Focus On Ceropegia Woodii

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String of Hearts 

The irresistible Ceropegia Woodii is this weeks succulent we are going to have a look at. 

🤓 - Now on with the Focus!

String of Hearts

 

Name Ceropegia Woodii
Common Names

String of hearts

Chain of hearts

Hearts on a string

Hearts entangled

Family Apocynaceae
Max. height 10cm/4in (approx.)
Max. Spread 1m/3.3ft (approx.)
Foliage Evergreen 🌿
Type Trailing Succulent
Sunlight Partial Shade 🌤
Exposure Sheltered
Watering Water moderately when in growth. Keep dry at all other times
Environment

 Indoors with moderate sunlight. These plants are very hardy so can survive most indoor conditions. 

Propagation Cuttings ✂️ or Seeds 🌱
Toxicity ☠️

Most sources indicate this plant is non-toxic, but do your own research on this. Cats do like to play with the long fun strands so be careful to leave it well out of reach!

 

String of Hearts

Detail✏️:

A string of hearts is not really a true to the core succulent but it's able to store a fair bit of water in its long stems and beautiful leaves. It is normally found growing on rocks in its native Africa and is adapted well to growing in areas with little rainfall. Growing up on rocks means that it likes a well draining soil mix. 

Watering💧:

Because of their unique rocky habitat, the Ceropegia hate overwatering. Leaving yours in excess water is a sure fire way to kill it. They are prone to rot from the root if left in water and this will leave them beyond saving. 

In Autumn and Winter its best to significantly reduce the amount of watering. This could be anywhere from 2-5 weeks depending on how warm your home is during winter. A good sign is to look at the leaves and feel them for softness. This is a good signal that your Ceropegia Woodii needs a wee drink!

For more tips on succulent watering check out our succulent care series.

How to plant🍴:

Plant in a very dry sandy soil. A specific succulent and cacti mix would work well, perhaps adding some extra pumice or sand.

#dropthehatepropagate

They can propagate from seeds or cuttings. A 10-15cm cutting rooted into cactus soil should begin to grow. Keep moist but do not overwater!

 Kryptonite🧪:

Moisture - They will die very quickly when left in too much standing water. They are also prone to basal rot if left in this state.

 

 

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