String Of Pearls

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  • Easy-Care Trailing Succulent
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light)
  • Below Average Watering Needs
  • Fast-Draining Cactus Potting Soil
  • Mature Height 2 Feet

String of Pearls is an interesting hanging succulent that grows as a ground cover in its native region in Africa. The juicy round leaves resemble pearls growing on a string and are exceptionally easy to propagate. This plant looks best when it is grown in a hanging pot where the long stems can be left to drape and grow downward. 

Best Locations For Growing String of Pearls

Hang baskets of String of Pearls in a room with higher humidity, such as a kitchen or bathroom. If the lighting is too low, a grow light can be used successfully. Moving String of Pearls outdoors for the summer is another great way to give the plant all the heat and humidity needed during active growth. Place the container in a semi-shaded or bright-shade location outdoors. All parts of Senecio rowleyanus are toxic and must be kept away from pets and children.

String of Pearls Sunlight Requirements

String of Pearls will tolerate the brightest light that you have indoors. Hang them in a south-facing window to get the best growth. Placing this succulent in light levels that are too low will make leaf growth sparse and thin.

String of Pearls Care

Adequate drainage is essential for keeping succulent roots from rotting. Commercial succulent and cacti potting soil works great, although the homemade version is easy to make. Mix 1 part indoor potting soil with 1 part perlite and 1 part sharp sand. Ensure that the container you use has excellent drainage holes and does not sit in a saucer of standing water for more than 10 minutes after watering.

Watering String of Pearls

Succulents are very drought tolerant and can go for weeks in between waterings. Let the soil dry out, so that the roots have adequate air circulation. Watering once every 7-10 days during active growth in the summer is typical. Water until the liquid just starts to come out of the drainage holes. String of Pearls slows growth in the winter and can go 2-3 weeks between watering, depending on the room's humidity level. A quick spritz of water every 2-3 days will provide higher humidity levels without causing the fleshy leaves to rot.

Feeding String of Pearls

Liquid houseplant fertilizer can be applied during the summer at every other watering. Look for formulations that are made specifically for succulents and cacti. These plant foods will have more P and K (Phosphorous and Potassium) to support healthy root and cell growth.

String Of Pearls Information

Light Exposure: Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Below Average - Let the soil dry completely, then, water deeply.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: High
Habit: Trailing
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 2 feet
Mature Spread: 8-10 inches
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Green
Temperature: 50° - 60°F (10° - 16°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: String Of Pearls
Other Name(s): String Of Pearls
Scientific Name: Senecio rowleyanus
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Summer Shipping

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