How to Take Care of String of Hearts? Every essential question answered

Nobody wants to see a gorgeous plant such as the string of hearts to die. But how to take care of string of hearts? I have got the perfect guide for you.

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March 30, 2021


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Introduction

Say hello to the string of hearts! No, it’s not a title of a movie or novel but a houseplant native to South Africa that literally looks like a ‘string of hearts.’ It’s a succulent vine holding beautiful heart-shaped leaves that are greenish with a touch of purple color sometimes.

String of hearts plant in a pot

It simply looks mesmerizing, resting in vases and shelves at our homes. However, looking after a string of hearts is not that simple. See, the string of hearts is a delicate plant that needs proper care. Some may find it demanding to grow and take care of the heart of strings, but what these ‘some people’ neglect is that heart of strings is not just any plant.

Just as we understand humans to maintain a relationship, we need to understand the chemistry and biological characteristics of the string of hearts to provide a suitable environment to live in. So, let’s dive into some proven methods to take care of the heart of strings.

The string of heart likes bright light but not direct sunlight. It should be watered sparingly. They lie dormant during winter and Autumn, so try using fertilizer during May-August. Use a fertilizer that’s low in nitrogen and is only for succulents.

About

Specie Name Cropegia woodii
Common Names String of heart, chain of heart, rosary vine, collar of hearts
Native Area South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland
Plant Type Succulent and vine
Blooming Season Late Summer-Autumn
Sun Condition Enjoys bright light but avoid direct light
Max Height 10cm

Caring for my string of heart

String of hearts planted

The string of heart, also known as Ceropegia woodii, is a fast-growing trailing succulent. Its robust growth and tolerant nature make it the best choice among houseplants. So, if you are looking for an easy-to-care and gorgeous houseplant, then you are in the right place. I have aligned all the tips you would need for taking care of your string of hearts.

Light conditions

This plant enjoys bright light but don’t put it under direct sunlight. The viable option would be to feed it a bit of direct sunlight and indirect light most of the time. If you notice large spaces between leaves, then readjust the lighting conditions.

Warning

Large quantities of direct sunlight will scorch the leaves.

Temperature: 

The string of hearts enjoys warmer conditions and can be kept at 18-24°C. This is the average temperature for most of the average households.

Watering:

You should check the soil conditions if it’s dry then, water your plant. Make the soil slightly moist in summers and fall. The plant lies asleep during winter and fall, so use less water during these seasons.

Warning

Continous standing water can increase the chances of rotting the plant

Fertilizer:

The best choice would be using a fertilizer specifically made for succulents. For best results, you should feed the plant during its active period May-August. The plant needs no fertilizer during its dormant period

Protip

Use a fertilizer with a low quantity of nitrogen

Repotting:

The string of hearts benefits from repotting and if you own a small desktop plant, try repotting it every 12-18 months. For a larger floor plant, try repotting every 18-24 months. They have sensitive vines so take care while doing this. The best time to repot string of hearts is during summer, it’s an active period and reduces risk.

Propagating my string of heart

String of hearts propagating The string of heart is known for its robust growth and can get tangled and mixed up. Therefore, you need to propagate the plant to set its direction. I will suggest four common and best ways of propagating.

Water propagation:

In this method, you take few cuttings from your plant and submerge them in water. Now, make sure the part that you are placing in water shouldn’t have any leaves. Similarly, the part above should have some leaves. The more cuttings you can take, the more it will help in flourishing the plant.

Soil propagation:

This method is almost the same as the water method. Except, now you place the cuttings in soil. To increase the chances of each cutting’s growth, you can dip them in TakeRoot Rooting Hormone available on Amazon.

Regrowth in the same vessel:

For this method, you take the lower part of your vine and place it above the pot forming a circle. Then, gently dip the lower parts in the pot or pin them using a clip, etc. You need to ensure the plant gets bright light and the soil is moist.

Tuber Propagation:

For this method, you will need to get a maximum-sized tuber. After that, you simply leave this on the vines and push it in the soil to grow roots. You can cut the vine from the mother roots as soon as it grows roots.

Some Helpful products:

I have arranged a list of products that can help you in propagating and taking care of your string of heart.

Triflora Hanging Planter

Personal favourite of mine,, would really help you in setting your plant's and creating your vary own floral garden

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Hanging Potted Plant Home Decor

This product not only helps you elegantly design and align your plant but can also be presented as a beautiful gift

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TakeRoot Rooting Hormone

No one wants to lose their beautiful plant, that's why i recommend this product to ensure successful soil propagation and root growth

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Conclusion

In today’s blog covered all the basic information regarding the string of hearts. I discussed how you can take care of your string of hearts, and how you can propagate it using various methods mentioned.  Hope you loved my work in this section, don’t forget to check out some of my other work on succulents. If you would like to hear about  Aloe Vera  and its health benefits, then go and check my blog Blog . You would love the content I posted there.

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By Jimena Bolívar

Easy Succulents Founder

My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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