I bought these variegated string of hearts leaves from a seller on Etsy and I cannot find anywhere a way to propagate them. This seller says she´s done it for a long time and that it usually takes around 3 weeks to develop roots but this seems very optimistic?
My idea was to root them in sphagnum moss and then put them directly on top of the soil like in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdL78NRG43Q (5:30 to 6:20).
Thanks for any help you might provide 🙂
Comments for How do I propagate string of hearts leaves?
May 04, 2021
by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist
Great video, but there are two crucial differences; one is that she uses a plain Ceropegia woodii, not variegated – variegated forms always tend to be slower in everything; rooting, growing etc.
The other huge difference is that you have only leaves, not the stem.
The stems of these plants have ‘adventitious’ roots, which means that even if they never use them, they’re ready to emerge if needed. Leaves don’t have those.
The only way I’ve propagated this plant is similar to the video, except I use Sunshine Mix #4, and then put a cloche (or a jar) over top to keep moisture in.
The critical parts to keep in mind is that the humidity should be high (hence the spagnum moss or the cloche) and you need patience – even more when it’s leaves you’re rooting. I agree that three weeks is optimistic – this could be in perfect conditions, which you may not have. Good light (but not sun) will be important. Good luck – let me know how it goes!
May 04, 2021
This might help
I found this (of course, I went down the rabbit hole!) https://succulentgrowingtips.com/ceropegia-woodii-leaf-seed-propagation/