A picture of a Wax Plant

Wax Plant

Hoya multiflora

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

10b

USDA zone

2°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

8m

Max

1.5m

4m

Min

1m

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Wax Plant

A close up of some white Hoya multiflora flowers
A close up of a green Hoya multiflora plant with yellow white flowers
Some white flower on a Hoya multiflora plant
A close up of a green Hoya multiflora plant in bud

Wax Plant Overview

Hoya multiflora is also known by the name Shooting Stars Wax Plant, it is a climbing vine with thick, waxy leaves and beautiful white-yellow flowers which look like shooting stars. The flowers do not look real, they look like shiny wax sculptures and have a delicate slight fragrance. They are often grown indoors as house plants and like a bright humid environment. Outdoors they are from the tropics where they grow in trees. They are fast-growing and respond well to pruning. The plants should be fed month from spring to autumn with a fertilizer suitable for epiphytic plants.

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

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

Seed

Special features of Wax Plant

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

Other uses of Wax Plant

Ornamental

Grown as ornamental plants both indoors and outdoors.