How to Repot a String of Hearts Plant?

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If you’re wondering how to repot a String of Hearts plant, the main three things you’ll need to know are the right size and type of pot to get, the right potting medium, and what’s needed, and the right time to repot your plant.

The string of hearts plant is almost like a gift from heaven with its charming beauty. With its heart-shaped leaves, its ability to be a hanging plant, and its low maintenance needs, it’s no wonder that it acts as a triple threat compared to other tropical plants. 

And just like any other living thing, plant care and maintenance are paramount if you choose to own one. So if you are lucky to have had yours for several years, then you must be aware of the importance of repotting. 

Repotting string of hearts is not as complicated as you think it may be. After learning to repot plants several times, it’s definitely a lot easier to do now. 

What’s the best type of pot for a String of Hearts?

Since this plant appreciates being partially root bound, avoid getting an oversize potting container when repotting. You will need to replace the old pot with a new one that’s about an inch or two bigger than the previous one. Using an oversize container may spook the plant and induce stress on it.

Meanwhile, consider using a terra cotta or clay pot for your plant. Since it’s a semi-succulent plant, remember that it doesn’t do well in wet or soggy soil. But with this kind of pot, the soil can lose moister faster than plastic pots providing your plant with the perfect growing environment it needs.

What’s the best potting mix for a String of Hearts?

Potting medium necessities

When the time comes to repot your plant, the first thing you need to do is to prepare the potting mix. Then get another bigger pot (1-2” bigger). A bigger pot will provide more room to accommodate the overgrown roots. And when preparing the potting mix, ensuring that there are good drainage and plenty of aeration to give better results.

mixing in the potting mix to repotting a plant

Adequate drainage and aeration (along with sufficient lighting) are the main factors needed for healthy growth and fast development. But if you want a DIY mix for your plant, this is also possible. Just be sure to mix equal parts of regular potting soil, perlite, orchid bark, coarse sand, and coco coir. 

What soil does String of Hearts like?

This plant is considered a semi-succulent. In other words, it doesn’t like to be waterlogged or grow in moist soil. To ensure you get the right potting medium, consider getting a succulent and cactus mix soil. Succulent soil mixtures tend to have the right quality of drainage and aeration.

I typically like to add in some extra stuff to make sure that my soil is prepared extra well enough for my plant to live in. I tend to mix equal parts of the succulent and cactus mix, along with orchid bark or perlite (whichever I have on hand) and coco coir. I need to know that my hanging plant will have more than enough water drainage as well as aeration for the roots.

When should you repot string of hearts plant?

When your rosary vine’s roots are popping out through the drainage holes, it means that it’s time to repot it. Repotting your Ceropegia Woodi will give your plant a new home, which will be bigger with more room for the roots to grow. It will also give your Ceropegia plant a new chance to have a fresh foundation.

a lady repotting her plants

It’s best to avoid repotting your string of hearts during the winter months, which is considered their dormant period. The best time to repot your Ceropegia plant is at the start of spring. This will allow it to thrive even quicker during the summer months, which is considered their growing season.

If it’s been over a year or two since you repotted, or you see some overgrown roots, then it’s time to start the repotting process!

How to repot a String of Hearts plant?

Before you consider repotting your plant, it may be helpful to determine a few things about your plant first. Things to look out for are how long has it been since you last repotted this plant, and if there are any overgrown roots? 

  • Take your plant while in the pot and lay it on its side.
  • Hold the plant close to the soil line on the stem and pull it out gently.
    • If it’s not coming out, it helps to water the plant sufficiently to loosen the soil.
    • You can also poke it through the drainage holes as you try to pull it out.
  • When your plant is free from the pot, you will most likely see your plant being root-bound (which I think is a pretty fascinating sight).
    • You may be tempted to move it to a new and bigger pot as it is, but do not.
  • You will first need to loosen up the roots if you want it to grow better in the new pot.
    • Loosening the root-bound is critical and must be done with care. Any wrong move and you may damage the roots beyond repair.
    • You have the option of loosening the roots, either by hands or using a tool to dislodge the clumped soil.
    • You can start with the bottom part as your work your way up to the top roots close to the stem.
    • In a tough situation, the plant can be stuck so intensely that it refuses to come out. At this point, you have to weigh your option between the plant and the pot and consider which one is worth saving. (i hope you went with the first option)
    • If you chose the plant over the pot,  then proceed,
  • You will have to use a hammer or something hard to break it out of the pot. But if the pot is plastic, then a sharp cutting tool will free your plant easily.
  • Once the plant roots are finally free, then the fun begins!
  • It’s time for your plant to go into its new pot.
  • But before moving it into the new pot, use this opportunity to clip off any unhealthy roots.
  • In the new pot, fill it halfway with the fresh potting soil you prepared earlier.
  • Put your plant in it and ensure it’s at the same height as it was previously in the other pot.
    • This will reduce stress and prevent you from over covering the stem with soil.
  • Press the soil gently around the plant to add support to your plant (make sure the soil is firm enough to hold the plant still)
  • Then water this plant adequately to enable it to adapt to its new home.
  • And don’t forget to position it in a spot with indirect light but sufficient shade until it has recovered from repotting.
  • After several weeks, the plant will adapt to the new home and begin to grow fast again.

Continue to make sure your plant receives sufficient light. It’s a MUST HAVE for it to thrive!

At this point, you’re now done repotting your Ceropegia Woodii. YASSSSS! Now all you have to worry about is maintaining the proper care so that it can continue to thrive. But don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it sounds.

heart-shaped succulent vines

Related: String of Hearts (Ceropegia Woodii) Care Guide {proven tips that won’t kill the plant}

Do String of Hearts like to be root bound?

Yes, this plant loves being partially rootbound. But don’t let it get too root bound. It still needs space for its roots 

However, do not all the situation to intensify. This property allows you to relax for one or two years before thinking of repotting your plant once more.

How do you water a root-bound plant?

Plants that are root bound tend to exhaust the soil moisture pretty fast than others. Learning how to do proper watering for your succulent like plant is crucial in order for your plant to grow long healthy vines.

String of hearts can go a long period without needing to be watered when compared to your other house plants. This is due to the plant being able to store water in their heart-shaped leaves. 

Rule of thumb for thorough watering is to water your plant until the water starts leaking out of the drainage hole. Make sure to drain any excess water in the saucer (if you have one) to avoid root rot.

TIP: Use your knuckle or a bamboo skewer to test the soil. Stick your skewer in an inch or two deep. If it comes out clean, it needs watering. If there are bits of soil stuck to it, wait another day or two to check again. 

Conclusion about repotting String of Hearts

Was it as bad as you thought it was? I’d hope not! You’ll be an expert after a few more tries, or maybe even after your first try! Just don’t give up and keep planting along. And if you forget a step, save this article so that you can come back to it later!