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String of Hearts

String of Hearts

When I first started my “planty” Instagram in March 2018, one of the most notable plants that I first fell in love with was the String of Hearts Ceropegia woodii or also called Rosary Vine or Chain of Hearts.

I vividly recall when I first saw a variegated String of Hearts in my local nursery. It was a small 3” starter pot with two stems, one was trailing over the pot and was around 4-5” long. At that point, I was determined to make my tiny starter plant lush and full just like the gorgeous specimens that I have been seeing all over Instagram.

I was at the beginning of my plant journey and just like anyone who’s first started, I was anxious, I did a lot of reading. I know I was lucky to find one locally and since I bought the last pot, I was terrified of killing it.

A few months passed and I was so lucky to find a fuller pot which was decently priced and was already trailing for a little over 2 feet long during my trip to LA. I was at the peak of my plant obsession and I immediately bought the last three 6” pots and left one reserved for a friend of mine who was also in the hunt for one.

Now let me spare you months of anxiety and fear because I will share how I managed to make my String of Hearts thrive and flourish.

String of Hearts Care


LIGHT

I give mine the brightest light possible indoors. They are placed on top of an 8ft ledge that gets a lot of bright indirect light from a S-W facing skylight. They get a lot of afternoon sun but since they are a few feet away from the skylight, they seem to do fine. You can keep them outdoors but make sure they will not be under direct sun.


WATER

This is a succulent vine therefore it likes to dry in between watering. They don’t like to stay wet and are prone to root rot. Water less frequent during winter. I prefer to water using fish-poop water (water from my aquarium) or rain water. If not available, these tolerate the usual tap water.


SOIL

I have not changed the soil in mine yet but they are planted in fast draining soil. Preferably a mix of succulent/cactus mix soil and some perlite or sand works best for these. Make sure your container, be it terracotta or plastic, has a good drainage hole.


FERTILIZER

I rarely fertilize mine. A few months back I use the general houseplant fertilizer that I mix with my water. Recently, I have been incorporating SuperThrive in lower concentration as prescribed.


PROPAGATION

You can propagate them just by cutting the stems to include a few nodes in either water, soil or sphagnum moss. I only tried water propagation and they root fast. When your string of hearts is matured enough, it will produce tubers and you can just lay the tubers in soil and they will start to root even without cutting them off.


I hope you find success in growing your String of Hearts and may they reward you with more hearts and blooms throughout the year!

WRITTEN BY:

Cyril Sontillano

Cyril considers himself as a plant enthusiast that expresses his creativity through different avenues such as DIYs, décors and art. His collection is mainly composed of Aroids, Sansevierias and Cacti.

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