Ceropegia Woodii Variegata

Also known as "String of Hearts," this succulent stands out from its peers with its delicate heart-shaped leaves and unique variegation.

The Story

Oh, how far this one has come. My husband and I made our first nursery visit on the way back from our Honeymoon at Halfmoon Bay Nursery (a favorite till this day). He told me I could go crazy, and well...I did. I bought this variegated string of hearts along with its non-variegated counterpart.  They were both in  4" pots with just a few strings, none of which were cascading. Within a few months, the non-variegated brethren had begun to trail past its pot. This one though, showed minimal growth, with vines shooting upward only dreaming of one day dangling next to its counterpart. Well one year later, she has reminded us that patience truly is a virtue.  

Care Routine:

  • Bright indirect light (it sees the sky, but is not within the sun's direct line of vision). Even though this one survived in a medium light spot, it didn't do much until I hung it 1 foot away from a west-facing window.
  • Water from the bottom. This avoids getting the top soil wet. Allow it to dry out in between waterings, wait until leaves start to curl ever so slightly.
  • I mix my potting soil with equal parts perlite aka sponge rock to create well draining soil.
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"The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green; and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigour of the year; all things were glad and flourishing." Charles Dickens in Oliver Twist