Fat plants

Necklace of hearts - Ceropegia woodii


GeneralitŠ°


this genus includes about a hundred plants, most of which are succulents, originating in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Canary Islands; the native species of the Canaries are small, very ramified shrubs, all the others are climbing or ground cover. They consist of thin stems, green, brown or greyish-blue in color, which bear leaves of varying sizes, sometimes evergreen, sometimes deciduous, with a rounded or heart-shaped shape. In spring-summer they produce bizarre flowers, single or gathered in umbrella-shaped inflorescences, white, pink, red or purple, often variegated; they have a very elongated shape and five lobed petals; in some species the petals are joined at the apexes, to form a sort of cage. Some species develop large fleshy tubers, which produce numerous basal shoots, from which new plants develop. These succulents are generally cultivated more for the particular flowering than for the plants themselves.

Exposure




place the ceropegie in a very bright place, in full sun or in partial shade; they fear the cold, so in winter they should be kept at home or in a temperate greenhouse, taking care that the temperature never drops below 10-15 ° C.

Watering


from March to October water regularly, leaving the soil to dry slightly between one watering and another; in the cold months water rarely, occasionally vaporizing the plant. In the vegetative period it is good to vaporize the leaves with demineralized water, during the coolest hours of the day; it is advisable to supply some fertilizer for succulent plants every 15-20 days.

Ground


these plants love loose and well-drained soils, rich in organic matter: use a mixture consisting of sand, peat and soil balanced in equal parts, to which to add bits of bark or perlite to lighten it. The ceropegie grow quite vigorously, so it is appropriate to repot them every 2-3 years; the tuberous species are buried leaving the upper part of the tubers exposed to the air.

Multiplication


generally occurs by cutting, small portions of the youngest stems must be rooted in a mixture of peat and sand in equal parts; the species with tuberous root can also be propagated by dividing the clumps of roots; both of the above operations must be performed at the beginning of spring.

Necklace of hearts - Ceropegia woodii: Pests and diseases


Cereal diseases are often subject to root rot; sometimes they can be attacked by mites or aphids.