Since most indoor plants are tropical plants, they thrive in low, indirect and bright lights. Normally, direct sunlight is about 32,000-100,000 lux, i.e. the unit of illuminance. 100 lux or less is considered low intensity or indirect lighting, and about 400 lux would be bright lighting. Anything above 1000 lux is considered high intensity lighting. So, plants preferring low light should be kept in places which don’t receive direct sunlight. For indirect sunlight, plants should be placed at least 3 feet away from windows streaming direct sunlight. Plants thriving in bright light can be placed next to a sunny window. It is always beneficial for plants to get some sunlight once in a while.
Due to their trailing habit, hoya plants look really good in hanging baskets. If you have decided to keep this plant in your garden or indoors, you need to have an idea about the conditions that will encourage profuse flowering. If the right conditions are not provided, the plant might not bloom and the foliage might not remain succulent and healthy.
The most common species, called Acalypha hispida, is an evergreen plant with a thick foliage. It blooms throughout the year, and the bright red catkins are long and furry. Being dioecious, male and female flowers develop on separate plants. While female flowers are long and brilliantly colored, male flowers are inconspicuous. So, plants sold by garden centers and nurseries are usually females. They are ideal as accent plants, hedges, or borders.
Acalypha hispida can be grown as hanging plants too. Apart from that, another species, called Acalypha pendula, has shorter catkins and small, serrated leaves. This trailing variety is ideal for hanging baskets and containers and is popular as dwarf chenille plant. Otherwise known as strawberry firetail, this plant can be grown as ground cover too.