String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) is a succulent plant in the genus chandelier of the Asclepiaceae, also known as a succulent plant. Aliases: Heart vine, hanging money, wax flower, one inch heart. It is native to South Africa and Zimbabwe. The leaf shape and leaf color are more beautiful and have certain ornamental value. Potted plants can be placed next to TVs and computers, or they can be planted indoors to absorb formaldehyde and other substances to purify the air. It is a succulent plant that represents love.
How to Grow String of hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii)
Steps for (Ceropegia woodii) Propagation with Stem Cuttings
Water Propagation Method
This propagation method is popular as it is quite easy to carry out. All you need to do is to prepare a vase, scissors, and some water. Then cut off the vine pieces you want to root, put them in the vase, and wait for root to grow. Remember to place the vase in a warm area with enough light so that the root can grow more quickly.
The time needed for roots to grow depends on light and temperature, with the right conditions, roots will appear after a couple of days.
Soil Propagation Method
To carry out this method, you need to cut off the vines, then remove the leaves on the side that you will plant and stick the vines into the soil. In this step, you have to ensure that the nodes are covered in the soil so that the root can grow. Make sure the vines are placed in a light and aerated area with the soil slightly moist (water once a week) for the roots to grow out.
Tuber Propagation Method
For the tuber propagation technique, you need to find the biggest tuber possible. A fingernail-sized model may be a good choice. You can leave the tuber on the vine and press it into the soil to grow root. Once it grows root you can cut the vine from the mother plant. Another way is to remove the vine with the tuber from the mother plant. Place it in a pot with soil and slightly cover the tube in the soil mix. Keep it in a bright area and water weekly, a few weeks later, the tuber will be rooting.
How to Care for String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii)
The String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) plant prefers to have some bright sun throughout the day, but it will do fine in bright, indirect light, as well. When grown in direct sunlight, the plant’s leaves will be dark green with variegated silver markings. In indirect light, the leaves will be a lighter green with softer variegated markings.
Your String of Hearts should do just fine in a low light situation, if needed, but the leaves will be a pale green with no variegation. The loss of variegation is probably permanent and the variegation will not return even if the plant is moved to better light.
String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) plants thrive in well-drained cacti potting mixes. Although they appreciate decent fertility, if the mix is overly rich, the plants can become straggly-looking. If you are using an ordinary potting mix, it will need additions of things like pumice or perlite to ensure it has sufficient drainage.
Chain of Hearts water need is just like other succulents, so make sure you give them a good soak after the soil is completely dried out from the last watering. In the winter, the plants need even less water than summer.
Temperature and Humidity
String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) does not require a lot of humidity to thrive. It enjoys 40-50% humidity and thrives between 18 and 24 Celcius, so is well-suited to most UK homes. No extra measures to ensure higher air humidity are necessary. If you have high humidity in the room the plant is in; you might need to water it less frequently.
String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) only need infrequent fertilizers and half-diluted fertilizers. They can be fed at most once a month during their active growth period in May – August. They don’t need any fertilizer during winter, their dormant period.
String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) is a wispy plant, and grown as a houseplant, vines typically only reach around two feet long. In its natural habitat, String of Hearts plants can grow as much as twelve feet long.
You do not need to prune your String of Hearts plant. However, if the vines are too long for your taste, look too leggy, or you want to propagate some cuttings, then you can freely prune your plant. Otherwise, it’s probably just fine without pruning unless there are parts of the plant that are dying or rotting.
Pruning is easy. Simply snip off the vine with a pair of scissors or Shears
where you would like it to end. This plant is hardy enough to withstand a pretty harsh pruning, so don’t worry too much about being precise. You can use the clippings to start new plants either by putting the clippings in water or planting them directly in good soil.
Pests and Diseases
This is a sturdy plant that doesn’t have a lot of problems. It is not prone to pests nor diseases. This makes it a great beginner plant. As far as plant pests go, mealybugs can be an issue.
Varieties of String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) to Try in Your Garden
There are many different varieties of ceropegia, including String of Hearts and Turtles on a String. Other related plants include necklace flower, wine-glass vine, and bushman’s pipevine. Surprisingly, these widely varying plants are related to the milkweed species.
However, there are very few actual cultivars of String of Hearts. Variations within ceropegia woodii are often due to the presence of bright or poor light, causing a variance in the color and variegations in the leaves.
String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) Plant FAQ
How can I tell if I am underwatering my String of Hearts?
String of Hearts plants store water in their leaves, so a good indicator to watch for is the leaves beginning to soften and look a little wilted and deflated.
How can I tell if I have overwatered my plant?
Overwatering tends to result in yellowing of the leaves and eventually leaf loss. If you suspect you have overwatered your plant, aerate, hold off on watering until the soil has fully dried — potentially up to a month — then refer to the care guide to get back on to a proper watering routine.
How can I get my String of Hearts to flower?
The String of Hearts has tiny deep Magenta-colored flowers that they can produce indoors yearly. Providing proper care for your plant and adding fertilizer spring through fall can help kick it into bloom. Just be sure not to be too heavy handed with the fertilizer as this can burn the plant. Follow the package instruction for a liquid houseplant fertilizer.