How do you care for a Wax Plant Hoya?

wax plant hoya

The Wax Plant Hoya can produce one of the most magnificent flowers in the world, at least in my opinion. Its colour, shape and perfection make it an incredible wonder of nature. In Malta, it is sometimes called “Pjanta tax-Xemgħa”, which is also translated to Wax Plant. The plant gets its name from the shape and touch of its leaves, which tend to be thick and similar to wax in texture. The vines of the Hoya plant are also very beautiful, especially indoors where they can add a touch of class to one’s home. Whilst the plants originate from India, they are named after Thomas Hoym.

Growing Wax Plant Hoya indoors

Wax Plant Hoya’s are relatively simple to care for, especially indoors. They normally require plenty of light (no direct sunlight) and enjoy high humidity. Wax Plant Hoya’s can live for many years and have therefore been passed from one generation to the next. A limited level of attention and knowledge is required to care for it, and therefore it is a suitable plant for a beginner gardener. Having said that, flowers are quite difficult and rare unless the perfect conditions are met.

Wax Plant Hoya Propagation

One of the easiest ways to propagate Hoyas is by cuttings. You can keep cuttings in water (change the water regularly, for example, every 3 days) and the plant should propagate without much effort. The cutting will need around two years for it to develop and become a mature plant that can bloom and produce those beautiful flowers. The ease of propagation enables you to pass this one to friends and families, and it can make for a beautiful and original gift.

Wax Plant Hoya Caring

Hoya plants need plenty of light but do not enjoy direct sunlight. Exposure to the very hot sun may eventually burn the plant’s leaves. The soil needs to be kept moist but not too wet. In my case, I prefer watering my Wax Plant Hoya outside, where I can water well and let any excess water drain out of the bottom of the pot. Do not water too much, especially if kept in a plant tray or saucer.


I am showing below some photos of my beloved Hoya. What about you? Do you have any Hoya photos you would like to share? Feel free to comment below or send me your photos on, and I will feature them on the website and social media. Happy gardening!

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