Sweetheart Hoya Plant-Hoya Kerrii – HouseplantCare Tips


Can you identify this houseplant? I have had it for many years and have never seen it in any stores again nor in the plant files on your site.


White and maroon waxy Hoya flowe
Hoya Plant Flower
Thick green heart shaped Hoya Plant
Hoya Kerri
Heart Shaped Hoya

Your plant has several names: Hoya Kerrii, Sweetheart Hoya, Valentines Hoya, and Wax Hearts. These plants like very bright 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., but avoid direct afternoon sun. As you can tell from the thick heart shaped leaves on the plant, this is a succulentLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant." that stores water in its leaves. Allow the soil to become quite dry and then water well, until it comes out the drip holes in the bottom of the pot. The plant should not sit in this excess water or it could result in root rot. Hoya plants are not heavy feeders. Fertilize only when the plant is producing new leaves. Feed once a month with a balanced plant food or a succulent plantLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant." food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength.


You can read all my care tips for a hoya plant in the Popular Houseplant section of the website. The picture is of a slightly different variety, but the care is the same.