Plant Care String of Hearts

String of Hearts

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String of Hearts has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
String of Hearts has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

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! 💚

Taxonomy

Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii
Ceropegia
Apocynaceae
Gentianales

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

💦 Water

How often to water your String of Hearts

Water needs for String of Hearts
0.5 cups
every 12

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.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of String of Hearts

Water 0.5 cups every
12

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for String of Hearts in your home

Light needs and placement for plant String of Hearts: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

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 maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of String of Hearts in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize String of Hearts

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for String of Hearts: repot after 2X growth

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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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!

Benefits of Growing String of Hearts →

Common String of Hearts Problems →


💦 Water Needs

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 Water Frequency →

String of Hearts Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

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 Light Requirements →

String of Hearts Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

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.


💨 Humidity

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 Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

String of Hearts is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot String of Hearts →


💩 Fertilizer

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!

How Much and When to Fertilize String of Hearts →


❄️ Dormancy

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.


🌎 Native Region

String of Hearts is native to Africa to Southern Asia and Australia.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your String of Hearts bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

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.

How and When to Prune String of Hearts →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

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 Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

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.

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


😖 Common Issues

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

String of Hearts


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

String of Hearts has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 99
String of Hearts has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 60
String of Hearts has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 50
String of Hearts has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 19
String of Hearts has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 6
String of Hearts has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
@cstasko1982 avatar
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leaf-1 7 Plants
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globe Abingdon, MD
03/08/2022

They tangle easy so be gentle if you must detangle. Don’t over water - let dry out some.

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leaf-1 64 Plants
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globe New York
02/16/2022

Beautiful and easy to care for.

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Fultonville, NY
02/16/2022

It’s beautiful in general! My favorite plant I have!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@tiramisun avatar
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leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 545 XP
globe New York
01/29/2022

My VSOH has grown so incredibly fast, and we’re in the middle of NY winter right now! (It’s snow storming as I’m typing this)

I have mine under 12 hours of grow lights in my office without natural sunlight, it’s doing extremely well. Doesn’t need much watering.

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 46 Plants
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globe Baltimore, MD
01/14/2022

Beautiful trailing plant. I like to squeeze the leaves a little to determine if it needs water. If the leaves are firm it’s good, if they’re a bit softer and malleable it could use water.

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globe Washington, DC
01/10/2022

Easy. Just give it air circulation, water regularly, and indirect light.

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leaf-1 19 Plants
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globe Lake Forest, CA
12/31/2021

started off as fallen cuttings on the floor of an ace hardware and is now looking pretty sharp

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 3,455 XP
12/28/2021

This cute little propagation has been growing in spagnum moss in a small container for about three weeks and is already starting to have roots. It loves the humidity of the terrarium and grows under grow lights

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@czecilia avatar
@@czecilia
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 714 XP
12/27/2021

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.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 27 Plants
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globe Richmond, VA
12/23/2021

Little guy is kinda a pain until you figure it out and then is easy. I haven’t found a way to keep it from getting super tangled though so I generally chop it back every year.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@cassiopea avatar
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leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 1,025 XP
12/14/2021

easiest and most amazing plant ever, loves to be misted

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@cassiopea avatar
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leaf-1 12 Plants
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12/14/2021

does NOT like to be overwatered, grows best in very light conditions such window/windowsill

@Megan avatar
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leaf-1 29 Plants
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globe Washington, DC
11/28/2021

Such a cute plant. I squeeze the sides of the leaves to see if it’s time to water again. If it’s time to water they’ll fold easily. If there’s resistance then it’s not ready for water yet.

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leaf-1 137 Plants
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globe Austin, TX
11/24/2021

love the string of hearts! so pretty and easy to grow! Also easy to gift cause it props so easy!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@mconst avatar
@@mconst
leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 6,316 XP
11/04/2021

So pretty, only had it a week and already see new “hearts” growing

Fast grower Fast grower
@Katy410 avatar
@@Katy410
leaf-1 34 Plants
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11/01/2021

Don’t overwater. I bottom water her about every 2 weeks.

Fast grower Fast grower
@Nataleaf avatar
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leaf-1 74 Plants
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globe New Orleans, LA
10/11/2021

Such a great and easy plant. Perfect for beginners. Water infrequently (I water about once every 2 weeks,) put it near a bright window up on a high shelf, and watch it grow VERY quickly!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Emily avatar
@Emily
leaf-1 12 Plants
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globe Indian Harbour Beach, FL
10/02/2021

Really great and fast grower!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 15 Plants
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globe Palm Bay, FL
09/25/2021

DO NOT OVERWATER! If anything under! When leaves start to look shriveled up towards the soil, time to water! Water thoroughly and let drain completely! Easy as that :)

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@miahbark avatar
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leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 343 XP
08/03/2021

I love it so cute

Fast grower Fast grower

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