String of Pearls: Senecio rowleyanus

Senecio rowleyanus most commonly know by the name string of pearls or the string of beads is a very popular plant among the succulent growing community. This plant is a perennial vine with bead/pearl shaped foliage attached to a string shaped stem and hence the name string of pearls or the string of beads. This plant is a succulent and so it exhibits the typical characteristics of succulents.

String of pearls is a well adoptive plant and can be grown in hot and cold climates, this plant needs a shallow pot and can grow to a height of 6 feet. Since this plant has a trailing or a cascading nature this is best suitable for hanging planters, this plant is a fast grower unlike most of the succulents and can fill the planter in no time. As discussed earlier that this plant is a succulent so it needs all the care that a succulent needs, string of pearls unlike other succulents have very this stem and even the bead shaped leaves are also not as fleshy as the other succulents. This plant needs less water and can grow in indirect sun light.

The String of Pearls plant has to be placed at a place where there is enough bright light but see to that the plant is not exposed to direct sun as the beads may get damaged because of the harsh sun . The pot can be placed on a window that faces south or north . The plant will do well if it receives 2-3 hours of direct sunlight in the morning or evening but will not like the hot Sun. This plant can also be grown in fluorescent lighting.

Soil Requirements:
As this plant comes under the succulents it needs soil with good drainage , which is why the use of sandy soil is suggested. You could also use a potting mix that is meant for succulents or the cactus plants. You could also mix potting soil and sand in the ratio of 3:1. Make sure that the soil is well-drained. For more details on the soil needs for this plant I recommend you to read our blog about the

soil needs for succulents.

Being a succulent plant, String of Pearls can retain moisture in its foliage. The plant is drought-tolerant, which is why occasional watering will suffice. Reduce the frequency during the winter. Water in such a way that the soil just remains damp or moist. Make sure that the pot has drainage holes. If the pot is placed on a drainage saucer, make sure that there isn’t any water remaining in the saucer. If the plant is watered frequently, the soil will become waterlogged, which will make the plant susceptible to root rot. Allow the soil to become totally dry before you water the plant.
For more details on the watering needs for this plant I recommend you to read our blog about.

How to water succulents

Apply a general-purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer once or twice a month during spring and summer. Make sure that you dilute it to half of the solution recommended on the label. There’s no need to apply the fertilizer during the fall and winter months. Generally this plant needs very little fertilizer, if over dose of fertilizer is done then the chances of loosing the plant is very high.

Stem tip cuttings can be used for the purpose of propagation. All you need to do is cut a healthy stem tip. The cutting should be at least 4 inches long. Place it in a moist potting mix. Make sure that the leaf nodes are covered with soil. The roots will quickly develop from the axils, which refers to the place where the leaves are attached to the stem.

Re-pot the plant when it becomes root bound, or if you feel that the plant has overgrown the pot, you can use the same soil that is advised by me previously for re-potting.

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