Ceropegia woodii | String of Hearts

Aka ‘String of Hearts'

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Ceropegia woodii is a semi-succulent flowering plant native to southern Africa that can grow up to 4m long.

Pronounced ker-o-PE-je-a WOOD-e-i

Non-toxic to pets and humans

Varieties:  There are a few varieties of Ceropegia woodii which show different leaf-colour, including a variegated one. 

Light: String of hearts enjoy medium to bright indirect light. A few hours of morning or evening direct sun is fine. If the space between leaves is getting bigger, you may want to give your plant more light. Leaves going paler is also a sign of lack of light.

Humidity: Ceropegia woodii will do fine in a normal house-humidity level

Water: String of hearts store water in their fleshy leaves as well as in their small round tubers. In their native environment they thrive in a arid conditions with little water. It is important not to overwater your string of heart plant as is it prone to root rot. Allow the soil to completely dry out between watering.

Soil: Cacti and succulent soil

Temp. : Ceropegia woodii will do fine in normal room temperature (15 to 26C degrees). They will suffer under 5C degrees.

Repotting: String of hearts can be repotted every 1-2 year during the growing season. Repot into a slightly bigger container. Terracotta pots are a good option to repot string of hearts as they absorbe the excess of moisture.

Propagating: Ceropegia woodii can be propagated by stem cuttings. Cut a length of stem just below a leaf, remove the lower leaves and place the stem in water. Replace the water regularly until the stem has developed a good root system (a few weeks). String of hearts can also be propagated through their tubers (they look like beads growing on the vine). Tubers grow roots once in contact with soil. To propagate your plant, cut the vine by the nodules and place the tuber in contact with soil. Keep the soil moist until new roots have appeared.

Fertilising: Feed once or twice during the growing season, and dilute to half the suggested strength

Good to know: String of hearts can do well outdoors in the summer, but need some shade

Common problems 

yellow leaves = overwatering, root rot,

wilted leaves = underwatering, heat,

scorched or crispy leaves = too much sunlight

You can regularly find different sizes of String of Hearts in the Every Space plant shop.

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