Last updated on August 25th, 2023 at 12:08 pm
The hoya sunrise plant, an evergreen vine, is a flowering houseplant that has been popular in the horticulture industry for centuries. Although hoyas are native to Asia and Australia, they now grow all over the world. One of the most interesting things about hoyas is their ability to bloom year-round! Some hoya flowers will even change color throughout various seasons! Many people use hoya plants as decorative pieces because of their uniqueness and beauty.
Hoya sunrise is a spectacular plant that should not be missed in your garden. This hoya plant opens up in the morning and closes at night, blooming with flowers for only a few hours each day. The hoya can grow to an impressive height of 10 feet or more, and the delicate flowers are often used as decoration in homes and offices. This unique flower also has medicinal properties, which make it even more desirable!
They are beautiful, fragrant flowering vines that can be grown indoors and outdoors. These plants thrive in warm climates so it’s important to look at your hoya plant care before you try to grow one yourself!
Origin and description
The hoya sunrise is native to tropical regions of Asia, Africa, and America. It has been brought into the United States as an ornamental plant for gardens and houses. They are a very special kind of hoya that has stems and leaves with either red or purple veins. Its flowers are always white, but they sometimes have pink highlights on them. The plant grows in moist and shady places, but once it gets used to the environment you place it in, it can tolerate the sun.
Its native country is Malaysia, but it can also be found in Australia and Thailand. Hoya sunrise is also often referred to as simply ‘sunrise’. It’s scientific name is Hoya sanguinea.
The genus hoya comes from the Greek word for wax, referring to how succulent and waxy its leaves are (and that they produce a lot of nectar). The species “sanguinea” is Latin for blood, which is a reference to the color of its veins.
The hoya sunrise is a beautiful, exotic plant that can be grown in the home. The hoya flower has 6 petals which are shaped like pink or yellow cups. It flowers throughout the year and produces multiple blooms at once. These flowers have an intoxicating scent which leads many people to enjoy these plants for their fragrance alone! Read below to learn more about the hoya sunrise and what you need to know before planting one in your own home!
Hoya sunrise propagation
Propagation of the Hoya Sunrise is typically easy, but not always. The plant can be propagated by cuttings and/or leaf propagation (leaf-bud cutting). Cuttings should include at least two nodes for best results. Root hormone may help to encourage root growth during propagation; use it sparingly if you choose to use it at all.
Since hoya plants are propagated by cuttings, if these can be started in the spring, they will flower for Christmas; if you start them early enough, well then it’s great to have hoyas flowering all summer! They like humidity and water – but not too much moisture around their roots (although good draining soil is important with most hoya plants).
Hoya sunrise care
Hoya sunrise is easy to grow if you keep in mind that this plant likes high humidity and warm temperatures year-round, so it’s best for growing indoors where the temperature can be controlled by a heater or air conditioner during cold weather.
Hoya sunrise is an evergreen vine with thick, waxy leaves that are about three inches long and four-lobed in cross-section (similar to maple leaf). The flowers usually appear from spring through fall, but can be forced at other times by withholding water for two weeks.
Hoya sunrise is a medium to bright light plant. It can be grown under high-intensity discharge (HID) lights, fluorescent strip lighting, or window light in an office environment. The ideal indoor growing conditions are 70 degrees Fahrenheit nights and 80 degrees Fahrenheit days with 12 hours of direct sunlight each day. This plant has adapted to the harsher conditions of the wild and can handle low light for extended periods of time.
Hoya sunrise will also grow well under artificial lightings, such as fluorescent tube lighting. This plant is not picky about the specific type or color spectrum (blue/purple vs. red) of light it receives, as long as it gets enough bright light to remain healthy and grow.
Hoya sunrise soil/potting mix
Hoya sunrise plants can be grown in a variety of potting mixes. A well-draining, rich soil such as the classic African violet mix (Vern’s Violet Mix) works great for these plants and many growers use this general blend successfully.
This plant also does very well when potted up in a soilless mixture like peat moss, vermiculite, perlite, or a combination of all three. Hoya sunrise plants can be grown successfully in any well-draining potting mix that provides plenty of air to the roots for good growth.
Hoya sunrise plants do best when their soil is kept moist, but not soggy. These plants should never be allowed to dry out completely and many growers will water them with room temperature water every day or two depending on the humidity of the growing area they are in.
If these plants are potted up in a fast-draining mix like peat moss, vermiculite, or perlite, they should be watered less frequently and with cooler water.
Hoya sunrise plants can be fed a balanced (20-20-20) liquid fertilizer once every two weeks or so. These plants should not be fertilized more frequently than this and may show signs of salt damage if they are fertilized more than enough, which include brown tips on the leaves.
Hoya sunrise temperature
Hoya sunrise plants are not tolerant of low temperatures and should be protected from drafts or freezing weather. These plants will show signs of distress when exposed to cold spells, which include brown tips on the leaves. If this plant is kept in an area that experiences a lot of natural light it may need protection indoors if there are periods where daytime highs drop below 50 degrees.
Hoya sunrise plants should not be exposed to temperatures over 85°F for long periods of time. If this plant is kept in an area that experiences a lot of natural light, it may need protection indoors if there are periods where daytime highs are consistently above 70°F.
Hoya sunrise humidity
Hoya sunrise plants prefer moderate humidity levels of 30-50%. If these plants are grown outdoors in very humid conditions, they may need to be misted with water occasionally. If the relative humidity drops below 30% for prolonged periods, brown leaf tips (an indicator of low light) can occur on this plant.
These plants are not tolerant of high humidity conditions and will show signs of distress when exposed to long periods with relative humidity levels above 90%.
Hoya sunrise plants can be pruned to maintain their shape or size. These plants will grow into a bushy, low-growing plant that features blooms all along the stems if allowed to grow naturally.
Leaf tips on Hoya sunrise plants are very sharp and should be protected from pets and children when they are grown in homes with them.
Pinching off the tips of these plants will produce a bushier plant. If it is desired to make this plant grow more quickly, all the stem tips can be pinched or cut from the stems once they have reached 12-18 inches in height. This will encourage branching and create a denser plant that flowers at multiple locations along the stems.
When to repot
If the roots of a Hoya sunrise plant fill up its pot, it’s time to repot into a larger container. If these plants are potted in a soilless mixture like peat moss and vermiculite, they should be able to be kept in their current pots for as long as two or three years without requiring a repot.
Hoya sunrise plants should be transplanted into larger pots when their current pot becomes too small to support the plant’s root system, or if it is sitting in water for long periods of time because the drainage holes are blocked.
Hoya sunrise plants should be kept in a cooler, drier location during the winter months to encourage dormancy.
If these plants are grown indoors or under artificial light, they may need to be placed outside for part of the summer so that they can go dormant and rest. If this plant is exposed to temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (or if there is not enough natural light) for an extended period of time, it will go dormant and stop growing.
Hoya sunrise flower & fragrance
Hoya sunrise plants produce tubular flowers that are usually white in color. These blooms can be up to one inch long and they emerge from the leaf axils of these perennials throughout the autumn and winter months.
These plants have a sweet fragrance that is most noticeable at night or when it is kept in an enclosed area with very little airflow.
The sweet fragrance is most noticeable at night or when it is kept in an enclosed area with very little airflow.
Growth rate & size
Hoya sunrise plants grow slowly to a height of one foot. This plant has an erect growth habit and produces narrow leaves that are six inches long, two inches wide at their widest point, and up to four inches long from the base.
If kept indoors under artificial light, this plant will only grow about half as quickly as it would if it were grown outdoors.
Hoya sunrise plants are not toxic to pets or humans. This plant is believed to be non-toxic for animals and people, but some individuals may experience an allergic reaction if they come into contact with the sap of this perennial.
USDA hardiness zones
Hoya sunrise plants are hardy in USDA zones 8 through 10
Pests and diseases
Hoya sunrise plants are susceptible to leaf spots, mealy bugs, and root rot if they are overwatered.
If the relative humidity drops below 50%, brown leaf tips (an indicator of low light) can occur on this plant. These plants are not tolerant of high humidity conditions and will show signs of distress when exposed to long periods with high relative humidity.
In conclusion, Hoya sunrise plants are beautiful and unique flowering plants that can add an interesting accent to home or garden spaces. These perennials prefer warm conditions and will not do well in locations that experience freezing temperatures during the winter months.
These plants should be grown outdoors whenever possible because they require high sunlight exposure for most of their growing cycle.