PlantFiles: Rosary Vine, String of Hearts Ceropegia woodii
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I have this plant growing in my livingroom. After cutting it back repeatedly I decided to see how long it would grow. It is now 18 feet long with constant blooms. It is quite a converation piece hanging down the wall. It is in a 5" pot and gets watered infrequently. No direct sun just lots of northern light.Very easy :)
On Jun 5, 2009, haworthialover from Nevada, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:
I love this plant! When I recieved it, the leaves were pretty small. This was late winter. It grew pretty good all winter in a south window. Once we were close to spring the leaves got bigger and it has REALLY started growing! Very fast now. Can't wait to see how long it is by winter.
On Mar 15, 2009, phfurballs from Mississauga, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:
First saw this plant in a magazine article, and wanted one for years. Found one eventually, grew for over 10 years in a basket hung close to the ceiling. [Eventually, succumbed to insects while I was too ill to take proper care of it]. I'd cut back some stems periodically to encourage new top growth to fill in, as it tended to drop old leaves eventually, maybe because it got little light near the ceiling. Once or twice a year, chopped a foot or two off the bottom, as it became pale & etiolated near the floor, so far from the window. Currently have a new, beautifully variegated form with pink and creamy white along with the usual colours, on a typical shape leaf.It came growing sort of hydroponically; tall glass vase, pebbles in bottom third,middle third orchid moss, plant in soil on top. Despite succulent nature, it seems content with this arrangement. Have seen at least 2 other distinctly different forms for sale in my area, [ Mississauga, Toronto, Ontario] in past few years. One with large, thicker leaves, more than an inch across, usual shape,thicker stems, shows up once in awhile. Another,very common, has much narrower, sharply pointed leaves. Aside from form, no obvious cultural differences. Grows from cuttings, but I've only had success if they have at least one wee tuber on them. Though I've read tubers are not necessary for cuttings to grow, it has not been my experience. Plants do best with regular watering, a bit less in winter, though they can manage quite awhile without, especially if the basal tubers are substantial, & it can come back from healthy basal tubers even if the rest has died back, and possibly even from a stem tuber if it is still plump. Needs plenty of good bright light if you want the unusual blooms. West window works for mine here.
On Nov 28, 2008, msbehavoyeur from Stockton, CA wrote:
I have 2 plants. One grows with a rabbits foot fern the other has volunteer kennelworth ivy growing with it. This year I found 2 volunteer seedlings(in the pots of other plants) Posted seedling pictures.
Irecieved this plant as a gift, still working with it. I can say one thing, it grows kinda slowly. I love it nonetheless its a great looking plant. I am excited to see it in a few years i read it grows thick and can grow many feet long.
On Aug 13, 2004, greenlarry from Darlington United Kingdom wrote:
This is a straggly climber best in a hanging basket.The flowers, while smalll, are of interest, and also the plant is a caudiciform, meaning it has a swollen stem or root system which it uses to store water. These can get quite large after a few years.
On Aug 11, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:
My grand-grandma planted these little tubercules 55 years ago on a vase with organic soil and put it on shade. Itīs still there, growing and growing with those silver, dark spotted, heart shaped leaves hanging from a thin, pendant stem.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Phoenix, Arizona Tucson, Arizona Bonadelle Ranchos-madera Ranchos, California Calistoga, California Cameron Park, California Casa De Oro-mount Helix, California Clovis, California Lompoc, California Mission Viejo, California Napa, California Oak View, California Rosedale, California Roseville, California San Anselmo, California San Diego, California San Jose, California San Rafael, California Santa Barbara, California Stockton, California Arvada, Colorado Denver, Colorado Fort Collins, Colorado Bartow, Florida Big Pine Key, Florida Longwood, Florida Miami, Florida North De Land, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Saint Petersburg, Florida Summerfield, Florida Camby, Indiana Richmond, Maine Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland Grantsville, Maryland Mathiston, Mississippi Great Falls, Montana Franklin Lakes, New Jersey Carmel Hamlet, New York Mahopac, New York Duncan, Oklahoma Portland, Oregon West Linn, Oregon Ashley, Pennsylvania India Hook, South Carolina Lexington, South Carolina Williamston, South Carolina Athens, Texas Dallas, Texas (2 reports) Victoria, Texas Kalama, Washington Merrill, Wisconsin