Sweetheart hoya plant (Hoya kerrii) is also called Sweetheart wax plant, Hoya hearts, and Valentine plant. As its names say, it is a heart-shaped succulent plant, and it makes a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your partner especially if he or she is a succulent-lover or a green thumb.

Sweetheart hoya is a very charming plant, which is a nice addition to your indoor succulent collection. It requires low-maintenance as well, so it is very easy to propagate and keep. Find out more about this amazing succulent plant as we go on.

Appearance

Sweetheart hoya is a climbing plant that can grow up to four meters high or 13 feet. However, it is hard to find a fully-vined version of the plant because stores usually sell it as a single leaf cutting measuring up to five inches each. Each fully-grown leaf can cost you around $10-$15, so a vine of it should be very expensive and hard to find. The demand for this product is especially high during St. Valentine’s Day.

The succulent is slow-growing but taking care of it until its maturity definitely pays off. Upon full growth, the plant becomes a bushy mass of green fleshy leaves so it is eventually transferred to a hanging basket. It also produces up to 25 white blooms with dark red accents at the center during the summer if given the right conditions for growth.

Conditions for Growth

Sweetheart hoya is a plant native to Southeast Asia. It prefers indirect sunlight but it can tolerate even low-light environments. Just don’t place it in a full shade though. The ideal temperature for the succulent is between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 and 26 degrees Celsius.

Hoya kerrii is drought-tolerant so it only requires little watering. One or two waterings for the plant per month can suffice. Another sign that it needs watering is when its soil is already dry to the touch. Overwatering or soggy soil can lead to rotting while super-dry soil can result in dehydration, so plan your interval watering carefully.

Propagation

Sweetheart hoya can be propagated with a single leaf cutting placed in a small pot. See to it that the container has holes for drainage and filled near the brim with well-draining soil to let excess water flow through it freely.

Although the succulent only requires little fertilizer, it is recommended that you feed it with a light solution monthly to optimize its development and maintain its healthy color. The solution should be a mix of one-fourth teaspoon of balanced, water-soluble, indoor fertilizer diluted in one gallon of water.

Transfer the plant with a fresh batch of well-draining soil to a hanging basket with drainage when vines begin to appear. Put the plant in a location that gets more sunlight during the day and cooler nighttime temperatures to stimulate its flower growth in the summer season.

More Valentine’s Day Gifts

Be sure to check out our unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas for more choices. Visit our special rosette collections, glazed vases, succulent party favors, and artificial roses too for more ways to spice up the occasion.

About the author
Giancarlo Perlas
A freelance writer who loves cars, sports, carpentry, and gardening. Check him out on Twitter at @giancarloperlas and Pinterest at Succulent Shaman.

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