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How to Care for String of Hearts Plant
String of hearts plants are delicate, so it is important to know how to care for them. They need well-drained soil and moderate light conditions. Keep the plant moist by watering it when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, but avoid getting water on the leaves or stems because this can cause rot. String of hearts plants do best in temperatures between 65°F and 75°F (18°C - 24°C) with a humidity level below 50%.
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What is a string of hearts plant?
String of hearts plant (ceropegia woodii), also known by its common names as string flower, rosary vine, chain of hearts, sweetheart vine, or baby's tears is a unique design houseplant that is popular as a gift for Valentine's Day. It belongs to the group Aizoaceae and its native habitat is South Africa where it grows in arid conditions with dry soil like deserts.
String of hearts has sword-shaped succulent plant leaves that are arranged close together around its stem hence giving it an appearance similar to strings on shoes; this characteristic earned the name 'string of heart'. The beauty about this plant lies not only in its uniqueness but also because you can easily care for them at home given the right conditions.
String of hearts plant is an easy-to-care for indoor plant which makes it a popular choice among homeowners and houseplant lovers. It can grow indoors in well drained soil and bright light area but not direct sunlight as this will burn the leaves. String of heart plant needs to be watered thoroughly, then left alone until its soil has completely dried out before watering again; too much moisture may lead to root rot or fungal infection hence always ensure that your string of heart's soil does not stay wet for long period. When you water the string of heart planter make sure that excess water drains away from bottom and do not let them stand with their pots filled with water after watering because these plants can't withstand soggy soils so allow drainage at all times.
Don't be alarmed if string of heart plant looses their leaves this is because under-watering or over watering will cause the plants to lose its lower leaves. You can cut off the stem part that has lost its leaves but make sure not to remove more than a third of leafless stems at one time, then replace soil by adding compost and fertilizer around roots every spring before new growth appears. If you are using containers ensure that drainage holes are present in order for excess water to drain away from bottom hence avoid overwatering as it may lead root rot which results in loss of life for your string of hearts planter. String heart plant also thrives well when grown indoor with other succulents like jade plant cactus and aloe vera.
String of heart plant is not difficult to care for as long as you give them enough water and bright light area but make sure they don't stand in direct sunlight or with wet soil after watering because this may lead to root rot which results in death for your string of hearts planter.
How to care for a string of hearts plant?
The key to successfully growing string of heart plant is location. You need bright indirect light or indirect sunlight for it; morning sun or afternoon shade is best. However, if you don't have such an area with enough light in your home then placing them near south facing windows will work just fine too! Avoid too much direct sun if possible.
Keep their soil moist but not wet especially during the growing season in summer when they are actively growing; watering every other day should do the trick perfectly well. In winter months though, let its soil dry out completely before pouring water again (watering once a week). Make sure that the drainage tray beneath the pot catches excess water so as to prevent overwatering which can lead to root rot; tip, add some pebbles at the base of the pot to improve drainage.
Most importantly, you need to make sure that the soil mix is nutrient rich. The best mix for string of heart plant is an equal combination of potting mix soil and perlite or sand for a sandy soil; this will ensure good draining soil which in turn prevents root rot from occurring.
Temperature & Humidity
String of hearts plant prefers dry and temperate conditions; ideally, room temperatures between 60 - 80°F (15 – 26°C) is best for them. However, it can tolerate higher or lower temperature ranges as well but avoid leaving them in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (or 15 C). High humidity may also cause problems with your strings so keep humidity levels below 50%.
Fertilizer is actually not necessary for the string of hearts plant; although, if you want to fertilize them do so with a balanced fertilizer (like 20-20-20) or half strength. If the package instructions are followed correctly your String Of Heart Plant will be healthy and happy!
Potting & Repotting
When purchasing your container or a decorative pot as its new home, look out for one with a lot of holes at the bottom as this will allow excellent drainage while ensuring good air circulation around the roots too! Finally, choose containers that are slightly bigger than their current homes (if transplanting) since they grow rapidly over time.
One way to start a string of hearts plant is by taking stem cuttings from an existing one. Cut off pieces that are about four inches long and place in the same type of potting soil you used for your mother plant, making sure there’s enough room between each cutting for them to grow into strong plants.
If you’re looking for flowers, your string of hearts plant will need to be grown inside. It only produces flowers when it’s grown indoors or in a greenhouse environment that mimics this type of atmosphere. So if you want to enjoy the beautiful yellow flowers, grow them indoors.
Final thoughts on the string of hearts
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