Variegated Wax Hearts
Hoya kerrii 'Variegata' (Variegated Sweetheart Hoya)
Hoya kerrii 'Variegata' (Variegated Sweetheart Hoya) is a slow-growing, semi-succulent plant with variegated heart-shaped leaves. The…
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Variegated String of Hearts Classification
Species: C. woodii.
Binomial name: Ceropegia woodii variegata
Let us get an outline about the genus to help you know the plant better.
Ceropegias are native to Australia, Africa and South Asia. Carl Linnaeus first introduced this genus in 1753. The main feature of these plants is the tubular corolla with 5 or more petals. These petals join at the tips in a unique way forming a tube or an umbrella-like canopy. This tube-like the structure of the flowers refers to the name of the genus which means the ‘wax fountain’.
The growth habit of Ceropegia mainly includes creepers. Moreover, they include a few erect growers like the woodii plant. These plants are associated with a number of common names. These include Wine-glass vine, necklace vine, rosary vine, parachute flower, lantern flower and many others.
These plants are extensively used in ornamentation. Moreover, Africans like to eat the raw roots of these plants.
How to Grow a Sweetheart Wax Plant
Sweetheart hoya care isn’t complicated or involved, but the plant is somewhat particular about its growing conditions.
This Valentine hoya tolerates relatively low light, but not full shade. However, the plant performs best and is more likely to bloom in bright or indirect sunlight. Room temperatures should be maintained between 60 and 80 F. or 15 and 26 C.
With its fleshy, succulent leaves, sweetheart hoya is relatively drought-tolerant and can get by with as little as one or two waterings per month. Water deeply when the soil is slightly dry to the touch, then let the pot drain thoroughly.
Although the soil should never become bone dry, wet, soggy soil can result in deadly rot. Be sure sweetheart hoya is planted in a pot with a drainage hole.
Sweetheart hoya is a light feeder and requires little fertilizer. A light solution of a balanced, water-soluble houseplant fertilizer mixed at a rate of ¼ teaspoon (1 ml.) in a gallon (4 L.) of water is plenty. Feed the plant once a month during the growing season and discontinue feeding in winter.
If a mature plant doesn’t bloom, try exposing the plant to brighter light or cooler nighttime temperatures.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is my hoya plant not flowering?
A: There’s a lot of possible reasons for this. If it’s too young, it won’t flower. Hoya likes to be a bit rootbound to produce flowers, too, so if you recently repotted it, that might be the culprit. Pruning heavily may have accidentally removed the flower spurs from which the flowers grow. And it simply might need more phosphorous to stimulate flower growth.
It’s hard to gauge which is the actual cause. If you haven’t pruned your hoya recently, that won’t be the problem, so it’s usually the easiest thing to check. Adding fertilizer at the right time (about a month prior to blooming, and then again right as it blooms) is the second easiest option.
If it still won’t bloom at that point, be patient and wait another year. Sometimes it’s simply that your plant wants to grow more first before it provides those huge bundles of starry flowers.
Q: I got a hoya kerrii and it’s not growing.
A: Hoya kerrii is often propagated through leaf cutting. Unfortunately, leaf cutting is one of the slowest ways to generate more hoya plants, and it can take a couple years before it really shows signs of much growth. As long as the heart-shaped leaf remains green and it seems to be alive, it probably is. Just give it some time and care and it will eventually flourish!
Ready to grow your own selection of tropical star-flowers? The hoya plant’s really quite easy to care for, all things considered, and it’s well worth adding to your houseplant collection! Do you have a favorite hoya plant? Share your stories in the comments!