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String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii) is a charming trailing plant with heart-shaped leaves that are variegated and have a distinctive texture. Here are some care tips to help you keep your String of Hearts healthy and thriving:

1. **Light Requirements**:
   - String of Hearts prefers bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some direct morning sun or filtered sunlight but avoid harsh afternoon sun, as it can scorch the delicate leaves. In lower light conditions, growth may slow down.

2. **Temperature and Humidity**:
   - Maintain moderate room temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C) during the day and slightly cooler at night. String of Hearts appreciates average to high humidity levels. If your home is dry, mist the plant occasionally or use a humidity tray to increase moisture around it.

3. **Watering**:
   - Water thoroughly but allow the top inch or so of the soil to dry out between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's crucial to ensure the soil has good drainage. Reduce watering in winter when the plant is resting.

4. **Soil**:
   - Use a well-draining potting mix, such as a blend of succulent/cactus mix with perlite or sand. This helps prevent water from sitting around the roots.

5. **Fertilizing**:
   - Feed your String of Hearts every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half-strength. Avoid fertilizing during fall and winter when growth slows down.

6. **Potting and Repotting**:
   - String of Hearts prefers to be slightly root-bound. Repot only when necessary, typically every 1-2 years, using a pot that is slightly larger than the current one. Handle the delicate stems carefully during repotting.

7. **Pruning**:
   - Trim back any leggy or excessively long stems to encourage bushier growth and maintain the plant's shape. You can also prune to propagate new plants (see propagation below).

8. **Propagation**:
   - String of Hearts is easy to propagate from stem cuttings. Simply cut a healthy stem with several nodes, allow it to callous over for a day or two, then place it in moist soil or water until roots develop. Once roots are established, transplant into a pot.

9. **Support**:
   - Provide a trellis or allow String of Hearts to trail from a hanging basket or shelf. The vines can grow quite long and look beautiful cascading down.

10. **Pest Control**:
    - Keep an eye out for common pests like spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. Treat any infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

String of Hearts is generally a low-maintenance plant but appreciates attention to its light, water, and humidity needs. With proper care, it can be a delightful addition to your indoor plant collection, adding a whimsical touch with its trailing vines and heart-shaped leaves.

String of Hearts

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