How to grow and care for String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) Indoors

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String of Hearts Plant, String of Hearts, Ceropegia woodii

Botanical name: Ceropegia woodii
Family: Apocynaceae
Common names: String of Hearts Plant, Rosary Vine, Chinese Lantern, Chain of Hearts

String of Hearts Plant Description

String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) also called Rosary Vine, Chinese Lantern or Chain of Hearts is an unusual succulent which is excellent for a hanging basket.

String of Hearts Plant is easy to grow but the heart-shaped leaves are sparsely spaced and the tubular flowers are insignificant.

The leaves in Chain of Hearts Plant are fleshy, grey-green with an eye-catching marbled pattern.

String of Hearts Plant Flower

The String of Hearts Plant flowers are about 1 in. long and they have a bulbous base which forms into enclosed beads which gives this plant one of its common name "Rosary Vine".

String of Hearts Plant Size

The purple-colored, thin stems in Rosary Vine can grow to 3 ft. long and they easily tangle. The plant is ideal for a hanging basket.

String of Hearts Plant Origin

String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) is native to southern Africa where it is found hanging on rocks.

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String of Hearts Plant, String of Hearts, Ceropegia woodii

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String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) Care Indoors

String of Hearts Plant Light Requirements

String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) grows best in bright light away from direct sunlight.

Keep your Chain of Hearts Plant away from direct sunshine as it can lead to scorching of the leaves. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to Water String of Hearts Plant

Water String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) liberally during the growing season and allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

Significantly reduce watering for your String of Hearts Plant during the cold season to keep the soil barely moist as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Ensure that the pot for your Chain of Hearts Plant has a drainage hole inorder to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead in root-rot disease and eventual death of your plant.


Temperature for String of Hearts Plant

Average warmth between 16-250C is ideal for your String of Hearts Plant.

Protect your Rosary Vine from cold draughts as they can cause leaf drop. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for String of Hearts Plant

Average room humidity is adequate for your String of Hearts Plant. String of Hearts Plant has no need for high humidity.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for String of Hearts Plant

Feed String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer every 4 weeks during the growing period.

Withhold feeding for your Chain of Hearts Plant during the cold season as growth is minimal and feeding at this time may lead to fertilizer burn. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to Repot String of Hearts Plant

Repot String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) at the beginning of the growing season only when it becomes pot-bound. Take care not to damage the fragile stems.

Use a free-draining soil that is rich in organic matter for your String of Hearts Plant.

Repot your Rosary Vine into a pot one size larger than the current one and ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

A shallow rather than deep pot is preferable as the String of Hearts Plant has a small root system.

How to Prune String of Hearts Plant

Pruning String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) involves regular removal of dead foliage to maintain your plant neat and tidy.

To encourage a bushy compact growth for your String of Hearts Plant and to control growth, regularly pinch off the growing tips.

Plant the Chain of Hearts Plant tips in the pot to fill up the empty spaces for a fuller plant or use them to propagate new plants.

String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) Propagation

String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) can be propagated from leaf and stem cuttings.

How to Propagate String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) from leaf cuttings

String of Hearts Plant leaf cuttings root easily therefore, there is no need for a rooting hormone.

Take leaf cuttings from a healthy Chain of Hearts Plant while ensuring each leaf cutting has a petiole.

Allow sometime for the formation of a protective callus tissue over the cuts.

Insert the Rosary Vine leaf petiole in moist, free-draining soil and place the set up in a warm, well-lit place until growth begins at the base of the petiole.

Allow for substantial growth of the roots and new leaves on the String of Hearts Plant's leaf cutting.

Transfer the new String of Hearts Plants to individual pots and place in a cool shaded place.

Maintain the soil moist until the new String of Hearts Plants are well established after which routine care can begin.

For a fuller Chain of Hearts Plant, plant several cuttings in one pot.

How to Propagate String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) from stem cuttings

String of Hearts Plant stem cuttings root easily and there is no need for a rooting hormone.

Take stem cuttings of about 4-5 in. length from a healthy Chain of Hearts Plant and ensure each cutting has at least 2 sets of leaves.

Lay the String of Hearts Plant cuttings on moist rooting soil and place in warm shaded place.

Maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges and substantial growth has been observed.

For a fuller Rosary Vine, plant several cuttings in one pot.

String of Hearts Plant, String of Hearts, Ceropegia woodii

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String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) Problems Indoors

String of Hearts Plant brown leaf tips and edges

Brown leaf tips and edges in String of Hearts Plant are due to sudden drop in temperature from cold draughts.

Remove all the damaged leaves and keep your Chain of Hearts Plant away from cold draughts.

String of Hearts Plant sudden leaf loss (drop)

There are two possible causes of sudden loss of leaves in String of Hearts Plant.

one possible cause of sudden loss of leaves in your String of Hearts Plant is that the temperature is too low.

Protect your Rosary Vine from cold draughts as they can cause leaf drop or move it to a warmer spot.

The second possible cause of sudden loss of leaves in your String of Hearts Plant is that the plant has been underwatered causing the leaves to drop.

Water your Chain of Hearts Plant liberally during the growing season and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Significantly reduce watering for your String of Hearts Plant during the cold season to keep the soil barely moist.

String of Hearts Plant dull and lifeless leaves

Exposing String of Hearts Plant to hot direct sunlight will cause the leaves to become dull and lifeless.

Protect your Chain of Hearts Plant from hot direct sunlight or move it to a shaded spot.

String of Hearts Plant yellowing and dropping leaves

The reason for yellowing and dropping leaves in String of Hearts Plant is overwatering or soggy soil.

Always allow the soil for Rosary Vine to dry out between waterings and ensure the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy.

String of Hearts Plant wilted and discolored leaves

Sooggy soil for String of Hearts Plant is the cause of wilted and discolored leaves and corky (scabs) on the underside.

If not corrected in time, soggy soil can lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of your String of Hearts Plant.

Water Chain of Hearts Plant liberally during the growing season and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Significantly reduce watering during the cold season to keep the soil barely moist.

Also, ensure the pot for your Rosary Vine has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy.

String of Hearts Plant Diseases

String of Hearts Plants (Ceropegia woodii) diseases; leaf spot disease and root-rot disease which are promoted by overwet growing conditions. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the diseases.

String of Hearts Plant Pests

String of Hearts Plants (Ceropegia woodii) pests; Spider Mites, Aphids and Scale Insects. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Is String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) toxic?

String of Hearts Plant (Ceropegia woodii) is non-toxic to both humans and pets. The plant is safe to grow in the home.

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