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String of Hearts

String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii)

String of Hearts Overview

Scientific name:

Ceropegia woodii



Water requirements:


Light requirements:

Indirect Sun


Air Purifying

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Introduction to the String of Hearts

The String of Hearts, scientifically known as Ceropegia woodii, is an easy-going houseplant that can add charm and visual interest to any office environment. With its cascading vines and delicate, heart-shaped foliage, it brings a touch of nature indoors in the most delightful way.

Trailing Growth Habit

One of the defining features of the String of Hearts is its trailing or vining growth habit. The slender stems can reach up to 3 feet in length and gracefully spill over the edges of shelves, file cabinets, and other surfaces. As the vines mature, small heart-shaped leaves emerge along the length of the stems, creating the sweet dangling effect that gives this plant its name.

Air-Purifying Properties

Like many houseplants, the String of Hearts can contribute to cleaner indoor air. As part of their normal metabolic processes, these plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. They also absorb common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like formaldehyde and benzene. Having a few String of Hearts around your office can subtly purify the air you breathe every day.

With the right care and conditions, the String of Hearts makes an easy, eye-catching addition to any office environment. Give it a try and let its graceful vines and soothing presence elevate your workspace.

Detailed Description of the String of Hearts

The String of Hearts is aptly named for its cascading strands of charming, heart-shaped leaves. Each leaf is small, typically under an inch wide, with a unique silver-grey pattern tracing the veins. The leaves emerge along slender, vining stems that can grow up to 3 feet long when supported. As the stems extend, the weight of the additional foliage causes the vines to gracefully drape downwards.

Unique Appearance

In addition to the distinctive heart-shaped leaves, the String of Hearts exhibits other visually appealing characteristics. The plant produces tiny white or pale pink flowers. However, it is the foliage that steals the show. The heart-shaped leaves have a velvety texture and feature dark green upper surfaces with purple undersides. Their silver veining provides beautiful contrast.

Growth Habits

As a vining plant, the String of Hearts displays trailing growth habits. Its slender stems cascade downward when allowed to freely hang. This makes the plant perfectly suited for elevated shelves or wall mounts that allow the foliage to spill over the edges. Hanging planters also highlight the flowing, weeping nature of the vines. Given proper support, the String of Hearts can grow quite long and develop into a showstopping display of dangling heart-shaped leaves.

Optimal Care Guide for the String of Hearts

Light Requirements

The String of Hearts thrives in bright, indirect light. Place it near a sunny window, but be sure to filter the direct sunlight with a sheer curtain as the leaves can scorch if sunlight is too intense. South or West facing windows tend to provide the right balance of sunlight for this plant. Within an office environment, position the String of Hearts on a shelf or plant stand near a window. If natural light is limited, supplement with a grow light to keep the foliage lush and healthy.

Watering Schedule

The String of Hearts requires a moderate amount of water, but be careful not to overwater. Allow the top inch or two of soil to dry out between waterings, then soak the soil completely. During the warmer months when growth is more active, this may mean watering every 7-10 days. In the winter, allow the plant to dry out more between waterings, perhaps every 2-3 weeks. The trailing stems are prone to rotting if kept consistently wet. Always check to see if the soil is dry before adding more water.

Temperature and Humidity

This tropical vine thrives in average room temperatures between 18-24­°C. Keep away from drafty areas as the String of Hearts prefers a stable environment without extreme temperature fluctuations. Moderate humidity around 40-50% is ideal. Place the pot on a pebble tray with water or use a humidifier during the dry winter months when heating systems tend to lower indoor humidity. Mist the plant occasionally to increase moisture levels around the foliage. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature drops to prevent leaf damage or loss.

Soil and Potting Tips for the String of Hearts

When it comes to potting the String of Hearts, using the right soil is key to supporting healthy growth. The ideal potting mix should be loose, well-draining, and allow oxygen to easily reach the roots. A quality cactus and succulent soil mix works perfectly. You can make your own by mixing together equal parts potting soil, perlite or pumice, and horticultural sand or fine gravel. This blend allows for drainage while retaining some moisture.

Choosing the Right Pot or Planter

Picking an appropriate planter or hanging basket for your String of Hearts is also an important consideration. Look for containers with multiple drainage holes to prevent soggy soil. Clay, plastic, concrete, and woven baskets all work well. Match the size to the extent of the plant’s root system, allowing some room for expansion. Hanging baskets can beautifully display trailing vines. For elevated shelves, choose a pot with a drip tray to catch overflow.

Repotting as the Plant Matures

Though the String of Hearts enjoys being slightly root-bound, it will eventually need repotting to support growth. When potting, gently loosen the roots before placing into the new container filled with fresh soil mix. Go up just one or two pot sizes at a time to avoid stressing the plant with too large a space. Repot every couple years in the spring after the last frost when the plant is actively growing.

By using an appropriate well-draining soil and container with drainage holes, and repotting when required, you can set up your String of Hearts to readily flourish!

Benefits of the String of Hearts in the Office

The String of Hearts can provide several key benefits when incorporated into office spaces. First and foremost, this charming trailing plant has excellent air-purifying qualities that can enhance indoor air quality. Through the natural process of photosynthesis, the String of Hearts takes in carbon dioxide and releases oxygen. It also absorbs common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene that are emitted from office furniture, cleaning products, and building materials. Reducing these pollutants creates a healthier and more pleasant workspace.

Enhances Visual Ambiance

With its cascading vines and delicate heart-shaped leaves, the String of Hearts infuses office décor with natural beauty. The plant’s silver-green foliage and slender stems make it visually light and airy. Hanging the String of Hearts in planters around the office softens hard lines and creates a more calming, inviting atmosphere. Its graceful trails also add a touch of movement and vibrancy to shelves, desktops, and other surfaces. This unique tropical vine brings the allure of nature indoors.

Psychological Benefits

Research has shown that incorporating plants into workspaces can provide psychological perks as well. Having glimpses of nature throughout the office helps relieve stress, improve mood, increase productivity by up to 15%, and foster creativity. The presence of office plants also enhances concentration by providing micro-breaks for the eyes. What’s more, caring for an office plant can be therapeutic and fulfilling. Watching the String of Hearts grow over time and trailing gracefully can give employees a pleasant sense of accomplishment and a connection to nature amid their daily tasks.

Troubleshooting Common Issues with the String of Hearts

The String of Hearts is generally a low-maintenance plant, but it can still run into issues if not cared for properly. Here are some of the most common problems and how to resolve them:


Overwatering is one of the most common causes of problems with the String of Hearts. Some signs of overwatering include:

  • Wilting or drooping leaves
  • Yellowing or browning leaves
  • Soft, mushy stems
  • Root rot

If you suspect overwatering, check the soil moisture before watering again. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Water less frequently, and make sure the pot has adequate drainage. Remove any mushy or rotten roots and repot in fresh, well-draining soil if necessary.


While less common than overwatering, it’s still possible to underwater a String of Hearts. Signs of underwatering include:

  • Dry, crispy leaves
  • Stunted growth
  • Leaf drop

Check the soil moisture before watering – if the top few inches are dry, it’s time to water. Water thoroughly until it drains from the bottom of the pot. Consider moving to a spot with higher humidity to reduce water needs.

Pest Infestations

Common pests for the String of Hearts include mealybugs, spider mites, aphids, thrips, and fungus gnats. Signs of an infestation include:

  • White cottony buildup on leaves or stems
  • Webbing on leaves
  • Speckled or discolored leaves
  • Small insects crawling on the plant

Isolate and inspect infected plants closely. Remove pests manually or use insecticidal soap. Prune off heavily infected parts. Maintain optimal growing conditions to keep the plant healthy and prevent future infestations.

With proper care, most issues with the String of Hearts can be prevented or resolved. Pay close attention to your plant’s needs, and take action at the first signs of trouble.

Fun Facts and Trivia about the String of Hearts

The String of Hearts has an intriguing history. It is native to South Africa and was first collected by European plant explorers in the 1800s. At the time, its trailing vines and heart-shaped leaves were an unusual novelty. The Victorians were fascinated by the plant and it became popular in Victorian glasshouses and conservatories.

Unique Properties

The String of Hearts has some unique properties that make it fascinating:

  • Its stems can grow up to 3 feet long, trailing gracefully. The stems look almost braided as new foliage emerges.
  • The heart-shaped leaves have a beautiful silver marbling effect on the surface. No two leaves have quite the same pattern.
  • It is an example of a “succulent vine” – having adapted to store water in its thickened stems and leaves. This makes it drought-tolerant.
  • The small pink or white flowers have an intricate shape with a “balloon” like center. They appear off-season in winter.

Cultural Significance

In Victorian times, the String of Hearts became a symbol of love and affection. Suitors would present a trailing String of Hearts plant as a romantic gesture. The Victorians felt the heart shapes represented devotion and the intertwined vines symbolized affection.

Today, the String of Hearts remains popular for Valentine’s Day gifts and wedding decorations. Its heart shapes and vining nature lend well to expressing romantic sentiments.

Incorporating the String of Hearts into Your Office Space

After learning about the many benefits of the charming String of Hearts plant, you may be inspired to bring one into your own office environment. With its cascading vines, air-purifying abilities, and stress-reducing qualities, this plant can truly elevate any workspace. Contact Aztec Plants today!

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