Hoya Sunrise Care Guide

Hoya Sunrise Care Guide

Hoya Sunrise is a beautiful plant with teardrop-shaped dark green leaves and red veins. Grow this option that works great in hanging baskets in bright indirect light to produce a more vivid color.

Hoya Sunrise Care Guide Overview


  • Scientific name and common names: Hoya sunrise Wax plant, porcelain flower
  • Origin: Michael Miyashiro crossed Hoya lacunosa and Hoya obscura to create this plant in 1992.
  • Indoor or Outdoor plant: Can be grown outdoors or indoors
  • Height and Structure: 6-8 feet
  • Temperature: 60-85 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Hoya Sunrise Flower Color: The flowers are white when grown in shade and pink when grown in sunlight.

How To Plant The Hoya Sunrise

Planting Time

Obtain hoya sunrise from cuttings in the spring. You can propagate it in sphagnum moss, but expect it to take about two months for the roots to start growing.


Be sure to leave plenty of space around this humidity-loving plant. Otherwise, you will be fighting fungus issues.


Hoya sunrise loves bright dappled light for at least six hours daily. If the light is not bright enough, this subspecies will not put on its bright red veins, which is this hoya’s trademark.


This plant needs well-drained soil. Create an ideal growing medium by combining equal parts of orchid soil, cactus soil and perlite.

How To Grow The Hoya Sunrise

Hoya Sunrise Care

Growth habits

Hoya sunrise prefers to send its long stems covered with tear-drop-shaped leaves downward. Therefore, it is perfect for a hanging basket.


You should not need to stake your hoya sunrise as you should place it in a location where its stem can grow downward. It is perfect in a hanging basket. You can use bamboo string to tie it to a basket to train it where you want it to grow.

If you live in a warm climate where temperatures do not get below 57 degrees, you can also grow it on a hillside extending down the hill.


Hoya sunrise is very suspectable to root rot. Therefore, you should make sure that the soil dries out totally before you water your plant again.

Generally, you can expect this plant to need about 0.5 cups every 12 days during the spring, summer and fall, but there is lots of variation depending on your growing conditions. You should water it even less during the winter months.


Hoya sunrises benefit from being fed monthly with a liquid fertilizer applied directly to the plant’s roots during the spring, summer and fall. The fertilizer should be very high in nitrogen. Therefore, choose an option that is 3:1:2 or 2:1:2. Apply the amount recommended by the fertilizer manufacturer.

Some people choose to give a half dose of fertilizer in the winter while others choose not to fertilize in the winter.


Like all hoyas, hoya sunrise plants love humidity. Try to keep the humidity level between 60 and 80%. Using a plant meter can help you know the exact humidity level.

Consider using a humidifier in your home. If your humidity level is too low, consider putting your hoya sunrise in a terrarium or greenhouse. You can also mist the foliage, but be careful you do not get the plant too wet.


If you are growing your hoya sunrise outside, then a light mulch can help protect it in the winter. Otherwise, there is no need to mulch this plant. Since root rot can be a problem, never mulch directly over the plant as mulch traps water.

Trimming and Pruning

The best time to trim and prune your hoya sunrise is in the spring or early summer. Use floral snips and cut the vines as you want. You can even cut the long ones in half without any ill effects.

You will also want to prune any vines that appear weak. This will help the whole plant have a healthier appearance.

Remember that you can always cut away more when pruning, but it is impossible to put it back. Therefore, always start with a minor trim before moving on to any significant trimming.

Pot And Repotting

Choose a pot for your hoya sunrise that has good drainage. Terra cotta pots usually work best because they offer superior drainage, but other choices are possible. Potting and repotting should be done in the spring and summer when the plant is actively growing.

Start by taking your clipping and putting it in a glass of water. Wait for about five days, and you should see tiny roots begin to form.

Then, transfer the plant to a sphagnum moss pot. Leave it there in bright indirect light with plenty of humidity until the roots fully form. Then, move the plant to your potting soil.

The hoya sunrise plant loves to be rootbound, so you will not need to replant it often. You will only need to repot your plant once every five-to-seven years on average.


Take the vines that you pruned and stick them in water until they root. Even one or two leaf nodes are usually enough to get a new plant started.

Divide And Transplant

It is easy to divide and transplant your hoya sunrise. Tip the pot where your hoya is currently growing on its side and gently pull the plant out of the pot.

Use a sterile knife to remove any dark roots as this is a sign of root rot. Then, divide the hoya as you want into new pots.

Generally, you can trim off any stem and put it in water to get a new plant started.

Pests And Diseases

Thankfully, hoya sunrise is an easy plant to grow if you avoid root rot by not overwatering the plant.

Occasionally, mealybugs and aphids can be a problem. Use an insecticide spray to get rid of them. Then, spray the plant with Neem’s Oil.

Plant Species

Hoya sunrise is a beautiful hoya that produces cream or white flowers.


Other plants that love humidity are often good neighbors for this plant. Kimberly queen fern, bird’s nest fern and blue star fern can be great choices. Spider, prayer and parlor plants often work well.


The hoya sunrise is not toxic to people or pets.

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