Hoya Tricolor

A Beginner's Guide to Hoya Tricolor Plant Care | All you Need to Grow

Family: Apocynaceae 
Common Name: Variegated Sweetheart Hoya, Tricolor Hoya
Botanical Name: hoya carnosa ‘Tricolor’

Remind yourself how spectacular you are by surrounding yourself with the beautiful, leafy vines of a Hoya Tricolor. The indoor vines of this plant love to change color according to how much light they receive. Turning pink is this houseplant’s way of showing how well you care for it. The brighter the indirect light, the pinker variegation these plants may produce. Just remember to keep them away from direct sunlight!

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Hoya Tricolor plants like heaps of bright, indirect sunlight and will be right at home if they can make contact for at least 6 to 8 hours each day (indirect contact, that is!). This plant should not be exposed to direct sunlight, as it can lead to leaf burn.


Water your Hoya Tricolor every 1 to 2 weeks during the spring and summer. In the fall and winter months, you can reduce how often you are watering this plant. During this time, you can water it every 2 to 4 weeks. 


Hoya Tricolor prefer a well-draining potting mix that lets extra water to flow out away from the roots. The mix can include a combination of peat moss, perlite, orchid bark, and pumice. Aim for a pH level range of 6.0 to 7.0. You should repot your plant every 1 to 2 years, or when you notice it becoming root-bound.


Your Hoya Tricolor plant loves a warm environment. This plant will thrive most in temperatures between 65-80℉ and should be kept away from drafty windows and doorways during the colder months. 


For your Hoya Tricolor, aim for a humidity level of around 50% to 60% (or even higher). This plant loves humid environments! To increase humidity levels, you can group plants together, use a humidifier, provide a pebble tray, or regularly mist! Additionally, you should avoid your plant near any drafty areas, as it can cause the air to dry out and reduce humidity levels for your plant. 


A Hoya Tricolor should be fertilized every 4 to 6 weeks during the spring and summer. In the colder months, you can reduce or even pause on fertilizing your plant. We suggest that you use a balanced liquid fertilizer with the equal ratio of exactly 10-10-10 or 20-20-20. Avoid getting the fertilizer on the leaves, as it can cause leaf burn!

Growth Rate

Hoya Tricolor plants can reach a mature height of around 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm) or more. Keep in mind, when grown indoors, the height of this plant will be limited by the size of the pot it is in. 

Pet Friend or Foe

Hoya Tricolor is considered non-toxic to pets! Friend! 

Pro Tips

  1. You should keep your Hoya Tricolor near a window that is curtain filtered and facing east or west!
  2. Repot your Hoya Tricolor plant every 1 to 2 years or when it becomes root bound.
  3. Inspect your plant for pests such as aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites and address the issue immediately, if you spot any.
  4. You can prune your plant by pinching back growing tips. This will help to encourage branching.

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