The Hoya Kerrii is a beautiful plant that has been popular in homes for many years. It’s easy to care for and thrives in the right environment. But what if you are not sure how to take care of your hoya? In this guide, we will discuss its needs so that you can create the perfect Hoya Kerrii habitat!
About Hoya Kerrii
Hoya Kerrii is a type of houseplant that originates from the Philippines. They are one of the easiest indoor plants to look after and can survive in areas with low levels of light, as long as they get at least four hours per day. The great thing about them is that not only do they create extra oxygen for you by photosynthesizing (and produce fresh air), but also filter toxins like formaldehyde out of your home’s atmosphere!
This plant is a shade-loving plant and should be kept in low light conditions. Direct sunlight will scorch the leaves quickly and kill them off. It’s best to keep your Hoya Kerrii away from windows that receive direct sun exposure during the day. The most ideal location for this type of hoyas is outside on a patio or porch where it can soak up indirect sunlight all day long without being directly exposed to harsh rays at any point along its surface.
Hoya Kerrii is a succulent, so it will need more water than other houseplants. Aim to give the plant at least one inch of water every week (about 15 minutes). You should be able to see some drainage from your pot. If you can’t, that means there’s not enough soil for drainage or too much fertilizer in the soil, and roots are being choked by all that extra moisture. To tell if you’re watering correctly:
It shouldn’t take longer than ten days before your Hoya Kerrii starts looking wilted when watered less often than once per week; It should have no problem staying healthy with two weeks of dryness between watering sessions; Wilting only happens if plants get over-watered for an extended period of time.
Not watering Hoya Kerrii enough will eventually lead to the leaves turning yellow, brown, or green as they wither and die from lack of water; Too much water on a regular basis can cause roots to rot because it’ll be difficult for them to absorb all that extra moisture.
This is especially true if you’re using potting soil with too high levels of fertilizer in your plant’s container. You may need to switch up what type of soil you use (more about this later) depending on how often you plan on watering your plants.
The temperature of your home and work should be around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. However, if you prefer to keep it significantly cooler in the house, Hoya Kerrii still needs at least one hour of direct sun exposure each day.
If possible, place a window plant shelf near an east-facing window or invest in a grow light system with UVB bulbs. Alternately, a full spectrum bulb is also fine as long as you provide enough hours of sunlight for the rest of the year when natural light is not available.
The best pot size for a Hoya Kerrii is wide enough so that the plant can grow to its full height without spilling onto the floor. You’ll want at least 12-inches in diameter, but anything larger will be fine as well.
Hoya Kerrii Fertilizing
Use horticultural orchid. Once a month, feed with an orchid fertilizer such as 50% Peters 20-20-20. Feed monthly in the spring and summer months. In fall and winter, fertilize every other month
Repeat this process until the plant is dormant (usually late December) then stop feeding for six weeks before starting again in February to prepare for the new growing season.
Be sure not to overfeed your Hoya! This will cause it to grow too quickly, stretch out of shape, become susceptible to pests/disease, and even die prematurely. Remember that you should always water first before adding any type of fertilizer so that the plant can absorb the water and nutrients.
- Keep in a location with bright to medium light, but not direct sunlight
- The temperature should be between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (18 – 30 Celsius)
- Water your Hoya two times per week or when the soil has been dry for seven days straight
If unsure of the type of Hoya you have, reach out on the Facebook page and someone will be happy to help!
In general, Hoya Kerrii likes humidity. The more humid the better! In order to achieve a higher level of humidity for your house plant, you can purchase an electric humidifier or use boiling water and pour it into a glass container with holes in the bottom.
Be sure not to let any part of the plan touch the hot water that he is sitting on top of. It’s also important that you do not over-water your hoyas as this could lead them to rot away from too much moisture being trapped inside their leaves which will result in brown spots appearing where they once were green before wilting down onto themselves in what has been described as “death by drowning. You should give them about a quarter of their pot’s volume twice a week in order to avoid this.
The Kerrii is a tropical plant that requires very little to no pruning. This means you can just let it grow with its natural tendencies, and the only time you should consider trimming them is during the winter months when they go dormant. During this season, remove any decayed leaves or dead flowers so as not to spread disease to other plants in your collection.
Hoya Kerrii propagation is easy! The easiest way to propagate this plant is by cuttings. A cutting can be used as soon as it has developed roots and leaves, but the quicker you take the cutting, the better your chance for success. Once this process starts growing new plants from your original one (propagation), you will have more babies than you know what to do with!
- Take a full-size stem of about 12 inches long
- Cut off all foliage at the end so that just bare stem remains
- Place in clean water until roots start forming on their own. This should only take around two weeks or less if conditions are right
Once weeding occurs, the new roots will take hold of any growing medium and grow.
- Fill a pot with well-draining soil or clay, around four to six inches deep
- Place stem so that it is standing in the center of the pot
- Cover bottom half of stem with soil (about two inches) but do not cover foliage at the top
The plant should be watered frequently enough for the water to always drain out from below. If you are able to find conditions where this does not happen, then your cutting may have been too wilted before being placed inside potting mix! You can try adding more perlite or sphagnum moss instead if there’s no drainage happening because both these materials will help absorb water.
Potting Soil Mix
A potting soil mix for a Hoya Kerrii can contain peat moss, coarse sand or perlite, and vermiculite. The mixture should be two-thirds peat moss to one-third of the other ingredient.
For example, A good ratio is 33% each (or 25% if you want it drier) as this will give your plant adequate support without being too wet like pure compost would. You may also want to add fertilizer such as fish emulsion, seaweed extract, or bone meal into the mix when mixing in order to make sure that all nutrients are available for healthy growth.
Pests and Diseases
Hoya Kerrii is prone to pests and diseases that can harm its leaves. It is important to keep your plant free of all these problems by always checking the underside of leaves for signs of insects, or discoloration from disease. If you find any evidence, take action immediately!
Remove dead foliage before it has a chance to attract more bugs; rinse soil with water mixed with insecticidal soap every two weeks in summer (or once per month); monitor daily for mites that may appear as tiny specks on the surface of leaves near buds; check weekly for aphids; remove webbing created by spider mite eggs as soon as possible will hatch into little white worms.
What Are Some Common Pest Infestations?
Aphids, spider mites, and mealybugs are all common pests that can wreak havoc on your plant. These insects will suck the sap out of leaves or even roots–your hoya won’t produce any new leaves and will eventually die if infested too severely. Mites often attack in cycles from late spring to early fall so check for them frequently during those months.
Mealybugs may be mistaken for scale but they have a waxy buildup that looks like cotton candy on their backs. They release honeydew as well which attracts ants and fungus gnats; both mealybug populations require immediate treatment! Spider mite damage is most typically seen near buds where webs from around the stems due to an infestation.
If you notice insect damage on your plant, remove the infested leaves immediately to cut off their food source and make sure that there is enough space between plants for air circulation. For aphids or mealybugs, spray them with a soap solution using a very fine mist from an atomizer bottle shake well before each use because oils in soaps may separate.
Spider mites can be treated by spraying horticultural oil onto the plant’s surface or wiping it down with alcohol; wait about 24 hours for any treatment to take effect before freeing up too much of the plant’s breathing room!
Fungus gnats are attracted to overwatered soil and will lay eggs along moist surfaces which leads to larvae that feed on roots. To avoid this, reduce watering frequency and apply a layer of sand or peat moss to the surface of your potting mix.
Hoya Kerrii Care is best done in an enclosed area with high humidity. This can be achieved by having plants close together in moist soil that has been treated with fungicide (such as Bacillus subtilis), placing pots under misting nozzles for extended periods throughout the day, and spraying foliage periodically with water from a spray bottle
The most important aspect of any plant care regimen is consistent maintenance; if you’re not able to water daily then try at least every other day! With time you will find what works best for your particular growing environment’s needs.
The Hoya Kerrii is one of the most popular plants in homes and offices. Though they’re beautiful, these plants are toxic to cats and dogs as well as humans. The danger for animals comes from chewing or licking the leaves which causes irritation in their mouth or throat. For humans who may also get exposed by touching the leaves, it can cause irritation to the skin and eyes.
If you happen to have a Hoya Kerrii in your home or office, take precautions so that both you and your pets are safe. And remember: keep these plants out of reach from animals as well as children under six years old.