Tricolor Hoya

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  • Showy Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 6-10 Feet
  • Pet Safe

The Tricolor Hoya, goes by many other names including the wax plant and honey plant, but is botanically called Hoya carnosa 'Tricolor'. It is a popular plant and for good reason, as it produces color-changing foliage on a vining habit as well as scented flowers. The variegated green and white leaves can take on a pink hue with proper care. A great trailing plant, the Tricolor is best grown high up so its stunning foliage can dangle down and be appreciated.  

Best Locations For Growing Tricolor Hoya

The Tricolor Hoya prefers high levels of humidity and loves to be grown in a warm kitchen or bathroom. Though considered non-toxic, its sap is an irritant and care should be taken if growing this plant around children or pets. 

Tricolor Hoya Sunlight Requirements

To get the best color from the Tricolor Hoya, it needs to be grown in bright indirect light. However, it is advisable not to place it where it can be scorched by strong direct sunlight, which can damage the foliage.

Tricolor Hoya Care

This Hoya likes to be kept warm and away from any cold drafts or hot radiators; a temperature range of 60 to 75 °F is optimum. It doesn’t like the cold, so just make sure you grow it above 50 °F because below this, it will struggle. The key thing to remember when growing the Tricolor Hoya is it likes high humidity and loves to be placed in a warm and steamy bathroom or kitchen. It can be grown in rooms with average humidity but will need regular misting to keep it from drying out. To promote fresh growth, the Tricolor Hoya can be pruned by cutting just below a leaf node, although it is advisable not to remove more than one-third of the stems as this may send the plant into shock.

Watering Tricolor Hoya

The Tricolor Hoya’s waxy foliage helps this plant conserve moisture, but it still needs regular watering. This plant dislikes being allowed to sit in wet or soggy soil, so watering is only advised once the top half of the soil has dried out. As growth slows during the winter months, watering can be reduced. 

Feeding Tricolor Hoya

To maintain plant health and to get the best from its attractive foliage, a monthly feed of a diluted houseplant fertilizer during the growing season is recommended. There is no need to fertilize the Tricolor Hoya during the colder months.

Tricolor Hoya Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Climbing
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 6-10 feet
Mature Spread: 1-2 feet
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Pink, White, Green
Flower Shade/Description: Pink or White
Fragrant: Yes
Foliage Type: Variegated
Foliage Color(s): Pink, White
Foliage Description: Pink and White Variegated Foliage
Temperature: 70° - 80°F (21° - 27°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Tricolor Hoya
Other Name(s): Tricolor, Porcelain Flower, Wax Plant, Honey Plant
Scientific Name: Hoya carnosa 'Tricolor'
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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1 Review - Tricolor Hoya Show Reviews

  • 5
    absolutely stunning!

    Posted by Janet Gibson on Jun 14, 2023

    The mix of green, pink, and white leaves adds a pop of color to any space. The plant arrived in perfect condition, and it's been thriving ever since.