Hoya Carnosa "Wax Plant"

Latin name

Hoya carnosa ‘Gracilis’

Pronounciation

(“HOY-ah kar-NO-sa ‘grah-SILL-iss'”)

Common name

Porcelain Plant

Origin

China, Laos, Taiwan, Japan

How easy is it care for?

Hoya carnosa, also known as the Wax Plant or Porcelain Plant, is a small plant best displayed in a hanging pot or trailing over the edges of a pot on a shelf. This plant has attractive, waxy leaves with subtle variegation, and will produce nectar-rich little pinkish-white flowers in small clusters. These are quite fragrant, especially at night, and have quite thick petals, that look as if they could have been moulded from clay – hence one of its common names – the porcelain plant. The Hoya genus was named after Thomas Hoy, who was the head gardener to the Duke of Northumberland at Syon House in the late 18th Century, and this species has been in cultiavation as a houseplant for over 200 years All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots.

Caring for your plant

Light

Prefers bright light, but will manage in darker, more shaded locations

Watering

Allow the soil to dry out a little between watering

Pruning

The plant can be pruned to maintain a good shape by trimming vines back to a node on the stem

Feeding

A weak solution of fertilizer should be added to the water at every watering

Pest & Diseases

Generally pest free, but keep a look out for mealybugs which, if seen, should be physically removed with a cloth or paper towel.

Mill Pond Nurseries,
Mill Road,
Henham,
CM22 6AA

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