How to Take Care of a String of Hearts: Essential Tips and Guidelines


If you’re looking for a happy and healthy vine to add to your indoor plant collection, the String of Hearts is a perfect choice. This trailing plant is native to the Zonnebloem region of South Africa and its delicate cascades of heart-shaped leaves are a sight to behold.

When it comes to taking care of your String of Hearts, it’s important to place it in a spot where it can get plenty of bright, indirect sunlight. This plant thrives in different types of light, but it should always be protected from direct sunlight, as its soft leaves can burn easily. An east-facing window with filtered light is ideal.

Watering instructions for String of Hearts vines can be a bit tricky. While these plants tend to be drought-tolerant, they do require regular watering. Be sure to water them only when the top few inches of soil are dry. Overwatering can lead to root rot and yellowing leaves, while under-watering can cause the leaves to droop and fall off.

When it comes to potting and repotting your String of Hearts, make sure to use a well-drained soil mix. The roots of this plant like to breathe, so a mix that contains peat moss, perlite, and sand is an excellent choice. As for repotting, do it only when necessary and avoid planting them in a pot that is too large, as the String of Hearts prefers to be a bit root-bound.

If you’re looking to propagate your String of Hearts, you’re in luck. These plants are easy to propagate through stem cuttings. Simply cut off a healthy, trailing stem and place it in a glass of water. Once roots begin to form, you can pot it up and watch it grow!

When it comes to managing diseases and pests, the String of Hearts is fairly resilient. However, they can sometimes suffer from mealybugs, which commonly infest the leaves. To manage these pesky bugs, be sure to check your plant regularly and remove any infested leaves. If necessary, you can use a gentle solution of water and dish soap to clean the leaves and keep the bugs at bay.

Overall, the String of Hearts is an excellent plant to have around your home. Its cascading vines and delicate heart-shaped leaves bring a unique touch of nature indoors. With proper care and attention, this beautiful plant will reward you with its stunning blooms and offer a cheerful touch to any space within your home.

String of Hearts

The String of Hearts plant, also known by its scientific name Ceropegia woodii, is a popular trailing vine native to South Africa. It is commonly grown for its unique heart-shaped foliage, which cascades down in long strands, creating a beautiful display. The String of Hearts is a relatively easy plant to care for, making it a favorite among indoor gardeners.

Lighting: String of Hearts plants prefer bright, indirect light. Placing them near a sunny window is ideal, but make sure they are not exposed to direct sunlight, especially during the hot summer months. They can also tolerate lower light conditions, but their growth may slow down.

Watering: String of Hearts plants are succulents and have adapted to withstand periods of drought. It’s important to let the top inch or so of the soil completely dry out between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it’s important to water them sparingly. During the winter months, when the plant is dormant, watering should be reduced even further.

Soil: A well-drained soil mix is essential for the String of Hearts plant to thrive. Use a mixture of regular potting soil and perlite to ensure proper drainage. Avoid using heavy, clay-based soils as they can hold too much moisture and lead to root rot.

Temperature and Humidity: String of Hearts plants prefer temperatures between 60-80°F (15-27°C). They can tolerate slightly lower temperatures during the winter but should be kept away from drafts. They also prefer higher humidity levels, so misting the foliage or placing a tray of water nearby can help increase moisture in the air.

Propagation: String of Hearts plants can be propagated through stem cuttings. Simply cut a healthy vine just below a leaf node and place it in a jar of water. Rooting should occur within a few weeks. Once roots have developed, the cutting can be planted in soil. Another method of propagation is by layering, where a vine is encouraged to root while still attached to the main plant.

Care and Maintenance: String of Hearts plants are relatively low-maintenance, but they may require some pruning to manage their sprawling growth. Regularly remove any dead or yellowing foliage to keep the plant looking its best. If the plant becomes too long and leggy, it can be pruned back to encourage new growth and maintain its shape.

Pests and Diseases: String of Hearts plants are generally resistant to pests. However, they may occasionally be affected by common houseplant pests such as mealybugs or aphids. If an infestation occurs, remove the pests manually or use a mild insecticidal soap to control the population. Signs of diseases, such as rot or fungal issues, may appear as black, mushy spots on the foliage. To prevent disease, make sure the plant is not overwatered and that the soil is well-drained.

In conclusion, the String of Hearts is an interesting and beautiful plant that can add a touch of nature to any indoor space. With the right care and maintenance, you’ll be rewarded with a happy, sprawling vine that can brighten up your home all year round.

String of Hearts Care Instructions

The String of Hearts, also known as Ceropegia woodii, is a member of the milkweed family and originates from southern Africa. This plant is an excellent addition to any home, whether you are a beginner or an experienced gardener. Here are some care instructions to help you keep your String of Hearts happy and healthy.


The String of Hearts prefers bright, indirect light. Place the plant in an east or west-facing window where it can get plenty of bright, filtered sunlight. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight, as this can cause the leaves to curl and burn.

Temperature and Humidity

The String of Hearts thrives in temperatures between 60-85°F (15-29°C). It can tolerate higher temperatures, but avoid exposing it to temperatures below 50°F (10°C). The plant enjoys average room humidity and does not require any additional humidity.


Water your String of Hearts thoroughly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Be sure to water the plant deeply, ensuring that water reaches the roots. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot. In winter, reduce watering to once every two weeks. Always check the moisture level before watering.

Soil and Repotting

Use a well-draining potting mix for your String of Hearts. A mix of equal parts potting soil, perlite, and sand works well. Repot the plant every 1-2 years or when it becomes root-bound. Choose a pot that is one size larger and replant the string-like vines, taking care not to damage the roots.


Feed your String of Hearts with a balanced liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Be sure to dilute the fertilizer to half strength. Avoid fertilizing during the winter months.

Common Problems and Solutions

  • Yellowing leaves: This can be a sign of overwatering or underwatering. Adjust your watering routine accordingly.
  • Dropping leaves: If the leaves are falling off, it could indicate a change in temperature, light, or humidity. Make sure the plant’s environment remains consistent.
  • Pests: String of Hearts is relatively pest-free, but it may occasionally suffer from mealybugs or spider mites. If you notice an infestation, treat it with an appropriate insecticide.
  • Diseases: Overwatering or poor drainage can lead to root rot. To prevent this, ensure that the soil is well-draining and allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. If you notice any signs of root rot, repot the plant and remove any affected roots.

With proper care and attention, your String of Hearts will grow into a beautiful cascading plant, with vines full of heart-shaped leaves. Enjoy its unique beauty and feel free to ask any questions you may have along the way.

String of Hearts Common Symptoms

A String of Hearts plant, also known as Ceropegia woodii, is a popular houseplant among plant enthusiasts. It is easy to care for and adds a touch of natural beauty to any indoor space. However, like all plants, String of Hearts plants may experience common symptoms that indicate they need attention or care. Here are some common symptoms to look out for:

1. Yellowing leaves: If the leaves of your String of Hearts plant are turning yellow, it may be a sign of overwatering or root rot. Be sure to check the soil moisture and adjust your watering routine accordingly. The plant should be watered when the top inch of soil is dry.

2. Leaf curling: Curling leaves could be a sign of underwatering or low humidity. String of Hearts plants prefer to be kept slightly moist, so make sure the plant is receiving enough water. You can also mist the leaves occasionally or place a tray of water nearby to increase humidity.

3. Brown, mushy stems or leaves: If the stems or leaves of your plant are turning brown and mushy, it may be a sign of overwatering or poor drainage. String of Hearts plants prefer well-draining soil, so make sure the pot has good drainage and that you’re not overwatering the plant.

4. Lack of bloom: String of Hearts plants are known for their attractive heart-shaped leaves, but they can also produce small, tubular flowers. If your plant isn’t blooming, it may be because it isn’t receiving enough sunlight. String of Hearts plants prefer bright, indirect light, so make sure they are placed near a window where they can get plenty of sunlight.

5. Pest infestation: String of Hearts plants are generally pest-resistant, but they may occasionally attract aphids. If you notice tiny insects on your plant, you can gently wash them off with water or use a mild insecticidal soap to get rid of them. It’s important to regularly inspect your plants for any signs of pests to prevent any potential infestation.

If you notice any of these symptoms on your String of Hearts plant, don’t worry! With proper care and attention, you can easily help your plant recover and thrive. Remember to follow a consistent watering routine, provide the right amount of light and humidity, and inspect your plant regularly for any signs of problems. If you have any concerns or need further guidance, feel free to contact a horticulture expert or consult a plant care guide.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.