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Hearts, dwarfs, variegateds ... all are hoyas.

Consistently popular as house plants, hoyas offer more variety in leaf shapes and sizes than you may realize. Our sampling above shows the range, from big heart-shaped leaves to miniature compact forms to strikingly variegated leaves in shades of green, yellow, pink, and cream. Fragrant flowers come in shades of white, yellow, pink, or red. Habit can be either trailing, bushy, or climbing. A well-stocked nursery may carry some of the more unusual hoya varieties, but your best bet is a mail-order source.

Write for the catalog or price list of a hoya specialist (except where noted, catalogs are free): Green Plant Research, Box 735, Kaaawa, Hawaii 96730 (ask for the hoya list); Dale Kloppenburg, 6427 N. Fruit Ave., Fresno, Calif. 93711; Marin Cactus Patch, 61 Granada Dr., Corte Madera, Calif. 94925; San Luis Gardens, 4816 Bridgecreek Rd., San Luis Obispo, Calif. 93401.

Plant hoyas in a loose, fast-draining potting mix. Indoors, give them bright light and a fairly cool location (away from heater vents). Outdoors in mild areas, they can grow in a protected spot on a patio. Beware of putting hoyas in intense sun, which can burn or bleach out foliage. Every two to three weeks, feed with a dilute solution of low-nitrogen fertilizer.

Tight quarters help promote bloom, so don't be too quick to more plants into larger containers as they grow.
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