Hoya Kerrii, also known as the Sweetheart Plant or Valentine Hoya, is a popular houseplant with heart-shaped leaves. It is easy to care for and propagate, making it an ideal choice for both experienced and novice gardeners.
Propagating Hoya Kerrii can be done in several ways such as stem cuttings or leaf propagation. In this blog post, we will discuss the steps on how to propagate Hoya Kerrii using water propagation method.
Step 1: Choose a healthy plant
The first step in propagating Hoya Kerrii is selecting a healthy parent plant. Look for a plant that has strong stems and bright green leaves without any signs of discoloration or damage.
Step 2: Cut a stem from the parent plant
Using sharp scissors or pruning shears, cut off a stem from the parent plant just below where there are one or two nodes (the points where leaves emerge). The cutting should be about four inches long with at least one node intact.
Step 3: Remove lower leaves
Remove all but two of the lower leaves on the cutting. This allows more energy to go into producing roots instead of maintaining extra foliage.
Step 4: Place cutting in water
Place your cutting in a jar filled with clean water so that only half of it is submerged. You can use tap water however leaving chlorine evaporate overnight would help create better environment for rooting process
Step 5: Change out water regularly
Change out the water every three days – this helps prevent bacteria growth which could cause rotting Cutting should remain undisturbed while it sprouts roots during these days
Step 6: Wait until roots have formed
After about four weeks you should see small roots growing from the stem. Once the roots reach around an inch in length, you can safely move on to the next step.
Step 7: Planting
Now it’s time to plant your new Hoya Kerrii Cutting into a pot of well-draining soil. Gently remove cutting from water and shake off excess moisture before planting.
Make a hole in soil with finger or pencil and gently place cutting into it inserting only till node is inside soil. Press down surrounding area of soil so that cutting stays upright.
Step 8: Care for propagated plant
After planting, take care not let direct sun hit newly planted hoya keri cuttings as they are still delicate until after few weeks once established well Feed fertilizer every two weeks during spring season
In conclusion propagating Hoya Kerrii by water propagation is an easy way to grow your collection of these beautiful plants without much effort. With proper care and patience you can successfully propagate this lovely specimen in just a few short weeks!