chain of hearts

Oh, be still my beating heart! Chain of hearts (Ceropegia woodii) is a gorgeous trailing plant that’s perfect for hanging pots or baskets. The ‘chains’ can reach 3-4m long and the heart shaped leaves, which can include shades of green, purple, red and cream, are just so sweet! For a beautiful display, consider hanging in a corner along with other trailing plants, like string of pearls or donkey’s tail. 


How to grow chain of hearts in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 10cm wide and position in a well-lit spot indoors on a warm, sheltered spot outdoors.
  2. Partially fill a pot with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter
  3. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots. 
  4. Position in pot and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well, keeping the water away from the leaves.
  5. After the initial watering, allow the potting mix to almost completely dry out before watering again.
  6. Feed occasionally during the growing season (usually mid spring to early autumn) with Yates Thrive Houseplant Liquid Plant Food. Apply at half strength to promote strong root development and healthy growth.

     

Growing tips

  • Occasionally inspect the plant and remove dead stems from the base of the plant

  • Wipe the leaves with damp cloth to remove dust. 

  • Divide and re-pot every 2 years in spring. You can also use this time to propagate another plant using stem cuttings. This can be done by laying a length of stem on top of Yates Seed Raising Mix and watering regularly to initiate root development at nodes.


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Common Problems and Solutions

Mealy bugs: New growth appears distorted with a whitish substance in the leaf axils. 

Solution: Confidor