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Hoya carnosa

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Hoya Carnosa, also known as Wax Plant or Porcelain Flower, is an attractive and easy-to-grow houseplant native to East Asia and Australia. Its thick, waxy leaves and fragrant, star-shaped flowers make it a popular choice for indoor gardeners. Follow these care instructions to keep your Hoya Carnosa healthy and thriving:

  1. Light: Place your Hoya Carnosa in a location with bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some direct sunlight, but prolonged exposure to intense sun can scorch the leaves. A spot near an east or west-facing window is ideal.

  2. Water: Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Water your Hoya Carnosa when the top 1-2 inches of soil feels dry to the touch. Water thoroughly until it drains from the bottom of the pot, and then allow the excess water to drain completely. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot.

  3. Humidity: Hoya Carnosa prefers moderate humidity levels. To increase humidity, you can place a tray filled with water and pebbles underneath the pot, mist the leaves occasionally, or use a humidifier.

  4. Temperature: Maintain a temperature range of 60-85°F (15-29°C) for optimal growth. Hoya Carnosa can tolerate a range of temperatures but avoid sudden temperature changes and keep the plant away from drafts or cold windows.

  5. Fertilizer: Feed your Hoya Carnosa with a balanced liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Use a half-strength solution to avoid over-fertilizing. Reduce feeding to once every 2-3 months during fall and winter.

  6. Pruning: Prune your Hoya Carnosa as needed to maintain its shape and size. Remove any yellow or brown leaves and trim the tips if they become damaged. You can also pinch back the growing tips to encourage bushier growth.

  7. Repotting: Repot your Hoya Carnosa every 2-3 years or when the roots outgrow the pot. Choose a well-draining potting mix and a pot that is 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the current one. Be gentle when handling the roots, and water the plant thoroughly after repotting.

  8. Pest control: Keep an eye out for common pests such as aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites. Treat any infestations with insecticidal soap or neem oil, following the manufacturer's instructions.

Pet-friendly or toxic to pets?
According to the ASPCA, Hoya Carnosa is considered non-toxic to cats and dogs. This plant is considered pet-friendly, making it a suitable choice for households with pets that may be prone to chewing on plants. However, it's always best to discourage your pets from chewing on plants, as even non-toxic plants can cause mild digestive upset if ingested in large quantities. If you have concerns about your pet's health, contact your veterinarian.