Hoya kerrii is a species of Hoya native to the south-east of Asia. Its origin area is South China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesian island of Java.
The Valentine Hoya is so named because of its heart shaped leaves. It is a vigorous climber and as the vine grows the leaves become a lot larger. As the thick leaves are heart-shaped, the plant is sometimes named “Lucky-heart”. It is sold for Saint Valentine’s Day. It flowers in summer.
Most Hoya are well suited to hanging baskets or ladders and can be grown indoors under pot culture in a warm position but flowering is sometimes difficult.
Dig the hole twice the size of the pot and plant level with the surrounding soil. Mounding can assist with wetter soils. The vine will enjoy most soil types but prefers well drained gravelly soils, moist but not wet, warm but frost free above 4 degrees C. Mulch well to conserve water.
Prune after flowering in pots but don’t cut off flower buds as flowers appear each year on the same bud. Fertilise during growing period and withdraw water in the colder months.
REWARD: SIT BACK AND ENJOY!