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String of Hearts (Ceropegia Woodii): Care Guide, Propagation & Tips

Last Updated on August 26, 2020 by Sophie

If you’re looking for an adorable succulent that’s pretty to look at and wonderful to maintain, then you need to look no further than the String of Hearts, which also goes by the name of ‘rosary vine’ and its official Latin name ‘Ceropegia Woodii Variegata’. Here’s a complete care guide, including insider tips for keeping the plant healthy and how you can propagate!

A great addition to your indoor gardening collection, string of hearts is so-called thanks to its heart-shaped leaves which can also come in variegated varieties. The plant is a trailing vine with a purple trunk (stem) and green and white mottled leaves. The cascading vines stem from tubers and the heart-shaped leaves are situated around every three inches along the vine.

String of Hearts (Ceropegia Woodii): Care Guide, Propagation & Tips

String of Hearts Care Guide

When it comes to caring and growing for your Ceropegia Woodii, the amount of light the succulent receives is one of the most important considerations to bear in mind. The rosary vine prefers partial sun to partial shade and won’t do well in direct sunlight, nor will it do well in limited lighting. In the winter months (depending on what climate you’re in), you might want to consider investing in a grow light.

In terms of watering the Rosary Vine, I’ve found that this beautiful succulent enjoys much more water than some of its other counterparts. With this being said, succulents are incredibly prone to root rot and so you’ll want to make sure than the top few centimetres of the soil are dry before re-watering the plant. In the summer months, the plant should be watered every week or so, whereas colder temperatures in the winter and lower light levels will mean that the String of Hearts needs considerably less watering during the winter.

String of Hearts (Ceropegia Woodii): Care Guide, Propagation & Tips

String of Hearts Propagation

There are several methods you can use to propagate your Rosary Vine, though some are more effective than others, while some are also quicker than others. The best time to propagate your indoor houseplant is during the spring (i.e. the growing season). This way, you’ll be giving your new plants the best possible chance of survival.

String of Hearts propagation in water

Simply cut sections of your vines around 4-6 inches long. Place them in filtered water, with the cut part of the plant in the water. and wait. String of Hearts are not the fastest of propagaters and so you can be waiting a month or more before you see any roots. Once the roots are several centimetres long, repot your cuttings in soil. Note that water propagated Rosary Vines tend to be weaker than their soil propagated counterparts.

String of Hearts propagation in soil

Another way you can propagate string of hearts is by taking a 4-6 inch cutting from the vine of the plant which includes several leaves. Lay the cutting atop of some soil and moisten every so often. This propagation method is similar to that of string of pearls, another hanging succulent which can be a lovely addition to your indoor garden.

String of Hearts propagation by tuber

One of the easiest ways to propagate the rosary vine is via tuber propagation. Simply take tubers which develop on the stem and plant them into soil. Leave the rest of the vine attached to the tuber and water as normal. Within a few months, the tuber will have rooted in the soil and you’ll have an entirely new plant to enjoy!

String of Hearts Flowers

If you’re lucky and your plant is receiving the correct growing conditions (i.e. adequate lighting and watering and the like), then you may well be rewarded with flowers in the growing season, spring and summer. The flowers are not much to look at and are similar in appearance to those of the lipstick plant. Long and elongated, they are typically¬† and dark maroon.

string of hearts flowers

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Sophie Nadeau is a travel, pizza, and history lover who is currently based in Paris, France. A keen indoor gardener, she spends her time at home reading books, looking at too many dog photos, and growing an indoor jungle in her tiny flat!

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