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How To Care For A String Of Pearls Plant

How To Care For A String Of Pearls Plant
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Do you have a string of pearls plant? Are you thinking about getting one? You should.
String of Pearls (Senecio Rowleyanus)The string of pearls plant is a succulent that is both beautiful and easy to care for.

In this blog post, we will tell you how to care for a string of pearls plant.

What Is A String Of Pearls Plant?

If you’re looking for a plant that will really light up your life, then you need a string of pearls plant!

Also known as Senecio rowleyanus, this beautiful succulent is native to Africa and earned its name thanks to its long, trailing stems and round, pearl-like leaves.

Curio rowleyanus, syn. Senecio rowleyanus, is a flowering plant in the daisy family Asteraceae. It is a creeping, perennial, succulent vine native to the drier parts of southwest Africa. In its natural environment its stems trail on the ground, rooting where they touch and forming dense mats. It often avoids direct sunlight by growing in the shade of other plants and rocks. It is commonly known as string-of-pearls or string-of-beads. Curio rowleyanus – Wikipedia

How To Care For A String Of Pearls Plant In A Nutshell

We will cover everything from watering to light requirements. Keep reading for more information!

• If you have a string of pearls plant, you should water it about once a week.

• Be sure to let the soil dry out in between watering. String of pearls plants do not like to be over-watered.

• Your plant will also need bright light, but not direct sunlight. An east-facing window is ideal. If you do not have access to natural light, you can use grow lights.

• When it comes to fertilizing your plant, less is more. You should only fertilize your string of pearls plant every few months using a balanced fertilizer. Be sure to follow the instructions on the fertilizer label.

• As your plant grows, you may need to repot it into a larger pot. Be sure to use a well-draining potting mix. 

Succulent String of Pearls (Senecio Rowleyanus) This is just a quick overview on caring for a string of pearl plants.

Read on for more detailed information on propagating string of pearls, growing conditions and more.

String of Pearls Succulent – The Ultimate Guide

If you have a string of pearls succulent or are thinking about getting one watch this video. It covers anything you want to know about how to care for a string of pearls plant but were afraid to ask.

String Of Pearls Plant Care The Nitty Gritty

Here is more information about caring for and growing your string of pearls plant.

String Of Pearls Lighting

While string of pearls plants are very easy to care for, they do have one specific requirement: bright light.

These plants need at least six hours of indirect bright light each day in order to stay healthy and thrive.

The morning sun is ok but avoid the bright afternoon sun. An east-facing window would be perfect for them.

If your string of pearls plant isn’t getting enough light, you may notice that its leaves start to lose their color and shape.

If your plant is getting too much direct sunlight the pearls will take on a reddish or purplish tinge.

If you think your plant isn’t getting enough light, try moving it to a brighter spot or adding a grow light.

How To Water String Of Pearls

String of pearls is a succulent so you don’t want to overwater it. That doesn’t mean don’t water it though.

Water every week or two when the top few inches of soil are dry. If you see the leaves start to get wrinkly that is a sign it needs water.

Water it thoroughly when you do water it and let the water run out the drain holes but don’t place the pot in standing water.

Senecio rowleyanus Humidity

This plant prefers lower humidity 50% or even lower. This plant grows in a dry climate where humidity probably is not a word it ever heard of. Household humidity should be just fine. 

String Of Pearls Temperature

The String of Pearls plant thrives in warm temperatures. The best range for it from spring through fall is 70 -80 degrees Fahrenheit

Winter temperatures can be slightly lower at 50-60 degrees. However, this plant is not frost hardy so don’t let temperatures drop below 50 degrees.

String Of Pearls Soil

This plant needs a fast-draining soil mix. Any cactus or succulent soil should work just fine for it.

String Of Pearls Fertilizer

This plant is not a heavy feeder but you can feed your string of pearls plants every two weeks during the growing season and every 4-6 weeks in winter.

Use any balanced liquid or water-soluble fertilizer or if you prefer there are specific cactus and succulent formulas on the market.

Use it at half strength and see how your plants react to it. You can always add more later but taking it back if you use too much is harder.

String Of Pearls Pot Size

You can use a 4-6 inch pot for your string of pearls. This plant is not deep-rooted so you can even grow it in more of a bowl.

This plant naturally grows as a mat naturally so the pot size can vary depending on how you decide to grow it.

You can let the branches hang down from your pot as a hanging basket or let them grow more naturally across a tabletop.

How To Propagate String Of Pearls

The string of pearls is extremely easy to propagate. You can take a cutting and lay it on the soil and it will root.

This plant only lives about 4 or 5 years so you will want to take cuttings to keep it growing.

You can take a 4 to 6-inch cutting and remove the bottom leaves so you have an inch or two of bare stem.

You can put it in moist soil to root in a new pot or put it directly into the pot it was growing in to make a bushier plant.

Pruning String Of Pearls

Since the string of pearls grows as a trailing vine the only pruning you really need to do is to control how long the vines are.

You will want to use the prunings to grow new vines because the plant is fairly short-lived. But by rooting cutting you can make it last forever.

Repotting String Of Pearls

These plants have small root systems so they don’t need to be repotted often.

You can repot them every 3-5 years to freshen up the soil or just start them over in a fresh pot from cuttings every few years.

Is String Of Pearls Toxic?

Yes, string of pearls is mildly toxic to pets and humans. It is always a good idea to keep any houseplant out of the reach of children or pets.

String of pearls or senecio rowleyanus is not always the easiest to find but is popular due to its unique appearance. If ingested, it can cause stomach upset–predominately vomiting–and lethargy. The nice thing about this plant is it works well as a hanging plant, making it easier to keep out of reach of our furry friends. https://www.aspca.org/news/are-succulents-safe-have-around-pets

How To Care For A String Of Pearls Plant Final Thoughts

String of pearls plants are relatively easy to care for and make a beautiful addition to any home.

With proper care, your plant will thrive for years to come! Thanks for taking the time to learn how to care for a string of pearls plant.