Hoya nicholsoniae: The Red-Hot Beauty That’ll Make Your Garden Sizzle

Get ready to add some serious sizzle to your garden with the stunning Hoya nicholsoniae! This tropical vining plant is a real showstopper with its eye-catching red leaves and fragrant flower clusters. Keep reading to uncover the secrets to making this red-hot beauty thrive.

hoya nicholsoniae

About Hoya nicholsoniae

Native to Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, Hoya nicholsoniae is a succulent vining plant prized for its ornamental beauty. Its narrow stems are clothed in small, pointed green leaves with prominent white veins. But here’s where it gets really interesting – when grown in bright, direct light, those leaves take on a fiery red hue as a protective mechanism!

As if the colorful foliage wasn’t enough, Hoya nicholsoniae produces incredible spherical clusters of creamy yellow, star-shaped flowers that emit a spicy, exotic fragrance. This plant is an absolute must-have for any indoor garden or hanging basket.

Read also:
1,000 Types of Succulents [With Pictures]

How To Care For Hoya nicholsoniae

Light Requirements

Hoya nicholsoniae thrives in bright, direct light. East or south-facing windows are ideal for providing 6-8 hours of sunlight per day. The more light, the more intense that coveted red coloring will be!

If you can’t provide enough natural light, use a grow light designed for houseplants. Position the grow light 6-12 inches from the plant for 12-16 hours per day.

Water Routine

These drought-tolerant plants can handle a missed watering here and there. Allow the top 2-3 inches of soil to dry out completely between waterings. During the warmer months, you’ll likely need to water every 5-7 days, but cut back in winter.

The key is never to let the soil stay soggy, as this can lead to root rot. Make sure to use a well-draining pot as well.

hoya nicholsoniae

Soil Needs

Like most succulents, Hoya nicholsoniae requires a well-draining soil mix. Use a succulent potting mix or create your own by combining potting soil with ingredients like perlite, pumice, or clay pebbles to improve drainage.


Feed your Hoya nicholsoniae every 2-4 weeks during spring and summer with a balanced, water-soluble succulent fertilizer diluted to half strength. Avoid fertilizing in fall and winter when growth naturally slows.

Temperature and Humidity

Hoya nicholsoniae prefers average household temperatures between 65-80°F. Avoid cold drafts and freezing temps. Moderate humidity around 40-60% is ideal, but Hoyas can tolerate drier air quite well.

Pests and Problems

The biggest risks are rot and pests like mealybugs and spider mites, both often caused by excessive moisture and poor air circulation. Ensure you don’t overwater, provide good drainage, and keep the plant’s area free of debris.

Prune regularly to increase air flow, and isolate any infested plants immediately to prevent spreading.

hoya nicholsoniae


Hoya nicholsoniae is a vigorous grower that benefits from annual pruning in late winter or early spring before new growth emerges. Trim off any dead, damaged or overly long and unruly vines.

Pruning also encourages branching and bushier, more compact growth. Always prune just above a node (the small bulge where leaves emerge).

Potting and Repotting

When potting Hoya nicholsoniae, choose a well-draining container 1-2 inches wider than the plant’s current pot. Terra cotta is ideal for its breathability.

Repot every 2-3 years in late winter or early spring. Refresh the soil at the same time, being careful not to damage the roots.

Hoya nicholsoniae Propagation Methods

One of the best ways to propagate Hoya nicholsoniae is from stem cuttings:

  1. Take 4-6 inch cuttings from healthy vines, cutting just below a node
  2. Remove the lower leaves and let cuttings callus over for a few days
  3. Fill a small pot with well-draining soil and moisten it
  4. Stick the cuttings into the soil, taking care not to bury the nodes
  5. Place in bright, indirect light and keep soil lightly moist
  6. In 4-8 weeks, roots should develop, allowing you to plant the new vines

With its showy red leaves, fragrant blooms and easy care, Hoya nicholsoniae is a tropical treat that will sizzle all year! Give this vibrant vining plant a spot in your home or garden today.