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String Of Hearts - Ceropegia woodii 6Ø - 10cm

String Of Hearts - Ceropegia woodii 6Ø - 10cm

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Size Approx:

6cm pot | 10cm length/Height

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Ceropegia Woodii (String of Hearts) Care Guide

Ceropegia woodii, commonly known as the String of Hearts, is a delightful trailing plant known for its heart-shaped leaves and slender, cascading vines. It's an excellent choice for hanging baskets or shelves, adding a touch of elegance to any indoor space. Here is a comprehensive guide to help you care for your Ceropegia woodii.

Light

String of Hearts thrives in bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some direct sunlight, especially morning sun, but too much direct sunlight can scorch the leaves. Place it near a south or west-facing window where it can receive plenty of filtered light. In lower light conditions, the plant may grow slower and the variegation on the leaves may fade.

Watering

Ceropegia woodii prefers a "drench and dry" watering approach. Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry, allowing water to drain out of the bottom of the pot. Ensure the pot has good drainage to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot. During the winter months, reduce watering frequency as the plant's growth slows.

Humidity

String of Hearts is adaptable to average household humidity levels but prefers a slightly higher humidity environment. Aim for a humidity level of around 40-50%. You can increase humidity by:

  • Using a humidifier.
  • Placing a tray of water with pebbles near the plant.
  • Grouping plants together to create a more humid microenvironment.

Temperature

Ceropegia woodii prefers temperatures between 60-80°F (15-27°C). It can tolerate cooler temperatures down to 50°F (10°C) but should be protected from frost and freezing temperatures. Avoid placing the plant near drafts, air conditioning vents, or heaters.

Soil

A well-draining, sandy or cactus potting mix is ideal for String of Hearts. You can use a standard potting mix with added perlite or sand to improve drainage. The soil should be light and airy to prevent excess moisture retention.

Fertilizing

Feed your String of Hearts with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength once a month during the growing season (spring and summer). Fertilize less frequently in the winter when the plant's growth slows. Avoid over-fertilizing, as this can lead to salt buildup and damage the roots.

Pruning

Prune your Ceropegia woodii to maintain its shape and encourage fuller growth. Use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears to trim any leggy or overgrown vines. Pruning also helps to remove any yellow or damaged leaves.

Repotting

Repot your String of Hearts every 1-2 years or when it becomes root-bound. Choose a pot that is one size larger than the current one and refresh the soil to provide new nutrients. Be gentle when handling the roots, as they can be delicate.

Common Problems and Solutions

  • Yellow Leaves: Often a sign of overwatering or poor drainage. Ensure the soil dries out slightly between waterings and that the pot has good drainage.
  • Leggy Growth: Caused by insufficient light. Move the plant to a brighter location with indirect sunlight.
  • Pests: Ceropegia woodii can be prone to spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. Regularly inspect your plant and treat infestations with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Propagation

String of Hearts can be easily propagated through stem cuttings or tubers.

  • Stem Cuttings: Cut a healthy vine with at least a few nodes and place it in water or moist soil. If rooting in water, change the water every few days to keep it fresh. Once roots develop, transplant the cutting into a pot with well-draining soil.
  • Tubers: The plant often produces small tubers along the vines. These can be planted directly in soil to produce new plants.

Special Tips

  • Rotate your String of Hearts regularly to ensure even growth and light exposure.
  • Allow the soil to dry out between waterings to mimic the plant's natural environment and prevent root rot.
  • String of Hearts can grow long vines that trail beautifully from hanging baskets or shelves, making it a versatile and decorative plant.

By following these care guidelines, your Ceropegia woodii should thrive and continue to be a charming and elegant addition to your indoor plant collection. Happy growing!

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