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How I Trained My Hoya

I recently repotted my Hoya & decided to train it to grow on bamboo hoops. This shows you how I did it. The Hoya is so very happy now!

How I Trained My Hoya

To put it plain and simple: I love my Hoyas.  The Hoya carnosa variegata growing up the umbrella on the patio next to my office was in need of more soil in its pot and was a bit bleached out because getting too much sun.  Shame on me, time to take action!  I didn’t want another hanging pot so I decided to train it to grow upwards.

How To Train Hoya

I used my old pals fishing line & jute twine for this project. 

I had picked up a low plastic terra cotta colored bowl a year ago at our local art and reuse store for 50 cents.  This is one of my many “gently used” finds.  I sprayed it a combo of blue and purple along with accents of gold for a little pizazz.   I decided to use 3′ bamboo u hoops which I found at a local dollar store.  They came in packages of 2 for 99 cents bringing the grand total of this project to $2.50.  How sweet it is for a bargain scavenger like me.

How To Train Hoya

I tied the 3 hoops at the top with fishing line to hold them together.

I ended up using 3 of the hoops and not all 4 because that would have been overkill in a pot this size.  I sprayed the bamboo hoops with protectant to seal and protect them because the less often I need to do this project, the better.  I positioned the hoops to overlap slightly and stack on top of each other so they could be tied at the top.

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I tied the jute twine just above the nodes to keep it from falling down.

This video showing you how I trained my Hoya was filmed over a 7 month period so you’ll see a few wardrobe changes too:

By the way, I posted a blog and video with Hoya care and repotting tips last week if that’s what you’re looking for.  I was going to do the training as part of that posting but it would have turned into a Hoya documentary.   That being said, the results of my Hoya propagation experiment will be coming soon.

How To Train Hoya

Pink tinges are now appearing for the 1st time.

My Hoya is so happy since it’s been moved to its new bright but shady location.  The foliage has really greened up and more white leaves are now appearing.  The blushes of pink which this Variegated Hoya is known for are also emerging.  And, it’s flowering like it never has before which warms the cockles of my horticultural heart.  It’s flowered 3 times since the transplant and move and there are 7 buds ready to open on it right now.

This Hoya sits at the bottom of the steps which lead to my front door.  I look at it many times a day and the biggest bonus of all is that I love the way it looks!

Happy gardening,

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How To Train Hoya

Hanging on the stoop hanging out with my happy Hoya.


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  1. Nell, great way to take care of that Hoya. Just a little imagination!

  2. Hi Don – Thanks! That Hoya has now outgrown that pot so it’s time for another transplant. I’m waiting until late winter/early spring so stay tuned for that post. Best, Nell

  3. Hello Nell! I have probably watched every single hoya video you have made and quite a view of your other videos! I admire your enthusiasm and your relaxed nature. I enjoy watching you share your love of gardening with the world. It makes me smile and give me encouragement in my gardening endeavors. I have a few hoyas of my own now and have been propagating away! (thanks to fancy propagation containers like juice glasses and dollar store dishes) Thank you for all your tips!

  4. Hi Elizabeth – Thank you so much for your kind words! I’ve gotten a couple new Hoyas in the past months & am always on the lookout for ones that light my fire. Fortunately Hoyas propagate with ease so your juice glasses will be put to good use. Nell

  5. Hi Nell!

    I recently just came into some hoya cuttings and your videos have given me great tips and ideas on how to care for my hoya! I love your personality and style! Thank you for sharing your gardening knowledge with us fledging gardener. Hope you have a wonderful season! 🙂

  6. Well hello Oyshi – we all start somewhere! Hoyas are such great plants & easy to care for. I’m doing a post & video soon on pruning & training my hoya topiary so keep your eye open for that. May your garden grow, Nell

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