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Sweetheart Plant

You all must have seen heart-shaped leaves, but have you ever seen a heart-shaped plant? In this article, you will get to know about one such plant, which is entirely heart-shaped. The foliages of this plant are thick and proper […]
Sweetheart Plant

You all must have seen heart-shaped leaves, but have you ever seen a heart-shaped plant?

In this article, you will get to know about one such plant, which is entirely heart-shaped. The foliages of this plant are thick and proper heart-shaped.

The name of this plant is the Sweetheart plant. The plant will enhance the beauty of your house with its heart-shaped foliages.

About the plant

The botanical name of this plant is Hoya Kerrii, but it is popularly known as Sweetheart plant, Sweetheart Hoya, Valentine plant, Sweetheart Wax plant, and Lucky-Heart plant.

You must have guessed how this plant got its nickname.

Yes, you guessed it right, the Hoya Kerrii plant has been given so many nicknames related to the heart due to its thick succulent heart-shaped leaves.

This plant is a species of Hoya, and it belongs to the Apocynaceae family. Sweetheart plant is native to South-east Asia.

Overview of the plant

This stunning sweetheart plant is a low-maintenance indoor plant.

It is a slow-growing and drought-tolerant plant.

Clusters of white flowers bloom on this plant. At least 25 flowers bloom on a mature sweetheart plant. The flowers bloom during the summer season.

Sweetheart is a climbing plant that can grow up to around 13 feet of height.

The plant has fleshy succulent leaves, the leaves of this plant are 6cm wide and 5mm thick.

Sweetheart plants are perfect for gifting to someone special on valentine’s day.

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Sweetheart Plant

Growth preferred area

These plants are low-maintenance, they need very little care, but they are particular about their growing conditions.

They require some specific growing conditions, Flowers bloom on them when they are kept under bright and indirect sunlight.

Origin

Sweetheart plants are native to South-east Asia. Its origin areas are Vietnam, Thailand, South China, Laos, Cambodia, and Indonesian Island of Java.

Botanical nameHoya kerrii
Common namesSweetheart plant, Valentine plant, Sweetheart Hoya, Lucky-heart plant or Sweetheart wax plant
FamilyApocynaceae
GenusHoya
SpeciesHoya kerrii
Plant TypeClimber
Mature size10-13 feet
Native areaSoutheast Asia
Suitable locationIndoor location
Sun exposureBright
WaterTwice a month
Temperature60°F-80°F (15°-26°C)
Humidity40%
Soil typewell potting mix soil

The cost of the plant

The cost of the plant will be around INR 150-1,200 or more. Prices may vary according to the size of the plant, species, and the place you live.

How much does seed cost?

The price of the seeds varies upon the quality and the quantity of the seeds. It is better to buy the plant instead of buying seeds.

Varieties

This beautiful plant has numerous varieties. All the Hoya Kerri plants need the same kind of care and prefer the same growing condition.

Hoya has more than 200 species. Here are few of the varieties:

  • Hoya Australis
  • Hoya Serpens
  • Hoya Carnosa
  • Hoya Cinnamomifolia
  • Hoya Acicularis
  • Hoya Aeschynanthoides
  • Hoya Benchaii
  • Hoya Beccarii
  • Hoya Bakoensis
  • Hoya Callistophylla
  • Hoya Caudata
  • Hoya Coriacea
  • Hoya Chewiorum
  • Hoya Clemensiorum
  • Hoya Coronaria
  • Hoya Cumingiana
  • Hoya Corymbosa
  • Hoya Curtisii
  • Hoya Danumensis
  • Hoya Devogelii
  • Hoya Diversifolia
  • Hoya Elliptica
  • Hoya Glabra
  • Hoya Elmeri
  • Hoya Fauziana
  • Hoya Forbesii
  • Hoya Gildingii
  • Hoya Hamiltoniorum
  • Hoya Ignorata
  • Hoya Imperialis
  • Hoya Jiewhoeana
  • Hoya Kipandiensis
  • Hoya Kastbergii
  • Hoya Kloppenburgii
  • Hoya Lacunosa
  • Hoya Lambii
  • Hoya Lasiantha
  • Hoya Latifolia
  • Hoya Mappigera
  • Hoya Medinillifolia
  • Hoya Meredithii
  • Hoya Mindorensis
  • Hoya Mitrata
  • Hoya Minutiora
  • Hoya Monetteae
  • Hoya Multiora
  • Hoya Nuttiana
  • Hoya Nabawanensis
  • Hoya Nyhuusiae
  • Hoya Obscura
  • Hoya Omlorii
  • Hoya Obtusifolia
  • Hoya Phyllura
  • Hoya Pubera
  • Hoya Revoluta
  • Hoya Retrorsa
  • Hoya Ranauensis
  • Hoya Rintzii
  • Hoya Rundumensis
  • Hoya Ruthiae
  • Hoya Scortechinii
  • Hoya Sipitangensis
  • Hoya Sigillatis
  • Hoya Sammannaniana
  • Hoya Spartioides
  • Hoya Telosmoides
  • Hoya Undulata
  • Hoya Vacciniiora
  • Hoya Verticillata
  • Hoya Vitellina
  • Hoya Wallichii
  • Hoya Walliniana
  • Hoya Waymaniae
  • Hoya Wongii

Here are the varieties of Hoya Kerri which has heart-shaped leaves:

  • Hoya Kerrii Splash
  • Hoya Kerri Albomarginata
  • Hoya Kerrii Sweetheart (single leaf)
  • Hoya kerrii Variegata
  • Hoya kerrii Reverse Variegata

Sweetheart plant care guide

These plants are very easy to care for. They don’t require much attention, but they need some particular growing conditions.

They don’t prefer too much water, and they should be planted in a pot with a drainage hole.

Appropriate care helps these plants to stay green, healthy, and in proper shape.

Here, are the few care tips for sweetheart plant

Sunlight

Sweetheart plants love sunlight. They need 6 hours of indirect and bright sunlight to grow well.

Place them in the brightest spot of your house. They can thrive in low- moderate light also but don’t prefer full shade. Artificial light will be beneficial for these plants.

If your sweetheart plant gets more light, the leaves may turn yellow, but still, the plant will thrive well and healthy.

Water

The plant is drought-tolerant, they can go without water for a prolonged period. Don’t water them too often; they don’t like to be soggy or wet all the time.

Watering them twice a month will be enough. Hoya Kerri plants are ideal for forgetful gardeners.

Temperature

They prefer warm temperature ranges between 65°F-80°F (18°-26°C).

The ideal temperature for them will be 60°F-77°F (15°-25°C). Avoid placing your plant where the temperature is below 50°-55°F(10°-12°C).

Avoid keeping them near AC or heat vents.

Humidity

Hoya kerrii plants love humidity. Humidity plays an essential role in its growth.

They are slow growers, and humidity helps them to speed up their growth.

Sweetheart plants can grow well in moderate sunlight, also if high humid levels are provided around them.

The room humidity where the plant is placed should be around 40% of humidity.

Fertilizer

These plants are light feeders. Feed them once in a month during their growing season (summer season).

They prefer liquid fertilizer, plant-based food is recommended for these plants. Stop feeding them during winter.

Toxicity

The best part of this plant is that its non-poisonous plant. You can keep this plant anywhere in the house without any fear.

They are non-toxic to humans as well as pets.

Pests and problems

Sweetheart plants are pests resistant, but mealybugs or aphids may trouble your plant.

Keep an eye on your plant, if you notice the pests in your plant apply neem oil solution or insecticidal soap to get rid of them.

Problems:

Brown and wrinkled leaves: It indicates that your plant is not getting enough water.

Black or dark green spots: Black or green spots can be a sign of fungal infection or overwatering also cause spots on Hoya kerrii.

To solve this problem, keep your plant in a warm place and avoid watering until the soil dries out completely.

Yellow leaves: Overwatering and too much sunlight turn the leaves yellow. To avoid this condition, keep your plant under indirect sunlight and water it once or twice a month.

Rotting leaves: Overwatering causes rotting leaves. Leaves also rot due to prolonged exposure to high humid areas and exposure to cold temperatures and frost.

Repotting and propagation

Like other indoor plants, they also need to be repotted. Spring is the best time to repot your Hoya kerrii.

Repotting process:

Step 1: Take a pot 1-2 inches larger than the previous one.

Step 2: Gently, get your Hoya plant out of the existing pot.

Step 3: Fill the new pot with a well potting mix and place your plant properly.

How often to repot this plant? This question arises in the mind of many.

Here is the answer,

  • Young Hoya Kerri– The young Hoya Kerri’s means a plant with only one leaf should be repotted when there is new growth.
  • Hoya Kerri with few leaves– Hoya kerrii with few leaves should be repotted once every two years.
  • Mature Hoya kerrii– Mature Hoya kerrii with many leaves should be repotted once in a couple of years. Repot them in a larger container.

Propagation

Sweetheart plants are very easy to propagate. They can be propagated in various ways.

Here are the methods,

Stem cutting method:

Step 1: Cut a healthy stem (just below the nodes) of about 7cm with a couple of leaves on it.

Step 2: Submerge the cutting in water. Make sure the leaves are not submerged in water; only the root should be in the water.

Step 3: Place it under bright and indirect sunlight (avoid direct sunlight).

Step 4: Change the water once or twice a week.

Step 5: Within two weeks (or sometimes it takes three weeks), new roots will start appearing.

Step 6: Wait till the roots reach the length of 1-2 inches long.

Step 7: Now, plant your Hoya in a well-potting soil.

Pruning

They don’t require to prune frequently, because they are slow growers; they take a bit longer time to reach their desired length.

Any dead or shrivel leaves should be pruned. Cut the brown stems also.

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