Ceropegia woodii

The Ceropegia woodii plant, native to South and East Africa, is a beautiful, rare houseplant. It stands out with its thin, trailing vines and small, heart-shaped leaves in shades of pale green and silvery-white, growing to a maximum length of 2 metres. With its cascading vines, it’s the ideal display piece on bookcases, wall shelves, hanging baskets or even a terrarium – or, tell your houseplant-loving friend

Tips for nurturing your Ceropegia woodii


This perennial plant grows best in its native warm, damp climate in partial shade. To emulate this in your room, you should keep the plant out of direct sunlight. In most cases, this will be near a window that is not facing south.


The Ceropegia woodii like temperatures are between 15-26°C (59-78°F)

Soil Type and Drainage

You should pick a slightly acidic soil for the Ceropegia woodii; one that also offers good drainages. Water should flow through the holes in the bottom of the pot and not be held. To increase the drainage, you can choose a different compost or add perlite to the compost mix.


You should also ensure the air is not too dry, with a humidity range of 40-60% being ideal.


The Ceropegia woodii needs regular watering while avoiding the leaves becoming sodden, so aim for an even amount of moisture, but reduce this amount in the winter when growth is slower.


Plant food should also be applied sparingly, with a balanced liquid fertiliser every two weeks during the growing season being best.


This plant is not toxic, but it is important to keep it out of reach of pets and children.

Troubleshooting pests, diseases and common problems

As with most things in life, trouble may occur with your Ceropegia woodii. Whether it’s pests or diseases, here are the most common issues and tips on how to resolve them. Common Ceropegia woodii pests include mealybugs and aphids. To help prevent infestations, check the leaves regularly for signs of small white patches and get rid of them as soon as possible by removing with a damp cloth, or insecticidal soap. Rot disease is the most common problem, find out whether roots are too wet or the air is too humid, and take steps to rectify this.- Common Problems: Sometimes leaves become pale or yellow due to over or under-watering, or a lack of nutrients. In this case, removing any rotten roots and increasing/decreasing water as required and using a balanced liquid fertiliser every two weeks should do the trick.


Getting your Ceropegia woodii to propagate is incredibly easy! Simply cut the long tendrils off, allow them to dry for a couple of days then place in the soil so that the cut end is just below the surface of the soil. Keep moist and within a month you should have a new plant.

Final Thoughts

The Ceropegia woodii is such a captivating and eye-catching plant. It is endlessly endearing, with its unique leaves and trailing stems. If you can provide your plant with the right environment, sustenance and care, this rare and beautiful species blooms with splendour and grace. So, why not add a dash of rare and exotic to your home and brighten your day with the Ceropegia woodii mania!