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Hoya carnosa

Wax plant

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  • Hoya carnosa | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018
  • Hoya carnosa | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018
  • Hoya carnosa | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018

Features

  • BloomsMarch to September
  • Height4m to 6.5m
  • Spread0.3m
  • Growth HabitClimbing
  • Flower ColourWhite, pink centred red
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Hoya carnosa (Wax plant). The common name for this species is the Wax Plant, which is ideally grown in the greenhouse or hanging basket. It is a semi-succulent climbing vine with thick, shiny evergreen foliage and densely clustered flowering heads of star-shaped pink, white or red blossoms. They will need full sun or light shade and well drained, humus-rich soil. Keep them well-watered during the growing period in the spring and summer and less during winter. Propagation can be by root cuttings in late spring to early summer, semi-ripe cuttings in summer or seeds indoors year-round.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Other common names

Honey plant, Wax flower

Origin

S. China, Australia

Interest and use

Hanging basket, indoors, greenhouse

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  • Hoya carnosa | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018
  • Hoya carnosa | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018
  • Hoya carnosa | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018

Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Stems require support. Cut back and thin out crowded stems after flowering or in spring.

Propagation

Propagation can be by root cuttings in late spring to early summer, semi-ripe cuttings in summer or seeds indoors year-round.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mealy bugs scale insects.

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