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Ceropegia woodii variegata

String of Hearts, Rosary Vine

“String of Hearts” is a trailing succulent with cream, pink, and green heart-shaped leaves. Its stem has a purple tone. Tiny tubers form on the base of the leaves, giving it the nickname “Rosary Vine.”

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Quick Look:
  • Partial sun to partial shade

  • Can be grown indoors if given enough light

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 36″ (91 cm) long (trailing)

  • Zone 11a (Minimum 40° F | 4.5° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by stem cuttings, tubers, and seeds

  • Generally non-toxic to humans and animals

  • Actively grows in Spring and Fall

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Ceropegia woodii variegata “String of Hearts”

Ceropegia woodii variegata “String of Hearts” is a beautiful trailing succulent. It’s perfect the way to add “spiller” to your arrangements. Watch for flowers in the late summer and fall.

Watering

“String of Hearts” has typical watering needs for a succulent. It’s best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Water less in the winter, when “String of Hearts” is dormant.

Where to Plant

Ceropegia woodii variegata “String of Hearts” is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 40° F (4.5° C), it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full to partial sun.

Plant in an area of your garden that gets 3 to 4 hours of sunlight a day. If planting indoors, place in a room that gets a lot of indirect sunlight, such as near a southern-facing window (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere).

When “String of Hearts” receives lots of sunlight, the leaves will be a darker color. The less light it receives, the lighter the leaves will be.

Pairs Well With

Graptoveria ‘Debbie’

How to Propagate Ceropegia woodii variegata “String of Hearts”

Ceropegia woodii variegata “String of Hearts” can be propagated several ways, the easiest of which is stem cuttings, then tubers (oblong growths that form along the base of the leaf), and then from seed.

Cuttings

To take a stem cutting for propagation, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a stem from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.

Tubers

One of the easiest ways to propagate “String of Hearts” is to press a tuber (preferably still attached to the stem) into well-draining soil, where it will take root and form a new plant.

Seeds

If propagating from seed, sow in a well-draining soil in the fall. You can grow Sedum seeds outdoors if you live in an zone above 9a. If you live in a cooler area, you can begin sowing indoors under a grow light.

Flowering Information

When planted outside, flowers attract hummingbirds.

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