String Of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)

by | Jul 29, 2022

String of Pearls

The String of Pearls is a succulent native to Africa and Asia. The plant’s diminutive, round leaves are likened to pearls because of their shape. Because it is easy to maintain and can tolerate low light levels, the String of Pearls is a popular option for indoor gardens. If you are looking for a unique addition to your home décor, the String of Pearls is an excellent choice.

String Of Pearls Care Tips & Growing Guide

String of Pearls

The string of pearls plant doesn’t need anything special in its environment. It will grow well in a season if it gets enough light and fertilizer. If you take good care of a single plant, it will live for about five years. However, you can keep it alive forever if you grow new plants from stem cuttings.

If you want this plant to stand out, grow it in a hanging basket with more than one stem. It can also be grown in a dish, where it can form a mat on the ground as it does in the wild. The string of pearls doesn’t have any big problems with disease and doesn’t need much care. It does, however, need a lot of light all year.

Water

The string of Pearls is very sensitive to getting too much water, so only give them as much as they need. The suggested frequency is once every two weeks. To keep your plant from getting too much water, make sure the soil is dry to the touch before giving it more water. Only water once a month during the winter.

Light

Indoor or outdoor in a location with at least 6 to 8 hours of bright, indirect sunshine per day is best for a string of pearl plants. You’ll need some shade if you’re going to grow this outside.

If you keep your String of Pearls indoors, put it near an east-facing window, where it will get a lot of bright natural light. If you live in a hot, desert-like place, keep the plant 5 to 10 inches away from the window to avoid getting sunburned. During the darker, cooler months, you might want to move them to a brighter spot or closer to a window to make sure they get enough light every day.

Humidity

The string of Pearls doesn’t need much water to grow. This succulent comes from a dry area, so dry air won’t hurt it. It can also be used in almost any normal domestic humidity setting (about 40 percent relative humidity).

Temperature

The string of Pearl succulents needs an indoor temperature of about 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit on average. Keep the plant at a temperature between 55 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter. Keep the leaves away from drafts, air conditioners, and open windows. Cold air can make the leaves fall. The String of pearls can’t handle the cold, so they need to be brought inside during the winter.

Feeding

In general, succulents don’t need much fertilizer, and Pearls Succulent can also die from too much fertilizer. During the spring and middle of summer, they can be fertilized every two to four weeks. Fall and winter are not times to use fertilizer. Also, the fertilizer must be watered down so it doesn’t kill the plant.

How To Repot A String Of Pearls

Step 1: Bring or fold the trailing stems gently up to the top center of the plant.

Step 2: If you grew your String of Pearls in a hanging basket, remove the hanger hooks and clasps before repotting the plant to protect the beads and make repotting simpler.

Step 3: Carefully flip the pot over so the plant can slide out with one hand on top of the plant. To loosen the soil, tap or squeeze the bottom of the pot. You could also try cutting and tearing the pot apart. Then, the fragile beads can be taken out of the pot without getting broken.

Create your succulent or cactus soil mixture in Step 4. Add perlite or coarse sand and pack it tightly around the sides of the new pot to improve drainage. Leave space in the middle for the String of Pearls.

Step 5: Carefully put your String of Pearls in the pot, and then add more soil around the plant to fill in any gaps.

Propagating String Of Pearls

The string of pearls is easy to spread because its roots are shallow and it is easy for them to make new roots. Use scraps for the simplest method. To start spreading the plant, lay a healthy cutting that is 3 to 4 inches long on the soil and lightly presses it down. Roots will grow from the cutting over time.

Consider removing some of the cutting leaves and placing them in the soil so that growth nodes are concealed and roots can develop. Water the dirt with this cutting’s water until the new plant develops roots and begins to grow.

Toxicity

Even though String of Pearls is a pretty plant, both people and animals can get sick from its sap. If a person eats any part of the plant, they can get a rash, itch, pain, inflammation, dermatitis, or severe skin irritation. They can also get mild stomach problems like nausea and vomiting. Animals can die if they eat any part of the plant, which can also make them sleepy, drool, itch, and have painful skin. This can be very upsetting for your pet.

Common Pests And Diseases

Many insects, including aphids, gnats, whiteflies, mites, mealybugs, and ants, enjoy the pearls. Insects often congregate around a sick plant. Poor drainage, high humidity, too many plants, and insufficient light can all reduce a string of pearl plants’ defenses.

You can prevent the plant from getting too wet by spraying it with a neem oil solution, moving it to a well-ventilated location, and checking for pests on a regular basis. Two natural methods of keeping bugs off your plants include neem oil and soap. Before you start using them, try these substitutes for synthetic pesticides.

Common Problems

If the leaves on your plant are drooping or falling off, it’s possible that you aren’t giving it enough or too much water. If the soil is wet but you’ve been watering the plant frequently, you’re either providing too much water or need to improve drainage. Water your succulent every 7 to 14 days. Before you water it ag

String of Pearls

FAQ

How Long Do String Of Pearls Live?

The string of pearl plants doesn’t live for very long. They only live between three and five years before they start to get weak and die. They are easy to grow from stem cuttings, which means the plant can live forever.

Can You Grow The String Of Pearls Plant Inside?

Yes, you can grow a string of pearls inside in a sunny window. This is a popular plant that people hang inside.

Is It Easy To Take Care Of A String Of Pearls Plant?

The string of pearl plants only needs to be watered once a week or twice a week.

Final Thoughts

The string of pearls plant is an excellent addition to any home. Its low maintenance requirements and attractive appearance make it a perfect choice for busy homeowners or those who want to add a touch of nature to their décor. If you’re looking for an easy-to-care-for indoor plant, the string of pearls is definitely worth considering.

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Shelbi Clifford

Shelbi Clifford

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