Hoya Leaves Turning Yellow: Causes & Fixes

Hoya plants are one of the most famous houseplants that many people love to own and take care of them. Just as many other houseplants, a hoya plant also helps a lot with the way that a specific room looks, as it brings if I can say joy to the place where you put it.

Well, in order to look good and complete the design of your rooms, you have to do something, right? That means that this type of plant has its own needs and there are some things that it is in search of, and you are the one that should give them to the hoya plant. A way of telling that the plant doesn’t feel too good is its leaves turning yellow, and it is the main reason why we are gathered here!

In this article, you will find information regarding some of the main reasons why the leaves of your hoya plant are becoming yellow. Also, I will mention to you the things that you can do in order to prevent this issue.

Without losing your time, let us find out more about hoya leaves turning yellow!

Why Are My Hoya Leaves Turning Yellow?

Being an amazing and pretty houseplant, hoya can be put in many different houses and rooms as well. It is definitely a type of plant that deserves to be planted. It is a type of tropical plant that comes from the botanic family Apocynaceae, and it is also known as Hoya Carnosa.

Anyways, there are reasons that its leaves may turn yellow which include lighting, watering, temperature, nutrients, pests, and stress.

Let me go into more detail about the reasons mentioned!


Lighting is one of the most commons reason that a hiya plant leaf may turn yellow. However, if it is given properly as it should, there is no damage caused. Still, light is one of the most important things to consider as too much or too little light is mostly diagnosed through the leaves of the hoya plant.


Just like light, water is also one of the essential things that every plant cannot live without. If the amount of water given to your hoya plant is over or under the normal form, the plant goes into a “sickness” and basically the first symptoms are shown on the leaves, they become yellow.


As I mentioned above, hoya plants are known as tropical plants, and that shows that these plants can easily handle high temperatures, but if the temperature is too low, the leaves can turn yellow faster than you can ever imagine.


Food is one of the most important things that every living creature needs and plants are definitely no exception. When it comes to the use of different nutrients, you should know that just as in watering, there may happen to overfeed and underfeed. If you use too much or too little nutrients on your hoya plant, the leaves turn yellow.


In my opinion, pests are the most annoying things that every gardener or a plant owner has to deal with, and in hoya plants, they appear super quickly. It is essential to know that whenever there are pests or insects of any kind in a hoya plant, its leaves in a way tell you that it needs protection from them.


Being the “sickness of the century” stress can also be caused in your hoya plant as well, and let me say that it is not a good thing. In a hoya plant stress can happen easily when you transplant the plant and not being able to be adapted to the new place, the plant has its own stress. That stress that is caused by the transplantation leads to leaves turning yellow.

Things to Do: How to Prevent Hoya Leaves From Turning Yellow?

Just like there are reasons, there are some other things that one might consider, and not deal with yellow leaves on a hoya plant in any way. There are things that you can do so that you can prevent this issue in the best way possible. Let me mention some of them, all based on the reasons that I mentioned above!


You should always have in mind the fact that a hoya plant loves the light, but it is better if you leave it on a direct one for about 2 hours. It is definitely even better if you use that direct light during the morning when everything is fresh.


In general way of speaking, a hoya plant needs water once every 14 days (two weeks), but still, there’s a way of checking the soil, in order to be more concerned about whether there is water needed. If the soil is too dry, you can water it once a week.


A preferable temperature for a hoya plant is 60 – 85°F (15 – 29 °C), and if it goes under, you better change the place in which you have it put (not planted).


One of the most important nutrients that can be used in a Hoya plant is  Nitrogen! It is one of the best things that you can use because it gives to the plant whatever it may need.


The best way of dealing with pests is to take them fully out of the roots or the leaves of a hoya plant. If they “refuse” to do so, you can change the place of the plant by repotting it.

However, you should have in mind the stress that I am about to mention!


When it comes to the stress part, just like many plant owners, I think that it is a normal process! Basically, everything that changes the place they live, they need some time to get used to it. If you notice that the hoya plant is stressed and the leaves turn yellow because of stress, you should just wait and don’t panic.

Final Words

Coming to the end, you can notice that taking care of a hoya plant is easy and basically you should deal with it just as with many other plants.  It has its own needs, and if you do them properly as you should, you can be more than sure that it will live healthy and in the best way possible.

In order to deal with the yellow leaves on a hoya plant, you should just take a look at the things that you can do to prevent this issue, which included watering, lighting, and some other important things.

I really hope that this article will help you find out what is hidden behind hoya leaves turning yellow!

Further Reading

While finishing this article, I would like to mention for you the readers, something else that I have already written.

If your concern isn’t on the yellow color, but instead you own other plants and their leaves are turning brown, I definitely have something for you! If you are an owner of a fiddle leaf fig, you might want to know the reasons why its leaves turn brown, right? Or, if you are a fan of a fern plant, it is important to mention why the leaves on a fern are turning brown.

In case your concern is at something else, again related to brown leaves, you might want to take a look at my article regarding eucalyptus leaves turning brown, or the euonymus leaves turning brown!

Check those articles out, and stay tuned for some more!

Ella Holmes

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