What are some of the facts about Hoya Kerrii?
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1) Hoya Kerrii is famous because it is the only plant whose leaves have the shape of the heart. There may be other heart-shaped plants too but the leaves may not be as thick as that of Hoya Kerrii plants. The leaves of the Hoya Kerrii plant cannot be torn down unless applied too much pressure as it is tough. The thickness of the leaves of the Hoya Kerrii is 5mm. Because of the heart (Dil) like shape, it is often used as a gift on Valentine Day and also named as Valentine Hoya or Sweetheart Hoya.
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2) Hoya Kerrii is a succulent plant which means it has the capability to store water in its stems and leaves and so this plant can survive itself even in dry environment or drought. They can survive even in unfavorable seasons because of their succulent quality. If you are growing Hoya Kerrii at home, you don't even need to water them frequently. Just water it once in two weeks and that will be enough. When overwatered they fill up their water storage tissues, become bloated and can actually split open. You can usually tell an overwatered Hoya Kerrii by its puffy-looking stems or leaves.
3) The water thus stored in the leaves of the Hoya Kerrii plant make it more than usually fleshy by the development of water-storing tissues. It is because of the extra flash (in the form of water or moisture) the leaf and the stem of this plant becomes thick and waxy and this also makes it look attractive and soft in touch just like the soft-skin surface of the body of a man with a lot of flash in him.
4) Hoya Kerrii is a type of plant that shoots out vines that has the growth habit of trailing or scandent (that is climbing). So it is better to support their vines with sticks (inserted in the pot) or some other object so that the vines can rise along with the sticks in the upward direction. The maximum height it can reach is 4m or 13 feet if you are growing it in a pot at home.
5) If you want to grow Hoya Kerrii at home the environment should be of nice bright light, high humidity and long dry spells. You should not expose this plant to direct Sun and avoid overwatering as mentioned earlier. This plant is not grown by inserting grain-like seeds after digging the earth and then watering that area daily. You need to buy a small initial plant of it - along with its roots and the pot - from your nearby plant nursery. This method of growing a plant is often termed as asexual propagation. You can even buy online on sites like Amazon with the pot and a single leaf plant and then grow it at home.
6) The propagation of Hoya Kerrii should be done from stem cuttings or by air layering. You can keep it in the same pot for years but never forget to fertilize it throughout spring and summer. Sweetheart Hoya (Hoya Kerrii) is a light feeder and requires little fertilizer. A light solution of balanced, water-soluble houseplant fertilizer mixed at a rate of a ¼ teaspoon in a gallon of water is plenty. Feed the plant once a month during the growing season and discontinue feeding in winter. They need to be potted in planters with drainage.
7) Many people are growing Hoya Kerrii to make a business out of it as a lot of other people buy it on Valentine Day. But there is hardly any money in this business as it takes a long time to grow this plant. This business could only be profitable if done on a large scale. But the buyers are also not much as this is not considered as good as you can think of as a gift for the Valentine day. However, people could buy for their home-based plants' nursery.
Here is a nice video giving very useful information on caring about the Hoya Kerri from home.
Written by: Rajesh Bihani ( Find me on Google+ )