How to Take Care of A Hoya Heart Plant

If you want a really cute little plant to keep near a window, then a sweet little Hoya Heart Plant might be for you.

It’s a succulent and you usually will see it sold as a single leaf in the shape of a heart. It’s a perfect little piece of personality to stick on the windowsill.

Let’s Learn About the Hoya Heart Plant

To be honest, I’m a little scared of succulents to this day. I have a little Hoya Heart and I keep a very close eye on it. Which is easy since it’s adorable.

But even though you have probably read and been told a million times that succulents are so easy to care for, they are really not that easy to care for.

You most definitely have to keep them in the right light and you most definitely have to water them properly.

The Hoya Heart that you might see that is just the single leaf will most likely always be just that single leaf. It takes really careful propagation to grow a vine of Hoya Heart leaves, but that is exactly how they grow in the wild in their natural habitat.

In the warm and humid climate of south-east Asia, they grow as a vine, so that little plant that you have would have been one leaf on a vine.

How to Take Care of A Hoya Heart Plant

Ok, here are the essentials: water, light, soil and fertilizer so that you can make it just right for your new Hoya Heart.


Hoya Heart is a succulent and that means it is much more tolerant of drought than it will be of overwatering.

You can let the soil dry out between waterings, then give it a really good soaking and make sure you have it in a pot with really good drainage.

Root rot is going to be the fastest thing to kill your Hoya Heart and sitting around in soggy soil is how the Hoya Heart will get root rot.


As for light, bright, direct light will work for your Hoya Heart. It won’t be bothered by this like many plants are.

But, the Hoya Heart is also a pretty resilient plant and will be fine in lower light conditions, too.

So she’s cute and adaptable and she won’t get mad if you forget to water her.

Pretty good, right?


A Cactus & succulent potting mix will work great for your Hoya Heart. This soil is made for plants that like to dry out a bit in between water because it really helps with drainage.

If you find that the soil is feeling a little crunchy or the water is pooling on top when you water it, you can aerate it with some chopsticks to loosen things up.


You can really skip fertilizer all together for the Hoya Heart, but if you are using a good balanced, water soluble fertilizer on your other plants, then you feel free to add some to your Hoya Heart.

Once a month during the growing season (spring/summer) will work out fine.

Things to Watch Out for With Your Hoya Heart Plant

If you stick to be stingy with the water, there’s not too much to really worry about with your Hoya Heart, but if you do feel like something is going south, here are some things to consider.

#1. It’s not growing.

If you’ve got the single leaf cutting in soil, then that’s totally fine. Don’t expect it to grow or suddenly become two leaves.

That’s just not going to happen.

The full Hoya on the vine with multiple leaves is a totally different thing to care for. If that’s what you have, then I would suggest you check out this post.

#2. It’s getting yellow and mushy at the bottom.

This probably a sign of a fungal infection on your Hoya Heart. You can try a fungicide spray or, cinnamon is a natural fungicide.

Make a paste of cinnamon and a little water and rub it on the affected spots and see if it helps.

This is usually caused by overwatering or excess humidity, so cut out the overwatering!

#3. There’s mold growing on the soil.

This is again a sign that you are overwatering.

But, if you let things dry out, it should kill the mold and you can go about your business.


Now You Know How to Take of A Hoya Heart Plant

This is such a cute little plant to have in your collection and really, if you can lay off the overwatering, it’s not very difficult at all to care for.

So go ahead and get one for yourself!