Overwatered string of hearts plant can result in different problems. The good news is that it is possible to save your overwatered string of heart.
Once you’ve identified that your plant is suffering from overwatering, then you can proceed to proffer the right solution. There are some signs you will notice when the plant has received too much water.
Overwatered string of hearts is one common issue different growers face when nurturing this plant. So, continue reading to gain some insight on troubleshooting overwatered string of hearts plants.
Overwatered String Of Hearts – Identifying The Issue
You need to determine or identify the issue your plant is facing. The signs will give you a hint if your string of heart is suffering from overwatering or not.
- Yellowing of Leaves: usually, the first sign you should notice when your string of hearts has been overwatered is the yellowing of leaves. This yellowing of leaves is due to iron deficiency in the plant and it’s a result of nutrients being washed away by too much water.
- Drooping and Wilting Leaves: another sign that can help identify if your string of heart plants is suffering from overwatering is when the leaves begin to wilt and droop. This is a result of the plant undergoing stress and trying to get rid of enough energy-draining elements possible. Usually, your plant may be dying at this point.
- Black or Brown Spots on The Leaves: when transpiration fails, brown or black spots are seen on the leaves.
- Edema: edema is caused by an oversaturated plant that burst from excess water.
- Root Rot and Smelling Plant: root rot is a common sign of overwatering and the plant may begin to bring up an offensive odor. As the leaves wilt, fungal growth can be seen on the soil before you find out the fungal growth has reached the root.
So, once you’ve established that your string of heart is suffering from overwatering, you can proceed to troubleshoot.
Overwatered String Of Heart Troubleshooting
Once you’ve identified your string of heart is suffering from too much water, you should cease watering immediately.
There are two main things you can do to help your plat. If the damage isn’t too much, you can repot the plant into new soil. However, if there is serious damage to the root, just propagate and produce new plants. So, let’s go through these two processes:
You need to repot your string of heart the right way to prevent further damage or even killing your plant. So, follow the steps below to do it right:
- Keep the Plant Out of Harsh Sun – You may think drying your plant under the hot sun can help your plant because your plant has excess water. However, we strongly advise you to refrain from doing so. This is because exposing the plant to direct excess sunshine can cause the plant more stress and may even cause the plant to die faster.
- Take Out the Plant From the Pot and Let it Dry – Next, try to gently loosen the plant from the soil. Ensure you cut off dead leaves, roots, and vines. Then let the plant get some air so it can dry out but don’t let it become too dry.
- Obtain the Appropriate Soil – If the old soil has turned moldy and is deficient in nutrients, then a change will be required.
- Select the Appropriate Pot Size – Ensure the pot you choose has adequate drainage holes for excess water to drain out.
- Repotting – So, once the plant must have dried, it’s time to repot it. Then water lightly or simply mist the plant just to saturate it.
Propagation is usually needed when the plant has had extensive damage. To propagate the plant of string of heart means taking cuttings from the plant and placing them in water or soil to grow fresh roots and leaves from the parent plant. Let’s look at two ways by which this propagation can be done:
- First, prepare an airy soil mix that is appropriate for your string of heart plants.
- Then cut off different vines with nodes that are healthy from the dying plant.
- Next, pot the cuttings into the soil. Should in case the cutting doesn’t have good support, you can provide extra support by sticking a few sticks into the soil where needed.
- Ensure all the leaves are above the soil so rotting can be avoided.
- Then you should water the plant. While watering, ensure you don’t overwater. To be on the safer side, you can simply mist the plant.
- After a couple of weeks (3 to 4 weeks), you should begin to notice new growth.
- So, at this point, it’s safe to transplant them into a new pot containing succulent mix.
- Again, take some healthy cuttings from the plant. The piece of cutting should have some roots and take out any leaves around the roots.
- Put some clean water into a glass and put the cuttings and the roots should be submerged. Then the rest of the plants should be left hanging freely outside the water.
- Position the setup in a spot where it can receive indirect sun.
- In about 3 to 4 weeks, you should see some growth whereby new roots and leaves will form
- Now you can repot in your succulent mix.
Overwatered string of hearts is a common problem faced by growers. But in most case, this situation can be remedied and we have outlined some good ways to go about troubleshooting this issue.
What does an overwatered string of hearts look like?
When the string of heart has been overwatered, the leaves begin to turn yellow or brown. Then the leaves begin to wilt and fall off and root rot can also be seen in this situation.
Why are my string of hearts shriveling?
Because string of heart has moisture stored up in their leaves, when the plant begins to dry out; the leaves start to shrivel and curl up as the plant makes use of the moisture reserves in the leaves.
How often should you water string of hearts?
String of heart should be watered once or twice weekly during summer and spring. Then water once every two weeks during fall and winter because this is the period where the plant falls into dormancy.
How do I know if my string of hearts is dying?
You can tell string of hearts is dying by looking at the signs shown. For instance, under hot temperatures, the plant can shrivel and fall off causing serious damage to the plant. Also, when exposed to very cold temperatures, the plant can die off.