Hoya kerrii is from the Apocynaceae family and is native to Thailand, Laos & Cambodia. These plants are often sold as a single heart shaped leaf and called ‘Valentine Hoya’, as they mature they will vine and have a woody stem and of course produce more leaves.
Hoya kerrii 'Variegata' have heart shaped leaves with a creamy white border and green centre.
They are epiphytes and would typically attach themselves to host trees in tropical forests using aerial roots. This particular Hoya is most likely to flower when potbound, blooms are star-shaped and release their fragrance at night. Resist removing old floral stalks, as new buds will form from them. The genus "Hoya" was named after Thomas Hoy, an English gardener from the early 1800s.
Hoya kerrii 'Variegata'
Pot: 10.5cm diameter
Height: Approximately 20cm height.
Secrets to success
Light: Bright light is best but this Hoya will tolerate more gentle light.
Watering: Allow soil to dry out a little in between waterings; leaves are very succulent so the plant doesn’t require a lot of watering.
Air humidity: Higher humidity is ideal, this can be achieved by misting the leaves, grouping plants together or placing the plant on a tray of watered pebbles.
Fertilising: When still a single leaf, feed once or twice a year, as plant grows and matures, feed monthly, dilute fertiliser to half the recommended dosage.
Potting mix: A well-draining mix with some orchid bark to allow roots to breathe.
For further information about Hoya, check out our blog.
This plant is non-toxic but keep out of reach just in case as sap is an irritant.