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Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii, Rosary Vine, Chain of hearts

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 Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii
Family: Apocynaceae   (Formerly:Asclepiadaceae)
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Rosary Vine, Chain of hearts
Origin: Southeastern Africa
Vine or creeperSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterUnusual colorOrnamental foliage

The vines of the Rosary plant are like thin wires with marbled, heart shaped leaves. They will reach two to four feet in length, so the plant should be hung or set on a pedestal where it will receive bright light for most of the day. Ceropegias prefer summer temperatures around 70-75 degrees, but during the winter, when it is dormant, it should be kept in a cooler room if possible (60-65 degrees). This plant is somewhat succulent, so be careful to never overwater, or allow it to set in water. Water thoroughly, and then allow the soil to completely dry out before watering again. During the active growing period of spring and summer, the Rosary plant should be fed monthly with an all purpose liquid houseplant food diluted to half strength. Use a porous potting soil with coarse sand added when you repot this vine in early spring, making sure to provide adequate drainage.Two unique features of the Rosary vine are the flowers and the 'beads'. The slender flowers resemble an inverted, small pink vase. The end of the tube is partly closed by delicate purple bars. You'll find that hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers if your plant is placed outdoors during the summer months. The beads are small tubers which form along the stem at the leaf bases. These beads can be planted to produce new vines. Just press the tuber into the soil, and keep it moist (not wet) If possible, plant the bead while it is still attached to the mother plant, for speedier rooting. Once rooted and growing, the new plant can be easily severed from the main plant.


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 Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii, Rosary Vine, Chain of hearts

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Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii, Rosary Vine, Chain of hearts

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Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii, Rosary Vine, Chain of hearts

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Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii, Rosary Vine, Chain of hearts

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Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii, Rosary Vine, Chain of hearts

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Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii, Rosary Vine, Chain of hearts

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Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii, Rosary Vine, Chain of hearts

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Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii, Rosary Vine, Chain of hearts

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Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii, Rosary Vine, Chain of hearts

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Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii, Rosary Vine, Chain of hearts

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Miriam
France (South of)
6 Sep 2008
Hello everybody out there,

I live in the South of France, near Nice. I have two pots of Ceropegia Linearis woodii (chaine of hearts). They grew a lot this summer (outside on my shutters). But they developped a lot of flowers and very small leaves, almost no space in between and I know (had them before in my appartment in Amsterdam) that this is not quite normal, too dense. Do I have to cut them or is it a fertilisation problem?
Thanks for your answer
Miriam
pam
rushville,IL USA
16 Aug 2008
I have not seen a flower like you have discribed, but I have had seed pods on mine and have started plants by seed. My local garden supplier told me that I wouldn't be able to start by seed. Welll guess they don't know what challanges do to me.Pam
Christine
Australia
USDA Zone:203
6 Jan 2008
Hi I have 4 chain of hearts plants I have had for at least 20 years and they are doing really well... I wanted to know if you have seen a bright pink flower with four rounded leaves on any chain of hearts as last year I got one flower on mine after 20 years and was really suprised and happy to see it... Is it rare for this to happen as I only get the purple close flowers....

Thankyou I hope you can help... : )

Cheers Christine


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