String of Hearts is a perfect house plant for beginner gardeners and stands out with its vivid color combination! Here’s how to grow it.
The String of Hearts is a popular houseplant that is prized for its charming heart-shaped leaves and its ability to thrive in low-light conditions. Proper care and attention will ensure that this plant thrives and brings joy for years to come.
Botanical Name: Ceropegia woodii
USDA Zones: 9-12
Common names: Rosary Vine, Hearts Entangled, Chain of Hearts
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String of Hearts Plant Profile
The String of Hearts plant is a delicate and trailing succulent that has long, slender stems that can grow up to several feet in length. Its leaves are heart-shaped, small, and succulent with a soft, velvety texture. The plant produces small, tubular flowers that are pale pink or purple and have a delightful scent.
It is an evergreen perennial that thrives in warm and humid conditions. It can grow up to 3-4 feet in length if given proper care and attention. The String of Hearts plant is perfect for hanging baskets or trailing over a shelf.
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Best Pot Size for String of Hearts
As String of Hearts is a slow grower, it is best to start with a small pot and move up to a larger one as the plant grows. A 4-6 inches pot is ideal to start the plant. Depending on the growth and spread, you can re-pot it into one size bigger container.
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String of Hearts Propagation
The String of Hearts plant is easy to propagate through stem cuttings.
- Locate a healthy stem on String of Hearts with several sets of leaves. Choose a stem that is not too young or too old.
- Use a sharp, sterilized pair of scissors or shears to cut the stem about 3-4 inches below the set of leaves.
- Remove the leaves from the bottom 1-2 inches of the stem, leaving a few sets of leaves at the top.
- Dip the cut end of the stem in rooting hormone powder.
- Plant the stem in a well-draining soil mix and water it thoroughly.
- Place the String of Hearts cutting in a bright, indirect light and keep the soil slightly moist.
- After a few weeks, roots should start to develop, and new growth will appear.
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Requirements for Growing String of Hearts Plant
The String of Hearts plant requires bright, indirect light to grow. It can tolerate some direct sunlight but prefers bright, filtered light. Too much direct sunlight can scorch the leaves.
For best colors, expose it to direct mild morning sunlight for 2-3 hours daily.
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The plant requires well-draining soil that is sandy and slightly acidic. A mix of potting soil, sand, and perlite can be used to create a well-draining soil mix.
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The ideal temperature for the String of Hearts plant is between 60-80°F (15-27°C). Temperatures below 50°F (10°C) can harm the plant, so it should be kept in a warm location.
The string of Hearts prefers higher humidity levels, between 50-70%. It can tolerate lower humidity levels, but the leaves may become dry and brittle. Keep its pot on a pebble tray filled with water for best results.
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String of Hearts Plant Care
It is best to use a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer, such as a 10-10-10, every two to four weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). In the fall and winter, fertilizing monthly is usually sufficient.
Be sure to dilute the fertilizer to half the recommended rate before application.
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The best time to prune String of Hearts plants is in late winter or early spring. It involves removing dead or dying leaves and cutting back any long stems to promote new growth.
When pruning, make sure to use sharp, sterilized pruning shears to prevent any damage. Start at the base of the plant and work your way up, snipping off any leaves that appear wilted or discolored.
Once you have removed the dead or dying foliage, you can then trim back any long stems, making sure to leave at least two or three leaves on each stem.
Regularly inspect the plant for any signs of pests and isolate any affected plants.
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The plant is generally healthy but can develop root rot if overwatered or if the soil is not well-draining. Remove the affected parts of the plant to stop the infection from spreading.
Avoid overwatering and ensure the soil is well-draining to prevent future issues.