How to Grow & Care for Hoya Carnosa Variegata 'Tricolor'

How to Grow & Care for Hoya Carnosa Variegata ‘Tricolor’ (2023)

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Hoya Carnosa Variegata ‘Tricolor’ is native to Australia and eastern Asia’s tropical rainforests. The Hoya Carnosa Variegata ‘Tricolor’ is a natural epiphyte that can grow on trunks of trees and that is able to grow under any condition. The plant does have variegations of pink and white on waxy. If you are planning to grow Hoya Carnosa Variegata ‘Tricolor’ in your house, I have here explained about how to grow and take care of Hoya Carnosa Variegata ‘Tricolor’.

Key takeaways:

  • It does have thick, waxy leaves rimmed with white and cream variegation.
  • Hoya Carnosa Variegata ‘Tricolor are happy climbing up plants that climb up over the pot edges in your home.
  • Hoya Carnosa Variegata ‘Tricolor are basically known for their pinkish stem and sweet smell.

Grow & Care for Hoya Carnosa Variegata ‘Tricolor’

There are some important requirements for growing Hoya Carnosa Variegata ‘Tricolor’ such as:

  • Light
  • Temperature
  • Watering
  • Soil
  • Fertilizer
  • Humidity
  • Potting and repotting
  • Pruning
  • Propagation


  • For growing the Hoya Tricolor light requirements are bright indirect light. 
  • Don’t increase the range of sunlight as that can damage the leaf foliage. 
  • For maintaining the beautiful streaks of colors in the leaves, light is a very important aspect. 
  • By placing the  Hoya Carnosa Variegata you can place the pot near a window where the plant receives a good amount of filtered light. 
  • Don’t place the plant in a high-intensity area of light that will make the leaves scorch and turn yellow.  
How to Grow & Care for Hoya Carnosa Variegata 'Tricolor'
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  • In the case of watering the Hoya Carnosa Variegata plant the less you water the more for the plant. 
  • You need to avoid overwatering which will lead to root rot. 
  • Before watering the plant you can check first and if you find the top inch of the soil is completely dry then water the plant. 
  • The perfect way for watering  Hoya Carnosa Variegata is once every two weeks. 
  • In summer you need to adjust the watering as they need more moisture while in winter reduce the watering to the plant. 


  • Plantation done by knowing the right temperature for the plants helps to keep the plant healthy. 
  • The perfect range for  Hoya Carnosa Variegata ranges from 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • The plants thrive according to the USDA Hardiness zone between 11-12.
  • Don’t plant plants where the temperature is below  50 ºF that will damage your plant. 
  • The plant is able to grow at home temperature because usually they can be grown in temperature that ranges from 18-24°C
  • Keeping the plant outdoors in winter or extreme cold will kill the plant. 


  • For planting Hoya Carnosa Variegata the humidity ranges from moderate to high. 
  • If you are not able to manage the humidity you can adjust the moisture by using a humidifier or by the use of regular misting. 
  • The perfect humidity for growing  Hoya carnosa Variegata should be between 40 to 60%.
  • Another way to maintain the humidity is by setting up a pebble tray that is filled with water. 
How to Grow & Care for Hoya Carnosa Variegata 'Tricolor'
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  • The ideal soil for growing Hoya carnosa Variegata is well-drained and should be rich in organic matter. 
  • You can maintain the soil requirement for Hoya carnosa Variegata by mixing equal amounts of garden soil, coco coir, and compost together. 
  • For planting Hoya carnosa Variegata the oh level of the soil is about 6.1 to 6.5.
How to Grow & Care for Hoya Carnosa Variegata 'Tricolor'
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  • In the case of adding fertilizer to the plant, Hoya carnosa Variegata as water-soluble can be used with a balanced ratio but for the foliage plant, you need a fertilizer having nitrogen content in ratio of 2:1:2 or 3:1:2.  
  • Providing the perfect amount of ratio makes the plant happy and they are able to produce healthy shoots. 
  • You need to dilute the fertilizer to half-strength and apply the mixture once every two weeks. 
  • The perfect timer for adding fertilizer is during the growing season that is in summer or spring. 
  • Don’t apply the fertilizer during the winter season. 

Potting & Repotting:

  • The repotting of Hoya carnosa Variegata should be done in spring and summer. 
  • If you see that the roots of the plant are growing out of the pot then it’s high time to repot the plant. 
  • In case of selecting the pot size for repotting it should be twice the size of the original pot and should have sufficient drainage holes. 
  • For repotting Hoya carnosa Variegata you need to prepare a good potting mix that should be rich in organic matter. 
  • The way for filling the mix is by filling the new container with half substrate and planting the Hoya carnosa Variegata in the center and filling the remaining space with soil and at last watering the pot thoroughly. 
How to Grow & Care for Hoya Carnosa Variegata 'Tricolor'
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  • In the case of pruning, Hoya carnosa Variegata is done once a time in a year 
  • With pruning, you do the trimming off spent foliage and flowers for keeping the plant vibrant and beautiful. 
  • Hoya carnosa Variegata pruning is done by trimming the vine off an inch below a node of the plant. 
  • The pruning of plants encourages the growth of new shoots and flowers. 


  • Hoya carnosa Variegata the most common way for propagating is by using stem cutting. 
  • For propagating by using the stem cutting you need to find healthy stems having few nodes and should be at least 4 Or 5 inches long. 
  • To cut the stem you need to use a knife or shears having few leaves. 
  • Propagation can be done by either directly planting the stem cutting it into soil or keeping it in a jar of water. 
  • After propagation, you need to place the plant in bright, indirect light, and within 3-4 weeks you will notice some roots forming through it. 
How to Grow & Care for Hoya Carnosa Variegata 'Tricolor'
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You need to protect the Hoya carnosa Variegata from diseases, pests, etc. there are many other growing problems that you can solve after reading this article as maintaining the environment helps them to grow big, quicker, and more beautiful

Becky Decker