Hoya pachyclada Kerr
Porcelain Flower, Wax Plant
Hoya pachyclada is a beautiful plant with usually short, densely clothed stems with very thick fleshy green leaves with red edges and visible veins. It is much slower growing than almost all other Hoyas. Leaves are obovate, up to 4.8 inches (12 cm) long, and up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) wide. Old leaves may be more than 0.25 inches (0.6 cm) thick. The apex of the leaves is blunt, while the base is wedge-shaped or rounded. The gorgeous, fragrant flowers are white and glossy and usually appear arranged in perfect ball-shaped clusters of 20 to 25 flowers on up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long stalks. You can see these flowers in the spring and summer. The corolla is waxy, up to 0.7 inches (1.8 cm) across, and varies in color from cream or very pale greenish-white to yellowish. The corona is white or pale cream and usually reddish at the center.
USDA hardiness zones 11a to 11b: from 40 °F (+4.4 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Hoyas don't ask for much beyond the well-draining soil and the warm, humid conditions that many tropical flowers crave. They don't like wet feet or heavy soil, and as many grow as epiphytes in nature. Give them at least a half-day of sunshine and bring them indoors when temperatures drop below 50 °F (10 °C).
Hoya finishes blooming, leave the flower stalk, as it may produce new flowers. Removing the stalk forces the plant to produce a new stalk, which delays blooming and wastes its energy. They are light feeders, and a monthly drink of compost tea or dilute fish emulsion provides all the nutrition these tropicals need. Hoyas like the security of a snug pot, and plants that are a bit root-bound will flower more prolifically than those swimming around in a giant pot.
Propagate Hoyas by cuttings of top growth or by leaf cuttings. The average cutting or leaf start will produce a blooming plant in 2 years or less. The easiest method of propagation is by layering.
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