2021 New String of Hearts Care Guide for Beginners
This String of Hearts care guide will prepare you for bringing this new plant into your home or office! The String of Hearts, scientific name “Ceropegia woodii,” is an evergreen succulent variety that has taken off in popularity in the last few years. These plants, while beautiful and popular, can sometimes require a little more work and learning than some of their easy-care succulent cousins. However, they do thrive with neglect and can be a great option for new plant parents!
String of Hearts Overview
String of Hearts, while a little more difficult to care for by some, are actually quite tolerant houseplants once proper care and management is achieved. These succulents are native to southern Africa and also referred to as Chinese lanterns, rosary vines, and chain of hearts.
Follow the rest of this guide for more on how to properly care for this stunning trailing houseplant.
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Watering is the most challenging part of String of Hearts care. Underwatering results in the plant wilting, and the contrary can cause root rot. Based on our experience, we recommend watering the plant every 10 days. Water when the first 2-3 inches of soil are dry, and do so by giving it a good soak! You can do this by bottom watering. A moisture meter can help if you are unsure.
Adjust the watering accordingly throughout the seasons, and take note of whether your plant is situated under a heating or cooling vent, as that can impact moisture levels. For example, in the fall and winter this plant can go 3-4 weeks between waterings.
Additionally, make sure the planting medium is dry before watering. When watering, thoroughly water the potting mix, then allow it to drain.
Lighting and Humidity
Although String of Hearts can survive in lightly shaded conditions, they prefer to get more light than shade. Avoid direct sunlight, as the leaves can get burned when exposed to too much direct light. Extremely low light conditions will result in delayed growth.
The best light options are south or west-facing window, where it will get good light but not enough to cause a burn. Bottom line: your String of Hearts will need bright, indirect light for at least 3-4 hours a day!
You can tell if your plant is not getting enough light by the leaves – they will become washed out (with less marbling) and grow further apart when it is not getting enough sunlight.
String of Hearts Humidity Needs
The tropical plant does well in high humidity environments. During the winter, when the air is dry, try to artificially raise the humidity by misting the plant or grouping it with other plants.
Keep the plant in high temperatures, like 80°F; ensure temperatures do not fall below 65°F, as that can cause harm to the plant’s system. Keeping it in a warm window will help make sure it stays at a warmer temperature consistently.
Soil and Fertilizer
These plants need well-draining cactus soil for best growth. Pumice and perlite can help with draining and ensure that the soil is not left too damp for too long. While they do not mind the occasional fertilizer in the summer, too rich of soil will leave it looking a bit bedraggled.
If you’re loving the tropical paradise look with your String of Hearts, make sure to check out: 10 Plants to Turn Your Home into a Tropical Paradise
Cleaning and Pruning
Pinching off growth can help encourage new growth from the plant during the spring and summer months. You can then propagate what you remove!
String of Hearts Propagation
String of Hearts are propagated from stem cuttings. The process involves cutting a 4-6 inch stem tip (preferably in spring or summer for best results). Place the cuttings in a glass or vase of clean water for it to grow roots. Change the water out frequently, about every few days. Once roots develop, you can transfer them to soil.
Additionally, you can also tuck a piece of cut stem into cactus soil and allow it to develop roots on its own instead of putting it directly into water.
Repotting a String of Hearts
Repot your String of Hearts to a pot one size up when the plant has outgrown its current pot. String of Hearts are, so you really only need to increase its pot every 2-3 years.
To repot, prepare the potting mix as described above, transplant the plant to the new pot, and water it thoroughly. Allow water to drain and return it to its place. It is suitable to do repotting during summer when the growth rate is high. You can also wait 24 hours before watering – experts advise to do either way!
If you are more of a visual learner, you can also watch this great video of how to repot the String of Hearts: Watch Video
String of Hearts Care Final Thoughts
The String of Hearts is not a problematic plant; however, its lovers must observe watering frequencies to minimize the risk of root rot and keep an eye on the light needs. The plant can also also be attacked by spider mites – watch out for white webbing on the undersides of leaves and stems. You can treat pests with neem oil, should that become a problem.
Please note: the String of Hearts is TOXIC to pets.
Plant Care with Cellar Door Plants
Cellar Door Plants aims to help bring nature into your home. We feel like people nowadays are more distant from nature than ever before. How can we protect the earth with so much distance from everything living around us? While we are based in Seattle, Washington, our greenhouse is located in San Marcos, California.
We are avid plant lovers so every plant sold is packaged and protected with care to guide it to your home safely. We have a wide selection of houseplants with care requirements ranging from easy-to-care-for home additions for beginners to more complicated varieties that require a more experienced grower.
If you’re interested in adding a String of Hearts to your home, head over to our plant shop to purchase!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Peperomia Green Bean need sunlight?
Yes! While the Peperomia Green Bean does not like to be in full, direct sunlight, it prefers to live in places of medium to bright, indirect light. Although the plant can tolerate low light areas which is why this is such a good beginner plant for its low maintenance needs.
Do Peperomia Green Bean succulents like to be misted?
While the Peperomia Green Bean is a variety of succulent, they prefer high humidity environments versus dry deserts. Their leaves are designed to hold water but misting helps to add moisture to the air around the plant allowing it to thrive.
Are Peperomia plants easy to care for?
Yes! Their easy nature makes the Peperomia Green Bean a great starter plant for beginner gardeners.
How do you take care of a peperomia plant?
Proper sunlight and water habits are crucial for the care of a Peperomia Green Bean.