Hoya Carmelae Care

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hoya carmelae


LightBright light
Watering Frequency Allow soil to dry completely between waterings
Toxicity Non-Toxic


Hoya carmelae is characterized by its small, succulent-like green leaves that parallel each other on long vines. Hoya carmelae’s trailing vines are capable of reaching up to 8 ft in length when grown in their natural environment.

Origin and Indoor Environment

Native to the Philippines, Hoya carmelae thrives in a bright and humid environment. It is recommended that you consider the natural habitat of the Hoya carmelae and try to emulate it when grown indoors.

Like most Hoyas, the Hoya carmelae prefers bright light and infrequent waterings – making them a relatively easy-to-grow houseplant indoors. 

Lighting Needs

The Hoya carmelae requires bright light to thrive and sustain growth. It is not recommended that you place this variety in low-light conditions. 

East, West, and even a few feet away from a South-facing window would be best. If you are concerned about your Hoya carmelae’s lighting needs, consider purchasing a grow light to ensure your plant can receive the lighting it needs.

Watering Frequency

We recommend waiting for the soil to completely dry out in between waterings for your Hoya carmelae. Be sure to water thoroughly – especially during the growing season (spring and summer).

If you have uncertainty about whether the potting mix is dry, you can also use tools like moisture meters that indicate to the user how moist the soil is. Sticking your finger in the top 2 inches of soil can also indicate how wet the soil is. 

Potting Mix, Soil, and Fertilization

Avoid root rot by ensuring you are using well-draining soil and a pot with a drainage hole for your Hoya carmelae. Fertilize regularly during the growing season based on the instruction of your fertilizer. Opt for a complete fertilizer to ensure your Hoya Carmelae’s long-term success. 

Hoya carmelae Blooms

Hoya carmelae blooms are beautiful and sweet-scented. Typically appearing during the spring and summer months, they are light purple.


Propagation is relatively easy for the Hoya carmelae – simply take a cutting with at least 2 nodes and remove the leaves from the bottom node. Place the cuttings directly in water, and replenish the water weekly.

Once the roots have grown at least an inch, you can then pot up the plant in soil. 

Pests and Disease

Hoyas are the targets of the usual houseplant pest culprits: aphids, mealybugs, scale, and spider mites have been known to take a liking to Hoyas.

To minimize the chance of an infestation from occurring we recommend regularly cleaning the leaves of your Hoya carmelae as well as using a deterring agent such as neem oil.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you care for Hoya carmelae?

Like most Hoyas, the Hoya carmelae prefers bright light and infrequent watering. This makes them relatively easy to grow indoors. 

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