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Variegated Wax Plant

Hoya carnosa 'Variegata'

Waxvine, Porcelainflower, Hoya, Honey Plant, Hindu Rope, Porcelain Flower

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Awarded a RHS AGM the Hoya carnosa is a common house plant grown for its attractive waxy foliage and sweetly scented flowers. These flowers which last about one week produce lots of nectar and have a strong sweet fragrance that it can fill an entire room at night. It can tolerate the drying climate of a room better than other members of the genus and is less vulnerable to cold temperatures. When grown indoors, the climbing Hoya carnosa can grow quite tall and they are usually grown on small trellises or trained around wire or stakes. When the plant is young and small they can look attractive grouped together in a hanging basket.

Planning

Difficulty
Advanced
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Cuttings
Take stem cuttings (roughly 8-10cm) in spring.

Special features

Geography

Origin
Eastern Asia and Australia.
Natural climate
Lowland tropical rainforests

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Notes
Suitable for containers in conservatories, greenhouses and indoor rooms, grown against walls and up supports.

Personality

Family
Apocynaceae
Flower colour
White, Pink, Red
Scent
Strong

Problems

Can Mealybugs and scale insects.

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