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Looking for an easy to care for hanging plant, that shows you lots of love?
The Ceropegia woodii, also known as Rosary Vine, String of Hearts, or Chain of Hearts, gives you just that.
A plant filled with hearts. You can’t go wrong.
The String of Hearts is a trailing succulent-type plant with long slender stems. Along those stems grow pairs of small heart-shaped leaves. They have beautiful marbled patterns of white on green on the top and pink purple undersides. Oh, the romance of this plant.
The String of Hearts plant might look very delicate, but it is deceptively easy to care for.
Being a succulent type plant, you can forget to water it once in a while and not be in too much trouble.
The String of Hearts can endure quite a bit of neglect. If you notice your plant is dried out and unhappy, give it a good watering and your hearts will perk right back up.
The long vines make it a perfect hanging plant, but it could also grow well guided up a stake or trellis.
How to Care for a String of Hearts Plant
The String of Hearts loves a lot of light. Mine hangs near an East facing window, and is currently just over 5 feet long and filled with hearts and flowers.
Pick the room with the most natural light in your home to grow your String of Hearts. You want to give it lots of bright light, and if possible a couple of hours of direct sunlight in the morning.
Your plant can thrive if it has sufficient light. Without it, it will show you how unhappy it is. The colors won’t be as bright, and the foliage will be sparse with longer empty spaces between the leaves.
The String of Hearts plant should be treated as you would care for a succulent. The hearts store water, so there is no need for very frequent waterings.
During the growing season in spring and summer, water when the soil is dry. Make sure the soil dries out between completely before watering again. You can water even less in fall and winter.
Make sure the pot has drainage holes, and the plant is potted in fast draining cacti & succulent soil. Mixing sand and perlite in with regular potting soil will help with adequate drainage.
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How to Propagate a String of Hearts Plant
When you want to create more plants or want to have an overall fuller plant, it is really easy to propagate your String of Hearts.
There are two ways to propagate a String of Hearts plant.
When your plant is growing happily, you will notice small tubers growing along the stems. These tubers can be used to propagate new vines.
The tuber will form roots if it touches soil and will then start to grow into a new plant. So you only have to carefully remove the tuber from the stem, lay it on the soil, press it down lightly, keep the soil moist, and wait for it to grow roots.
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If your plant hasn’t made any tubers, there is another very easy way to propagate a String of Hearts
You can cut off longer stems to root in water.
Do this preferably in the growing season. Remove a couple of pairs of leaves from the bottom of the stem. The leaf nodes are where the roots will form, and you don’t want any of the leaves sitting in the water.
Place in a bright spot. When the roots are about a quarter inch long, you can transfer them to soil.
Propagate and start new plants to have ready to go as heartwarming presents.
String of Hearts Help FAQ
Do String of Hearts plants bloom?
Under the right conditions, they definitely can bloom, even indoors.
The pink tubular flowers are most curiously shaped, and they function as ingenious fly traps. Lured by the scent of the flowers, small flies will get into the purple tops and are trapped inside. Only to be released after they are covered in the plants pollens.
Where to buy a String of Hearts Plant?
Being that the String of Hearts Plant is somewhat of an unusual plant, it is not as readily available to buy at every local plant store or garden center.
How to prune a String of Hearts Plant?
My living room has very high ceilings so it can handle a 5 feet hanging plant with room to grow. But if your String of Hearts gets too long for its space, you can absolutely prune it back. Just cut back to the desired length.
Don’t discard the cut off stems, have them root and put them back in the soil.
When to repot a String of Hearts Plant?
If your Sting of Hearts is crowding its space in the pot, you can repot it in spring.
Is the String of Hearts Plant toxic?
There is no mention of the Ceropegia woodii on the ASPCA List of Toxic and Non Toxic Plants. But most opinions are that the String of Hearts should be safe. Just hang your plant high enough and out of reach to be sure.
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