Rosary Plant (String of Hearts): Care & Growing Guide

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The Rosary Plant (Rosary Vine) is an extremely easy houseplant to grow and take care of. It’s also known as Ceropegia woodii variegata, but has many different names like:

  • Sweetheart Vine
  • Hearts Entangled
  • String of Hearts
  • Chain of Hearts
  • Rosary Plant

This plant is quite unusual, hardy, and known for producing pretty, variegated; heart-shaped leaves on tough, wire-like stems.

Rosary Plant care

What’s good about this plant is how it trails nicely and makes an unusual hanging plant.

The vines on this plant can grow and be as long as 3 feet long, and its pretty leaves are a deep green with variegated markings on them.

The Chinese lantern flowers are almost odorless. They are small, and are a peculiar shade of brownish pink.

If you plant this houseplant, you’ll notice how the blooms look like little vases with a rounded base and a long, narrow top.

This plant provides a lot of visual interest since it belongs to the Milkweed family (Asclepiadaceae).

Rosary Plant propagation

Not only are its leaves really pretty, but the plant as a whole produces small, bead-like tubers or bulbs at intervals along the vine which give it the appearance and look of a rosary plant.

If you want to grow this plant again elsewhere, you are ought to use the bulbs as seeds to replant quickly and easily.

In order to do so, tuck the bulbs into the soil around the parent plant or place them in new pots and you’ll have yourself a new rosary plant in no time.

Rosary Plant Requirements

Water: Since it is a succulent, this plant should be watered sparingly, especially during winter season.

The soil should be allowed to dry out before you water it thoroughly.

Winter Care: During cold months, the plant should look a little droopy, but you should still water it sparingly.

When springtime comes, start watering it normally.

Rosary vine

Humidity: This plant should feel comfortable in most household settings, and doesn’t require high humidity.

Light: The Rosary Plant likes bright light that isn’t direct. But if that’s all that is available, it wouldn’t complain.

If there’s any less light then the plant’s leaf variegation will have less contrast. It will also cause the back of the leaves to have a purple hue.

Soil: A Cactus potting mix should be used in the soil. Either that or combining a regular potting mixture of soil with sand.

Ceropegia woodii variegata

Fertilizer: During spring or midsummer (growing season), use a balancer fertilizer for houseplants and follow the packaging instructions.

Allow the plant to wind down for its semi-dormant period during the autumn and winter. You can do this by stopping to fertilize it during midsummer.

Hardiness: Since the Rosary plant is native to Africa, it is only winter hardy in semi-tropical areas of the US.

In zones 11 and 12, this plant can be grown outdoors all year long. But during summertime, the plant should be kept outdoors in a light shade.

During the fall though, it should be brought back inside so it doesn’t freeze from the cold.

Sweetheart Vine Hearts

Although this plant isn’t considered an invasive plant by the USDA, you should still keep any eye on it to keep it under control if you’re going to be growing it outdoors all year round.

Because if you’re not very vigilant, this plant will most likely adapt and run amok.

Repotting: You should keep an eye on the roots, and repot when you see that the plant is root-bound.

You should repot the parent plant and start new ones in early spring.

Propagation: You can grow the plant from its seeds anytime you want. All you have to do is gather the peas and plant in their own little pots of soil.

Either that, or you can grow these succulents from cutting. Tuck the wiry vine into the soil and voilà!

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Growth Habits: The rosary plant has a long, thin trailing growth habit. The vines can grow to be 2 or even 3 feet long and may look a bit spindly.

This is why it is recommended you plant the peas or the cuttings around the mother plant. This helps create a fuller, bushier effect.

potted Rosary Plant

Toxicity: This plant is not toxic, but you shouldn’t get it confused with the Rosary Pea, which is the most toxic plant on earth.

Uses: The Ceropegia Woodii is perfect as a small hanging basket plant with its long trailing vine and small leaves.

The Rosary plant is a great specimen plant when it’s sitting on a pedestal or is hung alone in a narrow window. It can also make a great filler if hung in between other plants.

Caring for The Rosary Vine Throughout the Year

Although this plant is likely to bloom during summertime and autumn, it can also bloom throughout the year. After it blooms, the plant is most likely to rest until Spring.

Chain of Hearts

The plant should be kept in a cool place that has plenty of light from late autumn until early spring.

It is during this time that you should water the plant with very little water and not feed it at all.

When it’s early spring, evaluate your rosary plant and repot if it is needed. You can use a light, porous, well-drained soil mixture.

You can also give the plant a good trim during this same time, as well as start new plants from cuttings or corms.

The plant should grow and flourish during spring and early autumn. It should be kept in a warm setting that has plenty of light.

A window facing south is a great choice as long as the plant is protected from direct sunlight.

Chain of Hearts plant

When it’s summertime, the plant must be watered regularly. You should also allow the soil to dry out almost completely, and then water it again.

When it comes to fertilizers, you should provide it with a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer solution throughout August, and then stop fertilizing during September, and resume the fertilization in April again.

The parent plant usually lives a very long time.

Is Rosary Plant Difficult to Grow?

Entangled String of Hearts plant

These plants are so hardy that basically anyone can easily grow them. They’re very attractive, rugged, and only need little care.

If you ever want to show off a lot of little plants to your friends, then the Rosary vine is a must-have.

The Rosary plant is super easy to root, grow, and take care of, and as a plus they make a cheery addition to any collection of indoor plants you may have.

Good Rosary Plant Care Gets the Best Results

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Although it is really difficult to destroy these plants, even on purpose, you should still provide them with the care they need in order for them to grow and flourish.

Water the plant regularly during summer, and always protect it from harsh sunlight.

The better you take care of this plant, the more likely it is to produce more growth buds at the bases of its leaves.

Steps for Rosary Plant Propagation

hanged indoor Rosary Plant

This plant has probably one of the easiest propagation processes in all succulents.

This is because this plant can easily grow from the cuttings, as well as from the small, pearl-looking seeds pods that grow along the vine at the base of the leaves.

You can also sow the growth buds in the soil the same way you would do the seeds.

Rosary Plant in a wall

Here are the instructions you should follow:

  • Put 3 or 4 buds and a well-draining soil mixture in a small pot.
  • Water them very well, and keep them at room temperature.
  • To start the new plants from the cuttings, clip off a small bit of stem with a couple of leaves.
  • Poke the stem into light, sandy soil, and treat it the same way you would treat a mature plant.
  • You can also place several cuttings in one small pot to make the illusion of a single, bushy plant.

Is Pruning Necessary for Rosary Plant?

The grooming process of this plant is quite easy. To control its length and keep it looking attractive, you should trim it regularly.

Rosary Plant in pots

The plant doesn’t necessarily mind hard pruning, which means you can prune it back quite a good deal if you wish. Just make sure you use the cuttings to plant new ones.

Troubleshooting Rosary Plant Pests and Problems

Rosary Plant decoration idea

If you take care of your plant and don’t overwater it, then you should have no problem with pests and diseases.

You may face some problems with bugs or aphids if you don’t give your plant the right amount of light, temperature and water.

The plant may have some issues with fungal attacks if it is overwatered or kept in a cold place for too long. If it is kept under direct sunlight, it may cause scorching.

Rosary Plant indoors

In case you ever notice any bugs on your plant, this could mean you have some aphids feeding on floral tissue. Don’t worry though, there are a few things you can do to deal with them.

You can try spraying the plant with a solution of water and natural soap to kill the aphids. Remember this doesn’t necessarily need to be a strong solution.

Another solution would be to use a teaspoonful of soap in a cup of water. Spray daily and the infestation should be gotten rid of.

Rosary Plant decoration ideas indoors

If the infestation is particularly stubborn, you can use an insecticide that contains pyrethrum. Make sure you carefully follow the packaging instructions.

Control Aphids and Mealybug with Neem Oil

The best recommendation would be to use all-natural organic neem spray oil to control the aphids, mealybugs, and scale.

The Mealybugs are pests that are slightly bigger you can even remove them individually by hand.

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You can also remove them by swiping them away using a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.

But if you see dry, corky looking spots on the leaves, the problem could be too much direct sunlight and not bugs.

The solution would be to prune back the affected area and make the adjustments so that the leaves receive only bright light that is indirect.

You can achieve this by providing the plant with a light shade, or even relocating the whole plant.

Should I Buy A Big Ceropegia Woodii Plant?

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Since this plant already grows quickly and very enthusiastically, there’s no need to start off with a large plant.

Instead, if you want the plant to grow luxuriously, you should give it some time.

In fact, even if you start off your plant with just a handful of corms, a few cuttings, or even a tiny plant, you will have a long, lush, and luxuriant rosary vine in no time.

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This is why you shouldn’t buy a big plant and carry it from one place to another.


If you’re planning on planting the Rosary plant, then you should just go for it. It’s very easy to do so and doesn’t require a lot of attention for it to grow and thrive.

We hope you found everything you were looking for in this guide, and wish you the best of luck with it!