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.

The Sweetheart Hoya is a wonderful easy care succulent 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 light is best

Water: This is a succulent 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.

Fertilizer: 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.