Plant Care Hoya Carnosa Tricolor

Hoya Carnosa Tricolor

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Hoya Carnosa Tricolor has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Hoya Carnosa Tricolor has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Hoya Carnosa Tricolor

With over 500 species and even more cultivars, there's a Hoya out there for everyone! They're native to Southeast Asia and their common name, waxplant, refers to their thick, waxy leaves which help them retain water in the heat. They're excellent climbers and will take off if you give them a trellis to grow on. Their other-worldly, star-shaped flowers are often fragrant and come in brilliant shades of red, pink, yellow, and more!


Hoya carnosa 'Tricolor'

Also known as

Crimson Princess, Crimson Princess and hoya carnosa tricolor

How to care for Hoya Carnosa Tricolor


How often to water your Hoya Carnosa Tricolor

Water needs for Hoya Carnosa Tricolor
0.5 cups
every 12

Hoya Carnosa Tricolor needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Hoya Carnosa Tricolor

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Hoya Carnosa Tricolor in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Hoya Carnosa Tricolor: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Hoya Carnosa Tricolor may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Hoya Carnosa Tricolor

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Hoya Carnosa Tricolor: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Hoya Carnosa Tricolor after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for Hoya Carnosa Tricolor

Hoya Carnosa Tricolor

Hoya Carnosa Tricolor

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Hoya Carnosa Tricolor has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 8
Hoya Carnosa Tricolor has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
Hoya Carnosa Tricolor has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Hoya Carnosa Tricolor has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Megano avatar
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 20,080 XP
globe Washington, DC

Easy to grow as long as you prove it with adequate light.

Survivor Survivor
Sarimelati avatar
leaf-1 33 Plants
xp 544 XP
globe Mashpee, MA

This plant is very special because it has three different color of leaves in one plant and very lush. I have mine for almost two years and the plant actually stays compact. It gets bushier not taller. It is a slow grower. It has not flower for me yet.
Very easy plant to care for just make sure it dries between watering and keep it in tight pot.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Nellbell85 avatar
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 495 XP
globe Boulder, CO

This little guy has such pretty color due to the variegation. It’s a medium speed grower & a joy to have.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Carrie avatar
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 4,152 XP
globe Scranton, PA

I've had my hoya for a few years and and am still patiently waiting for flowers. But - the leaves are pretty enough on their own. They look as if they were painted with watercolors. I'm looking forward to growing my hoya collection.

Adriana avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 76 XP
globe Colorado Springs, CO

It’s very forgiving and grows easy

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Camryn avatar
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 369 XP
globe Little Rock, AR

Love this. Bought it on Etsy, and had to buy another one. Grows easy.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Kiersten avatar
leaf-1 77 Plants
xp 36,227 XP
globe New Orleans, LA

I don’t have much love for Hoyas, but she’s still alive so🤷‍♀️

She seems pretty intent on only putting out completely white leaves no matter what I do. They die immediately so she’s been the same size for a while now. They’re pretty communicative about water needs (if you can fold the leaves like a taco it’s ready for a drink) but overall I feel pretty meh about these guys.

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