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Succulent 'String of Hearts'

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The String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii) is a beautiful trailing succulent that is prized for its delicate, heart-shaped leaves and cascading vines. As an expert in plant care, it is important to provide you with a comprehensive guide to ensure the optimal growth and health of your String of Hearts. This guide will cover the essential aspects of watering, lighting, temperature, soil, and fertilization. 

 

Watering:

String of Hearts prefers a slightly dry soil, so it is crucial not to overwater. Allow the top inch of the soil to dry out between waterings. It is better to underwater than to overwater, as excessive moisture can lead to root rot. During the growing season (spring and summer), water thoroughly and then let the soil dry out completely before watering again. In the winter months, reduce watering frequency to once every 2-3 weeks.

 

Lighting:

String of Hearts thrives in bright, indirect light. Place your plant near a window where it can receive ample indirect sunlight. However, avoid exposing it to intense, direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves. If the leaves start to turn yellow or pale, it may be an indication of too much sunlight. Consider using sheer curtains or placing the plant a few feet away from the window to filter the light.

 

Temperature:

String of Hearts prefers temperatures between 60°F (15°C) and 85°F (29°C). It can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures during winter but should be kept away from drafts or cold air. Protect the plant from extreme temperature fluctuations, as it is sensitive to sudden changes.

 

Soil:

Use a well-draining soil mixture for your String of Hearts. A combination of regular potting soil, perlite, and coarse sand works well. This type of soil allows excess moisture to drain away, preventing waterlogged conditions that can harm the plant's roots.

 

Fertilization:

String of Hearts is a light feeder, and excessive fertilization can lead to leggy growth. During the growing season, feed your plant with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength. Apply the fertilizer once a month, ensuring that the soil is moist before feeding. In winter, suspend fertilization as the plant enters its dormant phase.

 

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