String of Pearls - Senecio rowleyanus
This much sought after String of Pearls, possibly the most delicate succulent plant there is. They have long spindly tendrils, lined with fleshy bead-like fronds. Its long vines look beautiful in higher positions or hanging containers.
The little beads which are actually leaves, look like pearls, hence the name!
Although beautiful, it can be a little fussy when it comes to caring. It likes its soil on the dryer side as it is very vulnerable to rot and it needs to be in a consistently warm, bright spot. In winter, when less light is available, reduce watering to an absolute minimum.
Growing pot size: 15cm plus hanging hook. We advise buying a larger decorative pot size as the lip of the hanging pot makes it slightly bigger
Overall plant height including growing pot: 20-25cm
Key Benefits — Reduce Stress and feel happier!!
The soil most plants grow in contain microbes that are also called ‘outdoorphins’, they work as natural antidepressant agents stimulating serotonin in our brains helping us feel happier!
Plant Care Tips: String of Pearls
- Place your String of Pearls in an area with 2 to 4 hours of direct sunlight per day. If you don’t have a suitable space they also thrive in fluorescent light throughout the day.
- As a succulent, the Senecio rowleyanus should be dry before giving it a good soak. A good sign that it needs water is when the beads start to flatten
- Warm temperatures in the spring (between 21 and 27ºC) and cooler temperatures in the winter (13 to 16ºC) are ideal.
- Succulents are not big fans of humidity, so if you are in a dryer zone, perfect! There’s no need to mist this one!
- Use a balanced liquid fertiliser every fortnight during the growing season and reduce feeding to once every 6 weeks in the colder months.
- Due to their fast-growing habit, it’s recommended to repot this plant every year during the spring, use a medium with drainage holes and regular well-draining potting soil. Sandy mixes are preferred.
- You can propagate it during the Spring and Summer by taking cuttings of about 4 to 10 cm and putting them in damp soil or direct in water. New roots will form where the beads are attached to the stem.
The String of Pearls Story
The scientific name Senecio means 'old man', referring to the fruits' hairy appearance, and Curio refers to the curiosity of many species' appearance across the genus.
Where is it from?
The string of pearls is a native of southwest Africa.
Who is the String of Pearls?
- In its native environments, the String of Pearls grows on the ground, not hanging. They can be found on rocks and shady ground forming dense mats.
- The ‘pearls’ work as water storage, especially important when these plants are grown in arid areas where hydration is rare.
- Also in their native habitats, they can develop little trumpet-shaped white flowers in the warmer months.
Good For You!
- Perspective: Trailing plants like the String of Pearls are perceptively alive, making you feel embedded in the greater ecosystem and giving you a sense of perspective
- Restore: This plant has a great ability to produce oxygen at night helping you have a restful night’s sleep. Its unique forms and shapes aid inspiration and mental capacity.
Is The String of Pearls The Right Plant For Me?
A wonderful plant that can be kept indoors and even out in the garden, they are sure to make a statement!
Its ease of care for and unusual looks are a great way of adding originality to your home decor!
Toxicity: Keep away from nibbly pets and curious children.
How tall does it grow? A fast-grower that can grow up to 3 feet long.
*Decorative pots sold separately
This charming plant with necklace-like looks will add character to your indoors! Get yours today!
Useful to know:
I am from Southwest Africa
I'm fast growing, and my tendrils could grow as long as 1m.
Keep me in a bright room but don't like me get much direct sun.
Water me well when soil is completely dry, but make sure I never sit in water. Ideally water at the bottom of the pot instead of the top of the soil.
Keep me above 13°C and keep me away from draughts and open windows. I will droop and loose pearls if it gets chilly.
Feed me once per month during growing season.
Prune any straggly ends to keep me healthy.
To encourage growth, repot me every year or two into a slightly larger pot.
Keep away from children and animals.
Although I am supremely delicate, I am actually a succulent.