The Hoya Heart Plant, technically known as a Hoya kerrii, is a an excellent low maintenance plant, perfect for gift-giving. As we come up on the holiday season, consider sprucing up your loved ones’ lives with a splash of greenery.
Native to Asia, in particular, southern China, Vietnam, Laos, and Java, this Hoya grows like many others in the Hoya family, and can actually vine if given the proper care and environment. Hoyas are also known as “wax leaf” plants because of the thick nature of their leaves, and the Hoya kerrii is no exception.
Caring for this plant includes giving it bright direct light (ideally) or bright indirect light. Treat this plant like a succulent and only water once every 3 to 4 weeks, allow the soil to dry out completely before watering. Because of this plant’s waxy leaves, it retains moisture and can go for long periods without water.
The Hoya kerrii is actually related to the Mandevilla, Periwinkle, and Plumeria plants! Mandevilla are common in South Florida as bright pink, purple, white, and red decorative flowers, periwinkle is also known as “vinca” and is popular as an annual, decorative plant across the United States, and plumeria are the white and yellow flowers better known as the flower Hawai’ian leis are made of.
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