Plant Care Waxvine


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Waxvine has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Waxvine has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Waxvine

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!


Hoya australis

Also known as

Common waxflower

How to care for Waxvine


How often to water your Waxvine

Water needs for Waxvine
0.5 cups
every 12

Waxvine needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Waxvine

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Waxvine in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Waxvine: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Waxvine may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Waxvine in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Waxvine

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Waxvine: repot after 2X growth

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 Waxvine after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Water Needs
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Care Summary for Waxvine



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

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Waxvine has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 3
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