String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii) Care

Placement

PRO TIP: The Sting of Hearts loves to trail! This plant pairs well with a hanging planter.

Ceropegia Woodii, or the Sting of Hearts plant is native to South Africa. The heart shaped trailing foliage has earned this plant many nicknames including Rosary vine, Sweetheart Vine, and hearts on a sting.  Place your plant where it can receive plenty of bright indirect light. Small doses of direct sun are good however, too much direct sun can scorch the leaves. While not enough light will cause the plants health to decline. A few feet removed from a Southern or Western facing window is ideal. Directly in a Northern or Eastern facing window will also suffice. If you are unsure of the lighting conditions in your home or office, check out our guide for how to measure light in your space.

 

Sting of Hearts is a great choice for any sunny shelf. Its long vines grow quickly in bright light and reward careful watering with frequent pink-to-magenta blooms.

Routine Maintenance

PRO TIP: “When in doubt, let it drought!” If the soil feels slightly moist, and you are unsure whether or not to water, the safest bet is to wait and check back in a few days.

Always be sure to assess your plants watering needs upon receiving it.  Before giving your plant a drink, it is best to check the moisture level in the soil first. The String of Hearts plant has a succulent like nature, so they prefer periods of drought between waterings. They are sensitive to root rot and over watering, so when in doubt let it drought. When the soil is dry ⅔ of the way down in the pot, then the plant is ready for a drink. In the winter months it’s best to allow the soil to dry completely through the pot as these plants go into a dormancy, even indoors. Consider aerating the soil of your plant before the initial watering. We compact the soil to avoid shifting during transit, so aerating can help the soil breath and allow for moisture to be released.

Plants purchased in a pot without a drainage hole, have been set up with a built in drainage system. A layer of hydro stones (porous, absorbent material made of recycled glass) has been placed beneath the soil to act as a reservoir and retain any excess water that flows through the soil. You will need to be slightly more cautious not to pour too much water into these containers as there is no way for the water to escape. We suggest pouring small amounts of water in bit by bit, until you have reached the desired moisture level in the soil.

For plants potted with a drainage hole, water until it begins to come out the bottom of the pot and into the catch tray. Empty the catch tray before returning the plant back to its location. For regular upkeep, dust the leaves often so the plant can photosynthesize properly. When dusting, take the opportunity to inspect the underside of leaves and keep an eye out for pests. Using fertilizer spring through fall will enhance your plants foliage and promote new growth. Rotate your plant periodically to ensure even growth on all sides.

Remember each plant is a unique living thing and may have varying needs, especially in their individual locations. Pay attention to the condition of your String of Hearts and its watering needs and you will have a  long and happy relationship.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get my String of Hearts to flower?

  • The String of hearts has tiny deep Magenta colored flowers that they can produce indoors yearly. Providing proper care for your plant and adding fertilizer spring through fall can help kick it into bloom. Just be sure not to be too heavy handed with the fertilizer as this can burn the plant. Follow the package instruction for a liquid houseplant fertilizer.

How do I tell if my plant is ready to be watered?

  • First things first, feel the soil! When the top 2/3 of the soil is dry, then your plant is ready to be watered. Another indication of being thirsty is puckered leaves. Although never rely on a visual method alone, be sure to feel the soil as well.

How can I tell if I have overwatered my plant?

  • Over watering tends to result in leaf loss, and yellowing of the leaves. If you suspect you have overwatered your plant, aerate, hold off on watering until the soil has fully dried, then refer to the care guide to get back on to a proper watering routine.

How often should I fertilize my plant?

  • In general, house plants will thrive when they are fertilized spring through fall. Fertilize once a month with an organic houseplant fertilizer, following the package instructions for dilution and administration. Greenery NYC uses an organic potting mix with a slow release fertilizer in the soil so your plant will not need fertilizer within the first 6 months of receiving it.

How often does my plant need to be repotted?

  • For smaller desktop plants, we suggest repotting once every 12-18 months. Typically you want to choose a potting vessel 1”- 2” larger in diameter to allow for growth. Don’t choose a pot much larger than the previous as this could drown the plants roots. If you prefer to maintain the current size of your plant, repot into the same vessel, providing new soil and trimming away some roots and foliage. Repotting in the spring or summer is ideal.
  • For larger floor plants, we suggest repotting every 18-24 months. Typically you want to choose a potting vessel 2”- 4” larger in diameter to allow for growth. Don’t choose a pot much larger than the previous as this could drown the plants roots. If you prefer to maintain the current size of your plant, repot into the same vessel, providing new soil and trimming away some roots and foliage. Repotting in the spring or summer is ideal.

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