Hoya kentiana – Indoor Plants
Hoya kentiana is the most popular unique flowering plant. It has narrow, thick, green leaves (3-5 inches long and 1.5 cm wide) with a dark margin around the edges which can turn red when it gets bright light. It produces umbels of 5 to 20 small star-shaped flowers that are purple with yellow centers and it has a thin light green stalk. The flowers are heavily scented with a slightly unpleasant fragrance and may produce excess nectar that drips from the flowers. It blooms from spring to late summer. It is perfectly suited for pots or a hanging basket.
Species: H. kentiana
Scientific Name: Hoya kentiana
Common Names: Wax plant Kentiana, Porcelain Flower, Hoya Plant, Wax plant.
How to grow and care for Hoya kentiana
It thrives best in bright, indirect light or full morning sun in order to store up enough energy to be able to produce spurs, where the flowers grow from, and bloom. But strong direct sunlight will burn and bleach the color from the leaves. Also, it does well under artificial light making it ideal for office environments.
This plant requires soil that is rich, aerated and drains well. Use a natural soil mix that really helps my wax plant prosper and grow. It is produced using naturally fertilized soil, compost, worm castings, and fine fir bark.
Water your plant altogether spring through fall, allowing the soil to dry out a bit between each watering. Flowering wax plants are thirsty but don’t like to sit in soggy soil. Be sure to use a pot with drainage holes and empty the drainage tray. Use room-temperature water for your tropical plants. Coldwater can shock them. In winter, water sparingly giving the plant just enough to keep the soil from drying out completely.
Keep it warm year-cycle (65-75°F/18-24°C), with a base the temperature of 60°F/16°C. These wonderful blossoms are tropical plants, so you would prefer not to keep them in greatly cool temperatures.
Fertilize monthly during the spring and summer with a water-soluble plant food diluted to half the recommended strength. Use a fertilizer high in potassium to encourage Hindu Rope plants to bloom.
Hoya kentiana can be easily propagated by cuttings. Take 3 inches (7 cm) stem tip cuttings in spring. Cuttings should include at least 1 pair of leaves. They will root easily in a moist potting mix.
Pests and Diseases
Hoya kentiana may be susceptible to aphids, mealybugs, and other sap-sucking pests. Also susceptible to some fungal infections if they are not receiving proper care. Usually, regular treatment with a natural organic neem oil spray is enough to get rid of pests from your evergreen plants.
Hoya kentiana plants contain latex which is a skin irritant and is considered toxic, therefore keeps away from children and animals.