Wax Plant

Hoya carnosa

Fleshy-Leaved Wax Flower, Porcelain Flower, Honeyplant, Waxflower

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Hoya carnosa is also known by the name Wax Plant, amongst other common names. It is a climbing vine species in the Apocynaceae family, that produces thick, waxy leaves. Hoya blooms are among the most exquisite blooms in creation! The white/pale pink star-shaped blooms look almost unreal - they resemble porcelain flowers - and have a delicate fragrance at night. They are often grown indoors as house plants and like a bright humid environment. They are originally from the tropics where they grow in trees. They are fast-growing and respond well to pruning.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Cuttings

Take 7cm stem tip cuttings in spring, they should include at least 1 pair of leaves. Hoyas will root easily in moist potting mix.

Layering

Air-layering can be done in spring or summer

Special features

Indoor plant

Bright indirect light year-round is needed, some direct sun is fine, but shade plants from harsh summer sun, which can scorch foliage. Hoyas will live in low light, but will not bloom.

Pot plant

Hoyas like an open potting medium that allows some air to get to the roots. Typical mixes include large-grade drainage material such as perlite, pumice, or ceramic balls.

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

Eastern Asia, Australia

Natural climate

Temperate, sub-tropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Chalk, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Ornamental

Grown as ornamental plants both indoors and outdoors.

Personality

Family

Apocynaceae

Flower colour

Pink, White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Mealy bugs may be a problem when grown indoors.
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