【News】 Convey your love with “sweetheart plants” (Feb. 6, 2014)


Love Love Heart, potted plants with heart-shaped leaves, line up at a plant grower in Mizuho, Gifu Prefecture.

Love Love Heart, potted plants with heart-shaped leaves, line up at a plant grower in Mizuho, Gifu Prefecture.

 

Kotaro Yamada

A houseplant with heart-shaped leaves is grown at Gikohen, a succulent plant grower in Mizuho, Gifu Prefecture, to be used as Valentine’s Day gifts.

The plant, a species of Hoya native to southeast Asia, is a succulent vine which withstands difficult conditions and requires infrequent waterings, similar to most cacti. Gikohen President Takayoshi Kato, 68, kept on picking out individual plants with heart-shaped leaves for 10 years and succeeded in commercializing the product.

Roughly 6-cm-high fleshy leaves of the Hoya plant, commonly known as “sweetheart plant,” are rooted in soil and are placed in decorated small pots. Some 50,000 pots, named “Love Love Heart,” will be shipped prior to Valentine’s Day.

The best way to take care of them is to water them sufficiently when the soil surface is dry. If adequately taken care of, heart-shaped sprouts might come out from the root of the leaves. Kato says the plant will be the perfect gift for loved ones, adding that he hopes people will cherish both the plants and their relationships. The pots will be put on sale at flower shops nationwide at JPY500 to JPY2,000.

(Feb. 6, 2014)

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4 Responses to 【News】 Convey your love with “sweetheart plants” (Feb. 6, 2014)

  1. Tina L. Caston says:

    Happy Holidays. The plants are awesome. Where can I buy them? Thank You, Tina

    • The Japan Agri News says:

      Dear Tina,

      Thank you for your inquiry.
      You can buy the plant from the cactus plant production called “GIKOHEN”.
      “GIKOHEN” address and contact number are as follows,

      306-1 Mieji, Mizuho-shi, Gifu-ken ZIP 501-0312
      TEL : ++81 (0)58 328 2143
      FAX : ++81 (0)58 328 4465

      Best regards,

      The Japan Agri News Staff

  2. jane crowley says:

    Hi
    I was wondering if you can help me. I have had a loveheart plant for 4 years now. Ive had no problem’s with it until christmas 2015. It started to loose colour, turning a yellowish colour, it has now developed black spots, the soil is damp. Can i save my plant ? I would be grateful for any advice on this.
    Manymany thanks
    Jane

    • The Japan Agri News says:

      Dear Jane,

      Thank you for your question.
      We suggest you to ask “Gikohen” directly for their advice.

      Contact: T. Kato, President, Gikohen Co., Arakawa, Sunami-cho, Motosu-gun, Gifu-ken, Japan. Fax: 81-58328-4465. Tel: 81-58328-2143.

      We hope it works.

      Best regards,
      The Japan Agri News Staff

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