String of Dolphins
4.4 out of 5 (71 experiences)
About String of Dolphins
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. 🐬
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How to care for String of Dolphins
String of Dolphins 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.
String of Dolphins 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.
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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 Dolphins after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
What other plant parents say
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
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 🥲.