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Name: Tamara
Fresno County, California (Zone 9b)
Monetwwqi
Apr 26, 2018 11:36 AM CST
Does anyone know how to grow String of Hearts from SEED???

I don't know if I should plant them in potting soil, cactus mix, worm castings or just perlite?

Light/no light? Moist/dry? Covered/on surface?

I can't seem to find any info on growing String of Hearts from seed.

I only have a few seeds and I want to give them the best chance of germinating as possible.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!

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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Apr 28, 2018 9:53 PM CST
Hi Tamara, sorry someone didn't answer you sooner!

String of Hearts, Ceropegia collaricorona are easy to start from seed - I have grown many species of Ceropegia from seeds - here is what I do. Plant them in a fine, peat based potting mix in a small pot. Put the seed on the surface of the soil press them into the soil then completely but thinly cover them with more soil. The soil should be kept moist but not sopping wet and they like it warm. Bright light is best but not direct sun. I use a spray bottle to water the surface of the soil. They can take anywhere from a week to a month to come up depending on how fresh the seeds are.

A few weeks after they sprout your babies will start making what looks like a caudex with the leaves coming out of the top - at this point you can keep the soil a little bit wetter. Once they have made at least 3 sets of leaves, you can transplant into individual pots.

The first picture is what a newly germinated seed looks like - it was taken in February and the 2nd picture, taken 5 months later is when they are ready to transplant into individual pots.

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Name: Tamara
Fresno County, California (Zone 9b)
Monetwwqi
Apr 28, 2018 10:35 PM CST
Thank You! Thank you so much for the information. I'm going to plant them soon as I get home. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
Plant and/or Seed Trader Birds Cat Lover Greenhouse Tropicals Bulbs
Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus Hybridizer Garden Sages Butterflies
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Xeramtheum
Apr 29, 2018 5:55 AM CST
You're welcome!
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