String of Hearts (Rosary Vine) How to Grow Care

I saw a picture of this adorable plant and really want to give one to my husband for our anniversary. Can you tell me the name and how to care for it?

Hi Cindy,

This “adorable” houseplant is a variegated String of Hearts plant  Ceropegia woodii), also called a Rosary Vine plant.

Heart shaped green, pink, and white String of hearts plant

String of Hearts Plant
Rosary Vine Plant

This is a wonderful semi- succulentLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant." hanging plant that is so easy to care for I’m surprised everyone doesn’t have one. The important thing to remember is that A String of hearts plant (Rosary Vine) doesn’t like to be over- watered! Here are some care tips:

Light: bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. with some direct sun early in the day.

Water: Keep the soil barely moist in spring and summer. Cut back on your water during  fall and winter allowing the plant to practically dry out before watering

fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small.  : Feed monthly in spring and summer with a balanced liquid fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small.   diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Do not feed in the fall and winter.

Humidity: Basic household humidity

Temperature:  65-75°F/18-24°C

propagationLearn how to propagate plants by plant division at https://www.houseplant411.com/glossary: Really easy to propagate. Plant stem tip cuttings into moist soil, that’s all there is to it!