Hoya kerrii Craib

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Also called The Sweet Heart Hoya or The Valentine Hoya. The name comes from the leaves being heart shaped.

Hoya kerrii is a close relative of Hoya diversifolia and has the same robust, ungainly, growth which can make the plant difficult to harbor. Will with time become very large so it needs lots of space.

Wether or not Hoya kerrii is easy to bring to bloom is a good question. Mine bloomed the first time as a cutting, before it was even properly rooted, but since then the plant has only produced an occasional peduncle. No flowers. Unfortunately the photos from the first time didn't turn out too good.

Hoya kerrii is easy to cultivate in the sense that it tolerates to run dry although it prefers even moist. It's not a very demanding plant, if one has enough room for it.

Subspecies or variations:
Information and photos of variations in Hoya kerrii in my collectionInformation and photos of various Hoya kerrii in my collection
Light, but no sunlight

Likes light but should not be exposed to sunlight. A protected window facing west is good.

Slightly moist

Tolerates some drought but should not be allowed to run completely dry.


Intermediate species. Tolerates short exposure to temperatures no less than 10°C. Best grown in a regular room temperature of 20-25°C.

Flower size: 10mm

Leaf size: ca 15cm × 18cm

Growth: Climbing

Scent: Faint

Section: Amblyostemma

Origin: Thailand, China, Japan

Author: Craib

Publication: Kew Bulletin s. 418 (1911)


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