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Wax Plant

English Name

Hoya

Scientific Name

Description

Hoya bella and Hoya carnosa both with waxy leaves and the flowers are waxy white with a rose crimson or violet center which hang down in groups. Hoya carnosa is a climber with larger and quite glossy leaves. Hoya bella does well in a hanging basket.

India

Origin

Apocynaceae

Family

64°F - 70°F

Temperature (°F)

10" - 1'

Height (feet/inches)

Perennial

Life Cycle

Yes

Fragrance

Color

Watering

Water weekly in Spring and Summer, reduce to every 14 days in Winter.

Feeding

Feed every 14 days from Spring to late Summer.

Repotting

Re-pot into a peat-based compost only when the plant is pot-bound.

Propagation

Cuttings of one year old shoots can be rooted in a heated propagator in Spring or younger shoots can be layered into pots of cutting compost during Summer.

Cultivation

An East or West facing windowsill suits them well. The climbing species should be trained around wire hoops, up trellis or over tripods of canes.

Tips

Hoya bella should not be placed on polished furniture because the flowers produce sticky nectar which can fall in droplets and causing damage.

Care

Place plant in warm room avoiding the mid-day sun in Summer. Keep plant in full sun in Winter. Mealy bugs and scale insects are common pests.

Humidity

Spray twice weekly with tepid water, except when the flowers are open.

Soil

Peat-based compost.



Did you know?

All parts of the oleander (Nerium oleander), a beautiful Mediterranean-native flowering shrub, are poisonous. Ingesting oleander leaves can cause gastrointestinal, cardiac, and central nervous system problems and possible death.