Wax Plant (Hoya carnosa 'Compacta') in the Hoyas Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: 3"-4"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Prefers to be under-potted


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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Dec 5, 2011 10:24 PM

This is a hoya that is sometimes found in local garden centers and nurseries. My plant came as a large healthy plant from a friend. It grew and grew and bloomed its head off for a few years and I took many cuttings to root and give in trades. Unfortunately, the last two winters have taken a toll on this plant. It hasn't recovered and is almost totally gone. Sad

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Mar 17, 2012 4:49 AM

Easy to root from stem cuttings. This is a compact, slow-growing Hoya that is well suited for baskets. Twisted leaves make a very attractive stem that cascades over 1.5 feet. Flowers come in bunches of 20 to 40, hanging from the stems. Very hardy and easily grown, creating large specimens after a few years.

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Posted by Cetflock (Vinita, Oklahoma) on Nov 24, 2019 10:24 AM

I have a Hoya Carnosa Compacta plant. I received it this summer from a friend who did not know how to take care of it.

The plant came to me in a plastic handing container, being way too big and in soaking potting mix. I unpotted the plant and let it sit out out overnight to let the roots dry. Then I re-potted the plant the next day in a lot smaller pot, a Terracotta pot. I re-potted the plant in a soil mixture of 1/3 cactus soil, 1/3 perlite and 1/3 orchid mix and gave it some water.

The plant did perfectly all summer long. New starts were growing. It was time to bring it in for the winter. I had it my kitchen for a few weeks, still doing fine. Then I took it to a back bedroom where the door stays closed and the room stays around 60 degrees. The plant was sitting in a corner getting sun from a West and North window. The West Window has a sheer curtain over it. I went to check up on it about two weeks later. The leaves were turning soft and dropping off. I have four runners, two of them have lost almost all of their leaves. The stem still feels firm. On the other two limbs, their last leaves are turning yellow.

What do I do? I want to try to save this plant. This will be a learning curve for me. I brought the plant back into the living room, where it stays warmer. Still having a few leaves drop. I did not pull up the bare stem.

Do I take off those yellow leaves? My thought was there is no hope for that leaf to recover and it is taking away energy from the rest of the plant. I did notice that these two leaves that are turning yellow have dark spots under the leaves, all round the edges and in the middle. The leaves were still staying green throughout the summer, so I did not remove them.

Now that it's November, do I spray anything on the plant or give it any fertilizer? I have purchased Neem oil for the plant.

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