Hoya carnosa - wax plant - grows with long, slender vines which are covered with thick, green leathery leaves. The leaves are sometimes flecked with silvery or creamy white. The wax plant will produce parachute clusters of star-shaped, flowers with five-point centers, very variable in colour. The flowers are so intricately detailed, uniformly shaped and shiny and therefore also called porcelain flower.
Hoya Carnosa Red is a beautiful wax plant with thick, pointy-leaves which vary from deep green to brownish red in colour when sun-stressed.It gets its name from the clusters of star-shaped, stunningly deep red flowers it can produce when blooming, the fragrance is very heady and fills the house with a sweet, lovely fragrance.
Easy to grow & don't require much attention. Hoya do best in filtered light or with lots of artificial light in indoors.
Hoya plants don't ask for much, beyond the well-draining soil and the warm humid conditions (similar to bromeliads and orchids)
They are epyphite, can be grown in orchid medium or light potting mix with lots of bark conditioner. Hoya like the security of a snug pot, and plants that are a bit root bound will flower more prolifically than those that are swimming around in a giant pot.
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds .
It makes a nice hanging basket, but also does really well as a mounted plant
Hoyas like medium to bright indirect light. It detests direct sunlight and dark corners!
Hoya plants are very sensitive to over watering. To avoid this always keep a Hoya in a pot with a drainage hole. Use well drained soil or coco peat and perlite mix to make sure the excess water gets drained out. Water the Hoya only when the soil is completely dry. If it is moist you can let it be for a couple of days before checking on it again. It is better to under water than over water your Hoya plant!
Don't cut the long tendrils of your Hoya as the leaves and flowers develop from these!