Where Does It Come From?
Native to southern Africa, Asia and Australia, this plant is relatively abundant in roasty-toasty climates. There are more than 180 varieties of the ceropegia genus and more are discovered every few years in remote patches of tropical forest in hard-to-reach areas of subsaharan Africa and remote islands such as Madagascar.
Why Should I Get One?
How Big Can It Grow?
What size your String of Hearts ultimately reaches tends to depend on how close to the optimum conditions you can get for the plant in your own home. Unconfined, these trailing or climbing vines can expand quite a lot and in a houseplant setting can still reach up to 2 metres of vine, occasionally more. Normally, the plants reach their ultimate size after two to five years of growth.
Where Should I Keep It?
The String of Hearts is a shy member of your houseplant family and likes to be tucked away in sheltered positions where it enjoys partial shade. A west or east-facing aspect works well as long as the plant isn’t going to get roasted by direct sunshine. Again, as a vine, the plant is used to being sheltered from the sunshine by the larger plants it uses for support, so be sure to bear this in mind when finding the perfect spot for your new plant-baby.
Pro Tip: This one produces such lovely cascades of its fleshy leaves if suspended in a hanging basket. This is a brilliant way to bring a bit of greenery into a room to brighten things up without sacrificing floor or shelving space.
How Often Should I Water It?
Neutral soil suited to cacti works quite nicely for the String of Hearts. Sandy or loam-based earth with plenty of drainage is best and I recommend watering the plant moderately during major growth periods like the summertime. Be careful not to over-water this one, as the plant has been known to be a victim of root-rot when it gets too soggy. A low-nitrogen liquid fertiliser is an added bonus, but is only necessary perhaps once per month.
Bringing a touch of the sweltering jungles of Africa and Asia to your living room, a little goes a long way with the String of Hearts. With a little care here and there, as long as you avid loving it to death, this pretty evergreen can brighten up your indoor spaces for years to come.