'String of Hearts' /  Ceropegia Woodii
'String of Hearts' /  Ceropegia Woodii
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'String of Hearts' / Ceropegia Woodii

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Deets: String of Heart, also known as Ceropegia woodii, is a gorgeous trailing succulent to add to any living space. While to some, they might be difficult to care for, however once you get the hang of it, String of Hearts Succulent is one of the most tolerant houseplants.

The String of Hearts is a sweet and fantastic hanging plant native to South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. Due to its dark green with variegated silver markings or in cream, pink, and green heart-shaped, patterned leaves, this magnificent succulent has stolen the hearts of many collectors. It can grow up to 2 to 3-inches tall and has purple-toned stems that can reach about 3 to 9 feet long, so make sure to hang this plant somewhere high, for you to be able to witness how breathtaking it can be, especially when it starts to cascade out of the pot like a waterfall.

Water: Since the Chain of Hearts has a succulent-like nature, root rot is most likely to happen, especially when left sitting in wet soil for too long. This, however, can be prevented by giving this plant a good soak of water once a week or whenever the top 2 to 3 inches of the soil is completely dry during its growing season, which happens in Spring and Summer. In the Autumn and Winter months, on the other hand, this succulent will go dormant, and therefore your watering should be cut back to once every 3 to 4 weeks or when the soil feels completely dry through the pot.

Another way to ensure that your String of Hearts only gets the right amount of water it needs to thrive and grow happy is by watering it from the bottom. To do this, you simply need to submerge 1/4th of the pot in a container filled with water for about 10 minutes. And remember to allow for the water to drain before putting the plant back in its place to avoid root rot.

Light & Temperature: The String of Hearts plant likes heat and bright light but doesn't tolerate direct sunlight.

So if you plan to grow your String of Hearts as an indoor houseplant, make sure to place it near the brightest window possible (South or West facing windows is highly recommended), and keep the temperature at 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and 60 degrees Fahrenheit during wintertime. If grown outdoors, the plant should be placed in a bright, shaded area.

In case you are not sure whether your String of Hearts is getting all the light it needs, one easy way to tell is through its leaves. If you see that the leaves are starting to become pale in color (with less marbling), and at the same time, wider apart than it normally should, then better transfer the plant to a brighter spot to supplement its lighting needs.

In addition to that, it is important to rotate the plant as well from time to time. This will ensure that all sides of your String of Hearts will get a balanced amount of sunlight and that all sides will have an even color.

Also, one way to help you determine whether it's time to give your Chain of Hearts a good soak of water is through its leaves. If you feel that they are firm to the touch, then your succulent doesn't need to be watered for a while more. However, if the leaves feel soft as you gently squeeze them and can easily bend, then it's time to give it a thorough watering.

Temperature: Temperatures between 65-75 degrees are ideal for the String of Turtles. This plant hails from South America, so warmer temperatures are fine, but colder temperatures can be damaging. Try to avoid placing the Peperomia prostrata near exterior doors or drafty windows, particularly during the colder months.

Humidity: Although String of Hearts is a succulent that can be kept in drier areas that most plants may not tolerate as much, it's better to place them where they can enjoy about 40 to 50% humidity.

Fertilizer: String of Hearts only need infrequent fertilizers and half-diluted fertilizers. They can be fed at most once a month during their active growth period in May – August. They don’t need any fertilizer during winter, their dormant period.

Repotting: If you want to repot your String of Hearts, the best time is during summer, their active growing period to minimize the risks.

Grower: Intermediate, all types.


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