Quantity: 10 stems
Tangled hearts plant is the most appealing hanging plant to grow in the balcony. They look like little hearts drooping from a pink vine. Tangled heart is green in color with visible purple lines across the leaves.
The botanical name of Tangled hearts is Plectranthus prostratus. Tangled heart is also called as Pillow plant or Swedish ivy. They are native to Africa. It is small succulent creeper plant that produce small beautiful flowers rarely.
Growing and Caring Tangled Heart Plant
The tangled heart is effortless to grow and care. They look cheerful with their vines reaching the floor. If you find the plant to be leggy ensure to trim or prune the ends intermittently.
Where to grow your Tangled Heart Plant
As the tangled heart plants have a shallow root system, they can be grown anywhere from large pots to cups and mugs.
Watering Conditions of Tangled Heart
They are succulent variety and have shallow roots. Water them three to four times a week.
Sprinkle or mist them with water once in a while, this would give a fresh look to the plant. Misting them also helps in removing the dust absorbed by the plant and avoid burning their leaves. Well-drained soil is preferred.
Potting mix for Pillow plant
These succulents grow well in normal soil or succulent soil mix. Avoid the usage of cocopeat in the soil. Cocopeat generally keeps the soil moist for a long time. And I wouldn’t advise adding cocopeat to qny succulent or cactus varieties.
Sunlight Conditions of Tangled Heart
Though they belong to the succulent variety, it is better to place them in indirect sunlight or shady places.
I observed that plants that are placed in direct sunlight for nearly 4 to 5 hours shows a purple hue beneath the leaves and on the veins of the plant.
Tangled heart which is placed under shade are plumper and lish green in colour. Tangles heart survives or does well in bright sunlight and indirect sunlight, the only difference being the appearance of the plant.
Propagating Tangled Heart
Propagating Tangled heart is as easy as growing a pursulane.
Take 3 to 4 cuttings of 4 to 5 inches.
Remove the bottom-most leaves and make sure there are at least two nodes.
Place the cuttings directly into the soil. Dig into the soil using your fingers or a stick to create a space to plant your cuttings. I generally use the back of a toothbrush to dig in a hole.
Rooting hormone is not required.
Water thoroughly and the cuttings will grow in a few days
When to prune your pillow plant?
The plant becomes leggy and starts losing all its leaves and only the stem remains. Do not get worried over this situation.
I face this problem every year, the plants leaf do wear off normally like any other plants and there is no reason to panic. Just trim your plant and propagate them to a new pot.
Alas, you just multiplied your plant.
I have over 10 to 12 containers only with pillow plant growing in them. And I am totally in love with these care free plants.
What went wrong with your pillow plant?
Yellowing, dropping, shedding of leaves is a common symptom of overwatering. Keep an eye on watering needs. These plants don’t mind even if you miss your watering schedule for a day or two. Pillow plants are very forgiving.
The lack of color might be due to direct sunlight. I have seen my plant receiving scorching sun has faded and the other part of the plant where it receives indirect sunlight remains green.
No major pest problems are known to attack this plant. Its always better to keep infected plants away from healthy plants.