String of Hearts plant is such an easy care and fast growing joy to have in my collection. It has had a bit of trouble with Canadian winter but overall, it does well in low humidity situations. A bit of supplemental light goes a long way.
This plant is such fun. I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying the string of hearts because every day I love it just a little bit more and that’s highly due to the nature of it’s growth.
General String of Hearts Care Tips
Light: String of Hearts likes quite a lot of light and even handles a bit of direct sun. Mine is about 4 or 5 ft across from my South West window and gets some direct sun in the afternoon. In the winter, I try to boost it’s light with a grow bulb.
Water: What I LOVE most about caring for String of Hearts is that it’s pretty easy to tell when it should be watered. Look at the leaves near the crown of the plant. Are they plump? Like little juicy berries? Then your plant does not need water. If they are flattened, or squishy and the soil is dry, it’s time to give it a good soak. Hearts nearer the ends of the strings will be flatter as they are new so look to the older ones for clues. When it’s ready, give it a good soak until water runs out the bottom of the pot. Make sure to discard of any water that collects in the cache pot or saucer. In the winter, if the plant is getting less light you may need to pull back on the watering.
Soil: I treat this plant much like a succulent or peperomia in that it really needs a well draining soil mix. Mine seems quite happy in a mix of potting soil and cactus soil with a bit of extra perlite thrown in for good measure.
Humidity: The string of hearts is great in standard household humidity. No extra fussing required. Where you might want to increase levels is during propagation.
Fertilizer: I’m using a general houseplant fertilizer on my string of hearts every few weeks through the summer. In winter, I do not fertilize.
Pruning and propagation: Snip the strings if they become too long and remove the leaves closest to the cut end from the stem. Place in water for about 3-4 weeks to root then share with a friend or put them back in the pot to have a fuller plant. String of hearts will also grow tubers. If you snip the vine and plant the tuber in the soil it will root – no water propagation necessary!
If you hang your hearts, be sure the top of the plant gets light and not just the strings. It will thin out otherwise. If you find your plant is thin on top fear not! Just propagate a few strings to add back into the pot OR spiral a string around the top. It will eventually grow roots there and sprout new strings. This is a very easy care plant – I left mine for 2 weeks once while I was away and it was just fine upon my return. I highly recommend this beauty.
Here’s a new photo below – this plant does well in terra cotta pottery and I have been supplementing light during winter months with a grow light.