As camels have adapted to desert conditions and hold fats in their humps during drought to survive, so has this southern Africa native plant, Othonna capensis, better known as String of Rubies. His swollen leaves and stems store moisture and cope longer in dry conditions. Their plump leaves take the shape of a pickle, and you'll find them hugging the ground while their small bright golden daisy flowers look up at you.
Easy for beginners
Toxic if ingested
The bean-shaped l...
The bean-shaped leaves on this plant turn ruby-red when they're under stress which is how it achieved its common name!
Great For People Who…
Great for people who are on the go and need low maintenance plants
Great for people who love curvy unique green leaves
Great for people who like to hang their plants
Great for people who love to share plants with their friends
Great For Spaces That…
Great for space with a range of low to high indirect light
Great for spaces with bright indirect light
Great for spaces with shelving or with an upward climbing trellis
Great for spaces with tabletops and desks
Othonna capensis Care Guide
Place this plant in full sun (6-8 hours) to part shade (4-6 hours).
Water your plant with the bottom-up method when the soil reaches a 2-3 on the plant meter (dry). You'll avoid wetting the foliage, so the leaves do not yellow or get too damp. Place the grower pot in a saucer filled up to 25% on the side of the pot. Leave in the water for approximately 15 minutes. Check for complete absorption (The top of the soil will be moist). Lift out of the water and let drain several minutes before placing back into a cachepot.
This plant doesn't need much humidity but a misting to wash off the leaves once a month will help hydrate him.
Indoor temps between 65°-80°F are best for this plant.
This plant will bloom May through September.
Fertilize twice during the growing season in spring and in summer. Do not fertilize during fall and winter.
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, 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. Next, 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 rubies stems down the sides of the pot all the way around to hang correctly. 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. Use 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 branch will root and grow tendrils. Another option is to remove some of the leaves at the base of the stem. Then, 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you take care of a string of rubies?
Let your string of rubies dry out thoroughly between waterings. As with most succulents, the string of rubies is easily susceptible to root rot if overwatered and is considered drought-tolerant. Let the soil dry out and then water your string of rubies thoroughly, allowing any excess water to drain out of the pot.