Variegated String of Hearts is not only easy to care for, but its incredible heart-shaped leaves in different shades can also be an excellent addition to any space.
Follow this article till the end for the complete care guide on the Variegated String of Hearts.
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- Variegated String of Hearts Overview
- Variegated String of Hearts Care Guide
- Propagation Methods for Variegated String of Hearts
- FAQs about Variegated String of Hearts
- From Editorial Team
Variegated String of Hearts Overview
The Variegated String of Heart is a magnificent hanging plant native to South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.
|Botanical Name||Ceropegia woodii|
|Native||South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe|
|USDA Zone||10 and 11a|
White and Green with Pinkish touch on the edges
|Toxicity||Non toxic to pets and children|
Variegated String of Hearts Care Guide
For the most incredible view, you can place the Variegated String of Hearts plant on a hanging basket.
Here is a quick overview of the optimum requirement of the plant.
|Light||Bright, indirect light
Minimum 4-6 Hours per day
|Watering||7-10 days during summer
Once a month during winter
|Ideal Soil Mix||Well-Draining Mixture|
|Fertilization||Mild fertilizer every month during the summer
Once in 2 months during the winter
|Repotting||Once in 1-2 years|
|Pruning||Once a year|
|Propagation||Stem, seeds, tuber|
|Pests||Mealybugs, Spider mites, Scales, Thrips|
1. Sunlight and Temperature
Variegated String of Hearts requires bright indirect light for at least 4-6 hours and a temperature between 65-90°F for proper functioning.
This plant can’t tolerate temperatures below 40°F, so it’s best to place them in a warm location facing east or south.
Bring your plant indoors to avoid frost and nurture it under artificial light during cold days.
Also, it’s best to provide it with two hours of morning sun during winter.
Keep your plants away from cold drafts, vents, heaters, etc., and use heating pads or frost covers to protect them from the cold.
2. Water and Humidity
Variegated String of Hearts will be happy if you provide weekly watering and 40-50% humidity.
As this succulent can’t tolerate excessive watering, water only when the top 2 inches of the soil is dry to prevent root rot.
However, underwatering or too dry environments can cause brown or crispy leaves, wilting, curling, and stunted growth.
Moreover, water them monthly during winter and mist the plant daily during summer.
Terracotta pots with enough drainage holes will solve this problem, but you must repot the plant immediately.
For even water distribution, you can water the plant with ice cubes, as slow melting benefits the plant.
Use the bottom watering method if the plant is excessively underwatered, or use a moisture meter for proper watering.
Plants grouping, pebble trays, and artificial humidifiers are also beneficial to maintain proper humidity.
3. Soil and Fertilizer
A Variegated String of Hearts thrives well in well-draining porous soil with pH 6-6.5.
Similarly, this variegated plant prefers slow-release liquid fertilizer diluted to 1/4 with a moderate value.
However, only fertilize your plant once in two months during winter or completely cut it off.
Remember that low fertilizer deprives your plant of nutrition with yellowing, wilting, etc., and high fertilizer burns the plant roots.
4. Potting and Repotting
Usually, you can repot your Variegated String of Hearts after every 2 years only during spring and summer.
However, repot them immediately if your plant faces diseases such as wilting, stunted growth, root rot, and browning.
Also, repot your String of Heart whenever it becomes rootbound or emerges its roots out of the pot.
To repot your String of Hearts, prepare a succulent-friendly potting mix and fill it 1/3 of a terracotta container.
Next, prune the damaged parts of your plant after gently removing them from the old pot and repot the plant in the center of the pot.
It’s normal for your Variegated String of Hearts to undergo the transplant shock, but they will soon revive after some time.
5. Occasional Pruning
Usually, Variegated String of Hearts doesn’t require extensive pruning, but the plant will be happy if you prune them annually.
You must prune the plant immediately whenever the plant suffers from any pathogenic diseases, root rot, or physical damage.
Apply suitable fungicides and pesticides weekly or switch towards neem oil if you want the safe option.
Improper watering also encourages pathogenic invasion, so water directly to the roots, not the foliage.
Always prune your String of Hearts at the end of winter or the beginning of the spring with sterilized equipment.
6. Variegated String of Heart: All About Growth
A completely grown Variegated String of Heart’s trailing stems can grow up to 6 feet (2 meters) long.
They would produce cute Heart-shaped leaves in white and green with pinkish touch on the edges.
The growth rate depends on the season, temperature, pot size, and more.
If your plant is root bound, the growth will be stunted.
You can see dainty small pink and purple lantern-shaped flowers at the end of the growing season.
This succulent has slow growth during winter, but you can see them growing rapidly during spring and summer.
7. Variegated String of Heart Toxicity
Did your children or pet accidentally swallow your String of Heart’s leaves? Don’t panic as this succulent is non-toxic.
However, don’t keep them within your children’s or pets’ reach, as damaged ones won’t look good.
Also, choking and stomach upsets are obvious if children or pets accidentally swallow the plants.
Propagation Methods for Variegated String of Hearts
This ideal hanging heart-shaped plant can be propagated through tubers, seeds, stems, water, and seeds.
If you propagate it properly, you can see its roots emerging within five days.
1. Tuber Propagation
The Variegated String of Hearts produces tubers on its strings at the base of the leaves.
Tuber propagation is the easiest way of propagating your variegated strings with the highest success rate.
However, this method is applicable only if you have an old plant that produces tubers.
Quick Steps to Propagate Variegated String by Tuber
- Cover the half tuber with new potting mix on a terracotta pot with good drainage.
- Provide enough light and water until the tuber grows multiple roots and shoots.
- If you are propagating in the same pot, repot the tuber after it grows 2-3 or more leaves.
- Place the pot in a bright place and avoid overwatering.
2. Seeds Propagation
After the Variegated String of Heart flowers, you can collect its seeds can propagate them.
Quick Steps to Propagate Variegated Strings by Seeds
- After the Variegated Strings blooms, you must wait until the seed develops and collect them.
- Take a small container and soak the seeds in lukewarm water overnight.
- Prepare a well-draining soil mixture and place the desired number of seeds.
- Maintain the growing environment. You can use a heating mat to sprout them well.
- Always use a spray bottle for watering and avoid seed crowding as it leads to space, water, and nutrient competition.
- You will see Your Variegated String of Heart’s seed sprouting within a week.
3. Stem Propagation
There are numerous ways of propagating Variegated strings by cutting their stem, but these two are the most common methods.
Propagation in Water
All you need is a pair of sterilized scissors, gloves to protect your hands, a suitable glass container, and some clean water.
Also, an existing mother Variegated String of Hearts is a must.
- Select the healthy branch or String and make a clean cut just above the leaf nodule.
- Leave 2-3 leaves on your 5- 15 cm long string and discard the remaining ones.
- Gently place the String in the water submerging the base without touching the end of the container.
Propagation in Soil
To propagate Variegated Strings in soil, you need a healthy mother plant and some tools.
Prepare a pair of sterile scissors, gloves, soil mixture, pot, and growth hormones.
Steps to propagate Variegated String of Hearts in soil
- Cut off a clean and healthy stem and plant it in the center of a terracotta pot with succulent-friendly soil.
- You can add pebbles or sand to further well-draining and provide proper aeration.
- Keep the soil moist and water once a week or only when the soil becomes 2 inches dry.
- You can add growth hormone to enhance growth and rooting.
- Keep the pot in a bright place and check for progress.
Also, watch the video to know more about growing a happy and healthy Variegated String of Hearts.
FAQs about Variegated String of Hearts
Is Variegated String of Hearts Rare?
The Variegated String of Hearts is not commonly found in plant stores or nearby nurseries.
However you can find them online, but they can be a bit on the expensive side.
Can Variegated String of Hearts Revert?
Excessive sunlight without any filter or too low light can give the Variegated String of Hearts a slightly pinkish look.
Do Variegated Strings of Hearts Grow Fast?
On receiving enough sunlight, i.e., 5-6 hours a day, the Variegated String of Hearts can grow pretty fast.
How can you Identify between the Variegated String of Hearts and the Original String of Hearts?
The Original String of Hearts is deep green with only silver lining edges.
In contrast, Variegated String of Hearts has a lighter color leaving whitish edges that gradually turns pinkish on growth.
From Editorial Team
Make your Own Potting Mix for a Variegated String of Hearts.
You can simply create your own succulent-friendly potting mix with some ingredients in your home.
Mix one part of perlite, two parts of drainage sand, and two parts of organic fertilizer well.
Your String of Heart will happily thrive in your homemade potting mix.