Ceropegia Woodii - String of Hearts
If you are looking for an easy, unique, and attractive houseplant, the Ceropegia Woodii, otherwise known as the String of Hearts, may be the one for you. This plant does beautifully hanging or on the corner of a shelf or windowsill as it grows gorgeous vines. This evergreen, succulent, trailing plant shows off its unique, marble patterned, heart-shaped leaves as it vines down. In the late summer and early fall, you may even be lucky enough to see it bloom gorgeous, magenta flowers. String of Hearts are typically grown as houseplants but are also grown as sprawling ground covers or cascading down walls in Mediterranean climates.
For abundant growth and flowering, your String of Hearts will appreciate a bright indirect light setting. Filtered light is best for SOH.
Although your SOH can be drought tolerant, they prefer to be watered a bit more frequently than many other succulents. Let them dry out completely and then give your SOH a thorough watering. Overwatering--watering when the soil is not completely dry--can result in swollen foliage, leaf drop, and the growth pattern can become messy. Do not leave the plant sitting in water. Good drainage is vital for SOH.
Too much extra humidity can be harmful to your SOH, so don’t over do it. When it comes to temperature for your SOH, they can tolerate short periods of temperatures as low as 20 degree Fahrenheit but not long durations of that. They do not like long periods of intense heat, either. They do appreciate warm temperatures and good air circulation.
Because SOH are a type of succulent, they do prefer a well draining, cacti potting mix. They do make specific soils for this sold at many plant shops, but it is also very easy to make your own. To make your cacti/succulent mix simply mix equal parts of potting soil, perlite, sand, and pumice together. Those four components will make for a very well draining potting mix that will not be too rich, which SOH does not like.
Your SOH does not like soil that is too rich, meaning they would prefer a fertilizer that is not too high in nitrogen. SOH prefers a fertilizer specifically made for succulents.
- Pet friendly?
Yes, the SOH is 100% safe for pets and humans. Although the plant may not be happy when being munched on occasionally, so it is recommended to still keep out of reach of pets, especially cats who find the stringy vines irresistible.