How to Grow & Care for String of Hearts

String of Hearts close up of leaves and pottedFamous for its heart-shaped leaves, String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii) is a plant that screams, "love me or leaf me!" But, once you learn about this delightful trailing vine, we think you’ll be declaring your love. A lazy gardener's dream, String of Hearts requires about as much attention as your average rock. So, if you have a checkered (or variegated) past with houseplants, this is the one for you! Available in a range of colors, from deep greens to variegated patterns of cream, pink, and silver, String of Hearts is a versatile addition for any indoor garden. 

Recommended Varieties

While the classic green variety is most common, the variegated types with splashes of pink and white are also popular. Choose the one that appeals to your aesthetic sense.   

How to Care for String of Hearts 

Caring for this plant is a joy, not a chore. Here’s how you can keep your String of Hearts thriving: 


String of Hearts adores bright, indirect light. A spot near a window where it can bask in diffused sunlight is ideal. Too much direct sun can scorch its delicate leaves, so be mindful of the light conditions.


A well-draining soil mix is crucial. Consider a blend of potting soil, perlite, and orchid bark to ensure good drainage and aeration.


During the growing season (spring and summer), feeding your plant with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once a month will keep it happy.


Water when the top inch of soil feels dry. String of Hearts doesn’t like to sit in water, so ensure your pot has drainage holes.


Pruning isn’t necessary for health, but if you wish to maintain a certain length or encourage bushier growth, feel free to trim it back. 


Do this every couple of years or when the plant seems root-bound. Choose a pot that’s slightly larger than the current one.


One of the joys of String of Hearts is its ease of propagation. Simply cut a piece of the vine, ensuring there are a few nodes, and place it in water or directly into soil. Voila, you’ll soon have a new plant!   

Common Problems with String of Hearts 

Pests and Diseases

Watch out for aphids and spider mites. Regularly check the undersides of leaves and treat them with insecticidal soap if necessary. 


While beautiful, this plant is toxic if ingested. Keep it out of reach of pets and small children. 

Sting of Hearts FAQs 

How fast does String of Hearts grow? 

It’s a relatively fast grower during the growing season. With proper care, you’ll notice new growth regularly. 

Can String of Hearts tolerate low light? 

It can survive in low light, but its growth will be slower, and the leaves may lose their vibrancy.

How do I know if I’m overwatering my String of Hearts plant? 

Yellowing leaves are a common sign of overwatering. Ensure the soil dries out between waterings. 

Last updated: 05/09/2024