HOW TO: Propagate and Care for String of Hearts Succulent Vine (Ceropegia Woodii)


Step One: Study your plant for a moment, do you see any small bead like structures on the vines? Those are called aerial tubers. Some are as tiny as a head of a pin, we’ll leave those alone for now. Instead, find a more sizeable tuber, closer to the size of a small blueberry. That’s what we’ll be focusing on. Propagating this succulent vine by way of aerial tubers in my experience, is the most effective and easiest way to grow your collection of ceropegia woodii.  (also called rosary vine)

Step Two: With clean, sharp scissors, cut just above the tuber. Then, gently untangle the vine and pull away from the rest of the plant. The leaves are fragile so be sure to go slowly as you unwind the rest of the string. Place the new cutting down on a dry surface and repeat the process until you have a few cuttings. 

Step Three: Go back to the mama plant vine you just cut and give it another trim, this time right above the placce where you cut the aerial tuber, and just below the next set of leaves. That way it’ll split and grow two new vines! So cool when this happens. It’s a nice way to fill out the mama plant too! 

Step Four: Take your new cuttings and plant them directly into succulent/cactus soil. I love using EB Stone’s Organic Cactus mix for all my succulents and cacti https://www.ebstone.org/products/outdoor-soil-amendments/cactus-mix-2  but feel free to use whatever succulent soil is available to you. Plant them by gently pushing the aerial tubers into the soil and then bury each one with 1/2 inch layer of new soil. Press down lightly to be sure they won’t spill out. Be sure to plant in a pot that drains well as this is a succulent and does not thrive when drenched or left in moist soil for too long. 

Step Five: Water your new cuttings well and check back in a week to water once again. I highly suggest feeding your houseplants too! I add a few drops of https://mountainorganics.net/t/herbal-tinctures tonic to the water each time I water my plants during the Spring and Summer and even into Fall. I let them alone to be dormant and rest during the winter months. 

Step Six: Place the pot in a well lit area that receives at least 4-6 hours of bright light a day with a few hours of direct light if possible. It’s not necessary to have direct light for string of hearts, however, they will be more robust if you can expose them to a bit of direct sunlight in your space.

That’s it! Super simple and a wonderful way to share and grow your houseplant collection. Hope it inspires my friends. 

As always, sending out the love,

Karina