Tricolor Wax Plant, Strawberries & Cream Wax Plant – Hoya tricolor – Hoya carnosa is one of 100 species of Hoya that are native to Eastern Asia and Australia. This easy to grow houseplant, Hoya carnosa, was named for Thomas Hoya, gardener to the Duke of Northumberland at the end of the 18th century.
Clusters of attractive, star shaped, pink-white blossoms are produced in summer. The delicate flowers appear to be made of porcelain and are truly unique.
Tricolor Wax Plant does best in at least 4 hours of bright indirect or curtain-filtered sunlight. Night temperatures of 60 to 70 degrees and day temperatures above 70 degrees are optimal. Water freely during flowering but allow the soil to become almost dry between watering when the plants are not rapidly growing. Fertilize every 2 months in spring and summer. Do not remove the leafless spurs or stubs. That’s where new flowers appear every year.
Tricolor Wax Plant can be propagated at anytime by air layering or by stem cuttings. A portion of the stem including one or more pairs of leaves will quickly produce roots in water or damp sand.