Hoya Green Ghost

A Beginner's Guide to Hoya Green Ghost Plant Care | All you Need to Grow

Family: Apocynaceae 
Common Name: ‘Green Ghost’
Botanical Name: Hoya carnosa ‘Green Ghost’

Add a little spooky and a lot of chic to your home with the Hoya Green Ghost! This fast-growing wax plant loves bright indirect light and is perfect for displaying on shelves or hanging near a window. With lush green leaves and a ghostly name, you'll have your house looking hauntingly beautiful for all to see!

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Hoya Green Ghost plants like heaps of bright, indirect sunlight and will be right at home if they can make contact for at least 6 hours each day (indirect contact, that is!). Hoya Green Ghost can tolerate medium light, but it will become weak and leggy and produce fewer leaves in lower light. To avoid being sad and somewhat guilty, ensure its wax vines are close to an east or north-facing window or set back from a south or west-facing window. The more natural dappled light it takes in, the greater the odds it will shower you with flowers during the summer! 


Let your Hoya Green Ghost indoor plant dry out between watering it. Soak the soil thoroughly until the water drains out of the drainage holes. You'll need to water more when they're receiving more light, so adjust accordingly. Avoid over-watering. When the colder months arrive, cut back on watering; in wintertime, only water when their soil is completely dry. 


Almost all types of hoyas (especially Hoya Green Ghost) need soil with excellent drainage. Your plant should never be planted in dense soil mixtures with moisture-retaining crystals. You can use a universal potting soil for this plant but reduce the watering frequency when using this type of soil as it will retain water longer, causing potential damage to the roots! Nutrient-rich, loose soils are perfect mixtures for wax vines! If your soil is not draining well, or you are transplanting your Hoya, mix 1/2 cactus soil with 1/2 potting soil to increase soil drainage.  


Your Hoya Green Ghost plant loves a warm environment. This plant will thrive most in temperatures between 65-85℉ - and should be kept away from drafty windows and doorways during the colder months.  


For your Hoya Green Ghost, aim for a humidity level of around 50% to 60% (or even higher). This plant loves humid environments! To increase humidity levels, you can group plants together, use a humidifier, provide a pebble tray, or regularly mist! Additionally, you should avoid your plant near any drafty areas, as it can cause the air to dry out and reduce humidity levels for your plant.


A Hoya Green Ghost should be fertilized every 4 to 6 weeks during the spring and summer. In the colder months, you can reduce or even pause on fertilizing your plant. We suggest that you use a balanced liquid fertilizer with the equal ratio of exactly 10-10-10 or 20-20-20. Avoid getting the fertilizer on the leaves, as it can cause leaf burn!

Growth Rate

When Hoya Green Ghost plants are grown as houseplants, they can reach a mature height of 12 to 24 inches (30 to 60 cm). Keep in mind that this plant grows slow in general. 

Pet Friend or Foe

Hoya Green Ghost is considered non-toxic to pets! Friend!

Pro Tips

  1. You should water your Hoya Green Ghost less often in the colder months!
  2. Although Hoya Green Ghost plants are light feeders, remember to feed them every 4 to 6 weeks during the growing season!
  3. This plant is easy to propagate. You can do so by stem cuttings, which can root in water or directly in soil!
  4. Keep an eye out for house plant pests such as mealybugs or spider mites! If you spot any, ensure you act right away! 

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