Plant Care Sweetheart Hoya

Sweetheart Hoya

4.5 out of 5 (66 experiences)

Sweetheart Hoya has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Sweetheart Hoya

With over 500 species and even more cultivars, there's a Hoya out there for everyone! They're native to Southeast Asia and their common name, waxplant, refers to their thick, waxy leaves which help them retain water in the heat. They're excellent climbers and will take off if you give them a trellis to grow on. Their other-worldly, star-shaped flowers are often fragrant and come in brilliant shades of red, pink, yellow, and more!

Taxonomy

Hoya kerrii
Hoya
Apocynaceae
Gentianales

Also known as

Valentine Hoya

How to care for Sweetheart Hoya

Water

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
12

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5"
Light

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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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Nutrients

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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Sweetheart Hoya is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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Care Summary for Sweetheart Hoya

Sweetheart Hoya

Sweetheart Hoya


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

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 32
Sweetheart Hoya has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 10
Sweetheart Hoya has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 10
Sweetheart Hoya has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
Sweetheart Hoya has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Solidlydamsii avatar
@Solidlydamsii
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 176 XP
globe Portland, OR
03/18/2022

Lovely lovely plant. ❤️

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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Plantygoddess avatar
@Plantygoddess
leaf-1 109 Plants
xp 9,648 XP
globe Woolwich Township, NJ
02/26/2022

Was hoping I lucked up and had a node but from the looks of the roots it doesn’t appear to be a grower. So I’m stuck with one but Love is a beautiful Sweetheart and I’m glad she’s apart of my collection.

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@Mariansoasis
leaf-1 91 Plants
xp 7,200 XP
globe Solana Beach, CA
02/01/2022

Did not realize this plant was going to stay this way. Unless we get lucky and there was a node included in the cutting, this is it. A heart 💚 leaf plant. ☺️

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@Monstera_mash
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 1,240 XP
globe Chicago, IL
01/05/2022

if you buy one from a plant nursery, make sure it’s a propagating one or else you’re just stuck with a single heart shaped leaf; i got lucky with a surprise baby

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@Mossybird
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 849 XP
10/28/2021

Adore this plant

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Jaejeb avatar
@Jaejeb
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 107 XP
10/27/2021

It’s cute but a little boring compared to something like a prayer plant.

Rjurado avatar
@Rjurado
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 140 XP
09/18/2021

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 :)

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@Rae0807
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 180 XP
globe Townsend, DE
08/03/2021

Sooo cute

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@Kikigoldblatt
leaf-1 96 Plants
xp 98,897 XP
globe Oliver Springs, TN
07/29/2021

They are absolutely beautiful. Great addition to your succulents.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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Jennifer avatar
@Jennifer
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 1,948 XP
globe Sherwood, AR
07/28/2021

This plant is so cute, I just love it!

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Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Adelle avatar
@Adelle
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 246 XP
07/28/2021

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

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@Brittsgardenoasis
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 4,204 XP
globe Greensburg, IN
07/23/2021

Slow grower

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Silvia avatar
@Silvia
leaf-1 103 Plants
xp 3,724 XP
globe Albuquerque, NM
07/20/2021

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
@Justplanty
leaf-1 95 Plants
xp 6,923 XP
07/10/2021

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

Cody avatar
@Cody
leaf-1 102 Plants
xp 5,512 XP
globe New York
07/07/2021

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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@Growwithme
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 3,022 XP
globe San Francisco, CA
06/17/2021

Careful to not overwater these cute lil hearts

Kailee avatar
@Kailee
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 74 XP
globe Charleston, TN
06/05/2021

Sooooo cute, basically indestructible. Small

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Apb0168 avatar
@Apb0168
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 1,349 XP
globe Hamilton, Ontario
06/05/2021

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.

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@Hattie.patten
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 408 XP
globe Wheathampstead, England
06/04/2021

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

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