Named Wax Plant for its thick waxy leaves, or sometimes Porcelain Flower for its large clusters of beautiful clusters of almost surreally perfect white or pink flowers, this variety has a heavenly halo of cream variegation around each leaf.
A semi-succulent, Hoya carnosa stores water in its thick waxy leaves which makes it an incredibly easy plant to care for - just don't over-water it!
Native to lowland tropical rainforests of Asia, where it grows as a semi-epiphtye - it uses trees as a structure to climb for light and roots into their bark and any organic material it finds nestled between branches. Like many epiphytes, species of Hoya have evolved strategies to cope with unreliable access to water high in the canopy, and are accustomed to being very root-bound in the limited pockets of organic material they root into along their climb into the canopy.
The flower clusters of Hoya are a real miracle of nature, appearing in semi-spherical clusters of velvety pink or white stars, and releasing a heavenly scent from the copious nectar they produce.
Most species are somewhat shade tolerant, but variegated kinds like this one need a bit more bright light to thrive.
The accepted botanical name is Hoya carnosa 'Albomarginata', but is also often referred to as Hoya carnosa 'Varigata' and Hoya carnose 'Tricolor'. It's commonly known as Wax Plant, Porcelain Flower and Wax Flower.
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The most important aspect to the health of any house plant is finding a spot which meets it’s basic needs for light, temperature and water.
Perfecting the environment and ensuring long-term care needs are met will take your plant from surviving to thriving.
Read through these care instructions for Hoya carnosa 'Albomarginata' (aka Hoya carnosa 'Varigata', Hoya carnose 'Tricolor'), and remember if you need help, we’re an email away.
Hoya are well adapted to having a constrained root system - and it's often said that being root-bound encourages abundant flowering - so don't rush to repot.
Top-dress the plant each year by adding a small 0.5-1cm layer of fresh compost mix to the top of the soil if there's room in the pot. When topdressing or re-potting, use a rich high quality compost mixed with material like coconut coir or orchid bark to ensure the mix is free-draining as Hoya hate soggy roots.
A top-dressing of fresh compost is usually enough to keep Hoya happy, but if there's no room in the pot, you can feed once a month with a half-strength organic plant food to provide some nutrition while keeping mineral build up in the compost to a minimum.
You can prune long tendrils and use them as cuttings to start new plants or pot back into the same pot. Just be sure not to prune the short stems it puts out, as these will form the flowering stems the following year.
While many species of Hoya are shade tolerant and don't like too much direct sunlight, we've found that this kind of Hoya prefers a bit more light and will be happy in direct sun most of the year. If it's in a really bright spot like a south-facing conservatory, give it a spot where it will get a bit of rest from the sun throughout the day and keep a close eye on it in the hotter months to make sure it's not getting scorched leaves.
A spot with bright indirect light like a north facing window or a position set slightly back from full sun exposure will be the safest bet for keeping this kind of Wax Plant happy.
Although Hoya are tropical rainforest plants, they're not too demanding of humidity thanks to their fleshy waxy leaves. Treat them more like a succulent than a tropical plant.
During the growing season, water the plant thoroughly but infrequently, ensuring the roots are never sitting in water and allowing the compost to dry out entirely between waterings. Hoya hate soggy roots and will easily succumb to root rot if regularly overwatered.
Water much less in the winter, when the plant is dormant; cold, wet compost over winter is an invitation for root-rot. Keep the soil consistently dry and just adding a dribble of water occasionally, but never fully soaking it.
Keep away from draughts. Night time temperatures can drop as low as 5-8º but we recommend keeping things consistently above 12º to ensure your Wax Plant stays happy.
You're much more likely to kill your Hoya with love than with neglect. Give it the light and heat it need and be sure you don't overwater or overfeed it and you'll find it a breeze.
Hoya are non-toxic for pets and people.