String of Spades
String of Spades, aka Ceropegia woodii Heartless, has green, patterned, spade-shaped leaves and may have some purple flushing on the undersides. The leaves are spade-shaped instead of heart-shaped with slender vines that can reach up to 12' long in its natural environment, and has earned this plant many nicknames, including heartless Ceropegia and Ceropegia Mini Star.
They should not be in a position to see the sun directly, although early morning or late evening sun is fine. Filtered sunlight through a sheer curtain is best and most homes are comprised primarily of indirect sunlight. The best spot for them is where they do not see the sun during the majority of the day but still get bright, indirect light.
They will do best in bright light. A nice bright place inside your home would be on the window sill or a stool that is right next to a window, either with or without blinds, depending on if the plant can handle sun. Remember that plants will grow based on how much light they receive.
They like the soil to be completely dry before the next watering. This can take up to 4 weeks in an average home environment but it will vary depending on the time of year, your environment and lighting conditions. For them, it's always safer to underwater or water when you see signs of lack of water (i.e. wrinkly or soft leaves). Water a little more often in the warmer months.
Their humidity requirement is low, so do not mist them or put them in a terrarium.
If there is less marbling on the leaves, and the gaps between the leaves on the stems are wide, this is often an indicator that the plant is receiving lower light. If you want the growth to more dense, where the leaves are closer together, move your plant to a spot where it will receive brighter light. String of Spades store water in their leaves, so a good indicator to watch for is the leaves beginning to soften and look a little wilted and deflated.
The plant comes with a default nursery pot. The nursery pot is usually 0.5" - 1" smaller than stated to fit into the same size decorative pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.
As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.