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Tricolor Hoya

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Hoya carnosa 'Tricolor'

KNOWN AS: Wax Plant, Wax Vine, Porcelain Flower

CLIMATE (LOCATION): Southeast Asia | Tropical

DESCRIPTION: There are some plants with leaves that are green on the edges and light green or white in the center. Some of these leaves might also have a pinkish hue. You can display these plants by putting them on a high shelf or hanging them in a planter.

Moderate difficulty & pet safe

Tricolor Hoya Plant Care

Lighting

Light Requirement: High Light (Bright Indirect Light); Low Light Tolerant

Tricolor Hoya plants should be placed in bright, indirect light, such as close to an east-facing window that receives filtered sunshine, for the best growth and health. LED grow lights can be utilized to supply full-spectrum light that resembles sunlight if natural light is insufficient. Every plant has distinct lighting requirements, so it's critical to monitor how the plant is responding to the light and make adjustments as necessary. Curling or browning leaves are an indication of too much light, and small, pale leaves could be an indication of not enough light.

Watering

Quick Tip: Water until water comes out of drainage holes. Allow top 2 inches of soil to completely dry between waterings.

Tricolor Hoya plants prefer to have their top layer of soil feel dry to the touch before receiving any water. Depending on the temperature, humidity, and lighting in your area, the frequency of watering may change. It's vital not to overwater the plant, as this might lead to root rot. Pour water over the soil gradually and evenly until it drips out of the bottom of the pot. Remove any extra water from the saucer under the plant and empty it to save the roots from getting soaked. Use lukewarm or room temperature water as cold water might shock the roots of the plant.

Temperature

Preferred Temperature: 60º - 80º

Hoya carnosa 'Tricolor' plants, which are renowned for their gorgeous foliage with variegated leaves in colors of green, white, and pink, are called Tricolor Hoyas. The ideal indoor temperature for these plants is between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 27 degrees Celsius), and they flourish in this range. Although they can withstand a little bit of cooler weather, it is ideal to keep temperatures at 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius) or above to prevent problems with development or leaf damage. Tricolor Hoya plants will flourish in an atmosphere that is consistently warm and within the ideal range, allowing them to thrive and display their stunning variegation.

Humidity

Preferred Humidity: 40 - 60%; Moderate Humidity

Tricolor Hoya's recommended range for humidity is a steady level between 50 and 60%. You can do this by misting the leaves often with water at room temperature or by putting a humidifier near the plant. Second, don't give the Tricolor Hoya too much water. This can cause root rot and hurt the plant's overall health. The plant should only be watered when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Also, put a layer of pebbles or rocks at the bottom of the plant pot to help water drain and keep the soil from getting too wet. Lastly, make sure the Tricolor Hoya is in a well-lit area but not in direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can burn the leaves and make it hard for the plant to control humidity. You can do this by misting the leaves often with water at room temperature or by putting a humidifier near the plant. Second, don't give the Tricolor Hoya too much water. This can cause root rot and hurt the plant's overall health. The plant should only be watered when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Also, put a layer of pebbles or rocks at the bottom of the plant pot to help water drain and keep the soil from getting too wet. Lastly, make sure the Tricolor Hoya is in a well-lit area but not in direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can burn the leaves and make it hard for the plant to control humidity.

Additional Plant Care

Propagation
Stem cuttings can be used to make more Tricolor Hoya plants. Cut just below a node on a healthy stem with several leaves. Take off the cutting's lower leaves, leaving only a few at the top. Put the cutting in a jar of water or a pot with moist potting mix. Keep the soil damp and give the cutting bright, indirect light until it grows roots and new leaves. Once the plant has roots, you can move it to a bigger pot and treat it like a full-grown plant. Hoyas are slow-growing plants, so it may take a while for the cutting to grow roots and new growth.
Toxicity
Tricolor Hoya is toxic to humans and pets.
Repotting
Tricolor hoya is a beautiful trailing plant that needs to be repotted about once a year. To repot a Tricolor hoya, choose a pot that is one size bigger than the one it is in now and put a layer of gravel or perlite in the bottom. Next, add new soil that drains well and carefully take the plant out of its old pot. Loosen any roots that are stuck together and cut off any that are dead or broken. Put the plant in the new pot and add more soil to fill in any holes. Give the plant a lot of water and put it somewhere with bright, indirect light. Don't fertilize the plant for a few weeks after you move it to a new pot. This will give it time to get used to its new environment.
Pruning
Use a clean, sharp pair of pruning shears to cut back any straggly or unruly stems just above a leaf node. This is the best way to prune Tricolor hoya plants. This will help the plant grow new leaves and keep its shape and size. Tricolor hoya plants will also do better if you take off any leaves or stems that are yellow or broken. It's important to make clean cuts with clean shears and not tear or hurt the tissue around them. You should prune the plant when it's growing, which is usually from spring to early fall. Don't prune it in the winter, when it's not growing. Also, Hoyas can get stem rot, so it's important not to leave any stubs or dead tissue after pruning and make sure the plant gets enough air. Regular pruning can help Tricolor hoya plants grow well and keep them looking lush and full.
Fertilizing
Choose a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer with equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to feed a Tricolor hoya plant. Before you put the fertilizer on the plant, you should water it well and dilute the fertilizer to half the recommended strength. Apply the fertilizer to the soil around the plant's base with a watering can or spray bottle. Be careful not to get any on the leaves or stems, as it can burn them. During the growing season, which usually lasts from spring to early fall, do this every four to six weeks. Don't give the plant fertilizer when it's sleeping in the winter. Too much fertilizer can hurt the plant, so it's important to follow the directions on the package and not use too much.
Soil
Tricolor Hoya plants do best in a soil mix that drains well but keeps some moisture. For these plants, a good soil mix is equal parts peat moss, perlite, and potting soil that drains well. The peat moss helps keep the water in while the perlite lets the water out. It's also important to make sure the soil has a pH between 5.5 and 6.5 and is slightly acidic. This will help the plant absorb nutrients and keep the soil from becoming too alkaline, which can cause nutrient deficiencies. A good soil mix is important, but it's also important to make sure the pot has good drainage to stop waterlogging and root rot.
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Tricolor Hoya Lighting Requirements: High Light (Bright Indirect Light); Low Light Tolerant

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