|Homeland||South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe|
|Soil:||Light, nutritious, breathable. You can use ready-made soils for cacti and succulents.|
|Size2||2 – 4 in|
|Flowering time||August – November|
Ceropegia woodii or Sreang of Hearts found in South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. The plant lives in wooded areas, its tuberous rhizomes cling to rocky ledges or soil. In the natural environment, the roots of the plant begin to develop at the nodes of shoots, as soon as the node touches the soil. Therefore, this species is easily propagated from cuttings.
The plant was named after the botanist John Medley Wood (John Medley Wood), who collected a large collection of plants in the province of Natal.
Ceropegia woodii flower
From the axils of the leaves appear flowers 2 cm long. Each of them is a narrow, vertically growing, painted in a soft pink tube coming out of a small round purple base.
Ceropegia woodii throughout the year is grown at normal room temperature. In the open air, it can be kept at a temperature not lower than +15°C.
Ceropegia woodii light
This plant needs at least three or four hours of direct sun per day. At too low light, the leaf color fades, and internode increased. When growing outdoors, partial shading is necessary.
The string of hearts humidity
In the period of active growth String of hearts watered sparingly so that the soil was slightly moist. In the intervals between watering the soil should dry out at 2/3 depth. In winter, watering the plant should be very scarce, only to prevent complete drying of the soil.
In the period of active growth is recommended once a month to feed Ceropegia woodii standard liquid fertilizer, but this applies only Mature healthy plants.
As a substrate mixture consisting of equal parts of fertile soil and coarse sand can be used. At the bottom of the pot for rapid outflow of water to put a small layer of clay shards. In spring, a small plant is transplanted into a pot one size larger, larger and adult plants can be grown for several years in the same pot with a diameter of 8-10 cm.
When grown in a hanging basket in it, you can plant several rhizomes of woodii, placing them at a distance of about 4-5 cm from each other to make the plant look more impressive.
Diseases and pests
Yellowing of the leaves may indicate rotting of the tuber due to excessive watering or too low temperatures. It is necessary to clean the tuber from the soil and, if the damage is not too serious, let it dry. Unfortunately, if the tuber is severely affected by rot, the plant will have to be thrown away.
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On Ceropegia can attack mealybug. If you find pests, you need to immediately treat the plant with the appropriate insecticide. Then during the month, should be weekly to inspect the plant on the subject of re-infection.
During the period of active growth, Ceropegia woodii along the shoots formed nodules, which can be used for breeding. The nodules are separated, in a small pot pour the soil mixture recommended for this species, the surface of which was sprinkled a layer of sand with a thickness of about 1 cm Tubers placed in the sand to prevent them from rotting.
It is also possible to reproduce by stem cuttings. Cuttings 15 cm long are planted in the soil mixture with the addition of sand. The soil needs to quickly divert water to the cuttings started to rot.
Tubers or cuttings put in a moderately lit place and until there are new roots, watered very carefully: in the intervals between watering the soil should dry out about two-thirds. New growth on the shoots may appear before the plant takes root. Rooting may take about eight weeks, after which Ceropegia will start developing very quickly. The young plant should be gradually accustomed to direct sunlight. Once the pot is installed on a permanent place for the young Ceropegia begin to care as for adult plants.