Chain of Hearts

Ceropegia Woodii a.k.a Chain of Hearts, String of hearts, Rosary Vine


Chain of Hearts is a trailing plant with heart shapes leaves. This plant is a succulent and is native to South Africa. When kept in optimal conditions, String of Hearts can be quite fast growing. Not only that, this plant is considered to be non-toxic.

Chain of Hearts Quick Overview


Full Size3-4 meters long
(9.8-13.1ft)
LightBright indirect
Temperature80-85˚F
(26-29˚C)
HumidityAverage
Cost$
Care LevelEasy
ToxicityNon-Toxic

Size

The mature size of Chain of Hearts can be upwards of 3-4 metres in length. You can have this plant grown as a hanging plant, wrapped around a pole or as a ground cover. When kept in the correct environment, it can be a fast grower. String of Hearts can be pruned if it gets too long and those cuttings can be propagated to make new plants.

Light Requirements

Chain of Hearts prefer to be positioned in bright indirect light for best growth and require this to thrive. A sign your Chain of Hearts is not getting enough light is the leaves growing further apart, this can be resolved by changing the position of your plant to somewhere that better suits it’s light requirements.

Temperature

Chain of Hearts will perform best when in an area which maintains a temperature of 80-85˚F (26-29˚C). Being kept outside of this temperate range for prolonged periods of time can lead to poor plant health.

Humidity

Maintaining an average humidity (approximately 40-50%) will assist in keeping your Chain of Hearts happy and healthy. If your plant is housed in a spot with a humidity level consistently outside of this range see our tips on how to increase or decrease humidity levels.

Watering Requirements

You can expect your Chain of Hearts to require water approximately every 2 weeks . When watering your Chain of Hearts be sure to water sparingly as they don’t like to stay wet. Aside from solely relying on the watering frequency to tell when your plant is thirsty a tell tale sign that your Chain of Hearts needs water is after the soil drying out completely.

Fertilizing requirements

As a rule of thumb your Chain of Hearts should be fertilized once a month during their growing period (May to August). This will assist in keeping your plant alive as well as promote healthy growth.

Soil Requirements

Chain of Hearts require a well draining soil.

Diseases & Pests

The most common diseases and pests that you can encounter whilst caring for your Chain of Hearts are mealybug, aphids and scale insects. For a wide range of information on combating a large range of indoor plant diseases and pests see the pests and diseases page.

Toxicity

Chain of Hearts are considered to be non-toxic so there is no need to worry if your cats can’t resist playing with those long hanging chains.


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