Posted 3M ago by @roxyvivien

I got mystery gifted SOH! πŸ’•... Or, was it black out plant shopping??! πŸ˜΅πŸ›’πŸ˜… Does it look healthy to you? β€” I've never had a SOH...
πŸ€” Tips for growing this one indoors in the winter?

For soil, I have Coco Coir, worm castings or compost & pumice on hand... What ratios would you use?

I'm assuming SOH prefers less gritty soil than a succulent/cacti blend??

I heard they're not fully a succulent, which makes me nervous because I'm only good with succulents! πŸ˜…

(Praying a SOH isn't too similar to a #pileaβ“πŸ˜³πŸ˜¬)

I read SOH doesn't need any direct sun & I just happen to have a spare hanging pot (unglazed ceramic) to put her in after she acclimate to her new home...

It should be easy to adjust her location for indirect light if she's hanging... I have 12 tall windows like this in my apartment and they are all partially shaded by trees or a building ! (see pic) πŸ˜€

I read SOH are winter dormant, but I can put her near a grow light if that helps her acclimate better after the repot??

Any specific tips on SOH are much appreciated!
#Ceropegia #newplants #stringofhearts #succulentsquad #succulentlove #plantaddict #plantgifts #help #greggang #greggers #gregteam
4” pot with drainage
Last watered 1 week ago
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Hey Roxy! Congrats on your new SoH! I recently made a care guide for strings of things and go over everything I think!
@kscape I think you also have this variety? 😊
So pretty
@roxyvivien Yes i do!! Colors are not as bright as my light set up isn’t the bestπŸ˜… Definitely follow @jaysjungle’s advice! Mine has been doing so good πŸ’–πŸ«ΆπŸ½πŸŒ±
@jaysjungle Amazing!!! 🀩 πŸ™ŒπŸ½Thank you! β™₯

Love your care guide! πŸ’šπŸ’–.?

I have a couple additional questions for you... do you water both the SOP and the SOH every 4 to 5 weeks? Does that change in the spring/summer growth season?

To give you an idea of my climate, I have my SOP in a glazed ceramic pot w/ succulent soil + added pumice... and I water her every 2 weeks in winter and every 7-10 days in spring/summer/fall.

If you are saying that SOH are similar to SOP's I'll plan on a similar care routine and make adjustments for pot material, age, and size.

Lastly, I don't have have any charcoal or orchid bark on hand. πŸ˜”..

BUT I have this Shohin Bonsai Soil Mix (see pics), Coco Coir, & Pumice... Would a blend of these work? and what ratios would you recommend using of these 3 ingredients?
@kscape yours is so cute! 😍

Do you have it by a grow light? My apt is kina dark this time of year so I was thinking of hanging it about 16 to 20 inches away form the light during the winter... By April my apartment will very bright so the grow light will only be temporary.

@jaysjungle how far away from the grow light is yours?
@roxyvivien both of mine are in glazed ceramic pots, within about 1ft of cheap grow lights, 50-60% humidity, and get watered every 3-5 weeks depending on how humid/warm/whatever the air was during that time. They are both in the same soil as well.

I would probably use an even mix of all 3, 1 scoop of each.
@jaysjungle thanks so much for your notes on potting soil and environment! It's so important to evaluate what you read online & take specific environmental factors in mind. I find it so helpful to know temperature, humidity, pot type, etc. of other growers... Southern California is a very different environment - so I'm always taking that into account when I read things online.

We have a long grow season, but then I have to do a hard transition from /fall into "winter"
.. I go from watering plants every 2-7 days, to every 7-14 days it's very strange what sub 50 degrees does to outdoor container plants that are used to 70Β° + 🌞 for most of the year! πŸ”₯ - Science, man! it's crazy πŸ€ͺ lol
@roxyvivien I could, and do talk about this stuff ALL day long. It's the only way I keep my sanity as a Stay-at-home-Dad! πŸ˜† I mean here I am responding at 2am. It's plants 24/7 up in here!
@roxyvivien Congratulations on your new SOH!

I looked at the link that @jaysjungle posted and he is right.

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.

Since the String 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.

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.

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.
Def think @jaysjungle earned a best answer here Roxy πŸ’ͺ🏼
I’ve learned a lot reading this thread, thanks to all of you. There is one thing that no one seems to have commented on…12 WINDOWS?!?! I am very jealous right now @roxyvivien
@Captjo I definitely missed that (cries with my 1Β½ windows during winter....)
@KikiGoldblatt I consulted Google as well and read that exact article. Lol πŸ˜‰
@Captjo Ha! Yes, 12 windows is a dream come true for me and the cats too!

I would have plants in all the windows but my bf would flip out! πŸ˜…

They all open by hinging inward like a door and we do like to open them often in spring/fall for natural A/C! 😊

I took over the 3 of 12 for plants (pictured) and one for a 6ft tall cat tree... So, I think I'm at my quota! πŸ˜‚

(Also pictured is our humming bird feeders - aka cat TV! 😸 πŸ“Ί

If only the sun wasn't blocked by the next door building & the stupid ficus trees out front I wouldn't need grow lights at all!

I grow most of my plants outside on my Southwest facing open deck, but I have to bring in most of the Echeveria & Kalanchoe in winter as they do like when it goes under 50 at night. πŸ₯Ά

The only window that gets a little direct sun this time of year is the mini east facing one, so I have my rooting nursery & ICU unit there all winter. 😊

Sorry, that was probably WAY too much info about windows! 😳 πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ πŸ˜…
@jaysjungle I'm a "stay at home" too, so I get! You can nerd out with me on plants anytime! πŸ€“

I'm a partime (online) personal trainer from home and FULL-time stay at home cat mom of 4 & maid of the household. πŸ˜‚

Plants keep me sane and I could talk/type forever about them... And windows apparently too, if you read my previous reply to @Captjo πŸ˜‚
@RJG You're πŸ’― correct, I thought I marked that before I fell asleep, but I must have forget, thanks for pointing that out! 😁
@roxyvivien not TMI, I think your windows are beautiful. I feed the hummingbirds too. They are so much fun to watch. Even my dogs watch them.
@Captjo Agreed! The hummingbirds are a favorite part of my day! πŸ™‚πŸ¦
@roxyvivien if you zoom in closely, you may see the hummingbird that they are so intently watching. Just don’t look at the dirty window πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ
@Captjo I think I can see it! Your doggy looks just like my calico cat when she's watching! 🐢😻
I use cactus soil with charcoal, worm castings, and extra perlite and pumice. I also keep mine under a grow light and I have a fan in that room to help circulate the air since my heat lamp works too good. Lol it looks lovely. Make sure the bade gets plenty of sunlight so it'll keep its fullness, they can be acclimated to full sun and do wonderfully. Most bottom water them but mine vines always dry out so I hose my entire plant down for a good soak and then don't touch it again until a large portion of the leaves look a wee bit deflated.
@roxyvivien I agree with @jaysjungle πŸ’―
@jaysjungle @KrunchyWrap @KikiGoldblatt @RJG @kscape

I already have new growth on six vines (that I can see)β£οΈπŸ˜€
@KrunchyWrap thank you for your notes on growing the SOH β™₯️

I know we live/grow in a similar environment and make use of the outdoors... This one will be indoors like yours, but near a lot of light and airflow w/ humidity 40β€”50 average.
@roxyvivien yaaaaaasss!
@roxyvivien that's awesome. New growth on these always look really rad. I miss mine a lot. Maybe when everything opens back up I can slowly replace all my plants once again now that I'm down to 12.
@KrunchyWrap I'm sorry you're going through that - I know how hard it is to lose a plant you worked so hard to keep alive! πŸ™πŸ½ RIP πŸ’”
@roxyvivien yup it definitely stings. Especially when it's to someone breaking into the homemade greenhouse you poured all your blood sweat and tears into, just to steal all the material you have insulating it and then leaving the door open for all of them to freeze solid. I'm legit have a really hard time. Just lost my grandma, losing all my plants, bank account hacked into and frozen so I can't access my money so I'm having to get a loan to make it by. I'm so over december of 2022.
@KrunchyWrap @jaysjungle @kscape

More growth! πŸ™ŒπŸ½ πŸ™‚

πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™‚οΈβ“Also, Quick Question...

She's due for her 2nd watering soon... Should I repot her now in the hanging clay planter (she looks acclimated) or should I wait until the next watering is due?

Not sure how temperamental they are about repotting? πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ
@roxyvivien I would repot about halfway between waterings so it's not too wet or too dry and less chance if damaging roots. I find the soil usually just falls away pretty easily at that point.
Good point! @jaysjungle πŸ‘πŸ½ I wasn't sure how delicate the roots were.
@roxyvivien if I'm not sure how delicate the roots are, the leaves are a good tell.

For instance Peperomia leaves jump off if you barely glance at them while thinking about moving the plant, and the roots are super tender.

Whereas something like a golden pothos that is pretty sturdy, you can chop the roots way down and they'll be perfectly fine. May lose a couple leaves, but the plant won't care as long as there's some roots left.