The heart-shaped plant looked like a thornless succulent or cactus. Intriguing.
But I was taken aback by the gaudy etchings on the perfectly symmetrical heart. It was as bad as discovering graffiti mutilating the beautiful trunk of a tree.
It was much later that I realized the heart shaped plant was actually the leaf of a hoya. I saw my first hoya kerrii plant in a private garden in Singapore and it quickly flew to one of the top spots on my wishlist.
So when a visiting gardening friend gave me a couple, I was overjoyed. Imagine, not just one, but two hoyas planted in shells! And each with three perfect variegated hearts on them.
I sought the advice of a hoya expert. “It likes a regular feeding of sheep droppings. Make sure you get those from NZ,” he said.
And so I did. I fertilized them lightly and let them be. I knew there was no point expecting a growth spurt in the hoya as it’s just about one of the slowest growers there are in the garden. There was no point counting the days or weeks either. All I can say is, they do have more leaves now. :P
The next question is probably when the hoya kerrii will bloom. One thing’s for sure – I’d better not hold my breath.
Care and propagation: Filtered sun or bright light, light porous media such as a mixture of peat, husk, soil and perlite; water moderately. Propagate using stem cuttings