Hoya carnosa

By Lee Anne Stark (threegardeners) on March 11, 2010

That plant lovingly referred to as wax plant, that every Grandmother had on the mantle.

The waxplant. Hoya carnosa.

Most Hoya are fussy creatures needing heaven only knows what kind of specific care. Not the carnosa. It is, by far, the easiest of the Hoya. This one pretty much thrives on neglect. I keep mine tucked to the side of a north window and water it maybe once or twice a month. It rewards me with shiny new leaves and blooms that smell heavenly.

The flowers are highly scented, and they smell only at night. You can tell that H. carnosa is blooming before you walk into the room.

The only problem I have encountered growing this is the very occasional bout with mealy bugs. They're easily taken care of with a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol, or for heavy infestations, Neem oil.2010-03-11/threegardeners/f00dd4 2010-03-11/threegardeners/b5984b

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About Lee Anne Stark
Having over 150 house plants, you could say that I live in a jungle!
They keep me occupied during our long, cold Canadian winters.

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