What most people don’t know is that this plant is a succulent vine. Whenever you hear succulent you should also hear less watering. This plant is prone to root rot caused by wet soil. As with almost all houseplants your potting mix needs to be well-draining so water can flow through the substrate and will not lead to soggy soil. To increase drainage, small pebbles or parts of an orchid mix can be added.
Bright light is best for your Chain of Hearts. Some direct light is fine as long as it is not throughout the whole day. Direct light in moderation can actually bring out the best colours and healthiest leaves. When growing String of Hearts outdoors, keep them in bright shade.
The spacing of the String of Hearts leaves is a good indicator of whether your plant gets enough light. The wider the spaces between leaves are, the more in need of light your houseplant is. If you, therefore, spot wide spacings, move your plant closer to a light source or window.
A south or west-facing window with bright light is the best choice in case your house or apartment has any.
String of Hearts is a succulent vine plant that likes to be kept on the dry side. Let the soil dry out completely before watering. Water thoroughly when watering. Although it depends on your conditions watering should be done about once every two to three weeks.
In doubt water less than more frequently. String of Hearts has underground rhizomes similar to a ZZ plant that can store water for an extended time.
Reduce watering in winter when the String of Hearts goes dormant.
Native to South Africa, String of Hearts can be kept in temperatures between 64°F – 75°F (18-24°C) which will be the average temperatures in most households. However, it generally does better in warmer conditions and thrives in temperatures in the lower 80s range. Make sure however that temperatures are not dropping below 60°F (16°C).
This plant is a joy to propagate. On its vines, it produces little beads that can be used for propagation. Once the beads are touching soil they will start to grow roots on their own. In order to propagate this succulent vine, you can trim parts of the vines by doing cuttings. The best seasons to propagate Sting of Hearts is spring and summer.
|Sunlight Demand:||Indirect Light|
|Soil Condition:||Peat Moss|