This potting mix is a must have in my household. And no better day to talk about String of Hearts care than on Valentine’s Day. Right?
This recipe is the potting mix I use for my String of Hearts plants (I currently own three) but it would be a great mix for most of the caudiciform plants that are popular right now. I’m thinking of all of the Desert Rose plants (Adeniums) especially. If you own a very young SOH plant, you may not even be aware that they will form a caudex. Plants that have been started by cuttings may not even have developed a caudex yet, but fear not, they will form in a year or so as your plant matures.
Well, let’s get to the potting mix recipe. Also for your convenience, I will include links to the products I use below. These are the products that I use in my own home with my own plants. I trust these brands or I would not recommend them to you. But always feel free to do your due diligence and research brands and products before purchasing. Some or all of these links may be affiliate links.
Let’s begin with Coco coir. Add any amount you want to a bowl or container. The coir should be moistened (it always cracks me up to see how much water it can hold) and will equal 50% of our mix. If you do not like coco coir, add peat instead. I use coir because I believe that using coir is much less impactful on our planet than using peat.
The next ingredient for our potting mix is lava rock. The lava rock should equal approximately 40% of the total mixture. I am very particular about what type of lava rocks I use, mostly because of the size of the pieces. A lot of lava rock comes in large pieces which messes up the total surface area of the lava compared to the other ingredients. Whether you choose to use the Bonsai Jack lava or your own brand, aim to buy pieces between 1/4″ to 1/2″ pieces.
Horticultural charcoal is the next ingredient. It should equal about 5% of the total mix. Charcoal is an important ingredient because it will help with the prevention of root rot. I’ve stated this before for other potting mix recipes but I’ll say it again here too; make sure to use horticultural grade charcoal when adding it to a potting mix. Using just any old charcoal can potentially introduce insects or diseases to your plant.
We have 5% of this mix left and I’m squishing two ingredients into that percentage. SOH need to be fed so I like to add worm castings because it is a fertilizer that will be immediately available to the plant. Then for an extended release fertilizer, I add some Nutricote. The combination of the castings and the Nutricote should equal 5% of the potting mix.
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Oh, and if you are new to houseplants in general or String of Hearts in particular, here is a link to my String of Hearts care guide.
I wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day!
Potting Mix for String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii)
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