Variegated String of Hearts
Grown on site at Faith Greenhouses
**Various lengths of growth**
Plant Care & Growth*:
This plant requires bright but indirect sunlight. Too much bright light can damage this plant beyond saving. If the leaves on the tree appear light and very far apart, you most likely need to increase its light exposure. You cannot keep one of these plants in a low light area, as it will quickly wither away and die. If you keep it inside, make sure that it is about three feet from a window that faces east, west or south.
Make sure that you wait until the soil has completely dried out before watering it. You don’t need to water these plants much in the winter months. Watering this plant too often will cause root rot, which means imminent death.
These plants can be grown in a USDA hardiness zone 10 outdoors. These plants prefer a sunny and warm climate.
You should use a succulent cactus mix for this plant. It is very important that you use a well-draining soil so that the plant doesn’t develop root rot from excess moisture.
A temperature range of 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit is best for these plants. They like lots of bright, warm sunlight in the afternoon. You will want to bring this plant inside if it gets any colder than 60 degrees Fahrenheit outside. These plants don’t do very well when exposed to even mildly cold temperatures for short periods.
You’ll want to ideally hold out until spring or summer to repot your String of Hearts plant. You can also do this in autumn if you are in a temperate climate. It is never a good idea to do this during the winter, as it is your plant’s resting period. It is also important that you move the plant to a container that is a couple of inches larger than its previous home. Be careful when you are removing it from the pot, as the roots can get tangled and break off.
Speed of Growth
Keep in mind that these plants do grow fairly quickly, especially when they are given ample indirect sunlight on a daily basis.
Height and Spread
These plants can grow up to 12 feet long with a spread of about four or five feet. It is a good idea to leave a minimum of six feet between plants to avoid root problems.
You can expect this plant to bloom in the summer and autumn months each year. This plant can produce flowers at seemingly strange times. Each flower is about an inch long with a bulky base with a pale magenta coloration that is quite spectacular.
You will have to occasionally trim this plant as it grows to maintain the shape and size you want. You shouldn’t have to do a lot of pruning, but it will be occasionally required. It’s also important that you trim off all of the dead leaves with brown or yellow spots on them.