If you walk the desert of South West Africa, you'll find the String of Pearls rooting as a succulent groundcover. While they hang beautifully in a basket, they spread like a vine across the desert floor. They grow with minimal watering and will root wherever they touch. The shape of their leaves is an adaptation to their environment and a way to store water. Their minimal leaf surface reduces evaporation and water loss.
Easy for beginners
Toxic to pets if ingested.
Each pearl has a ...
Each pearl has a clear strip that acts as a light into the leaf to harness more energy for photosynthesis!
This Plant's Kindred Spirit is:
Proper, Classy, and Elegant
Great For Spaces That…
Great for spaces with high humidity environment or climate
Great for space with room for a grouping of plants
Great for spaces with medium indirect light
Great for spaces with shelving or with an upward climbing trellis
Senecio rowleyanus Care Guide
Filtered light or bright shade outdoors is best. Ideally bright morning sun is best; Bright indirect light indoors. The lower the light, the more straggly it will become.
Weekly watering is sufficient. Use filtered, bottled, or tap water sitting 24 hours to release the chemicals and water enough that the water discharges out of the drainage holes. Once the water is fully drained, replace it into the cache or decorative pot. This plant likes to be kept slightly moist during the growing season but cut back watering in the winter months. The stems are thin and can dry out quickly so don't let the soil get bone dry or the little pearls will shrivel up. Once established, this plant is drought tolerant outside.
It can tolerate low humidity.
Indoor temperature between 65-75°F. No drafts or fluctuations in temperature. You can force this plant into dormancy and keep in a room at 55-60°F to bloom better the following spring while overwintering.
Outdoors in filtered light or bright shade where nights are above 50°F. If growing in a pot, overwinter in colder regions below 50°F. Indoors, give them bright, indirect light.
Use cactus and succulent food concentrate and dilute as directed on the container.
Fast draining succulent or cactus potting mix is an excellent choice to use for this succulent. Choose a high enough pot or hanging basket so the plant's tendrils can hang over the pot or basket. Only enlarge the container by one pot size.
To prepare for the transfer and secure the tender tendrils, gently drape them onto the top of the soil. To avoid backfilling as much, work the soil up the container pot's side before placing the plant inside. If possible, to avoid breaking any tendrils, cut the grower pot down one side and gently pull the container apart to lift out the root system. Sit the root system into the new pot and add extra soil around the sides, leaving no air bubbles and pack down tightly. Gently unfold the string of pearls stems down the sides of the pot all the way around to hang properly. Water well and allow a month before fertilizing.
Trim stems on the side to promote growth. Begin trimming early in growth to get a fuller foliage on top. Us the stem cuttings in propagation.
In the spring and summer, clip off a string and separate into a single strand. Use succulent and cactus soil mix and dampen. Lay the whole stem in a circle on top of the soil and the stem will root and grow tendrils. Or, remove some of the pearls at the base of the stem, dip in rooting hormone and push down into the soil. Let them hang over and drape around the pot. Use several cuttings to start in your new planter.