Hi Judy, I recently adopted this plant from a friend who’s mom who passed away, they were unsure as to what this plant is called or even the conditions and care it needs. Please help ! Thanks, Andrea
Your plant is a hoya plant. They are often referred to as Wax Plants because of the waxy nature of their leaves and flowers. Under the proper conditions all Hoya Plants produce five-pointed, star shaped, fragrant flowers that come in red, white, pink, purple, yellow, orange, and even black. Hoya Plants are perfect to hang in front of a bright sunny window
Hoya Plants do best and bloom more often in very bright light. They are one of the few indoor houseplants that can even thrive in direct sun. Although Hoya Plants can adapt to lower light, they grow slower and do not produce the fragrant waxy flowers that are so beautiful.
Hoya Plants are Succulent Plants. The soil of a Hoya Plant should dry out before being watered. These plants do thrive on neglect, but need additional water when in bloom.
Feed a Hoya Plant monthly with a balanced houseplant food at 1/2 the recommended strength when it is actively growing.
Hoya Plants can adapt to almost any moderate temperature, but prefer 60-65 degrees at night and 70-80 degrees during the day.
New flowers develop on the older stems of a Hoya Plant so never cut off the old flower stems.
You can read more about hoya plants in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.