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5 Ways to Propagate String of Hearts – Chain of Hearts

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Want to learn how to propagate String of Hearts? Here are 5 different ways that you can propagate this tough and versatile houseplant!

The botanical name for this plant is Ceropegia woodii, but some common names include Chain of Hearts, Rosary Vine and Hearts Entangled.

Regardless, here are 5 ways that you can make a fuller plant and root some more for yourself or for a friend!

5 Ways to Propagate String of Hearts

1. WATER PROPAGATION

Rooting chain of hearts in water is super easy. Simply take several cuttings that are a few inches long and place them in water.

Remove the leaves on the part of each cuttings that will be under water in your glass or vase. This will help to prevent rotting of those leaves and keep the water fresher.

For the part of each cutting that is not underwater, make sure you have a few leaves.

The roots will grow from the nodes, which are the locations where the leaf meets the stem. You should have at least one node, if not two, under water.

ceropegia woodii water propagation

The more cuttings that you can take, the better! This will result in a fuller plant from the very beginning.

I had received the cuttings above in the mail from a friend, so I started with those.

Be sure to change the water at least once a week or so. If you notice the water getting murky, change it more frequently.

Place your cuttings in water in a location with bright, indirect light. Depending on your conditions, you should have roots within a few weeks!

string of hearts water propagation

Notice the roots growing from this cutting on the small tuber on the cutting. We will get to talking about tubers later.

After your water propagated cuttings have roots, go ahead and plant them in soil. You don’t need to wait for them to get too long. 1/2″ long is plenty.

I wrote a whole other post on the care of Ceropegia woodii, so be sure to check it out and find out what soil blend I like to use for these plants, among many other care tips!

propagating chain of hearts

2. PROPAGATION IN SOIL

Propagation in soil would follow the same process as above, except you would stick the cuttings directly into soil just like in the above photo.

To increase the chances of getting your cuttings to root, you can dip each node that will go under the soil line into rooting hormone which you can easily purchase on Amazon.

Use the soil blend that I describe in the string of hearts care post, and then just wait!

Give the pot a good watering, and from that point forward, try and keep the soil barely damp to encourage rooting.

3. LAYING CUTTINGS ON SOIL

You can also take cuttings and lay them horizontally on top of soil. Make sure that there is direct contact with the soil.

You can even use bent paperclips to gently pin the cuttings down so that they have contact with the soil.

For this method, it is helpful to increase humidity to encourage the cuttings to grow roots, otherwise the cuttings may dry up.

You can place the container or pot into a clear plastic bag and seal it up. Be sure to open the bag every few days to air it out so that mold doesn’t form.

Roots will start to grow from each node.

4. CIRCLE STRANDS BACK INTO SAME POT

One method that I’m trying now is using the plant that I grew from the water propagated cuttings.

Take a look at the resulting plant after a few months. It was only a few cuttings so the plant wasn’t very full.

propagating rosary vine

I left the plant in its pot, took the dangling vines, circled them around on top of the soil surface, and pinned them down gently with paper clips.

Terra cotta pots have pros and cons. The small ones like in the photo above will dry out super quickly, so beware!

You can see how I did this in the short video that pops up in this post.

The paper clips are so the vines have contact with the soil.

string of hearts soil propagation

Keep the soil barely moist to encourage rooting. For best results, keep the plant humid while it is rooting. You can place it in a closed, clear plastic bag.

Place it out of direct sun while it is in the bag so it doesn’t cook! Keep it bright, indirect light and open the bag every few days to let excess moisture escape so mold doesn’t form.

Once the plant is rooted and starting to grow, you can place the pot in its final growing location. A window with a few hours of direct sun will benefit this plant greatly.

5. TUBER PROPAGATION

Depending on how old your plant is, you will see tubers of various sizes all along your string of hearts vines.

string of hearts tuber propagation

Look at the various sizes of tubers in the photo above. Without cutting off the vines, you can lay the vines with the tubers on top of a pot of soil that you can set next to your plant. Partially bury the tuber.

Roots will form from the tuber, and once it is rooted, you can cut it off from the original plant.

Finally, if you have an old plant that has lost a lot of leaves and is bare at the base, you can spruce it up.

Cut off all the vines and you can use those to propagate using one of the methods described above.

Then, you can take all the tubers in the pot and repot them into fresh potting mix. At this point, you can separate the tubers out to plant in multiple pots, or take the root system out of the pot, break up the root ball a bit, and replant into fresh soil.

string of hearts tuber propagation

Place the pot in a nice bright window and soon you will have a flush of new growth and a brand new String of Hearts plant!

Have you tried propagating String of Hearts? Comment below with any questions!

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Tanja

Tuesday 16th of June 2020

Thanks so much for these tips! Our much loved SOH plant took a tumble and all but one of the stems broke so we’re trying several of the methods you’ve advised to hopefully create new plants from the destruction...anyway it’s been fun to make a start.

Raffaele

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

You're very welcome and good luck! Keep me updated! :-)

GRACE NG

Thursday 28th of May 2020

Can I propagate tubers in water?

Raffaele

Thursday 28th of May 2020

You probably can, but I would recommend soil instead so they don't rot.

Pauline

Thursday 16th of April 2020

I put verigated leaves into a pot in a seed raising container a few months ago. They have grown a tuber and roots for atleast a month now but no new shoots. Will it ever happen???

Rosanna Lin

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

@Raffaele, how long does it usually take for tubers to grow? I have a strand of variegated SOH. It has small roots but there are some growth but super slow!

Raffaele

Thursday 16th of April 2020

Many variegated plants are notoriously slow unfortunately! If you have tubers, then you're well on your way. What kind of light are you giving them?

T

Monday 9th of March 2020

Another method is from seed. I got some nice long cuttings from an Etsy seller that included several blooms, and eventually one of the blooms set seed (in two long spike-shaped pods that together formed a “V” on the vine). Over several months (I presume took longer because it was now winter) the seed pods matured and one finally split open, revealing little brown seeds with milkweed-type “feathers” attached. I took a clear plastic bottle, cut it in half, filled the bottom with a couple inches of cactus potting soil, watered it completely, pushed the seeds down on top of the wet soil, and put plastic wrap over the top (poked a couple holes in it to allow a bit of fresh air in). Put it in dappled sun and crossed my fingers. Happy to report that not even a week later I have two little sprouts already! Thanks for your blog, I hope to propagate from cuttings when they get long enough :}

Crystal Gutierrez

Monday 18th of May 2020

@Laura Burton, I do! I actually bought a SOH recently and it arrived yesterday. Well today I woke up and she had over a dozen seeds. Email me at [email protected] and I can share the picture. Or you can request to follow me on Instagram @peacelove_shoes to see a picture. 💕

Laura Burton

Monday 20th of April 2020

Do you by any chance have a picture of the verigated string of hearts seeds? I just bought some online from an etsy seller it says ships from the US which I hope is true but I dont know what the seeds look like and would love to be able to know when I see them if they are the real deal. Thank you so much for the help. Laura

Raffaele

Friday 13th of March 2020

Ah yes! I didn't include seed just because it's not really a common way to grow these plants, but I'm glad you experimented and are having success!

Kim

Wednesday 5th of February 2020

Hi Raffaele, which video are you referring to re: paper clip propagation? Nothing pops up for me on this post.

Chelsie

Friday 15th of May 2020

@Raffaele, I can't see it either and I've turned off adblock

Raffaele

Wednesday 5th of February 2020

Hi Kim. It's a video that should pop up on top of the website. Maybe you have a blocker that prevents you from seeing it.