OVERVIEW+ Comes in an 6" plastic container.
These south east asian plants are known as the sweetheart Hoya due to their vines growing a cluster of leaves that resemble hearts. A relatively slow growing hoya, it appreciates a hanging basket mature Kerrii vines are thicker than most of the Hoyas around, these are designed to support a heavy climbing plant, as the Kerrii leaves are thick by nature. These can be trained to different shapes when young, that will thicken with age and stay in the position. This hoya is obviously most commonly sold on Valentines day.
CLASSIFICATION / GENUS:
Apocynaceae / Hoya
Sweetheart Hoya / Sweetheart Plant / Valentine Hoya / Heart Leaf / Lucky Hearts / Wax Hearts / Hoya obovata var. kerrii
A relatively slow growing hoya, it does prefer hanging baskets, mature plants can reach up to lengths of 13 feet. Leaves can reach up to 4" long by 3 inches wide and up to .2inches thick. The plant prefers hanging baskets so it can trail.
Can be grown outside in zones 11a to 11b from 40 degrees F to 50 degrees F being the lows out doors. Though its ideal temperature range is between 65 - 80 degrees F.
Relatively low Maintenance
Hoya Kerriis prefers bright or indirect sunlight, and love the sunlight (though be careful of too much direct sun on the leaves, as with anything they can get sunburned). The Kerriis do not like dark rooms, so avoid altogether if you do not have the correct light conditions.
The Kerrii is a chunkier hoya, so it stores a lot of water in its leaves and wines, so it can go longer periods between waterings. It an even get as little as 1-2 waterings a month. Never though allow the soil to become bone dry, and never ever oversaturate or leave in soggy soil as this can lead to rot. The Kerrii also does not care too much about high humidity levels, so misting it is not a requirement.
A good mixture of soil for the hoya Kerrii is 50% regular potting soil (or coir) + 25% perlite + 25% orchid bark. There chunkier vines are very similar to the orchid and can stand to have larger bits of bark in its soil. With orchid bark though, water can move through quickly, and the Kerrii can slurp up a lot of the water in its roots quickly, so keep a close eye out that your soil doesnt dry out.
DOES IT FLOWER?
Yes. Kerrii plants like to be root or pot bound to flower, but be careful that you have the appropriate pot size for the plant, too small of a pot (4") can stop proper growth, too large of a pot (8" with one stem in it) can cause possible root rot. A Kerrii can grow comfortably in a 6" pot for a long while before being upgraded to an 8". Older plants will bloom fragrant flowers that are pink with red centers.
IS IT POISONOUS/TOXIC?
All Hoyas are considered toxic (as they produce sap similar to the milkweed), but not necessarily poisonous, the amount of ingestion varies from animal, but on a whole the ASPCA regards them as safe to have around pets and children.
CAN IT BE PROPAGATED FROM CUTTINGS?
Yes. Many sellers try to sell one leaf in a pot to customers, this propagation can take a substantially longer time for the plant to root, and often will not, Hoya Kerri leaves grown as a single leaf only have a small chance of producing new shoots, the probability of success, is low. To have a more succesfful progagation, always make sure that there is a viable stem with a node and a leaf on this to propogate from, and even this can take time for it to take. If the leave gets wrinkly dont worry its going through its rooting stage, if the leaf or cutting turns yellow, then the rooting has not taken. Once it has rooted, the kerrii is a fast grower, and you will see vines growing quite tall with many leaves beginning to form along its stem.
Best to purchase these with multiple leaves, as shown, many sellers sell the single leaf in a pot, but this can often take quite a long time for it to root. Common Pests: Spider Mites and Mealy bugs. / Common diseases: root rot. / Most common demise of this plant is letting it dry out too much between waterings.
WINTER TRAVEL: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PURCHASE A HEAT-PACK (FOUND WITHIN OUR STORE) IF THE PLANT IS TRAVELING IN BELOW 50 DEGREE WEATHER.