Complete guide to ceropegia woodii care
Easy on the eye, there's a lot to love about the string of hearts plant.
Ceropegia woodii, also called string of hearts, rosary vine or in our case - Peggy, is a unique and attractive trailing plant. It’s a popular choice for hanging baskets and containers because of its dainty heart-shaped leaves and trailing stems. This easy-care plant can be grown indoors or outdoors and is a great choice for beginners. Your ceropegia woodii will enjoy:
- Most light conditions, it's pretty easygoing
- Light watering, so let it dry out between drinks
- Feeding once a month in spring and summer
How much light does my ceropegia woodii need?
Ceropegia woodii prefers bright, indirect light. Outdoors, it’s best to provide dappled shade or morning sun and afternoon shade. Indoors, keep the plant near a bright window but away from direct sunlight. If the leaves start to yellow or become crispy, the plant is getting too much light.
How often should I water my ceropegia woodii?
Ceropegia woodii is drought-tolerant and doesn’t need frequent watering. Water when the soil feels dry, it won't enjoy being soggy. If the leaves start to droop or wilt, the plant needs more water.
What soil is best for my ceropegia woodii?
Ceropegia woodii prefers a fast-draining soil. A potting mix with a blend of equal parts peat moss, perlite, and compost or coco coir is ideal. You can also use a cactus or succulent potting mix.
Should I fertilise my ceropegia woodii?
Ceropegia woodii doesn’t need frequent fertilising. Feed monthly during the spring and summer growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertiliser diluted to half-strength. Don’t fertilise during the winter when the plant is dormant.
Can I propagate my ceropegia woodii?
Ceropegia woodii is easy to propagate from stem cuttings. Take a cutting around 6 inches long and remove any lower leaves. Dip the end of the cutting in rooting hormone and plant it in a pot filled with moist, fast-draining soil. Place the pot in a warm, bright spot and keep the soil moist. The cutting should root in about four weeks.
Common ceropegia woodii pests and diseases
Ceropegia woodii is generally pest- and disease-free. The most common pests are mealybugs, spider mites, and scale. To prevent pests, inspect the plant regularly and remove any pests you find.
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