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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
How often to water your 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 San Jose, California.
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Water 0.5 cups every
Check the growing potential in your area
A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.
San Jose, California
Finding light for Waxplant in your home
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 San Jose, California ⛅.
How to fertilize Waxplant
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.
Waxplant is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!
Waxplant thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Waxplant may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Waxplant is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.
Waxplant doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.
Waxplant does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
Waxplant should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
Waxplant does not have a typical pattern of dormancy. If you notice their growth slowing down substantially, double check that they are getting enough sunlight and water to thrive!
Waxplant is native to Southeast Asia and Australia.
Waxplant produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.
Waxplant is a naturally climbing plant and can be trained to climb indoors if you provide a moss pole or trellis. The newest growth will emerge from the end of the stems.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Waxplant can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Waxplant can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:
- Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
- To get the cutting to root, you can either:
- Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
- Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.
Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Waxplant. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.
Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!
Care Summary for Waxplant
0.5 cups every 12 days
< 3ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in San Jose, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.
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!