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Plant-o-Pedia: String of Hearts


Unless you just discovered The Jungalow today, you already know how crazy about plants we are around here- they add color and texture to any room, and bring the kind of life to a house that truly makes it a home. Without plants, you can’t have a jungalow! So, when planning The New Bohemians, we wanted to be sure that everyone who read it could walk away feeling ready to add plants to their home. To do this, we enlisted the help of landscape designer, and plant expert, Stephanie Bartron to help bring the Plant-o-Pedia to life!  Because we often field questions about plants around here, we thought taking the Plant-o-Pedia from the page, to the blog would be a fun way to get everyone in on the plant play- we’ll work through plants from the book, like today’s String of Hearts, and add some new ones too.


String of Hearts

GET THE GREEN: Rosary Vine, String of Hearts (Ceropegia Woodii)

WATER: Somewhat succulent, so use care never to overwater or allow the plant to sit in water. Water thoroughly, but allow the soil to completely dry out before watering again.

SUNLIGHT: Full sun is OK, if some protection is provided during the hottest part of the day. Prefer summer temperatures 70°F–75°F (21°C–24°C), but during the winter, when the plant goes dormant, it should be kept in a cooler room, if possible—60°F–65°F (15°C–18°C).

PLACEMENT: Each vine will reach 2’–4′ (0.6–1.2 m) in length; the plant should be hung or set on a pedestal where it will receive bright light for most of the day.

EXTRA CREDIT: You’ll find that hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers, if your plant is hung in your garden during the summer months.

Got a plant you want to learn more about? Leave a comment and you may find it in a future Plant-o-Pedia!

Photography of Alea Joy‘s plant by Dabito from The New Bohemians. All other photos by Justina Blakeney.
Plant-o-Pedia excerpt from The New Bohemians with thanks to Stephanie Bartron


Alternative Text Danae Horst

Total Plant Geek. Check out my botanical shop and design firm, Folia Collective.

8 responses to “Plant-o-Pedia: String of Hearts”

  1. Brooke says:

    I love this information so much! I’m always looking for new plants to add to the house, I’ve become addicted! One of the things I always have to do before buying a new type of plant is find out if its toxic to dogs or cats. I have both animals and the dog especially likes to get into trouble. aka. eat plants, socks, paper, etc.

    It would be awesome if when you do these posts you could identify if they are pet friendly as well. That would be awesome!

    thanks so much!

    • Danae Horst says:

      Great idea Brooke! We’ll make sure to add that info, whenever possible. For String of Hearts, the Cal Poison site lists it as a non-toxic plant, and I couldn’t find any info to contradict that. Since we’re not animal experts, we can’t say for sure, and it’s probably a good idea to talk to your vet about any plants your animals might have access to.

      Now as to the socks, and paper, you’re on your own with that one! ;)

  2. wild nettle says:

    I’m crazy about plants also ;)

  3. I’m always looking for plant ideas. This one’s lovely, thank you!

  4. Katie Ren Ros says:

    I bought “string of hearts” two years ago and never knew what it was! Your publication just made my day. I love that plant and the reminder to love every time I see it in my window :)

  5. Ana Angelica says:

    Que planta linda estou encantada,a natureza é muito sábia mesmo

  6. Su says:

    Thanks for the tip! I love these plants. Do you have any advice for pepperomias caperatas? I’ve inherited a small pot and it looks a bit sad. It droops all the time and the bottom leaves have a tendency to break off. I make sure the soil is dry before watering (about once a week) but it still looks very sad. Any tips would be great, thank you!

  7. Katie Neil says:

    Hello!! Would you do a Plant – o – pedia on the Sago Palm?!

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