I got an email over the weekend from Donna. She sent me some pictures of her supervisor’s office plant. She would like to know what it is and how to propagate it. It is a pretty cool looking plant!
(The following photos were sent by Donna)
It turns out to be a Hoya carnosa, or Wax Plant. It certainly looks waxy, even the flowers!
It is one of 100 species of Hoya that are native to Eastern Asia and Australia. It is a member of the milkweed family… the scientific name of the hoya is Asclepiadaceae. Milkweeds are called Asclepias.
It does best in at least four hours of bright sunlight, but can also be grown in bright indirect light. It likes cool nights (60-65°) and daytime temperatures of 70 degrees or warmer.
Water as much as you like while it is flowering, which is during the summer, but allow the soil to become almost dry in between watering when the plant is not flowering. They like to be fertilized every 2 months in the spring and summer.. and don’t remove the leafless spurs or stubs since that is where the new flowers appear every year.
You can propagate this plant by just taking a cutting or by air layering. If you include one or more pairs of leaves it will produce roots quickly in water or damp sand.
It may take a while to get it to bloom, but it looks like a gorgeous plant to have in your home or office! Enjoy.