Plant Care Sweetheart Hoya

Sweetheart Hoya

4.6 out of 5 (54 experiences)

Sweetheart Hoya has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Sweetheart Hoya has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

Also known as

Valentine Hoya


Hoya kerrii

How to care for Sweetheart Hoya


How often to water your Sweetheart Hoya

Water needs for Sweetheart Hoya
0.5 cups
every 12

Sweetheart Hoya needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Sweetheart Hoya

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Sweetheart Hoya in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Sweetheart Hoya: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Sweetheart Hoya may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Sweetheart Hoya

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Sweetheart Hoya: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Sweetheart Hoya after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for Sweetheart Hoya

Sweetheart Hoya

Sweetheart Hoya

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Sweetheart Hoya has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 28
Sweetheart Hoya has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 9
Sweetheart Hoya has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 9
Sweetheart Hoya has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 8
Sweetheart Hoya has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Rjurado avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 140 XP

I love my Sweetheart Hoya! I wouldn’t say fast grower because my plant grows in fast spurts then relaxes for a bit. I got this plant shipped and it arrived in great condition. I’ve had this plant for just about a year now and it has grown two new leaves and I can see another getting ready to grow! I think this plant has a lot of personality. I have never had any browning, but the leaves get looser and are not a firm when she is unhappy. I am to the point where i think this plant would be happy with a stake to grow upwards :)

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Rae0807 avatar
leaf-1 13 Plants
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globe Townsend, Delaware

Sooo cute

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 48 Plants
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globe Oliver Springs, Tennessee

They are absolutely beautiful. Great addition to your succulents.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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xp 810 XP
globe Sherwood, Arkansas

This plant is so cute, I just love it!

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Adelle avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 246 XP

so adorable for a beginner plant, requires very little watering. only thing is there may not be much growth.

Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
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globe Batesville, Indiana

Slow grower

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 103 Plants
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globe Albuquerque, New Mexico

Nice plant, Hoyas when really happy will bloom a ball of beautiful flowers and put off a pungent aroma. Fairly easy to grow but not fast growers at all, these take time but will be quite lovely. They can get mealy bugs.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Justplanty avatar
leaf-1 91 Plants
xp 2,839 XP

I have this baby facing west in my window and I’ll turn it every two weeks so it doesn’t start growing towards the sun and I water the soil with a Mr. bottle just the soil not the plant unless I spray it and wipe it down

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leaf-1 102 Plants
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globe New York

Please take caution when purchasing. These are frequently sold as single leaf cuttings without enough of a node for further leaf development. Check for a good amount of stem!

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globe San Francisco, California

Careful to not overwater these cute lil hearts

Kailee avatar
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globe Charleston, Tennessee

Sooooo cute, basically indestructible. Small

Survivor Survivor
Apb0168 avatar
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globe Hamilton, Ontario

Doesn’t do much. Heart shaped unique. Not known to grow much. Will stay like this for awhile. I would not buy. It was a novelty plant given to me at valentines.

Pet friendly Pet friendly
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leaf-1 17 Plants
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globe Wheathampstead, England

Super easy to look after and it’s a really pretty looking plant.

Survivor Survivor
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globe Austin, Texas

make sure you know what you’re getting. love my little Romeo but he will never grow.

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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Carlisle, Pennsylvania

easy to manage

Survivor Survivor
Teafungus avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
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globe Los Angeles, California

I love Hoyas so much! They’re easy to care for, they don’t ask for much.

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 118 Plants
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globe Jacksonville, Florida

The individual leaves are very cute and easy to care for. No direct sunlight. Only thing I wish were different about this plant is that if you buy the single leaf it most likely will not grow unless you got lucky and your plant includes part of the stem.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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globe Elizabethtown, Kentucky

I wouldn’t recommend this plant to someone who loves fast growing plants! They take a very long time for anything the grow ❤️ But very pretty

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 18 Plants
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globe Norwich, England

I have had this plant for YEARS and it’s still going strong. It’s a really sweet heart shape I don’t understand how it grown but cool plant overall.

Survivor Survivor
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globe Nashville, Tennessee

Buying a sweetheart Hoya as just the heart makes it challenging to grow into anything but that one cutting but every now and then they can start to shoot off and grow into a full plant.

Remember that Hoya like small pots and don’t water too often!

These plants are a great choice for your space!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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