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How to take care of a String of Pearls

String of Pearls is a succulent that is native to southwest Africa. The leaves of this plant are fleshy and green, and the stem is thin and light green or white. This plant produces small, pearl-like flowers that are white or pink. String of Pearls is a popular plant because it is easy to care for and requires very little water. It's perfect for beginning plant owners!

If you are looking for an easy-to-care-for succulent, String of Pearls is a great option. This plant does well in warm climates and can be grown indoors or outdoors. The String of Pearls loves a drought, so it's the perfect plant for those that forget to water their plants all the time.

In this plant care guide, we're going to explore how to take care of your String of Pearls.
We'll cover topics like watering, sunlight, and fertilizing your plant. By the end of this guide, you'll know exactly what to do to take care of your String of Pearls!

These are all the topics we're going to look at together in this plant care guide:

  1. Sunlight for your String of Pearls
  2. Watering your String of Pearls
  3. The perfect soil for your String of Pearls
  4. Fertilizing your String of Pearls
  5. Propagating your String of Pearls
  6. Toxicity for your pets
  7. Flowers on your String of Pearls

Let's dive right in to explore everything there is to know about your String of Pearls to help it thrive in or around your house!

Sunlight for your String of Pearls

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Sunlight on string of pearls

Like many other succulents, your string of pearls loves the warm and intense sunlight! It's very happy to be in direct sunlight for several hours per day. So if you're wondering which spot is best for your plant, put it in the brightest spot in your house!

If you live in a place with not much sun, or if it's winter and the sun isn't as strong, you can still bring this plant home. Your string of pearls will do just fine in a bright room with indirect sunlight. It just won't grow as quickly as it would if it gets to enjoy bright sunlight all day.

In the winter, when the sunlight isn't as strong, you'll want to move your String of Pearls to the brightest spot in your house if it wasn't already there.

Watering your String of Pearls

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Your String of Pearls is a succulent, which means it thrives when it's dry most of the time. It loves the drought and prefers to be in dry soil for several weeks before you water it again.
If you want to grow your string of pearls outdoors and you live in a warm climate, you're in luck! The string of pearls loves dry and warm environments! If you live in a place with a lot of rain, but it's still warm, it's best to grow your String of Pearls in a pot so that you can control the watering. This could be under a roof or if that doesn't work, you can always bring it indoors.

Since the string of pearls is a succulent, the watering schedule is quite important. You want the plant to dry out completely before you water it again. On average, you should water your plant every 2-3 weeks, or when the soil is dry to the touch.

Watering your String of Pearls in the winter

In the winter, when your String of Pearls is dormant, you won't have to water your plant as often as you did in the spring and summer.
Once every month or two should be fine. When spring is coming up in a few weeks, you will want to hold back on watering your String of pearls, because this promotes extra growth when the spring starts.

The perfect soil for your String of Pearls

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String of pearls in Soil

You've already learned so much about taking care of your String of Pearls, so let's continue that with the best type of soil for your String of Pearls.

The string of pearls prefers well-draining soil, so it's important to choose a potting mix that will help with drainage. You can add some sand or gravel to your potting mix to help with drainage. If you're looking to get a pre-mixed bag from a garden center, you should look for a general succulent potting soil mix. This will contain a lot more sand than normal potting soil, which is perfect for draining the excess moisture to the bottom of the pot.

It's also important to choose a pot that has drainage holes in the bottom. If you don't have drainage holes in the bottom of your pot, your String of Pearls is likely to get root rot, which can kill the plant.

If you're interested to learn more about choosing a pot for a succulent, have a look at "How to pick the right pot for your succulent".

Fertilizing your String of Pearls

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Like many other plants, a String of pearls needs fertilizer to keep growing and stay healthy throughout the year.
However, you don't need to fertilize your string of pearls as often as other plants.

The best time to fertilize your string of pearls is in the spring and summer, when the plant is actively growing. You can use a general succulent fertilizer or a cactus fertilizer for this plant. Just be sure to dilute the fertilizer to half-strength before using it on your string of pearls. You should fertilize your String of Pearls once at the beginning of spring and once at the beginning of summer. This will boost the growth at the beginning of the growing season and help it sustain its energy throughout the summer.

You don't need to fertilize your string of pearls in the winter, because the plant is dormant during this time and doesn't need the extra nutrients.

If you'd like to learn more about the best type of fertilizer for your houseplants, have a look at "What is the best type of fertilizer for houseplants?".

Propagating your String of Pearls

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The best part about taking care of plants is when you can propagate your plants. You're getting free plants with just a little bit of work. The easiest plants to propagate are succulents, so you're in luck with your String of Pearls.

To propagate your string of pearls, you'll need to take a cutting from the plant. The best time to do this is in the spring or summer when the plant is actively growing. You'll want to choose a cutting that has at least 2-3 leaves/balls on it. Once you have your cutting, remove the bottom leaves so that you have a bare stem.

Next, you'll need to let the cutting callous over for a few days. This is when the plant starts to heal itself and form a protective layer over the cut. You can do this by placing the cutting in a dry, well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight.

After a few days, the cutting should be calloused over. At this point, you can plant the cutting in a potting mix designed for succulents. Be sure to water the soil lightly and allow it to dry out completely before watering again.

It can take a few weeks for your string of pearls cutting to start growing roots, so be patient. Once you see new growth, you'll know that the cutting has taken root and is on its way to becoming a new plant. You've now successfully propagated your String of Pearls!

Toxicity for your pets

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Like many other succulents, the String of Pearls is unfortunately toxic to your pets. Make sure to place the plant in a spot where your cats and dogs can't reach it.

The little leaves or balls are quite sensitive, so if you move your plant and some of the leaves fall off, make sure to keep your pets, but also small children, away from them. They're toxic when eaten and you'll have to contact your veterinarian or GP when you notice that your pets or children have eaten from this plant.

Flowers on your String of Pearls

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Flowers on a string of pearls

A String of Pearls plant can grow beautiful flowers. If you've read plant care guides about flowering plants before, you might have heard that it's important to prune the flowers. Some flowers are a sign of distress, like flowers on a Sansevieria.

The flowers on a String of Pearls have a different reason, and that's simply: reproduction. The flowers are usually pollinated by bees, but they can also self-pollinate. These flowers are "good" and you don't have to trim them when they start to grow.

Conclusion

In this plant care guide, we've looked at how you can take care of your String of Pearls.

We've looked at how to water your String of Pearls, the perfect sunlight exposure for your String of Pearls, the best soil for your String of Pearls, how to properly feed your String of Pearls, and whether your String of Pearls is toxic for your pets and kids.

To summarize, this is how you keep your String of Pearls the happiest:

  1. The best way to water a String of Pearls plant is to let the soil dry out between waterings
  2. String of Pearls plants need plenty of sunlight - place them in a spot where they will get at least six hours of direct sunlight each day
  3. Fertilize your String of Pearls plant with a diluted liquid fertilizer every 14 days in the spring and summer

That's it! You're now ready to take care of your String of Pearls like a pro!

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Thank you for reading this post! I hope it helps you to keep your plants healthy and beautiful! If you're looking for more guides on specific plants, you can always request a plant guide to get a guide for the plant you have trouble with.

Tags: drought-loving, sun-loving, beginner-friendly

Posted on: Aug 27, 2022 Last updated on: Aug 27, 2022

Other common names for this plant

  • Senecio rowleyanus
  • Curio rowleyanus

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Frequently asked questions

How do I water a String of Pearls plant?
Watering a String of Pearls plant is easy. Just give it enough water so the soil is moist, but not wet. You may also want to water it more frequently if the plant is in direct sunlight.
How often do I need to water a String of Pearls plant?
You should water a String of Pearls plant about once every 2-3 weeks. However, you may need to water it more frequently if the plant is in direct sunlight for many hours per day.
What type of soil should I use for a String of Pearls plant?
You can use any type of soil for a String of Pearls plant, but it's important to make sure the soil is well draining. The best type of soil for this plant contains potting soil, perlite, and sand.
How do I know if my String of Pearls plant needs water?
If the soil feels dry to the touch, then your String of Pearls plant needs water.
What should I do if my String of Pearls plant starts wilting?
If your String of Pearls plant starts wilting, it means it's not getting enough water. Water the plant immediately and make sure to give it enough water in the future.
Should I cut the flowers off my string of pearls?
The flowers on your string of pearls are there for reproduction reasons and this is why you don't have to trim them back. These flowers mean your plant is doing well!

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