Hoya bella, Waxflower or miniature wax plant (Hoya lanceolata bella) has long been a favorite trailing plant for gardens or indoor spaces that have high humidity. It's a pretty plant, with star-shaped white wax-like flowers centered with a rose pink colored mini flower within a flower. For those who don't much like tending to plants, this is a fairly low-maintenance choice that should please.
Purchase the plant. Hoya Bella should be available from your nursery or garden center. If not, the plant can be purchased online.
You can grow this plant from a cutting. Take herbaceous or woody stem cuttings in the summer. It will produce roots fairly quickly.
Select a container. This plant is a tropical or a tender perennial and is best kept in a container for bringing inside during harsh winter months. Hanging baskets are an ideal container for Hoya bella.
If grown outdoors in the garden, the plant will need support (such as a trellis or climbing fence) and you need to live in a year-round warm climate. It can be grown well against a wind-sheltered fence that gets plenty of light.
Use quality soil which retains moisture. The soil must drain well but stay moist in between waterings.
To increase the drainage quality of a potting soil, add sand, grit or charcoal.
This plant will tolerate mildly acidic to neutral soils.
Place the plant in a position with bright light. It will also need high humidity.
Water moderately during spring to autumn (fall). Water sparingly during winter.
Use a mist sprayer during the warmer months, to increase the humidity.
Do not over water.
Fertilize. Use tomato fertilizer, orchid fertilizer or a fertilizer with 18-18-18 every other week during spring to autumn months. Do not fertilize during winter.
Prune sparingly. Too much pruning can inhibit blooming. Remove dead flower heads and scraggly bits but not much else.