String of Hearts
Scientific name: Ceropegia Woodii
Synonyms: Chain of hearts, Collar of Hearts, String of Hearts, Rosary Vine, Hearts-on-a-string, and Sweetheart Vine.
The String of Hearts is undoubtfully one of the most popular and most sought after succulents worldwide. Adored for its adorable Strings of Heart Shaped and delicately patterned foliage that truly stand out in the crowd.
These fabulously fast-growing succulent vines are Native to South Africa and are found growing as epiphytes in dense humid woodlands that have bouts of drought, owing to these plant fleshy leaves and Water-wise habits. Making them the perfect beginner plant that will create intrigue and awe in any interior space
Toxicity: These plants are generally not known to be toxic to pets or humans.
- Wrinkled foliage: This is commonly caused by underwatering. As much as succulents can withstand infrequent watering, to keep them looking lush and happy, it is best to water once the soil has dried completely and to avoid prolonged periods of dryness. If your plant is severely dehydrated, soak in a sink or bucket of water for an hour to help saturate the potting medium. Allow to drip dry and place your plant back in its respective position. Avoid allowing your plant to sit in water.
- Leaf drop, yellowing foliage or mushy leaves: String of hearts do not handle consistently moist soil very well and tend to rot easily if kept too wet. If you find that your String of Hearts has excessive leaf drop, yellowing leaves or some of them are mushy, then there is a high likelihood that you may be overwatering your plant. Ceropegia prefers to dry well between each watering and do not tolerate saturated potting medium. Be sure that your planter is also draining effectively, and always water according to your lighting conditions. The less light, the less you will need to water.
- Bare on top but foliage down the sides: This is a clear indication that your String of Hearts is not receiving enough light from above. The String of Hearts are lovers of bright indirect light with some soft sun and should be placed where they can receive light from all angles otherwise they will only grow where they get light and cause a bare top layer in the pot. Another trick is to pin back the tuberous growths or leaf nodes back onto the top layer of soil to root. This will create a fuller bushier plant.
- Pests: Ceropegia are relatively hardy plants, however, they can suffer from mealybug or Spider Mite if not kept in their optimal growing conditions. Be sure to avoid any undue stress to your houseplant by following its care requirements as best as possible in your given environment. If an infestation is present, treat your plant with an organic pesticide until the infestation has abated.
- Origin: South Africa
- Height: Vines can reach 2 - 3m in length.
- Light: Loves bright filtered with some early morning direct Sunlight
- Water: Allow the soil to dry out completely between each watering. Avoid soggy soil as this will lead to rot.
- Humidity: Average to high humidity is best. In high humidity water less often.
- Temperature: Ideal temperatures range from 18°C - 26°C.
- Soil: A well-draining organic potting mix or succulent potting mix.
- Fertilizer: Use a well balanced organic fertilizer once every month during Spring through Summer.
- Repotting: String of Hearts will not need frequent re-potting, however, if you find that the plant has stopped growing or has become too top-heavy for your planter, you can upsize it to a planter a maximum of 5cm larger than the previous. No special care is required when re-potting just be aware of not damaging too many of the roots.
- Propagation: The String of Hearts is a fantastically easy plant to propagate. Choose a few nice long strands of approximately 10cm in length and snip. Lay a few strands on top of a well-draining, moistened potting medium. Keep the top layer of potting mix moist until the plant has produced roots that have anchored themselves into the potting mix. Keep in a bright warm position to encourage faster growth. Another way to propagate is to divide the plant when re-potting or to use the water propagation method.
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