Eskimo Hoya: A Complete Guide

Written by Jennifer Hollohan
Updated: March 9, 2023
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Hoyas are extremely popular to purchase as houseplants, and it is no wonder why. They are easy to care for and relatively low maintenance, particularly for tropical plants. The lush eye-catching foliage of hoyas takes a backseat to their stunning flowers. So many beginner gardeners (and experts) turn to hoyas for a starter plant. These lovely plants belong to the Apocynaceae family. However, hundreds of cultivars, hybrids, and species fall under the “hoya” umbrella. So how do you pick one?

Read the article below to learn about the Eskimo hoya (Hoya krohniana “Eskimo”). First, we will explore the aspects that set it apart from its cousins. And then, we will dive into specific care instructions, so you can trust your hoya will survive.

Scientific NameHoya krohniana “Eskimo”
Common Name(s)Super silver, wax plant
Plant FamilyApocynaceae
Native Region(s)Philippines, newly announced species in 2009
Life CyclePerennial
USDA Hardiness Zone10-11
Cultivar(s)N/A, it is a cultivar on its own

This lovely trailing plant is ideally suited for a hanging basket thanks to its long and gorgeous vines. It can reach up to 8 feet long, so if your ceilings are not high enough, consider placing a climbing pole or trellis nearby. 

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The article below covers Hoya krohniana “Eskimo” in depth. You will learn about its unique characteristics and how to best care for it.  

Eskimo Hoya Leaves

Hoya krohniana “Eskimo” is impressive to look at. They are approximately 1.5-2″ (4-5 cm) long and teardrop or heart-shaped, with a dramatically pointed end. Their primary color is lime green. But they are covered in silver flecks

Eskimo Hoya Flowers

Hoya plants are well-known and highly sought after for their phenomenal flowers, which have a wax-like appearance. Hoya krohniana is no different. The small ball-shaped flowers are less than ¼” wide. The delicate blossom comes together in groups of 8-12 flowers per umbel. They range in color from white to yellow.

All hoya flowers have a strong scent to them. Eskimo hoyas have a decidedly sweet aromatic element. You will love adding this plant to your collection for the smell alone. However, you will need to wait a little while before indulging in their scent. Hoya plants take approximately two to three years to blossom. It is well worth the time and effort, though. So keep tending to your Eskimo hoya for a sweet-smelling reward. 

Caring for an Eskimo Hoya

Hoya plants, often called “wax plants,” are an increasingly popular houseplant due to their easygoing nature. These low-maintenance plants thrive in an indoor environment when properly cared for. Continue reading below to learn how to tend to your Hoya krohniana “Eskimo.”

Water Requirements

Hoyas do not need a ton of water to remain healthy. First, allow the top 2″ of soil to dry out before watering during the growing season. Then, go ahead and add enough water to saturate the soil. However, you want to avoid adding too much water since hoyas don’t like a soggy home for their roots. 

During the winter, your hoya plant will require less frequent watering. Feel free to let the soil dry out completely before watering in colder months.

Light Requirements

Hoya krohniana “Eskimo” plants prefer bright, indirect light. So place them in a location that allows plenty of light during the day. Hoyas require six or more hours of quality sunlight daily but no more than two hours of direct sunlight. Any more than that, and you risk scorching their delicate leaves.

However, it is also essential to ensure they get enough light. They will grow weak and leggy and develop less foliage if they don’t receive ample sunlight.

Temperature Requirements

As a tropical plant, Hoya krohniana is somewhat particular about its growing environment.

Hoyas thrive in warmer environments. Your Eskimo hoya will be happy if you keep the temperature between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. It typically is not a problem if your hoya is an indoor plant. However, if you keep your plant outdoors at any point during the year, bring it inside when temperatures dip below 60 degrees. While the occasional 50-degree weather will not harm hoyas, their growth will stunt if they spend too much time in a chilly environment. 

Another factor that is important for hoya plants is the humidity level. All tropical plants need a decent humidity level. And the same holds true for hoyas. Provide them with an environment with a stable humidity level of 60-80 for optimum growth.

Growing Requirements

Thanks to its stunning vines, the Eskimo hoya is perfect for hanging baskets. Alternatively, you can plant your hoya in a container with a trellis nearby and let it climb to its heart’s content. Opt for one on the shallow side when selecting a container or pot. It will give your hoya plenty of room to stretch its roots while preventing an environment conducive to soggy soil, which can cause root rot.

The pot you choose and the soil should allow for proper draining. Opt for a potting medium that is on the airy side. Soil designed for cacti and succulents is a great choice. Make sure whatever you choose is nutrient-rich and well-draining. Some great add-ins include pumice, perlite, and ceramic balls.

Fertilizer Requirements

Eskimo hoyas do not require a lot of extra food. In fact, you don’t need to feed them at all during the winter since the plants are dormant. But in the spring, provide them with a nice nitrogen-heavy, water-soluble fertilizer. It will help the foliage grow. Then once the flower buds appear, switch to a potassium-based fertilizer to aid their development.

Propagation and Pruning

You can easily propagate additional hoya plants from cuttings. Trim off a portion of the stem, stick it in a jar of water, and watch new roots develop!

Additionally, if it feels like your hoya is taking over, feel free to trim it back. Pay close attention to where you cut, however. Hoya flowers regrow in the same spot year after year, so you don’t want to lose flower buds.

Eskimo hoya in a hanging planter

Eskimo hoya plants make a great addition to any hanging planter.

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About the Author

Jennifer Hollohan is a writer at A-Z Animals, where her primary focus is on gardening, mammals, and travel. Jennifer has over twenty years of writing experience. She holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, which she earned in 2005, and is a Herbalist. Jennifer lives in Colorado with her family. She loves hiking, admiring wildflowers, gardening, and making herbal tea.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

Do Hoyas like deep or shallow pots?

Hoyas are a tropical plant that does not have a deep root system. Opt for a slightly shallow pot to help prevent the roots from being waterlogged.

How many times a year does a hoya plant bloom?

Many hoya varieties only bloom once a year, either in late spring or early summer. However, some varieties bloom in the fall or winter. Be patient. Hoyas can take two or three years of solid care before their blossoms arrive.

Should you water hoyas from the bottom?

It isn’t necessary to water hoyas from the bottom. But bottom watering will help encourage strong root development.

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