String of Hearts
4.8 out of 5 (145 experiences)
About String of Hearts
The Ceropegia string of hearts has taken the plant world by storm. Native to southern Africa where it grows up to twelve feet, this vining plant is a lovely statement piece in any home. The string of hearts is an ideal plant for a hanging basket, where the vines can trail. For a fuller look, vines can be pinned back to the soil where they’ll root and create new growth! 💚
Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii
Also known as
Rosary Vine, Sweetheart Vine, String of Spades, String of Arrows and Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodi
How to care for String of Hearts
How often to water your String of Hearts
String of Hearts needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Finding light for String of Hearts in your home
String of Hearts may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.
Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Boston, Massachusetts ⛅.
How to fertilize String of Hearts
Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.
By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.
To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your String of Hearts after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
String of Hearts is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!
String of Hearts thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
String of Hearts may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
String of Hearts is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.
String of Hearts doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.
String of Hearts does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
String of Hearts should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
It’s common for String of Hearts to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.
String of Hearts is native to Africa to Southern Asia and Australia.
Yes, you may see your String of Hearts bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.
String of Hearts has long, trailing foliage which makes them a great addition to a hanging planter. The newest growth will emerge from the tip of the stems.
USDA Hardiness Zone
String of Hearts can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 11b-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
String of Hearts can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:
- Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
- To get the cutting to root, you can either:
- Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
- Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.
Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with String of Hearts. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.
Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!
Care Summary for String of Hearts
String of Hearts
0.5 cups every 12 days
< 3ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in Boston, Massachusetts, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.
What other plant parents say
the string of hearts grows pretty quickly and it’s very easy to care for. i’ve had mine since august and she’s been thriving! i decided to place her in a hanging pot in front of my west facing window where she gets plenty of bright indirect light and she seems to love it! i only water her when the soil dries out or her leaves start to feel too soft.