Botanical Babe Houseplants
Hoya kerrii, commonly known as the "Sweetheart Plant" or "Lucky Hearts," is a charming and popular succulent plant known for its heart-shaped leaves. It belongs to the Hoya genus and is native to Southeast Asia, particularly in Thailand and surrounding regions. Here are some key characteristics and care tips for Hoya kerrii:
Foliage: The most distinctive feature of Hoya kerrii is its heart-shaped leaves, which can vary in size from small to large, depending on the age of the plant. The leaves are thick and succulent, with a glossy appearance.
Size: When grown as a houseplant, Hoya kerrii typically reaches a height of about 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 cm) and has a similar spread.
Light: Provide bright, indirect light for your Sweetheart Plant. It prefers well-lit areas with filtered sunlight. While it can tolerate some direct morning sun, avoid intense afternoon sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves.
Temperature: Maintain a temperature range between 60°F to 80°F (15°C to 27°C). Protect the plant from cold drafts and temperatures below 50°F (10°C).
Humidity: Hoya kerrii does well in average indoor humidity levels. It doesn't require high humidity but can benefit from occasional misting or a humidity tray.
Watering: Allow the top inch (2.5 cm) of the soil to dry out between waterings. Water sparingly, as this plant prefers to dry out somewhat between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot.
Soil: Use a well-draining succulent or cactus potting mix. Ensure that the pot has drainage holes to prevent water from accumulating in the soil.
Fertilization: Feed your Hoya kerrii with a balanced, diluted liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce or stop fertilizing in the fall and winter when growth slows down.
Pruning: Prune the plant as needed to maintain its shape and remove any yellowing or damaged leaves.
Propagation: Hoya kerrii can be propagated from stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. Leaf cuttings can take longer to root and develop into a new plant, but they are an option if you want to propagate additional Sweetheart Plants.
Hoya kerrii is a beloved plant for its unique heart-shaped leaves, making it a popular choice for gifts and decoration. With the right care and attention to its light and watering needs, this plant can thrive and add a touch of love and charm to your indoor space.