At the time of writing this, I’ve had my String of Hearts plant for just over 3 months and it has doubled in length from what’s shown above and has also started growing new strands!
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.
Water: What I LOVE most about this plant is that it’s pretty easy to tell when it should be watered. Look at the hearts near the crown of the plant. Are they plump? Like little juicy berries? Then your plant does not need water. If they are flattened, 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.
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.
Fertilizer: I’m using a general houseplant fertilizer on my string of hearts every few weeks through the summer and then in the winter, I’ll fertilize half as often as long as it is showing new growth.
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.
String of Hearts Resources:
Collect and cultivate String of Hearts seeds