February 10th, 2021
String of Hearts
Hey plant friends!
This week we are talking about Ceropegia woodii [seer-uh-pee-jee-uh wood-ee-i] aka String of hearts. Belonging to the Apocynaceae family, SOH are native to Africa, southern Asia, and Australia. If you are looking for an easy-peasy trailing plant this is the one. If plants are your love language you can’t resist those tiny little strands of hearts. Perfect for Valentine’s Day along with last week’s pink plant the - Tradescantia nanouk.
I consider this a fast-growing plant in the right growing conditions. When living their best life, string of hearts will reward you with small, terrestrial tube-shaped flowers. String of hearts are going to want bright filtered sunlight - the best environment for growth and flowers! If you notice your string of hearts getting sparse up top, you can cut the strands, and stick them right back in the soil to propagate and make a fuller pot.
This plant is going to need a well-draining potting mix like the Espoma Organic Cactus mix, or any houseplant mix with added perlite to ensure a mix that drains properly. As always, we do not want our plants sitting in a dense soil. This will lead to root rot. Let the soil dry 4-5 inches down between watering. String of hearts are more drought tolerant species, but do require more frequent watering than your usual succulent.
Keep in mind, SOH like a warmer environment, providing them with a space away from a cold draft is preferred. These are some of my favorite plants, and I am currently lusting after the variegated variety called ‘Silvery Glory’. Hopefully in the near future we can welcome them to Tonkadale!