Oh so dainty and pretty, this hanging plant is similar to a succulent in the way it likes to be cared for. You can forget about her for a couple of weeks and then add some water and she will continue growing happily. We find that less is more with these delicate hearts, little amounts of water bi-weekly for example, once you have checked the soil.
Difficulty level – medium
Very bright light with no direct sun. A west window is fine but make sure it isn’t up against the hot glass. Not enough light will stunt her growth and eventually, those cute heart-shaped leaves will begin to wilt and drop.
Just like a succulent, you want your chain of hearts to dry out in between watering. Dig down into the soil at least three inches and if it is completely dry you can give it about a cup of water. Be sure not to leave it with water sitting in the tray though as she hates wet feet. In winter, like all plants, she goes dormant so you will find that she stops growing much at all and the amount of water required reduces quite a lot. Just be sure to always check the soil first and you can’t go wrong.
Feed with a slow-release fertiliser once every six months following the instructions on the packet (remember, when you receive a plant from Green Assembly, it has enough slow-release fertiliser to last the first six months). During the warmer months, she likes a drink of the stinky liquid fish stuff (like Seasol) monthly, again be sure to follow the dilution instructions on the packet. Then sit back and watch her grow her long pretty leaf locks.
If you notice her leaves drying out and dying off then you need to reassess the amount of light and water she is getting as that tends to be a sign of not enough light and not enough water. Move her to a brighter spot or even give her a few weeks outdoors undercover (not in winter) and make sure you are watering when the top three inches of soil are dry
Use a soil moisture metre (AKA the handiest indoor plant tool ever invented) to check the soil of any plant before you water. That way you don’t get your hands dirty and you get an accurate reading of just how moist the soil is. PLUS our metres can be used for all your plants and you will never need a refill.
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