the roots and follow the process of potting. You should repot that the roots of it are rotten to prune the rotten parts of the root system. Use sharp gardening equipment to prune the roots, if needed.
7. Pruning Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plant!
Being a houseplant, this plant in your home cannot grow more than 6 feet in height, although it can grow up to 20 feet when grown in the wild because the soil and the environmental conditions in the home control its growth. So, you may not need to prune it. But, if you are getting disturbed by the overgrown side stems, you can prune them.
You can also remove the dried leaves, stems, and flowers to save the plant’s energy. Do not over-prune the plant. And leave the peduncles, where the plants produce flowers. If you are pruning the old flowers, make sure to cut only the flowers but not the stem. Because your plant might produce new flowers in the same place. Remember to use only sharp gardening pruners to prune your plant. Also, sterilize them before and after usage, to avoid infecting the plant.
8. Fertilizing Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plant!
Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plants may not need much feeding to survive, but fertilizing them during the growing season can make them thrive and produce more blooms. Feed your plant with mild fertilizers or diluted fertilizers, because over-fertilization can damage the root system of the plant and can cause stress. Use a balanced liquid NPK 15:15:15 fertilizer which makes the plant strong and does not harm the plant.
Do not fertilize the plant in the winter as it causes stress in the plant. Because in winter, the plants become dormant and stop their growth for a while. You can fertilize the plant once or twice during its growing season. Remember to read the instructions for the fertilizer, before you feed the plant. There are bloom-boosting fertilizers that help in producing more blooms and at the same time increase the blooming period.
9. Pests that may attack Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plant!
Being a tropical plant, your Hoya Pubicalyx Royal Hawaiian Purple is prone to pest attacks. Mealybugs, Aphids, Scale, Spider mites, White flies, and Root rot Nematode are the most common pests that attack this plant. These insects survive by sucking up the plant’s fluid. This causes dehydration and nutrition deficiency in the plant.
You can get rid of these insects by using mild insecticides, wiping the plant with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol, spraying soapy water, and also by applying neem oil to the affected parts.
10. Diseases that may attack Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plant!
Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plants are hardy plants that may not get affected by any health problems. But lack of care or sudden weather changes can sometimes make the plant sick. Root rot is one of the common problems that this might face. It generally occurs due to overwatering, frequent watering, improper drainage systems, compact soil mixes, and other such mistakes we make while growing this plant.
The dryness of leaves, stems, and drops of dry yellow leaves can be caused by underwatering. Overfertilization can burn the roots and stop plant growth. Lack of nutrients makes the plant weak and drops its leaves. Lack of sunlight can stop flowering in the plant. Although many diseases can be cured with proper care, root rot should be treated by pruning the affected parts. So, follow this article to avoid such bothersome diseases.
Facts about Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plant!
1. Toxicity of Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plants
Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple are non-toxic plants that will not harm humans and animals. But sometimes children or pets ingest these plants without knowing or with knowledge. There is an important thing to tell you, that it secretes a sap when wounded or pruned, that might cause skin irritations to the people whose skin is sensitive. It is recommended to wear gloves while trimming the plant.
2. Blooming of Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plants
These plants produce gorgeous flowers that are well-known for their flowering. Compared with all the other hoya species, these flowers are the most beautiful. These purple-colored flowers have pink centers and are generally star-shaped. This plant blooms from early spring to late summer, depending on the weather conditions of the place. They produce flowers in bunches, which resemble a bouquet and thus grab our attention.
3. The lifespan of Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plants
With proper care and attention, these plants can see many generations. The lifespan of these plants is decided by the maintenance of the plant.
4. Height and Width of Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plants
Generally, these plants can reach heights, when they are grown wild. But they achieve only 5-6 feet heights when they are grown at home (whether indoors or outdoors). On average, the width of these plants is 1-2 feet. However, you can prune it to grow it in your desired shape.
Q1. Is Hoya Pubicalyx easy to care for?
Ans. Yes, Hoya Pubicalyx is one of the easiest plants to take care of! Due to their tropical nature, they thrive in humid climates. A bright, indirect light source of 4 to 6 hours per day is ideal for your Hoya Pubicalyx. Also, keep it out of low light or very shady areas.
Q2. How do I make Hoya Pubicalyx bloom?
Ans. Bright, indirect light is the key to making Hoya Pubicalyx bloom. It may not be flowering because it hasn’t matured yet or isn’t receiving enough light. An increase in humidity and a tight pot also encourage the Hoya Pubicalyx to bloom.
Q3. Is Hoya Pubicalyx fragrant?
Ans. There is a mocha nighttime scent emitting from the clusters of fragrant reddish-purple star-shaped flowers on Hoya pubicalyx.
Q4. Do hoyas like direct sunlight?
Ans. Indirect sunlight is best for Hoyas. Direct sunlight can damage or scorch its leaves if it is exposed for more than 2 hours. As well, avoid low light since it slows down the growth of hoyas. It also reduces flowering ability.
Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal purple plants are well-known for their beautiful flowers and easy maintenance. The fragrant colorful flowers make us feel elite and these tropical plants thrive well with minimum care.
By following the above care tips, you can encourage its growth. This article is a brief care guide for the Hoya Pubicalyx Hawaiian Royal Purple plant, and I hope it will help you to provide enough care for one of the most beautiful plants in your home garden.
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