This project falls into the category of “let’s just try it and see”. Most of my propagation efforts involve a modicum of effort and some “why not”, and in most cases, that’s good enough. So I’m only encouraging myself at this point. Anyhow, on to the good stuff…
We have a beautiful String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii) hanging in a north window above our kitchen sink. It absolutely loves this spot. However, trying to do dishes with vine leaves trailing into the sink makes the job harder than it should be. So as not to discourage the main dish-doer in the household (not myself), I need to trim this exuberant specimen on the regular.
I gave Mr. Hearts his first haircut in the mad rush of a kitchen cleanup (decidedly not in gardening mode), but didn’t want to just toss the trimmings. So I filled a glass with tap water and stuck a few strands in it. About 2 weeks later, teensy roots appeared on one of the submerged nodes.
After about 2 more weeks – because I’m lazy and doing kitchen things every time I looked at them – I removed the sprouting vines, dropped them in a small mason jar filled with potting soil and placed them back on the window sill. And they are still alive! And growing!
Second Round Propagation
Emboldened by my first success, I jammed an entire fistful of trimmings from the second prune-job into a lowball glass full of water. This brute force effort seemed work just as well, with rootlets sprouting from a good portion of the vines. I suppose I could have gotten better results with more preparation (rooting hormone? grow lights?). But I’m not too worried about it – given the way this plant grows, I think we’ll soon have String of Hearts coming out our ears.
Step by Step Instructions
This how-to shows a combo of photos from both the test and second round propagation. My ultimate goal is to have several specimens to hang in the sunroom, which is now (sadly) devoid of plants. I plan to update this post with photos of (hopefully) flourishing String-of-Heart babies in the coming months.
Step 1: Place trimmings in water
Step 2: Prepare rooted cuttings
Step 3: Plant cuttings
Step 4: Let them grow!
This is apparently not the only way to propagate this easy-care plant – I’ve read about using the tubers that develop on the vine but I have yet to see any. And no seeds came from the one lonely flower our plant produced this summer. Until then, the rooting method seems easy! Stay tuned for updates on how the cuttings are doing. Learn a little more about String of Hearts here.
Update: Spring 2019
I can’t believe it’s been almost 2 years since my original post, wow. Anyhoo, I’ve had decent success with the propagation and thanks to a suggestion from a lovely commenter, I’m sharing some photos! There have been some dramatic twists and turns (see photo captions below for details), but I’ve ultimately ended up with 3 separate potted plants. I honestly think I could have many more now if I had put in the effort, but my attention seems to wander a bit with so many plant varieties out there to buy and try. I hope your propagations are doing at least as well (or better) than mine!