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pajarita
May 3, 2020 10:14 PM CST
Posting separately for my string of hearts - still in its original pot from the nursery, originally kept it hanging right against a south-east facing window but then moved it in about 6-7 feet because I was scared it was too much light (noticed a lot of red leaves)!

There's been a lot of leaf die-off in the past two weeks, I noticed today that a few root balls seem exposed (I haven't repotted or played with the soil, but I did try to gently untangle the strings some days ago)... and some leaves look wrinkled and/or with rusted spots.
Interestingly, on the strings I see leaves shrinking and dying off - but new leaves are also sprouting! So confused..

Any help would be much appreciated!!
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 4, 2020 9:47 AM CST
I don't see any serious problems with your String of Hearts, but I also don't know how you have been watering it. Improper watering may be contributing to the leaf shriveling and yellowing.

A location where it can get a few hours of early or late day sun is fine. It does like lots of very bright indirect sunlight for most of the day. Make sure it is not too far from the window.

It is best to let the vines tangle as they see fit to grow. They don't understand our need for order and neatness. Hilarious!
Will Creed
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New York City, NY
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pajarita
May 4, 2020 10:09 PM CST
Phew that's a relief! Will keep my hands off the knots in that case Big Grin

Watering schedule has been the same as my Monstera (once a week, thoroughly relative to size), though I've been misting them every 3-4 days (along with the Monstera). Only just occurred to me that perhaps these plants don't need/want misting?

Thanks again!
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 5, 2020 11:37 AM CST
Its water requirements may not be the same as your Monstera. Water it when the top half-inch of soil feels dry. It doesn't need misting.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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