PLANT OF THE WEEKScientific name:Hoya species.
Common name:Wax flower
There are some plants that quietly go about their business without too much fuss making them a little unnoticed in your garden.
- So why is it that they're not stars in the garden?
I'm talking with Karen Smith editor of Hort Journal, www.hortjournal.com.au and President of the Interior Plantscape Association.
You could best describe hoyas as evergreen perennial twining creepers or vines.
- They have simple entire fleshy leaves in opposite pairs.
- The leaf shape varies considerably, with one species having heart shaped leaves: Hoya kerrii.
- being in the Apocynaceae family, their stems often exude a sticky substance.
- Most hoya don’t mind being a little rootbound, as they are used to growing epiphytically, so I don’t often repot my hoya.
Bring them indoors or grow them outside, either under cover, under the shade of a tree, or if you’re in cold climate, in a green house.
- Easy to grow from cuttings-just need a node or two and a leaf to take root.
- Some have chlorophyll in their stems and only need a node to take root.
- Should you ever feel the need, here'as a basic recipe.
- 50% peat, 20% potting mix and 30% perlite.
- Or you could just use Scotts Osmocote Orchid Mix.