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by Brittanie
(Athens, Georgia, U.S.)


Hi! My poor little guy is dying I believe. It is an indoor heart-shaped succulent in Georgia, US.

A week or two ago, I noticed a small white spot. So I started to let the soil dry out and started giving it more sunlight.

I was hoping I could get that white-ish spot to go away.

However, it has only gotten worse. It has only gotten bigger, and black spots have also appeared.

I believe it’s probably some sort of fungus or mold inside the plant. What do you think I should do? I’d absolutely hate for him to die:( He’s the only plant I have room for in my tiny dorm:(

Hi Brittanie, that certainly is a really cute little plant – I think you may be able to save it, but it won’t look as cute for a while.

I don’t know what this plant is, but I think the only way to save it is to use a really sharp razor blade – the straight kind, not the kind in disposable razors. A scalpel of some kind would work too, but don’t use scissors which will crush too much of the tissue, and just spread the rot.

It has to be extremely sharp, and very clean; use rubbing alcohol – isopropyl alchohol, which will kill any germs.

Slice off the leaf underneath the damaged part. Then, don’t water it, at all, for at least two weeks.

This most likely is the cause of the rot, that, and not enough light, so make sure that you can get a grow light for it – you may be able to find a small single plant sized grow light, which you will also need to find a timer for, so you can give it 12 hours of dark, 12 of light.

This might be what it takes to save it, so I will totally understand if you decide not to try.

Hope you can get your plant back on track, and save it!

Comments for My poor heart-shaped succulent:(

Mar 06, 2013

by: Brittanie

Thank you so much for your help! I’ll definitely try. I’ll try anything to save him!

Good luck, Brittanie – I’ll have my fingers crossed for you!

Mar 07, 2013

It’s a Hoya Kerii.
by: Trina

It’s an indoor plant but it still needs light.

Hi Trina, I wondered if it was Hoya, but it didn’t look right somehow. Do you really think it is?

Oct 07, 2013

For Brittanie & Jackie
by: Anonymous

I, too, have the same plant. It’s called “Hoya Kerrii; Sweetheart Hoya”. I was wondering how Brittanie’s plant is doing. I am nervous about my own plant, as I left it in a sunny window & damaged it. Upon researching, found out it needs to filtered light. I was wondering if you might know specifics on how to maintain this plant. So far, all I have found out is that, along with needing filtered light & little water, it’s somewhat of a slow grower. Any other info would be much appreciated. Thank you. nelson

Oct 07, 2013

Hoya Kerii
by: Trina

Hoya Kerii is really a slow grower. It grows faster and flowers when it is root bound. Hope this helps.