Hoya Krimson Princess is a variegated variant of the ever popular Hoya carnosa.
The plant is native to Thailand, India, China as well as Indonesia.
It belongs to the Apocynaceae family and is part of the Hoya genus.
Hoyas are perennials and are epiphytic vining plants that are known for their ropey vines. They do look great in regular pots as well as in hanging baskets.
They are often grown for their waxy leaves (hence the nickname wax plant) and their beautiful, scented flowers.
Now, without further ado, let us have a closer look on how to take good care of your princess.
- 1 Hoya Krimson Princess Care Instructions
- 2 Pests & Diseases
- 3 Tips to keep your Hoya Krimson Princess problem-free
- 4 Conclusion
Hoya Krimson Princess Care Instructions
Hoya Krimson Princess care needs bright filtered light or indirect light, favorably in (or near) an east-facing window. As far as the right choice of soil goes, aim for a chunky mix that includes perlite and pumice as well as peat moss. Keep temperatures between 61°F (16°C ) and 95°F (35°C) and water your Krimson Princess once the soil becomes dry to the touch. For best results, keep the humidity at 70-80%. During growing season, feed your Hoya once a month, using an organic fertilizer.
Chose a well-draining soil mix for your Krimson Princess as you would for most other houseplants. If you do your own soil mix, use a combination of peat moss, vermiculite, and perlite. I always use an equal ratio of these ingredients and this has served my Krimson Princess and me very well so far.
One thing to mention in particular is that the chunkier, lighter, and more airy your soil mix ends up, the better.
The key takeaway here is that you should aim for soil that is both airy and well-draining.
Some great ingredients that you can use to enrich your regular houseplant potting soil are:
- Coarse sand: Makes sure the soil doesn’t get too compact
- Coconut husk: Prevents suffocation of roots. Enables oxygen to get to plant roots
- Clay Balls: Adds chunkiness and makes the soil mix airy
- Orchid bark: Chunky pieces help to ensure airflow to roots
- Peat moss: Keeps humidity, softens the soil, improves drainage
- Orchid bark: Ensures airflow to the roots
- Vermiculite: Good for moisture retention, adds aeration, helps added fertilizer release
Don’t have all of these great ingredients at your disposal?
That’s absolutely fine. Already a mix of some of these ingredients will ensure a good soil quality that prevents root rot and other plant diseases.
Hoya Krimson Princess needs bright indirect light or bright filtered sunlight. An east-facing window is optimal. You can always make use of a plant grow light if the ideal conditions in front of a window cannot be met or if you have a specific place where you want to put your plant.
It is important to note that variegated plants need more sunlight than the non-variegated versions as the variegation does not help the plant to photosynthesize.
So, whenever you are having a plant with some variegation, grant it a bit more sunlight than you would give to its non-variegated counterpart.
If you want your Hoya Krimson Princess to grow vigorously, make sure to provide sufficient light. Don’t expose it to direct sunlight, though, as this will scorch the leaves.
A plant growing in half or even full shade in nature will not necessarily grow well in a shaded area in your house as the sun outdoors is so much stronger than any place in your house.
So, nothing all too surprising here, as bright, indirect sunlight is what most houseplants would prefer.
Hoyas are plants with woody stems and thick succulent-like leaves. They are fairly drought-tolerant and so is our Krimson Princess.
So, how much water does your Krimson Princess need?
Well, it depends on various factors. Depending on your exact location and the environment that you are living in, the watering requirements for your Krimson Princess might vary drastically.
This is why statements like “Water your plant 3 times a week” don’t make a whole lot of sense because what is true for plant owner XY might not be true for plant owner XYZ, even when we talk about the watering needs of the very same plant.
So, how do I know when to water my Krimson Princess?
A good tip is to use the famous index finger test. This way you can easily determine if water should be applied to your Hoya. Stick your index finder 1-2 inches into the soil. If it is still wet, do not water. If it is dry to the touch, give it a drink.
Also, during growing season (spring and summer), your Krimson Princess will generally need more water than in the off-season (autumn and winter). That said, it makes sense to reduce watering during colder months.
Another good rule of thumb is to never water your Krimson Princess when the soil is still humid.
When you give your Hoya a drink, water it thoroughly so that the water is flowing through the drainage holes of the pot.
Drainage holes are an absolute must for a healthy Hoya.
The Hoya Krimson Princess prefers temperatures between 61°F (16°C ) and 95°F (35°C). They don’t enjoy sudden changes in temperature and they can’t cope with temperatures too cold.
So, it goes without saying that they are not frost-tolerant. If you keep your Hoya outside, you will want to make sure to bring it inside before the first frost.
Hoyas thrive in high humidity environments. Most households won’t be able to meet the high humidity requirements of this gorgeous hoya right out of the box.
But that’s nothing to worry about too much, as you can simply use one of the following hacks to crank up the humidity level:
- Place a pebble tray beneath the pot of your plant and fill it with water. Water evaporation will directly go to your plant and increase the humidity around the plant.
- Use a humidifer
- Group plants with similar needs together as this increases humidity for all of your plants in that cluster
Now, some houseplant enthusiasts might encourage you to regularly mist the leaves of your Krimson Princess. This is yet another tip that you will often come across when higher humidity levels are desired.
However, we are NOT in favor of this method, as misting the leaves just doesn’t produce the desired results. It might help to improve the humidity short-term but fails to deliver in the long run.
What’s more, in some cases, misting your plant causes more harm than good.
That said, high humidity levels are perfect for your Hoya. But that doesn’t mean that your Hoya won’t do well enough in lower humidity levels.
The higher the humidity, the better. No need to be obsessed about it, though!
Make sure you are using a fertilizer that is high in potassium and phosphorous. Make sure that the (K) value in NPK is low as succulent-like plants such as our Hoya Krimson Queen only needs little amounts of potassium.
I choose organic fertilizers whenever possible.
If liquid synthetic fertilizer is used remember to always use it diluted at half-strength of what is indicated on the package for your houseplant to avoid any adverse effects.
Also, always err on the side of caution when fertilizing. Overfertilizing can kill your plant. Underfertilizing, on the other hand, is often not a huge issue. In fact, many houseplant owners don’t fertilize their houseplants at all.
That said, here’s my recommendation for you:
During growing season (spring and summer), fertilize your Krimson Queen about once a month, using an organic fertilizer.
In autumn and winter, reduce or even pause fertilizing your Princess. Your Hoya will have reduced needs for nutrients during these seasons. This holds true for most houseplants, no matter whether we are talking Hoyas or other houseplants such as Philodendrons or Monsteras.
Propagate your Hoya Krimson Princess via stem cuttings. Taking cuttings is easy and gives you a lot of growing options. Once you made a cutting, it mainly comes down to your preference and the availability of different growing mediums.
As far as stem cutting propagation goes, you can root your cuttings directly in soil, root it in water or use another propagation medium such as perlite or peat moss.
The best season to propagate your Hoya Krimson Princess is spring or summer.
Winter propagation is also possible but we generally don’t recommend it, as success rates are lower and it takes much more time.
For your convenience, I added a handy step-by-step guide for you to follow to successfully propagate your Hoya Krimson Princess:
- Select a cutting that is not too woody and still young (never take a cutting with blooms!). Make sure your cutting of choice has at least 1-3 leaves as this will speed up the propagation process
- Have your pruning shears or a knife ready. Sterilize your tool of choice using rubbing alcohol and put it under an open flame for a few seconds to ensure no bacteria, virus, fungal issue or contamination can be caused on the cut
- Cut below a node by doing a diagonal cut. This type of cut will help the cutting to take in more humidity and will prevent the cut piece to rot
- Dip your cutting in rooting hormone or cinnamon. This step is optional (will speed up the propagation process considerably, though)
- Prepare your rooting medium of choice. If you choose water, make sure the water is at room temperature. I recommend distlled water for this purpose.
- Make sure the node of the cutting is in touch with the rooting medium
- Make sure that none of the leaves of your cutting is in touch with the soil, water or spaghnum moss as they might rot
- Use a high humidity environment (use a humidity dome or a plastic box to increase humidity)
- Use a heat mat to make sure that the cutting remains warm
- Make sure your cutting is in a well-light place. Direct sunlight needs to be avoided, though.
- Replant the cutting into soil (always use a fresh pot and fresh soil) once you see roots forming that are at least a couple of inches long
Also, patience is key. It usually takes a couple of weeks for your cuttings to root.
Once you replanted your cuttings into soil, care for your Hoya babies just as you do for the mother plant.
Hoya Krimson Princess is a vigorous grower that grows well if conditions in terms of light, watering, temperature, humidity, nutrients, and soil composition are met.
When grown indoors, a mature Hoya Krimson Princess can reach a length of 59 to 79 inches (1.5-2 meters).
In the wild, a length or height of 20 feet (6 meters) for a Hoya is not uncommon.
The petioles of the Hoya Krimson Queen are between 0.4-0.6 inches long (1-1,5 cm long).
Leaves are 1.6-2 inches long (4-5 cm) and are thick and fleshy. Due to their waxy texture, Hoyas are commonly referred to as Wax plants.
Whenever I go to a garden center or some other place that sells houseplants, I am always surprised to see that the majority of plant pots sold do not come with drainage holes. This is a big no no.
You absolutely need to make sure that the pot you are using has at least one drainage hole. If your pot does not have drainage holes, excess water can’t escape the pot and your Krimson Princess will be in big danger of root rot. And believe me, you don’t want that!
My recommendation for Hoya Krimson Princess is to go for a terracotta pot. Terracotta pots are awesome because they take in extra moisture and allow for oxygen exchange to the roots.
Repot your Hoya Krimson Princess frequently. Once or twice a year should do.
When repotting, always make sure to use fresh soil.
If you are looking for some more repotting tips, give our complete repotting guide a shot.
One of the biggest reasons why hoyas are so hype is certainly the beauty of their flowers. But getting a hoya to flower is not an easy task. And a great deal of patience is necessary as well.
An inflorescence on a Hoya Krimson Princess consists of up to 30 tiny flowers that build a round cluster of sweetly scented flowers.
When you see such a Hoya bloom for the first time you almost think it is fake as it looks too great to be true.
This is why Hoyas are often referred to as “Wax plants.”
The Hoya Krimson Princess is not poisonous. However, they produce milky white sap that is toxic. Hoya plants are not toxic to cats and dogs but can make them sick when plant parts are ingested.
That said, it is better to keep your pets away from these plants, whenever possible.
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Pests & Diseases
One thing to mention in this section is that Hoyas are very prone to pest infestations.
So, what are some of the pests you might need to deal with when caring for your Krimson Princess?
The usual suspects, I would say.
Pest infestations are a real bother. It is, therefore, best to take as many preventative measures as possible, so that you won’t have to deal with these pesky pests in the first place.
The healthier your Krimson Princess is, the less susceptible to any pest infestation it will be.
In addition when the plant is stressed is it more likely to be attacked by fungi, bacteria, or insects. Stress can arise from transportation, sudden fluctuations in temperature, drafts & many other causes.
Now, even if your plant is already under attack, there are certain things you can do to get rid of these pesky pests (or at least to save parts of your plant!).
Let’s dive right into it.
Mealybugs are cotton-like white insects. Often it looks like some dust has built up on the stems or leaves of your Hoya Krimson Princess. These pesky pests are looking to suck the sap out of your lovely plant.
It is not always easy to spot these pests. Always make sure to check the underside of the leaves, as this is where mealybugs are often found. Also, mealybugs are attracted by new growth. And the softer parts of the Hoya Krimson Princess are yet another easy target for these pests.
The good thing about these pests is that they are rather slow and the damage they do is often rather limited.
Now, what can you do to get rid of Mealybugs?
Rubbing alcohol is the answer, here. Use a q-tip and put some rubbing alcohol on it. Once the mealybugs get in touch with the alcohol, they are history.
There are actually many more remedies for mealybugs control.
For larger mealybugs infestations, soap-based sprays are recommended. Castille soap does a great job, here.
Put one tablespoon of natural Castille soap in one quart of water (~1 liter) and spray your Hoya Krimson Princess every two weeks with it until the mealybugs disappear for good.
Spider mites are yet another plant pest that plant enthusiasts will most likely need to deal with at some point in their plant parenting career.
Now, spider mites are a real nuisance, as they typically emerge in big numbers. What’s more, these little bugs are very small, so that when they are spotted, it is often already too late.
A telltale to identify a spider mite infestation on your Hoya carnosa Krimson Princess is the small webs these spider mites produce.
Just as mealybugs, spider mites often gather on the underside of leaves and nodes and they leave spiderwebs everywhere on your precious plant.
Still, identifying spider mites is not always that easy. This is why we recommend you to also have a look at our in-depth spider mites guide.
Once you know for sure that it is spider mites you are dealing with, you should take drastic measures. Immediately.
The first measure to take would be to isolate your plant. You don’t want these pests to spread over and infest yet another of your lovely houseplants.
Then, when your plant is isolated for good, it is time to go into battle. Equip yourself with neem oil, insecticidal sprays, create your own soap-based sprays and use a cloth with diluted rubbing alcohol.
To avoid future spider mites infestations, your best bet is to increase the humidity, as these gnarly pests thrive in dry environments.
One way to increase the humidity is by placing your Krimson Princess in the bathroom, as this is usually the place with the highest humidity in any home. Another way to go about it is to simply use a humidifier.
Don’t give spider mites a chance!
Scale is an armored yet pretty immobile insect. Not that they cannot move but they stay generally put. They love to gather on the stems of your Hoya Krimson Princess and it might look like your Hoya has some kind of damage on its stems. They are again a plant sap-sucking type of bug with a strong shell for protection.
Since the shell is protecting these buggers, any kind of pesticide or soap treatment will not be that effective. The best is to pluck them one by one. You can either use your fingernails – we totally understand if the idea grosses you out – or a dull knife.
Alternatively, you can grab a toothbrush to scrape them off the stems of your Hoya Krimson Princess.
Make sure you get them all and you do not let any of them fall into the pot as they will reattach to the stems of your plant.
After that use a q-tip with alcohol, an insecticidal or soap-based spray to finish them off.
Tips to keep your Hoya Krimson Princess problem-free
- Use a pot with at least one drainage hole (very important!)
- Go for a well-draining potting mix
- Only water when the soil is dry to the touch
- Average household temperatures are fine (avoid cold temperatures and excessive heat)
- High humidity above 70% produces the best results (average humidity will be good enough, though)
- Bright, indirect sunlight (filtered light) from an east-facing window yields great results
- Fertilize frequently (once a month) during growing season, feed less during colder months
- Repot your Krimson Princessevery other year
Hoyas are hype. Especially Hoya Krimson Queen and our beloved Hoya Krimson Princess. Their sheer beauty will make any ambitious plant parent happy. Krimson Princess care is not difficult per se. One mistake to avoid is to overwater your Krimson Princess.
This happens all too often. Please remember that Hoyas are succulent-like houseplants. And, therefore, these leafy friends don’t need a whole lot of water to thrive.
Too much water, on the other hand, might have detrimental effects on your plant. And might even result in your Krimson Princess dying. We (and you!) certainly don’t want that.
So, just grant your Hoya a drink whenever it is truly necessary and always make sure to double-check the soil first (use the index finger method as described above) before watering.
Marcel runs the place around here. He has a deep passion for houseplants & gardening and is constantly on the lookout for yet another special plant to add to his arsenal of houseplants, succulents & cacti.
Marcel is also the founder of Iseli International Commerce, a sole proprietorship company that publishes a variety of websites and online magazines.