Hoya carnosa 'Compacta' is part of the Apocynaceae family and is native to Southern India. These epiphytes have grown in popularity over the past couple of years, it leaves are thick, waxy and ruffled. This variegated cultivar has creamy white edges and occasionally a hint of pink.
They do well in bright light and will grow under grow lights too as they can handle 50-70% direct light. Hoya are very waxy so hold on to water so it's better to leave them to dry out in between watering.
Don't be tempted to cut the brown tips off the vines as this is where all the new growth comes from.
Pot: 14cm diameter.
Foliage: Approximately 20cm.
Secrets to success
Temperature: Average to warm is fine, 16-24°C.
Light: Bright indirect and 2-3 hours direct light.
Watering: Allow to dry out between waterings, we recommend potting into a terracotta pot to absorb excess water.
Air humidity: Average humidity is fine but Hoya will grow faster in a more humid environment. To increase humidity group plants together, mist them, use a humidifier or place your plant on a watered pebble tray.
Fertilising: Feed during spring and summer, dilute synthetic fertiliser to a quarter the recommended amount so you are able to feed each time you're watering (as you don't water very often).
Potting mix: A well draining mix with added bark for aeration and to mimic natural growing conditions.
This plant isn't known to be toxic but would be best kept out of reach of pets and children as the sap is considered to be an irritant.