How to Prune a Hoya

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How to Prune a Hoya
Use sharp pruning shears to clip hoya stems. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Hoya plants, also called wax plants because of their thick, succulent leaves, require tropical conditions to thrive and are grown as houseplants in most areas. They are prized for their showy pastel blooms and hardiness. Hoya plants benefit from regular pruning to stimulate fuller growth and to prevent them from exceeding available space. They produce blooms on the same spurs each year, which are the small raised areas on the stems from which flowers emerge. Avoid removing the spurs when trimming so that the bloom cycle won't be interrupted.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pruning shears
  • High potassium fertiliser

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  1. 1

    Trim off the oldest, least vigorous portions of the hoya plant back to soil level. Use sharp pruning shears and make all cuts as smooth as possible.

  2. 2

    Reduce the length of the vine to keep growth in check. Make cuts just below a leaf node, which is the raised section of the stem where leaves are produced.

  3. 3

    Remove dead, damaged and unsightly leaves as necessary to maintain an attractive appearance.

  4. 4

    Pinch back the tips of new growth to promote fuller foliage.

  5. 5

    Feed with high-potassium fertiliser after pruning to provide the hoya plant with the extra nutrients needed to produce new growth. Read fertiliser instructions carefully and apply the amount indicated on the package.

Tips and warnings

  • Propagate stem pieces removed during pruning by placing them in a glass of water until roots form.

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