It’s Valentine’s Day and what higher approach to rejoice than with a heart-shaped plant? I like heart-shaped anything-my engagement ring is a coronary heart, heart-shaped stones, dishes, and extra. Considered one of my favourite heart-shaped vegetation, although,  is the lover hoya or Hoya kerrii. You might have seen them on the market as a single leaf, just like the one proven under.  They are often discovered on the market all 12 months however you will notice a plethora of them close to Valentine’s Day. Although they’re lovable (who wouldn’t need one?), they could solely ever be one leaf and never turn into a vine. Why? Learn extra about that here.

Hoya kerrii

Hoya kerrii leaf

The vine

Hoyas are vining vegetation, as a rule. But, when offered as a single leaf, you could not see it turn into a vine. For a propagated hoya to develop, it wants a chunk of stem connected to the leaf. I wrote about propagating hoya vines here. These vegetation develop as epiphytes of their native habitat of Thailand and Indonesia the place they scramble by way of the treetops sending out flowers as they go.Hoya kerrii or sweetheart vineVariegated sweetheart hoya

Hoya kerrii variegated


Sweetheart hoyas are straightforward to care for so long as you may have a shiny space to position them in, akin to an unobstructed south or west window. Mine blooms frequently for me in my sunroom and has crammed its container with roots. I’ve discovered hoyas do flower higher when they’re a bit comfortable of their pot as a result of as an alternative of placing their power into rising roots, they will put their power into making flowers.

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