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Wax Plant

Hoya memoria

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Partial Shade
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 a green succulent Hoya memoria plant
A close up of a Hoya memoria leaf

Wax Plant Overview

Hoya memoria is also known by the names Wax Plant, Wax Vine and Wax Flower, amongst others. It is a climbing vine species in the Apocynaceae family, that produces thick, waxy leaves that can have purple colouring upon emergence. 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 Philippines. where they grow in trees. They are fast-growing and respond well to pruning.

Common problems with Wax Plant

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.