How to propagate: String of hearts (Ceropegia Woodii)

A Ceropegia Woodii is perhaps the most romantic hanging plant there is. Just like other hanging plants, such as the senecio Rowleyanus, the Spider plant and Muehlenbeckia, the Ceropegia Woodii is a striking appearance.


  • Ceropegia Woodii
  • Scissors or knife
  • Disinfectant
  • Glass, vase(s) or mug with water

Propagating a Ceropegia Woodii in 4 steps

Step 1: Disinfect

First clean the scissors you might be using.

Keep the scissors under hot water and clean them well. This prevents you from unnecessarily transferring bacteria during the propagation.

Do you happen to have disinfectant or pure alcohol? Disinfect the tools after using hot water. Let's get away with those bacteria and fungi!

Step 2: Take cuttings

As soon as the scissors are clean you can start propagating. Cut a stem that is at least 10 cm.

Step 3: Place the cutting in water

A Ceropegia Woodii grows best when it's propagated in water. Place the stems in a glass with water, and make sure that no leaves touch the water.

It's important to remove the leaves at the bottom of the cutting. If leaves are hanging in the water the cutting can rot.

Step 4: Taking care of the cutting

After a few weeks you can see that roots are developing on the stem.

As soon as the roots are at least 5 cm, you can repot the cuttings. Place the sides of the roots in the soil. The cuttings may have to get used to the soil a bit, but after a while the cutting will soon make new leaves.

Tip: if the Ceropegia Woodii is a bit older, it will eventually make tubers. Cut these tubers off and push them a little into the ground. Eventually a new plant will grow out of the tuber again!

Does the cutting have sufficient roots? Then the cutting can be placed in a pot with soil. It is best to use fresh potting soil to stimulate root growth. Make sure to not water the first period.

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