4.7 out of 5 (123 experiences)
With over 500 species and even more cultivars, there's a Hoya out there for everyone! They're native to Southeast Asia and their common name, waxplant, refers to their thick, waxy leaves which help them retain water in the heat. They're excellent climbers and will take off if you give them a trellis to grow on. Their other-worldly, star-shaped flowers are often fragrant and come in brilliant shades of red, pink, yellow, and more!
Also known as
Wax Plant, Star of David Plant, Hoya motoskei and Porcelain Flower 'Krinkle 8'
How to care for Waxplant
Waxplant needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Boston, Massachusetts.
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February 4th, 2023
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Boston is currently low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determinin…
February 6th, 2023
Boston is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Boston is expected to increase by 49.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 9.5 megajoules of energy per m2 per …
February 5th, 2023
This month, Boston is getting an average of 6.6 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will increase by 14.6% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.5 total hours of dayl…
Waxplant may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.
Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Boston, Massachusetts ⛅.
Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Waxplant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
What other plant parents say
This beauty with her speckled leaves and majestic tendrils is an amazing plant to keep and love for years!Play around with light, fertiliser, humidity and watering to find the perfect combo for your Hoya, just sit back and watch her respond thankfully.
We went through some terrible fungus gnats when she was first given to me, however one hydrogen peroxide bath and lots of neem oil + a few sticky traps and she came out stronger and happier then ever. Best part is, hoya’s don’t mind the dry out in between to kill off those little pests!