SWEETHEART HOYA – HOYA KERRII – PLANT CARE TIPS

I saw a Sweetheart Hoya on Amazon and want to get it. Could you tell me if it’s hard to care for and give me some care tips? I don’t want to get it and have it die a month later.

Hi Brady,

The Sweetheart Hoya is a wonderful easy care succulentLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant." houseplant. Many times this plant is sold as a single leaf. (see below). You do not want to buy it that way.

Always buy a more mature plant with several leaves and stems.

Here are some care tips:

Light: bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. is best

Water: This is a Succulent PlantLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant." that stores water in its thick leaves. Wait until the soil has practically dried out and then water well. Be sure the excess water can drain through the drip holes in the bottom of the pot. Never allow the plant to sit in the excess water.

fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small.  : Hoya plants do not need a great deal of plant food. Feed monthly, only when the the plant is actively growing, with a balanced plant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength.

Humidity: Basic household humidity

Temperature: Hoya plants prefer 65°F – 80°F (18.3°C – 26.7°C ) during the day and  60°F – 65°F (15.6°C – 18.3°C) at night.

Flowering:  Hoya plants need to be mature plants ( about 3 years old) and sit in very bright, indirect light in order to bloom. New flowers develop on the older stems so never cut the old flower stems. During the winter, when the plant is resting, allow the soil to totally dry out before watering. This  helps a hoya bloom more the rest of the year.

You can read more about hoya plants in the Popular Houseplant section of the website. The picture is of a different variety, but the care is practically the same.

https://www.houseplant411.com/houseplant/hoya-plant-how-to-grow-care-wax-plant