Sweetheart plant - Hoya kerrii

Sweetheart plant - Hoya kerrii

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If you saw this plant in the wild you probably wouldn’t recognise it. It’s actually a climbing plant, with lots of those heart-shaped leaves strung along its vines. It’s commonly found in countries in South-East Asia, where it can grow up to four metres tall.

In the wild, it blooms with small red and pink waxy flowers. It’s an extremely slow-growing plant and the full climber is very rarely sold in Ireland. Instead, its cute, heart-shaped leaves are potted and sold individually. The leaf can grow into a full plant but is best enjoyed a small plant in its own right. The heart-shape and minimal care needs makes it an excellent choice for a Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day gift.

Dusting: This plant needs minimal care, but if you see it get dusty, very gently wipe it off. Use something like a soft, dry brush.

Bright light: It’ll be ok in light shade, but does better in brighter light. Constant direct sun may be too much, but a bit is fine.

Light watering: It needs very very little water. About once a month is fine. Water the soil, not the leaf, to keep it healthy.

Recommended pot size 6cm