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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! In addition, I also mention some tips on how to make String of Hearts fuller.

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! (If you want the free printable version of this post, scroll to the bottom of this post to download!)

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!

Check out my blog post on string of hearts balls for more information.

If you’ve heard about the “butterfly method” of propagating, be sure not to miss my blog post on how to propagate using the butterfly method. It is the most efficient method to propagate!

If you have a string of hearts that is bare and need some help in becoming full again, check out my post on How to Make String of Hearts Fuller.

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

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Brigitte McIntosh

Sunday 16th of October 2022

Have found this all very informative, Hello from New Zealand. I have a varigated SOH and it grows in a small terracotta pot in my bathroom, it gets late afternoon filtered light. Until now I did not know about the tubers, and on closer inspection my plant has several including one very large one. I really dont want to chop my lovely plant - if I leave the tubers in place will they slowly make the plant detertiorate? I tryed to wiggle the large tuber off but its not budging. Trying to separate the various strands is nearly impossible. If I do go ahead and cut the strands with the tubers to remove them, will my plant continue to grow from that area?

Raffaele

Monday 17th of October 2022

Hi Brigitte! It will not make the plant deteriorate if you leave the tubers. If you trim your plant, it will grow back. If you want to propagate, you can always just take tip cuttings and root those. Hope this helps!

Susie

Monday 5th of September 2022

I’ve been too scarred to repot my string of hearts and it has been looking so straggly. After reading through you information a few times and referring to your photos whilst mid process, it gave me the confidence to tackle what a perceived to be a risky job. Thank you so much for your informative and detailed steps, I’m quite appreciative and feel rather accomplished now 😂💕

Raffaele

Monday 5th of September 2022

Hi Susie! I'm glad you gained more confidence and was able to do it! :-).

Laura

Monday 15th of August 2022

Hi Raffael, Enjoyed your article about propagating String Of Hearts plant. Thankyou! I have a nice SOH plant that’s full and (I think) really long…over 5’. She sits on a cabinet and her strings hang right to the floor. So I pruned the long tendrils and they are in a bottle, sprouting roots. Since I pruned, the entire plant has exploded with the lovely vase-like pink flowers for the first time! The blossoms drop off in time and are replaced by many more. I find a little pile of the spent blossoms on the floor every day. Are there seeds in these dry blossoms? I read in the comments that this plant produces seed pods, but not sure what to look for. Thanks for your posts, Laura

Raffaele

Monday 15th of August 2022

Hi Laura! Yes, if the flowers are pollinated, they will produce seed. The seed capsules will look long and narrow.

Zena

Friday 6th of May 2022

Greetings, Raffaele, and thank you for sharing such detailed tips - each article provides a wealth of information.

My contribution: For securing Chain of Hearts or any similarly-structured plant in order to encourage node-rooting on the soil surface, I use silver-colored hairpins. They're inexpensive and available for purchase in a grand variety of stores.

Hairpins work great, and when the time comes, they can easily be located with the dark soil background, then removed with small needle-nose pliers. Wash, dry, use again!

Raffaele

Friday 6th of May 2022

Thanks for the tip Zena! Great idea!

Sandra Castruita

Saturday 30th of April 2022

I had string of pearls that died on me, also string of banana’s that also died that one was 2 feet long. I don’t know what happened to it. So upset

Raffaele

Sunday 1st of May 2022

I have blog posts on both of those plants. Check them out. I'm sure they will help!