Wax plants are the latest gardening fad
A new variety of flowering plant has become the centre of attraction of house gardens recently. These flowers bloom in clusters and look as if made of wax. The star shaped, fragrant flowers are the major reason for the popularity of wax plants. This plant is commonly found in Myanmar, Sikkim, Thailand, and North East states of India. Wax plants bloom in Kerala usually after the monsoon season.
Wax plants are grown using its stem or leaf. The tiny star shaped flowers form the flower bunches. Its leaves are rather thick and gather water inside of it. The flowers bloom at night, in different colours like red, white, purple, yellow, and rose, spreading pleasant fragrance. Hoya Carnosa and Hoya Kerri are the two major varieties of wax plants.
The Heart Leaf Hoya (Hoya Kerri) is grown using its leaves. The heart shaped leaves of the plant is the attraction of the plant. Other varieties are grown by planting their stem. Mix some red soil with a mixture of worm compost, coconut husk, sand and cow dung powder. Fill a polythene cover with this mixture and plant the stem or leaf of the wax plant variety.
Before planting the stem, its seep should be dried. Dip the stem in some rooting hormone and then plant it. There should be slight moisture inside the cover. When new shoots appear on the planted stem, it indicates that the plant has rooted. The leaves form after the stem grows in a length of 1-2 feet. After two weeks, it can be replanted to a flower pot.
Hoya Kerri’s flowers are star-shaped and the flower bunch looks much alike a ball. The white flowers have a red star on top of them and a golden spot in the centre. Hoya Carnosa’s flower is a mix of yellow, white and red colours, and is rather spherical in shape. The leaves of Heart Leaf Hoya are evergreen. At least one-year-old leaves of the plant is chosen for planting. We can draw messages and pictures on its leaves, and it can be kept for years.