Why Is My Hoya Retusa Plant Dying? Tips for Rescuing Your Dying Grass-Leafed Hoya Plant

Sporting spiky, narrow, flat, long leaves that resemble grass and white flowers that have purplish-pink centers, the hoya retusa is a lovely plant to have in your home or office, so it is no surprise you want to keep it alive if you fear it might be dying.

It is a great conversation piece, good for the air in your space, and it even brings in positive feng shui! Let’s help you keep it alive and well, so you can continue to reap the benefits of the grass-leafed hoya.

A Hoya Retusa Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office

A Hoya Retusa Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office 

A classic succulent plant native to tropical Southeast Asia, the hoya retusa will literally breathe life into your home or office. It absorbs carbon dioxide and other common household toxins during the day then releases clean oxygen at night.

It’s a great plant to have in your bedroom, particularly if you have a north-facing window that gets plenty of indirect sunlight. As a trailing vine plant, you can hang it in a lovely pot near the window or near the entryway to your home where it will attract wealth and abundance, according to the principles of feng shui.

Signs of a Dying Hoya Retusa Plant

The most common signs of a dying hoya retusa plant are:

  • Crispy leaves
  • Yellow leaves
  • Brown spots on leaves
  • Mushy stems and leaves
  • Soggy soil
  • Visible pests
  • Hard-packed root ball in soil

Common Causes of a Dying Hoya Retusa Plant

A hoya retusa plant is typically dying due to a few simple reasons:

  • Too much sun
  • Not enough water
  • Too much water
  • Not enough humidity

Watering Needs of a Hoya Retusa Plant

The hoya retusa plant wants plenty of water, but it is a succulent, so it also wants to dry out fully before being watered again. To improve your watering game, take a look at this article on watering mistakes that might be killing your plant.

To be sure you’re getting the right amount of water to this fabulous foliage, check the surface of the soil to see if it is dry. If it is, then you can water it. If it is at all moist, you can leave it for longer.

Am I Underwatering My Hoya Retusa Plant?

If your hoya retusa is underwatered, the leaves might start to yellow, and your soil will become hard-packed.

Restoring Water to Your Underwatered Hoya Retusa Plant

If you find you have underwatered your hoya retusa, simply remove the root ball from the pot and drench it in water under the faucet to fully bring it back to life. Once it is restored, you can repot the root ball in fresh, indoor succulent soil.

Am I Overwatering My Hoya Retusa Plant?

The most common signs of overwatering are wilting leaves, mushy stems, and soggy soil.

Restoring Balance to Your Overwatered Hoya Retusa Plant

If you have overwatered your hoya retusa, you might be able to allow it to dry out by moving it closer to a sunny window. If the soil does not start to dry out, remove the root ball entirely and cut away any mushy roots and stems. Then lay the root ball out on a screen in the sun and allow it to dry out fully.

Replant the root ball in fresh soil and water it until the water runs through the bottom then get on a regular watering schedule.

Soil Needs of a Hoya Retusa Plant

The hoya retusa calls for indoor succulent soil that does not hold moisture. The goal with this plant is to water it fully then allow it to dry out fully before watering again.

Any soil that will hold onto water is not appropriate for this plant.

Soil Drainage Needs for a Hoya Retusa Plant

You may want to add some orchid bark to the soil to ensure proper drainage.

Resolving Soil Drainage Issues for a Hoya Retusa Plant

If you notice your soil is soggy, you can repot your hoya retusa, adding pebbles to the bottom of your pot, under the soil, to keep the soil and roots from sitting in water.

Lighting Needs of a Hoya Retusa Plant

The hoya retusa needs plenty of bright, indirect light, just like it would have gotten in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. Too much light will burn the leaves, and too little will stunt its growth, so you are aiming for the perfect balance.

Resolving Lighting Issues for a Hoya Retusa Plant

If you notice the leaves are getting brown or crispy, you may want to move the plant away from the window or to a north-facing window with less light.

In contrast, if you notice the plant has wilting leaves or it starts to exhibit lackluster color, you can move it closer to the window for more indirect light.

Pests or Diseases that Can Cause Issues with a Hoya Retusa Plant

The hoya retusa plant is not particularly prone to pests or diseases aside from root rot, but if you do notice pests, you can always spray the plant with neem oil to fully remove the bugs and any eggs that might be present.

Fake Hoya Retusa Plants May Be an Additional Consideration

Fake Hoya Retusa Plants May Be an Additional Consideration 

If, in the end, you still worry the hoya retusa is too difficult to care for, you can always consider an artificial version. The fake hoya retusa plant looks just like the real thing, and it will still bring you many of the same benefits. It is absolutely an investment worth making.

And if you’re worried about fake plants not being on trend, check out my article on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky here.

What do you think? Have you had any luck bringing a hoya retusa plant back to life? What tips and tricks did you employ? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.

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