A string of Tears (Curio repens) is a species of trailing, a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is native to South Africa and is known for its delicate, elongated leaves and its ability to thrive in hanging baskets or containers. A string of Tears is also known as “String of Hearts” due to the shape of its leaves, which are heart-shaped and green in color.
A string of tears is a low-maintenance plant that is easy to care for. It prefers well-draining soil and should be watered sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between watering. It is important to avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot. A string of tears also prefers bright, indirect light and should be protected from direct sunlight, which can scorch its leaves.
String of Tears can be propagated through stem cuttings or by dividing the offsets, also known as “pups,” that form around the base of the plant. To propagate through stem cuttings, simply cut a stem from a healthy plant and allow it to callous over before planting it in well-draining soil. To propagate through offsets, carefully remove the offsets from the base of the plant and pot them on their own.
One common problem with String of Tears is the presence of pests, such as aphids and mealybugs. These can be treated with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water or with insecticidal soap. Overwatering can also be a problem, as it can lead to root rot. It is important to allow the soil