String of Hearts - what I've learned so far on how to care for it.

Ceropegia Woodii or String of Hearts plant is a real beauty. Nick named "String of Hearts" due to its beautiful heart shaped leaves, this trailing house plant is one of my absolute favourites.

This is mainly due to the fact that to the untrained eye this plant looks like it would be difficult to look after and a bit of a delicate diva, when in fact it is tough as a cactus and one of the easiest plants to keep alive. 

 The gorgeous  String of Hearts  plant. 

The gorgeous String of Hearts plant. 

So, here are the basics I've found to be true when caring for string of hearts plant..

  • Don't over water it- the roots are skinny and can get root rot. The best thing to do is to let this plant dry out in between waterings. As a general rule of thumb I've found that mine need watering about once a week/ every 10 days in summer. And about once a fortnight in winter. You will need to get to know yours based on the heat and light in your home/ office but start with the above intervals and see what the plant likes.
  • Let it face a window - these plants like sunlight but can also survive in indirect light. You'll find that new strands grow in the direction of light which is cute. 
  • Give it a hair cut from time to time. You can trim these to get rid of straggly bits, dead bits and general over growth. They can cascade up to 5ft so if you don't want one this long make sure you give it a chop when it starts to get too long. I've also found that giving it a bit of a tidy up actually encourages new growth on the plant too. 
  • Feed- these plants like to be fed once a fortnight every month during the summer. We like this seaweed feed for our plants. 
 Display your plant in this Macrame Hanger & Pot  Combo

Display your plant in this Macrame Hanger & Pot Combo

Another reason I love the String of Hearts plant so much is how versatile it is room wise. So long as it can see a window it is happy. I have them all over my house- in the bathroom, kitchen. living room and bedroom.

In fact, the one on our kitchen widow sill is out growing its spot. And this plant was dropped on the floor when I was moving stock out of our spare room, it lost half of its compost and ended up shoved on a 'to fix' shelf which didn't actually happen for about 4 weeks (small business busyness kicked in).

So if the plant can survive that level of mistreatment (NB I do not recommend throwing your plants around but if you do then DON'T WORRY) then it can survive the odd spot of forgetting to be water it or being in a slightly too bright or too dark spot by you while you get used to it. 

Trailing plants are also great for small spaces as you can sit them on a shelf or hang from a curtain rail and save your precious floor space - so the perfect cramped city flat plant and a great starting point for the perfect plant shelfie.  

Have we missed any tips? Let us know in the comments below! 

Sarah x