Also known as
Fleshy-Leaved Wax Flower, Porcelain Flower, Honeyplant, Waxflower, Wax plant
NKN-2007-06-13 114250 Hoya Carnosa (Yvan Leduc author for Wikipedia) by Yvan leduc (CC BY-SA 3.0)
10 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Wax Plant Overview
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.
Common problems with Wax Plant
Mealy bugs may be a problem when grown indoors.
How to harvest Wax Plant
Generally not harvested
How to propagate Wax Plant
Take 7cm stem tip cuttings in spring, they should include at least 1 pair of leaves. Hoyas will root easily in moist potting mix.
Air-layering can be done in spring or summer
Special features of Wax 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.
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.
Other uses of Wax Plant
Hanging basket, indoors, greenhouse
Grown as ornamental plants both indoors and outdoors.