Porcelain Flower - Hoya linearis

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£32.00
 

Origin
Originates in Eastern Asia and Australia

Description
The perfect hanging plant for a bright location, the Hoya Linearis grows in strands, dangling down chains of long, thin leaves that look more like pea pods than like most Hoya leaves. In a bright spot, with care not to over-water, this Hoya will reward you with its stunning, interestingly-shaped foliage and, if it's really happy, maybe even clusters of fragrant, white, star-shaped flowers!

Light
Thrives in bright, indirect light, and will benefit from a splash of morning or evening sun. Make sure it gets 1-2 hours of direct sunlight in autumn and winter, throughout its dormant period.

Water
Allow the top third of the soil to dry out between waters, and reduce watering in winter and in dimmer spots. Make sure you don't leave any water sitting in the foliage (or flowers) as this can cause damage.

Humidity
Used to a rainforest environment, this plant likes it humid; introduce a humidity tray if possible, and hose down the leaves regularly to keep them free of dust. If the leaves start to brown and curl, this is a sign that the air is too dry.

Soil
Use an anthurium mix and repot every three years in spring as the plant grows. If it's flowering, keep it pot-bound a little longer to prevent it getting shocked by the move and losing flowers.

Food
Feed every four waters throughout the year. To tailor your feeding even more, look for a Nitrogen-heavy fertiliser when the foliage needs to develop more, and to encourage flowers once it's mature look for one with higher Potassium (K) content, like tomato feed.

Temperature

Ideal temperature is between 10-25°C; make sure it does not get colder than 10°C in winter or for longer periods.

Pet-safe
Yes, but too much nibbling won't be good for pets, small humans or the plant!

Sprouts Top Tips
While this plant likes it humid, it does not like soggy soil- make sure not to over-water it. Keep an eye out for yellowing leaves, especially those closer to the soil, to spot this early and reduce the frequency of your waters before the roots are damaged.