The Q&A Archives: Hoya Bella

Question: I have tried in vain to purchase a "hoya bella" plant. My friend gave me one and I love it and I lovingly care for it but I would like another one. I cannot find one or order one anywhere. Can you supply me with a hoya bella? The one that I am looking for is a trailing plant with little leaves and have beautiful clusters of wax-like star flowers. Not the chinese rope plant that nurseries try to substitue.

Answer: Unfortunately there are many varieties of hoya (Hoya carnosa or wax plant or sometimes called Hindu rope or any number of interesting names) and the different types are practically given "collectible" status, so I'm not sure which one you have. Some varieties are "rope-like" and others are not, so I am fairly sure you have a hoya of some kind. The best I can suggest is to keep asking and looking, particularly among foliage plant specialty houses such as Logees Greenhouses 141 North St., Danielson, CT 06239 (860-774-8038) or or possibly try propagating it yourself by rooting a few tip cuttings. These can take several months to root, but it is always worth a try and spring is a good time to try it.

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