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Dolphin Plants

4.4 out of 5 (71 experiences)

Dolphin Plants has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Dolphin Plants has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Dolphin Plants

The string of dolphins is a unique hybrid, and perhaps the most striking of the ‘string of’ plants. Their vines are studded with succulent leaves shaped suspiciously like Flipper. Like their relatives, the string of pearls, the dolphins evolved as an adaptation to store water in dry environments. Be sure this plant gets abundant sunlight or the dolphins may begin to unfurl and look more like a string of stingrays. 🐬

Taxonomy

Senecio 'Hippogriff'
Senecio
Asteraceae
Asterales

Also known as

String of Dolphins, String of Dolphins and Dolphin Plant

How to care for Dolphin Plants

💦 Water

How often to water your Dolphin Plants

Water needs for Dolphin Plants
0.5 cups
every 12

Dolphin Plants needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Dolphin Plants

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for String of Dolphins in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dolphin Plants: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Dolphin Plants may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Dolphin Plants in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Dolphin Plants

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Dolphin Plants: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Dolphin Plants after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Dolphin Plants is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing String of Dolphins →


💦 Water Needs

Dolphin Plants thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

String of Dolphins Water Frequency →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Dolphin Plants may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

String of Dolphins Light Requirements →

String of Dolphins Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Dolphin Plants is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


💨 Humidity

Dolphin Plants prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

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🪴 Soil

Dolphin Plants is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for String of Dolphins →

When and How to Successfully Repot String of Dolphins →


💩 Fertilizer

Dolphin Plants grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize String of Dolphins →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Dolphin Plants to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Dolphin Plants is native to Worldwide.


🌸 Flowers

Dolphin Plants produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

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⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Dolphin Plants has long, trailing foliage which makes them a great addition to a hanging planter. The newest growth will emerge from the tip of the stems.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Dolphin Plants can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.

String of Dolphins Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Dolphin Plants can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate String of Dolphins →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Dolphin Plants. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


Care Summary for Dolphin Plants

Dolphin Plants

Dolphin Plants


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Dolphin Plants has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 51
Dolphin Plants has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 32
Dolphin Plants has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 31
Dolphin Plants has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 8
Dolphin Plants has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 6
Dolphin Plants has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
Dolphin Plants has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Amanda avatar
@Amanda
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 4,073 XP
12/22/2021

Growing great! I’ve already reported and propagated 🥰

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@BJoyce avatar
@@BJoyce
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 10,343 XP
globe Orlando, FL
12/21/2021

Doesn’t love me. I can’t find a place in my apartment with enough light but not too much. West facing windows so maybe a different direction would help

Survivor Survivor
@Taytaybucks avatar
@@Taytaybucks
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 1,113 XP
globe Knoxville, TN
11/18/2021

It’s a part of the succulent family so it’s hardy and doesn’t need much water, but you can’t just forget about it like you can a regular succulent. It requires for you to monitor it but you don’t have to water it too often. Overall, it’s a fun plant to watch grow and it’s easy to propogate

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@honeyyvoiced avatar
@@honeyyvoiced
leaf-1 39 Plants
xp 9,284 XP
globe Des Plaines, IL
10/10/2021

Been wanting this plant for awhile and super glad I found it. Relatively healthy and doesn’t wilt easily

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@RJG avatar
@@RJG
leaf-1 137 Plants
xp 218,684 XP
globe Austin, TX
09/24/2021

we started out a little rough but now we’re thriving together!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Sophee avatar
@Sophee
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 100 XP
globe Indianapolis, IN
09/23/2021

Beautiful and easy plant

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@TinaC avatar
@@TinaC
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 400 XP
globe Oswego, IL
09/05/2021

Grows like crazy!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@Eleni avatar
@@Eleni
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 380 XP
globe Midlothian, TX
08/06/2021

Is a very touchy plant enjoys the heat of outside rather than artificial temperatures (like being inside)

Lisa avatar
@Lisa
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 75 XP
globe Jonesport, ME
08/04/2021

It’s my first succulent!

Lisa avatar
@Lisa
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 75 XP
globe Jonesport, ME
08/04/2021

It’s my first succulent!

@amyloudxn avatar
@@amyloudxn
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 3,018 XP
globe Chermside, Queensland
08/01/2021

I cannot crack this one! Had him in direct sun outside… purple, parched, burned. Had him in direct sunlight INSIDE… dolphins turned into paddles, rather than lush cascading hanging vertical vines I had a solo wirey horizontal vine reaching for the sun. They look great when thriving though! Mine just hates me 🥲.

Survivor Survivor
@Maria avatar
@@Maria
leaf-1 74 Plants
xp 5,697 XP
globe Highland, CA
07/27/2021

I don’t know what it wants. I live in the desert and it’s not happy.

Browns easily Browns easily
Kymberlena avatar
@Kymberlena
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 85 XP
globe Ceres, CA
07/10/2021

Of my plants, this one seems to be the most low maintenance…

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
@Megansjungle avatar
@@Megansjungle
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 638 XP
globe Arcola, TX
07/07/2021

Currently really struggling with both of my string of dolphins and my pearls. Think I’ve overwatered as the stems have shriveled but the dolphins/pearls were swelling. Fingers crossed that they can be salvaged! 🥲

Browns easily Browns easily
@adelle avatar
@@adelle
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 246 XP
06/30/2021

very cute little leaves. hard to take care of them the way i want (cleaning each individual leaf with neem oil) but otherwise VERY cute

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@Limzatt avatar
@@Limzatt
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 84 XP
06/30/2021

Great to share with friends!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@growwithme avatar
@@growwithme
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 3,022 XP
globe San Francisco, CA
06/30/2021

LOOK. IT IS LITERALLY DOLPHINS. PLANT DOLPHINS. DOLPHIN PLANT.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Plant parent avatar
@Plant parent
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 48 XP
globe Carson City, NV
06/19/2021

I love this plant!!! So pretty!!!

Fast grower Fast grower
@taylortttt avatar
@@taylortttt
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 1,346 XP
06/14/2021

if you live somewhere dry, senecios are going to be an aphid magnet. at least that’s been my experience with string of dolphins and pearls. they look so cool but aphids love them. they get two stars for looking cool but that’s it.

Pest magnet Pest magnet
@Evitamarina_ avatar
@@Evitamarina_
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 495 XP
06/13/2021

I love this plant so much it is so gorgeous and it is so easy to care for. This plant is definitely in my top 3

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor

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