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Hoya carnosa


This species is found in Queensland, East India, in southern China (Fujian, Guangdong and Yunnan provinces, and Guangxi autonomous region), Taiwan, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Japanese islands of Kyushu and Ryukyu, where it grows in humid subtropical forests, and the Fiji Islands.  Hoya carnosa prefers bright light, but will tolerate much less. Though it will tolerate low temperatures (but not freezing), the optimal temperature is 16–29°C. It benefits from an open potting medium that allows some air to get to the roots. Typical mixes include large-grade drainage material such as perlite, pumice, or bark balls. The plants should be fed regularly with Flowering Orchid Tucker from early spring and then Growing Orchid Tucker when finished flowering. Moderate your watering regime in accordance to your temperatures i.e. weekly in summer to every two weeks in winter. If in doubt, err on the side of under-watering. Studies at the University of Georgia, published in 2009, have shown H. carnosa to be an excellent remover of pollutants in the indoor environment. It has a cluster of pale pink star-like flowers that are heavily scented and produce a sugary nectar.  The plant photo is an example of what you can expect to receive. They are staked upright and are approximately 60cm tall - you can choose to train them up a framework or have them hanging down. The plants are long cuttings that have been well established in their pots and are sending out multiple growths.