Hi, everyone, my name is Christine from these succulent buddies and that’s my daughter. Make sure to say hi to her in the comments down below Anyways. Today, we’re going to talk about care tips for our string of hearts over here and different methods of propagation which ones worked and which ones didn’t work quite so well for me as you guys can see here, we have two types of string of hearts. We have the regular green ones, and then we have some variegated string hearts over here, which I don’t have much of because I was brave enough to buy cuttings of variegated string of hearts When I never even grew them before. I think I actually got these as cuttings before. I even bought the green ones over here. I tried my hand at propagating and some were successful and some weren’t. So I’m going to share those different type of methods for you guys. If you want to try propagating for yourself, let’s talk about care tips for our strength. Hearts over here. The most important thing to keep them alive is to water them properly water when the soil is completely dry, but you also have to watch the leaves just because the soil is completely dry. It doesn’t necessarily mean that they need water right away. You’re going to want to look out for certain times first. Don’t pay too much attention to the bottom leaves over here. Normally, the younger leaves that are not as big as the top leaves. Stay a little bit on the thinner side and as they get thirsty, Of course they get a little bit thinner. Don’t pay too much attention to that. When it comes to watering, you’re going to want to pay attention to the leaves here up top. Say you haven’t watered in a few weeks. The soil is completely dry, but the top here is still nice and green and the leaves are still fat and plump. It means that they do not need water yet now. If the soil has completely dried, and you notice that the top leaves over here have kind of lost their shine. Um, they’ll look a little bit dull to you. And then they will also look a little bit thinner. And when you press on the leaves, they will actually be kind of soft to the touch and looking almost wilty right now. Uh, they have been fully watered. I soaked this soil, completely soaked it about maybe four days ago, so they’re probably not going to need any water anytime soon. I’ll probably water it in another three to four weeks. They don’t need a lot of water because they stay outdoors where the humidity is high. They get sunlight from about 8 to 10 pm. And then after that, it’s just bright in direct sunlight for the whole day. That is how I take care of my string hearts over here, And these green ones actually grow really quickly. I have taken many cuttings from this and have propagated them and I’m going to show you some of them in a little bit. Same thing for the variegated string of hearts. You pretty much give it the same care as this. Make sure that they only get morning. Sun guys right now. Actually, these are propagations. They are under my lights, and these are the string heart’s variegated string of hearts that have rooted for me from propagating because I couldn’t find any for sale that we’re already rooted, so I had to buy cuttings and tried my hand at propagating them myself and they work. They just do not propagate as quickly as these do, but they are just as easy to take care of. So now. Let’s talk about some propagations so here I have two little plots of string of hearts that I have propagated. We have a regular green one over here, and then we have our variegated string of hearts here. I propagated them both in the same way, and I’m going to show you how to do this like. I said Propagation for both variegated and the regular string of hearts are the exact same thing. So here’s our green string of hearts and the ugly pot, which I have a lot of. So I’m going to show you how to propagate with these. If you have the variegated version, you do the exact same thing, so you’re basically just going to choose which long string you’re going to want to cut, so I’ll show you The first method of propagation. I am going to go ahead and cut this string over here and choose. How long you want it to be? Mine will just be right there, and then I am going to go ahead and cut another string for the other methods of propagation that we’re going to do, so. I am going to go ahead and choose this one over here. I’m going to show you three methods of propagation. That have worked for me. Okay, so one. Is this string right here? We’re going to go ahead and let this sit out for 24 to 48 hours. It’ll be completely fine because I want that bottom and to callous there. And then this one right here we are going to do. What is called the butterfly method. What you do is you have see. I have this big pair of heart leaves right here. I am going to go ahead and cut it again. Just cut it from the middle of the stem like that like so and the same way with the long string. I am going to keep this out for you. Know overnight overnight to 24 hours and let that those ends callous first because we don’t want any moisture getting into those cuts or else they can rot on you, and then we can go ahead and also do another one. So we’ll do our second one here. If you notice, I’m keeping these stems long right here. Why is mainly because of the way that we’re going to place them in the pot? And it has a lot to do with how I water them. So here’s our cuttings that we took and it has now been 48 hours since I cut them. Now I’m going to show you three different methods of how I propagate them. And which one’s work best for me so here we go with propagation number one, the butterfly method. So I have these two that have been drying off for two days. Now, now! The first thing you’re going to want to do is have your soil ready fresh and while draining and then you’re just going to want to spray the top of the soil to dampen it a little bit, remember when rooting a string of hearts whether it’s variegated or not, it’s important to keep them moist to encourage roots, but not wet. So what we do now Is we simply place our hearts like this. Make sure that these stems are sticking out. You don’t want those buried into the soil, and then you simply put it on top like that. Make sure that that part right there. Okay, That is the leaf nodes that the roots are going to come out of. Make sure that that is touching the soil now. Sometimes they just kind of sit on top of soil, and they might just dry out on you, which is pretty which pretty much happens to my butterfly propagations about 60 maybe 40 percent of the time the leaves do tend to dry out before they grow roots. And then I simply pinned them down with these things that I use, but this will help pin this down into the soils, putting a wire like this simply helps those leaf nodes touch the soil and keep them there. Instead of these guys just sitting on top, so I’m going to go ahead and do the other one. And now I have that pinned down into the soil as well As the other one. Those leaf nodes are now directly, touching the soil and because we already sprayed the soil and it’s damp. This shouldn’t dry out for about another two to three days. Uh, when I do my butterfly cuttings. I do spray them about two to three days. Just to make sure that top part of the soil is moist, but not wet. Okay, I did try putting. Um, my butterfly propagations into a ziploc bag just to keep the moisture in, But every time I did that guys. I want you to know that my succulent’s rotted. I did it for my variegated string of hearts And although it works for some people, I think this is the safer way of doing it. Just spray the soil every two to three days when it’s dry, and they will root. Eventually, these are two, uh, butterfly propagations that I did for my variegated string of hearts about two months ago, and you see right there that is where the leaf nodes were. You’ll know that your butterfly propagation has worked when those leaf nodes kind of start to turn into like a small ball and then, um, in in a few weeks. These you’ll know that they rooted when new growth comes out of them like this one and then, uh, like this one, there’s a bunch of little new hearts shooting out. You’ll know that you have successfully rooted your butterfly propagations when you see this. So this took about two months to happen. Okay, guys, and then I had a few more butterfly propagations that did not take they either. Most of them actually just dried out before they started rooting or some of them did rot. When I did Put this pot into a Ziploc bag. So when I took it out, everybody else was okay, but some of them rotted. So I really don’t recommend the Ziploc bag method, but it works for you, that’s fine. I am simply recommending what works for me. Propagation, method, number two. This is the regular way of propagation and how most of us propagate our regular succulent. What you do is you. Have this string right here Like I said, I left this out to sit and dry for 48 hours and now we’re ready to go ahead and propagate it. So you want to go ahead and cut two bottom leaves off. Yes, baby! You can have those my daughter. My daughter wants the leaves anyways. The reason why I cut those off is because these leaf nodes right there that is where the new roots will come out of when we put them into the soil. This is completely dry, well draining soil. I’m not going to spray them with any water. Why because we made cuts on those wounds? And you don’t want that to get wet until it calluses up! I just have a chopstick here to help. Dig it into the soil. If you notice, I always start at the corner, so there you go, It’s in the soil. You’re going to want to leave this dry for two to three days before you spray it with any water. The young nodes like this. You want to pin them down into the soil. Just like I did with my butterfly method. Um, these guys do root a little faster towards the end of the growth because it’s a lot younger. So let me just pin those down. Real quick here are the string of hearts that I propagated that exact same way about two months later, they have rooted. I spray the soil about every two to three days. When it is completely dry just to make sure to. I just have to make sure that the soil stays damp while they are growing and I now have a lot of new growth. When I planted these guys. It was pretty much the same as this and everything that you see here. That is all new growth from. When I planted them again. This is about two months later, so make sure to keep that soil damp. We’ll not keep it damp, but spray it every two to three days whenever the soil is bone dry. By the way, guys. I keep these guys under my grow lights. If you do not have grow lights, you can place them by a sunny window, and that should be okay, and then over here. I also did that same method. Um, this is growing a lot slower for some reason, but I think it’s because it’s in a terra cotta pot, so these were done the regular way propagation method number two, which is just basically planning planting them normal. Um, I think it’s because it’s it’s in a terracotta pot and this dries out quicker, so the soil doesn’t stay as moist as it would in plastic pots when propagating I do recommend propagating them in plastic pots versus Terra Cotta Because I actually planted these guys before these ones, and these ones have a lot more growth than these do, although they are both healthy propagation method. Number three. This one is the Ziploc method, completely experimental guys, but it worked for me and I’m just gonna, and I’m going to show you how, and for the last method of propagation. You’re going to want to take your long string like this and make sure that that end has calloused off, and you’re simply going to need a clear ziplock bag like, so place it inside and then you’re going to want to take a spray bottle like I have here and when there’s not Mo, you know when there’s no more moisture in there or the first time that you do it. Obviously there won’t be any moisture. You just want. You’re just gonna want to spray a little bit like that. So that’s about three sprays and then you’re gonna to seal the bag and just keep it in there. Keep it by a bright window or under grow. Lights where it gets a lot of indirect light now. I want to show you the results right away, that’s. Why, but basically, you just place this string into that bag and then spray it like I said and follow the instructions. Now this I have this string of hearts in here. I have had this here for about a month now. And I swear, guys! This was completely experimental. I have not tried it before, but obviously it has worked. Um, it does take a little bit longer for them to root this way, but this was I didn’t have to do anything except spray the bag about once or twice, and then I just left it there and it was just it was the simplest method of propagating and, um. This was the first time I ever tried it and it has worked. So here’s the very bottom of that string right there with the fuzzies. That is all roots that you see there that has grown. Um, basically, that, basically, that end was like this, and now there’s that much roots and let’s see the rest. There’s another really big root, right there roots again. There’s another root there roots here again about every other leaf node has grown new and, uh, has grown new roots. Those are roots and roots again right here and right there, look at how much roots it has grown and how healthy it is. This has been in that bag, and the hearts are actually still kind of firm and pretty chubby. They also continued flowering in that bag. For some reason, so basically, this is ready to be planted and I know that it’s going to go completely healthy. Just looking at those roots. Um, if you notice guys, I’m not showing you any propagations in water because they do have a tendency to rot and the ones that I applied that I propagated in water actually rotted on me and, um, I also had some in soil and then I put a bag over them to keep the moisture in there and those also rotted, so I’m not doing any of that. Mine are straight soil propagations or just in a Ziploc bag with a little bit of water to keep the moisture in there, but with no soil. Now I have a new pot of fresh, very dry, Well draining soil here, and as you can see, I am spraying it just to make it moist. Remember those roots that grew in that bag basically grew from the moisture in it. So when you plant anything like this, you’re going to want to make sure that the soil is a little bit wet. It also makes it a little bit easier for me to anchor those leaf nodes down the soil, and I’m going to show you how to do that in a second . Everyone is now potted up and ready to go. These are all my string of hearts leaf. Uh, sorry, spring of Hearts, propagations and so far the best method for me guys that that has worked the best and the easiest is the experimental Ziploc bag method. And this is that pot right there so far so good, it didn’t even get dehydrated or anything, and it is nicely growing next. Best method would be to remove remove two or three bottom leaves off the bottom and then plant that stem into the soil, and then after about three to four days, you can then start spritzing the soil until it starts to root, and then the last one, of course, is the butterfly method, which works for me about fifty percent of the time half of the time it will just dry out on you and rot and the other half of the time it could be completely successful grow roots and then grow new shoots off of that leaf node that we planted into the soil. So another one guys is the Ziploc bag method. I have never tried it on my variegated string of hearts. Okay, every other one I have tried, but not on the variegated. So it is up to you. If you want to try it on yours. If you have a lot of strings to experiment with, I would totally do it because it is the easiest and best method that I found to work so far. So I hope you guys enjoyed this video. Make sure to leave a comment down below. If you have any questions and I will get back to you again. This is Christine from the succulent buddies. Don’t forget to comment like, and subscribe. And I’ll see you on the next one. Thank you bye. Everyone happy new year.