Ceropegia woodii variegata “String of Hearts”

Ceropegia woodii variegata “String of Hearts”

The Ceropegia woodii is a beautiful and unusual plant that produces beautiful heart-shaped leaves.

Many mistakenly think it is succulent. It is not. Even so, we decided to put it on our list of the best succulent pendants you need in your collection.

The species name honors John Medley Wood (1827-1915), who collected native African plants after retiring from the Merchant Service of the East Indies.

Ceropegia woodii the string of hearts has heart-shaped leaves that measure 1-2 cm. 

They are dark green with silver on the top surface and green to purple on the bottom.

The plant blooms mainly in the summer and fall, but the flowers may appear sporadically at times throughout the year. 

The flowers are very rare. They measure an inch long and have a bulbous base and a tubular corolla in shades of white.

The flower itself looks like an inverted vase. In addition, they are lined with small hairs that point down. 

These help to catch small flies that are attracted to the aroma.

The insect is prevented from escaping until the hairs wilt, and the flyleaves with the pollen. 

Hummingbirds may be attracted to flowers if the plants are outside during the summer.

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Tips to take care of the Ceropegia woodii variegata “String of Hearts”

Can succulents grow outside

This grateful plant can last you many years if you follow the following tips.

Illumination

He likes bright light with some direct sun in the morning. Long spaces between the leaves are a sign that you are not getting enough light.

Humidity and temperature

The chain of hearts prefers moderate humidity. Around 40-50% relative humidity.

The ideal temperature is 65-75 ° F (18-24 ° C). Some report that the plant has withstood temperatures as low as 30ºF.

Ground

Mix in equal parts substrate for pots and river sand. You can also try some mixture for cacti and succulents.

Irrigation

Keep the soil slightly damp in spring and summer. Reduce irrigation in autumn and winter as the plant remains inactive.

If you cultivate the heart chain as an indoor plant, allow the substrate to dry between waterings.

Fertilizer

Fertilize with worm humus once or twice a year.

Pruning

Prune if you want to control its growth or to eliminate dead stems. Creepers can be two or three feet long and may seem a bit thin. 

It is a good idea to prune it and put some cuttings in the soil around the mother plant to create a more dense and leafy effect.

Propagation

It spreads by cutting. Take cuttings from the tip of the stem and insert the cut ends into the moist soil.

Pests

They can suffer from common pests such as mealybugs, aphids and slugs.

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Conclusion

The Zeropegia is a succulent plant with a hanging and disorderly bearing, characterized by creating long, thin stems from which small rounded and fleshy silver-green leaves emerge. 

These leaves in contact with the direct sun acquire pinkish tones. In summer it produces small pink flowers that are not normal as if wax flowers were treated, which gives the name to this succulent plant.

This plant offers very interesting decorative possibilities since its ungainly curtain-shaped appearance invites you to hang it in a high place in the home to be able to contemplate the hanging bearing of its long and thin stems. 

The fact of being located in a high position does not suppose an overexertion at the time of watering it, since it requires very specific risks.