The Hoya Krimson Princess, also known as a Hoya Carnosa Krimson Princess, is one of those houseplants that start conversations. Their unique leaves are green in the outside, with a stunning creamy white colour coming from the inside of each leaf.
A different variant of this plant is the Hoya Krimson Queen which has a similar variegation, but the green and the white are switched. The lighter colour is to the inside of each leaf, while the green surrounds it.
Following our instructions and care tips will help you grow a gorgeous Hoya that will thrive for years to come.
Hoya Krimson Princess Care Instructions
Hoya Krimson Princess Light needs
Hoya Krimson Princess's thrive in indirect and bright sunlight. Placing them a couple feet from your window will provide them with enough sunlight to grow quickly. Like most plants, they do not like direct sunlight touching their leaves, especially the hotter afternoon sun. Morning sun can be tolerated, but mid-day and afternoon sun is too much and it will scorch leaves.
During the spring and winter months Hoya's can accept a little bit of direct sunlight as it is diffused naturally by clouds, however the summer's sun is too harsh. Some people have said that Hoya's can survive in lower light conditions, and while that is true, it's not optimal. They will always grow faster in brighter rooms as there is more sun to soak up.
How much water does a Hoya Krimson Princess need?
For Hoya's, we recommend that the top two inches of soil be dry before watering. Easing up on the water will allow air to get into the soil and roots, and will prevent root rot from starting. Tropical plants are not used to sitting in water for extended periods.
Watering a Hoya once per week is the most common advice we can provide. This is a drought-tolerant plant, and if you forget to water for a week it will be just fine. Water is stored in the leaves and is used when water is scarce.
If your Hoya is in a bright room, or a warmer room due to summer, you will notice that you have to water more often. Winter months will not dry your plant out as fast, and will let you water once every week and a half.
The average household has a humidity between 30% and 40%, and is fine for a Hoya Krimson Princess. To maximize your plants' potential, humidity levels around 50% and 60% can help it grow. Getting that is easy! A humid bathroom or a window in the kitchen will tend to have more humidity than a living room.
Hoyas should be potted with good drainage, and most "well-draining" soils you find will be perfect. Hoya's can be sensitive to too much water, so adding some perlite into the mix will definitely help if you wanted to go the extra mile, but it's completely optional.
Adding in some worm castings or Liqui-Dirt plant fertilizer will also give the soil enough nutrition to support your Hoya, and does not need to be done often.
Family and Information
The Hoya Krimson Princess is part of the Carnosa family, and are native to Australia, eastern Asia like China, Vietnam, and Japan. It belongs to the Apocynaceae family and is part of the Hoya genus.
Hoyas are perennials and are epiphytic vining plants that make great vining plants in hanging baskets.
Is a Hoya Krimson Princess Pet Friendly?
Hoya's are non-toxic to animals and people, which makes it a great choice for homes with young children or animals around.
Because Hoya's are so great around pets it has lead some plant lovers to collect Hoyas specifically. There is a whole community of Hoya lovers out there with different varieties and variegations!
Growth and Pruning Tips
Hoya's don't mind being root-bound once they are mature. When they fit in a 6" pot they are considered mature, and can be root-bound for a long time.
To enhance your Hoya you may prune it as you see fit. It helps by growing new leaves on its existing vines, and you will get rid of the old and damaged leaves.
As always, cleaning your pruning tools will ensure that you do not spread bacteria during the pruning process. Be sure to remove a small amount of leaves at a time so you do not shock the plant. If a plant feels that it is damaged too much, it may hinder growth, so only prune from time to time.
Hoya Krimson Princess is an ideal and low-maintenance house plant for any indoor grower. There are many different varieties of Hoya's to choose from, and they are loved for their tropical look and thick succulent-like waxy leaves.
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