String of Pearls Plant
Grown as an indoor plant in a pot or a hanging basket, the String of Pearls Plant is a succulent that is very popular for all the right reasons.
Its easy care, it looks good, its evergreen, and it will flower with small (rather insignificant) white fragrant flowers.
The common name comes from the small round green leaves the grow on long stems. A little like green pearls on a string.
The strings can get quite long under good conditions, up to 1 metres. The plant itself forms a tidy clump in a container and will send out multiple strings.
A faster growing variety ‘Angels Tears’ is also available.
Any good quality potting mix will do as long as its well drained. You will also need a position in good filtered light away from cold winds.
Watering is the key to keeping the plant healthy. You do need to let the growing medium dry between watering. Test the soil with your finger, if its damp, don’t water, if its on the dry side, water.
The only other care factor is pruning. The strings can get a little long, so you may need to trim them back. The strings will not send out side shoots, they will continue to grow longer.
In terms of pests, watch out for mealybugs, although they can be easily controlled.
How to grow String of Pearls
- This is a plant that is best grown in a hanging pot/basket or a tall container.
- Use a specialist succulent potting mix.
- Part fill the container to a depth that will allow you to plant your new ‘Sting of Pearls’ at the same depth it was when purchased.
- Place the plant in the container and backfill around.
- Water in with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
- Do not water again until the growing medium begins to dry.
- Use a little slow release fertiliser once a year in spring.
- Grow in good filtered light not direct sun.
- Prune to create branching and control size.
- Repot every second year
- Botanical Name – Senecio rowleyanus
- Common Name – String of Pearls Plant
- Position – Good filtered light.
- Soil – Humus rich and well drained
- Foliage – Founded leaves on long strings.
- Flowers – Small white fragrant flowers.
- Pruning – Prune back the strings to maintain a desired length
String of Pearls Plants are available for sale from the following participating nurseries
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