The Hoya Heart or the heart plant, as it is also known, is the epitome of Valentine's Day. It has the perfect shape of a heart, it is the perfect gift for that special someone on the day dedicated to love. If you've been the happy recipient of one of these cute succulents or if you're thinking of giving one as a gift, this care guide is just what you need.
Why give a Hoya Heart as a gift on Valentine's Day?
The Hoya Heart is so popular on Valentine's Day because of its cute shape, but it's actually a gift loaded with meaning and symbolism. First of all, plants are the perfect metaphor for a relationship as they require care and love to continue growing and developing, but the Hoya Corazón not only has that obviously romantic shape, but it is a very resistant plant, which can adapt to different environmental circumstances; Just as a robust and real love is also capable of resisting and overcoming obstacles and problems that may appear along the way.
The heart plant is able to summarize in itself the tradition of Valentine's Day with a deep meaning, making it a meaningful gift that will stand out for its originality and personality. If you put this plant in a pot of your partner's favorite color and accompany it with a box of chocolates, I assure you that you will conquer their heart. It is a unique and original detail that takes the romanticism of one of the typical gifts of the date (which can be very generic and boring) and transforms it into something personal and intimate.
The scientific name of this little girl is Hoya Kerrii and she is native to the forests of Thailand. Although it may seem very small, it can actually grow into a giant plant. It grows in the form of long stems, up to 4 meters, that tangle in the plants around them and produce beautiful flowers. What we usually see are its perfect heart-shaped leaves, rooted in a pot. But don't worry, they will reach this massive size only if you have the space and conditions to do so, plus it's very, very slow growing. It could take decades to see it grow into a tall flowering plant.
Hoya Heart belongs to the Apocynaceae family, to which plumerias and oleanders are also ascribed. They stand out because their stems distill a latex when cut and their flowers have a pleasant fragrance. The Valentine's Day plant, when fully grown, has very cute flowers, which are known as wax flowers.
the best parts of gifting a Hoya Heart is that you won't be putting a heavy responsibility on your partner's shoulders. This plant is a cute companion for the home or office and requires minimal and basic care.
The heart plant is very easy to care for. They require a lot of direct light, so it's good to have it in a well-lit place, and if it's indoors, leave it near a window. It is important that its pot has very good drainage, because like all succulents it is prone to root rot.
As for watering, you should put water in the substrate every 3 or 4 weeks, when you see that it is dry or that the plant begins to wrinkle a little. In this case, less is more. It is better to lack a little water than to have too much water and die.
Hoya Heart will live very well in a substrate suitable for succulents. You probably won't need to transplant it, as it's excessively slow-growing, so you don't have to worry. The most important thing is that your pot has excellent drainage, for which some gravel can be put on the bottom.
It can be watered once a year, never in winter. Use a specialized fertilizer for succulents. Follow the instructions, always remembering that they are small plants and you have to take care of the proportions.
This plant is pet and child friendly, so it's okay to have it indoors. If your furry friend were to bite her, she won't be in danger.