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A guide to Hoya Kerrii care

by Plants for all Seasons 15 Mar 2023 0 Comments

Hoya Kerrii, also known as the Sweetheart Plant, is a unique Hoya plant that is often grown as a single heart-shaped leaf. Here is a detailed guide on how to care for Hoya Kerrii:

  1. Lighting: Hoya Kerrii prefers bright, indirect light. Place the plant near a window that receives filtered sunlight, such as a north-facing or east-facing window. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, so it's important to provide some shade.

  2. Watering: Hoya Kerrii prefers to dry out between waterings. Water the plant thoroughly and allow the soil to dry out slightly before watering again. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's important to avoid watering too frequently. In general, it's better to underwater than to overwater Hoya Kerrii.

  3. Humidity: Hoya Kerrii prefers high humidity levels. You can increase humidity by placing a tray of water near the plant or using a humidifier.

  4. Temperature: Hoya Kerrii prefers temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid placing the plant near cold drafts or air conditioning vents.

  5. Soil: Hoya Kerrii prefers well-draining soil. Use a potting mix that is designed for indoor plants and contains perlite or sand to improve drainage.

  6. Fertilizer: Hoya Kerrii benefits from regular fertilization. Use a balanced fertilizer that is designed for indoor plants and follow the instructions on the label for application rates. Fertilize the plant once a month during the growing season.

  7. Pruning: Hoya Kerrii is a slow-growing plant that does not require much pruning. However, if the plant becomes too leggy, you can trim it back to encourage bushier growth.

  8. Propagation: Hoya Kerrii can be propagated by taking stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. To propagate by leaf cutting, cut a leaf with a short stem and plant it in well-draining soil. Keep the soil moist and provide bright, indirect light. Roots should begin to develop within a few weeks.

In summary, Hoya Kerrii is a unique Hoya plant that requires bright, indirect light, well-draining soil, and regular fertilization. It prefers to dry out between waterings and benefits from high humidity levels. With proper care, your Hoya Kerrii can grow healthy and produce new leaves.

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