Plant Care String of Bananas

String of Bananas

4.5 out of 5 (79 experiences)

String of Bananas has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
String of Bananas has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

About String of Bananas

String of bananas evolved their signature shape as an adaptation to store water in dry environments. In place of leaves, cells in the green bananas perform photosynthesis to feed the plant. Translucent crescents act like windows to allow sunlight to reach cells on the inside of the banana and increase their ability to capture the sun! 🪟☀️

Taxonomy

Curio radicans
Curio
Asteraceae
Asterales

Also known as

Senecio radicans and String of Fishhooks

How to care for String of Bananas

Water

How often to water your String of Bananas

Water needs for String of Bananas
0.5 cups
every 9

String of Bananas needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Madison, Wisconsin.

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 String of Bananas

Water 0.5 cups every
9

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5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for String of Bananas in Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

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Growing String of Bananas in Madison right now

Light needs for plant String of Bananas in Madison, Wisconsin

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

November 29th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Madison is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in dete…

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Light needs for plant String of Bananas in Madison, Wisconsin

Sunlight will decrease by 33.9% ☀️

November 29th, 2022

Madison is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Madison is expected to decrease by 33.9% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 6.0 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant String of Bananas in Madison, Wisconsin

Daylight will decrease by 1.3 hours 📉

November 29th, 2022

This month, Madison is getting an average of 8.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 12.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.8 total hours of dayl…

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Finding light for String of Bananas in your home

Light needs and placement for plant String of Bananas: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

String of Bananas love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Madison, Wisconsin ⛅.

String of Bananas does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Nutrients

How to fertilize String of Bananas

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for String of Bananas: 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 String of Bananas after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot String of Bananas

Nutrient needs for plant String of Bananas in Madison, Wisconsin

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 25th, 2022

The growing potential in Madison is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to …

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

String of Bananas 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!


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Care Summary for String of Bananas

String of Bananas

String of Bananas


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

String of Bananas has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 51
String of Bananas has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 36
String of Bananas has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 27
String of Bananas has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 8
String of Bananas has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 6
String of Bananas has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Mirandaaplanet avatar
@Mirandaaplanet
leaf-1 120 Plants
xp 8,283 XP
04/03/2022

Give it lots of light and not too much water. It’s that easy!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Lovinglearning avatar
@Lovinglearning
leaf-1 38 Plants
xp 1,576 XP
globe Warwick, GA
03/28/2022

I love how easy this plant has been for me. And it is pretty too.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Youngplantdad avatar
@Youngplantdad
leaf-1 84 Plants
xp 7,754 XP
globe Washington, IL
01/14/2022

everything about this plant is great! although make sure you wait to water until the soil is completely dry due to this being a member of the succulent family. also provide enough light!!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Mia avatar
@Mia
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 64 XP
10/02/2021

🍌🍌🌱🌱

Survivor Survivor
Eleni avatar
@Eleni
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 380 XP
globe Midlothian, TX
08/26/2021

The sting of bananas Is by far one of my favorites!! I would highly recommend getting one if you’re unsure how to care for any succulents!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Sophiekotar44 avatar
@Sophiekotar44
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 69 XP
globe Lawrence, KS
08/24/2021

It needs at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day.

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@Jferluvsconifers
leaf-1 68 Plants
xp 10,347 XP
globe Greensboro, NC
08/15/2021

I got her as a tiny cutting but she throws off baby bananas very quickly and easily.

Fast grower Fast grower
Hazyportarica avatar
@Hazyportarica
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 752 XP
08/10/2021

Love this plant. It’s getting bigger every day!

Fast grower Fast grower
Theajohnson avatar
@Theajohnson
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 612 XP
globe Thornleigh, New South Wales
08/02/2021

very easy to propagate

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Silvia avatar
@Silvia
leaf-1 103 Plants
xp 3,724 XP
globe Albuquerque, NM
07/30/2021

It’s a succulent and is pretty hearty I have to watch myself I over water if I’m mot careful. It really looks like dolphins.

Jeannieh avatar
@Jeannieh
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 3,737 XP
globe Greeley, CO
07/28/2021

Don’t overwater!

Fast grower Fast grower
Gerg avatar
@Gerg
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 315 XP
globe Cheadle Hulme, England
07/28/2021

Great soft hard

Honeyyvoiced avatar
@Honeyyvoiced
leaf-1 46 Plants
xp 6,970 XP
globe Des Plaines, IL
07/22/2021

I’m new to this plant but I already love it so much. Very hardy

Fairyplant avatar
@Fairyplant
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 123 XP
globe East Palo Alto, CA
07/22/2021

I love this plant it’s makes me happy for some reason but it’s kinda dying needa save 🏃🏽‍♀️🙌🏼

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Angelina avatar
@Angelina
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 747 XP
globe New Port Richey, FL
07/13/2021

This plant is absolutely beautiful when I purchased it was a small plant it as grown so much and I was to cut some pieces off and I placed them 4 different hanging baskets and placed them hanging from my tree they just keep growing with little maintenance.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Angelina avatar
@Angelina
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 747 XP
globe New Port Richey, FL
07/13/2021

This plant is absolutely beautiful when I purchased it was a small plant it as grown so much and I was to cut some pieces off and I placed them 4 different hanging baskets and placed them hanging from my tree they just keep growing with little maintenance.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Noekylie avatar
@Noekylie
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 142 XP
globe Lexington, TX
07/06/2021

can go 2+ weeks without watering! don’t over estimate the water.

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Olivia20 avatar
@Olivia20
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 648 XP
globe Port Washington, NY
07/02/2021

bright sunlight is necessary, south or west window. after that you’ll see it grows quickly

Fast grower Fast grower
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@Lillththeecatus
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 520 XP
globe Auckland
07/02/2021

I love my string of bananas! Such a cute crawler to add!! They are so easy to look after, and taking cuttings to propagate and grow are super easy too. Totally recommend to new growers.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Danielndmills avatar
@Danielndmills
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 600 XP
globe Costessey, England
06/22/2021

Great plant, loves to grab anything around it and use it for support while hanging. We nearly lost him to mould but managed to pull through 💪

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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