Variegated String of Hearts or Rosary Vine (Ceropegia woodii f. variegata): This succulent trailing heart-shaped leaf makes it a collector’s item.
It comes with a cascade of scarlet stems up to 3.0′ long with Sweetheart leaves, which are paired and have a white, green, and pink flush design. To couple, these are fantastic pink and purple trumpet-shaped flowers.
Soft succulents are not cold hardy yet can be carried indoors and grown on a sunny windowsill or under a grow lamp. They need lots of sun, proper drainage, and little water to avoid rot.
The Hearts Variegated String is a semi-succulent native to South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. Plant lovers appreciate the Variegated String of Hearts’ exquisite trailing stems filled with heart-shaped leaves in pink and silver variegation with cream and green color, making them perfect for a hanging basket.
The low-maintenance variegated string of hearts thrives in bright indirect light and requires little water. You can expect flowers in late summer to early fall when they can be brought indoors.
Our guide comes with lots of contents, variegated string care, and more. By the end, you’ll know much more about how to care for String of Hearts with our detailed information. (Learn How Long Do Succulents Live)
Variegated String Of Hearts Care Tips
Here you can find a good deal of tips on caring for Variegated String Of Hearts plants.
Light Conditions and Temperature
Unlike most plants, String of Hearts cannot handle direct sunlight. If you want to cultivate your String of Hearts as an indoor houseplant, place it in bright light in a South or West-facing window with temperatures between 80 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter.
If grown outdoors, place in a sunny, shady spot away from too much sunlight.
If you’re not sure if your String of Hearts is getting enough light, look at its leaves. If you see the leaves becoming pale, have less marbling, and are wider apart than usual, move your plant to a brighter place.
In addition, rotate the plant occasionally, so all sides of your String of Hearts receive equal amounts of sunshine and are evenly colored.
Because the Chain of Hearts is succulent, root rot is likely left in soggy soil for too long. A string of Hearts possesses underground rhizomes that retain water for long periods, similar to the ZZ plant.
Water your plant well once a week or if the top 2 to 3 inches of well-draining soil dry between waterings in the growing season (Spring and Summer).
This succulent will become dormant during the autumn and winter months; thus, watering should be reduced to once every 3–4 weeks or when you have fully dry soil.
Watering your String of Hearts from the bottom ensures it gets only the correct amount of water to flourish and stay healthy. To do this, submerge 1/4th of the pot in water for 10 minutes. Remember to let the wet soil drain from the drainage holes before replanting to avoid root rot.
You can also check your Chain of Hearts’ leaves to see whether it needs a good soak in the summer months when the soil is completely dry. If they are firm to the touch, your succulent has done watering. Overwatered String of Hearts leaves will shed or turn yellow, brown, or black while becoming soft and mushy. (Read Do Succulents Need Drainage)
Although String of Hearts can be grown in drier locations that most plants can’t withstand, it’s best to keep them in a humid environment with around 40 to 50 percent humidity.
A string of Hearts only needs infrequent fertilizers and fertilizers that are half-diluted. During their active growth period, from May to August, they can only be fed once a month. During the winter, when they are dormant, they do not require any fertilizer.
How to Repot Variegated String of Hearts
Because the string of hearts likes to grow in confined places between rocky crags, use a pot that is just 1 to 2 inches larger than the root ball to simulate its natural environment when growing string of hearts.
When a new plant is young, start with a small pot, gently remove the hearts string, and increase the size of the pot as your plant shows new growth, only increasing your succulents plant pot one pot size at a time.
A pot that is too big will hold excess water and could become a breeding ground for bacteria.
If you’re repotting plants to give them more room, keep in mind that the new pot should only be 1 to 2 inches larger than the old one.
If the succulents’ existing pot still has space and you merely want to refresh the soil for your succulents or clear the drainage holes where the succulents’ roots are growing. You can remove the root ball and replace it with a batch of new soil in the same pot.
A variegated string of hearts thrives in arid conditions. Use a soilless, coarse sand cactus mix or add one-third part coarse sand to your potting mix instead of regular potting soil.
This will prevent the roots from sitting in water, which could cause sickness and even death to the plant.
Potential Problems with Variegated String of Hearts
There is no such thing as a problem-free plant. Fortunately, the issues that arise with VSOH are usually relatively simple to resolve!
Discolored or Misshapen Leaves
It’s worth repeating that over-watering the multicolored string of hearts is harmful. Root rot, a fungal infection that can destroy your desert native, is caused by prolonged moisture around the roots.
Yellow, floppy (not crispy) leaves, usually beginning near the plant’s base and progressing up the stem, are a prominent symptom of over-watering. The stem may also turn black where it joins the soil.
If you notice this, test the soil moisture with your finger right away. If the root ball is moist, wait until it is entirely dry before watering it again, and be extra cautious with your watering plan in the future. To develop a proper watering plan, examine the soil moisture frequently and record your observations.
If your plant’s leaves are withered or curling upwards at the margins, the soil is too dry, and you should water it immediately away. Keep track of the soil conditions to develop an appropriate watering schedule. (Read What Do Succulent Seeds Look Like)
Vines with Slow Leggy Growth
Insufficient light can lead to a rainbow string of hearts succulents to appear lanky or stretched, with a sizeable gap between its leaves.
If you notice your hearts string succulents doing this, increase the light exposure. Use a grow light or place your plant nearer a sunny window.
Although a variegated string of hearts usually is pest-free, they can appear. If you discover pests on a houseplant, keep it isolated from other plants until it is addressed.
Mealybugs are tiny pests that live in plant crevices, especially around leaf nodes and stem joints on your succulents.
These wingless insects enjoy dampness and will happily feed on your plant’s sap by puncturing the leaves with their straw-like mouths.
Mealybugs are easily identified by the unique cotton-like clump they generate on plants. While unsightly, aphids will do no lasting damage to your plant if removed promptly.
Trim mealybug-infested stems and leaves from your plants.
Dab them with a cotton bud dipped in diluted rubbing alcohol. After pruning, examine the plants daily for evident traces and dab them away.
Wash away mealybugs from your succulents with insecticide, detergent, or soapy water every seven days until the infestation is gone. Use Neem oil to prevent future mealybug infestations on your succulents.
How to Propagate Variegated String of Hearts
If you ever find sections break off accidentally or when you prune. You don’t need to throw these away as you can use them to get a new plant.
Here’s where you can put them to good use and get some brand-new VSOH plants for yourself or as gifts!
Early summer is the greatest time to propagate because the plant is still in its active growing stage. Here are more details and information on how to fulfill plant orders from friends and family using a clean glass jar full of water and sterilized scissors or garden pruners can be found here.
Stem cuttings are by far the easiest and most productive way to cultivate Variegated String of Hearts. These can also be grown from seed or tubers (the ‘growths’ that form along the stems in late summer).
- To take a clipping from the hearts plant, use a sharp knife or a pair of scissors.
- Start at the end of a hearts plant stem and count upwards until you reach the 5th pair of leaves. The cutting must have at least 3-4 pairs of leaves attached to it.
- Directly above the 5th pair of leaves, cut. This is the node, and it is from here that the roots will emerge.
- Remove the two leaves closest to the node, as they will perish while you wait for the roots to emerge.
- Propagating in water is faster than on soil, and it’s also more enjoyable to see the roots emerge and grow more extensive day after day. A propagation station or a jar can be used. Ideally, replace the water every few days, but don’t stress if you forget. The stem cuttings appear to be unconcerned.
- In 2-3 weeks, roots should emerge from your variegated string of hearts plant, at which point you can transplant your rooted cutting to a container with well-draining potting soil.
- Make a small hole in the soil and carefully insert the root system of your cutting. To keep the cutting in place, press soil around it.
- Allow the rest of the stem to trail over the pot’s side or coil it around the inside of the container over the dirt. New roots frequently emerge from the surviving nodes, resulting in a more voluminous plant.
- For best results, take 8-10 cuttings of your Variegated String of Hearts succulents plants at a time. They can all be transplanted into the same pot once they grow roots. This is a simple and easy technique to add a new plant to the pot while also appearing fuller.
- Water your new plant lightly the next day, and only water when the soil is almost dry from now on.
- Avoid putting your variegated string of hearts plants in direct sunlight during the warmest part of the day. You can place your succulents in a sunny spot or place your string of hearts outdoors in indirect sunlight if the temperatures are warm enough.
Keep Variegated String of Hearts Looking Bright
Let’s speak about keeping that nice pink tinge vivid because it’s probably one of the main reasons for picking such succulents.
Ensure the Right Amount of Sunlight
Color fades due to lack of sunlight. Your plant uses chlorophyll to turn sunlight into energy. The plant’s green hue comes from chlorophyll, absent from the pink parts of the leaves. So they do nothing but look nice.
In the absence of sunshine, your VSOH will manufacture chlorophyll in its pink regions to make food. More all-green leaves result.
More light is the answer, so bring your plant closer to a window. Keep it out of direct sunlight to avoid any sun scorching of foliage. (Learn How Often Should I Water My Succulent)
If you lack access to natural light, use a UV grow lamp to supplement. This Juhefa flexible one clips neatly onto a table edge.
After addressing the light issue, the pink should reappear in your succulents.
Succulents Seasonal Growth
Your VSOH is busy growing new vines and roots during the spring and summer, so color production suffers. You won’t notice green, but rather a pale tone where the pink was.
As your plant’s growth slows in the fall and winter, the pink color will return and peak during winter hibernation.