Plant Care String of Dolphins

String of Dolphins

4.3 out of 5 (72 experiences)

String of Dolphins has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
String of Dolphins has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

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. 🐬

Taxonomy

Senecio peregrinus
Senecio
Asteraceae
Asterales

Also known as

Dolphin Plants

How to care for String of Dolphins

Water

How often to water your String of Dolphins

Water needs for String of Dolphins
0.5 cups
every 12

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 located in Louisville, Kentucky.

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 Dolphins

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for String of Dolphins in Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

33% Very Low

Growing String of Dolphins in Louisville right now

Light needs for plant String of Dolphins in Louisville, Kentucky

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 23rd, 2022

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

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

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Light needs for plant String of Dolphins in Louisville, Kentucky

Sunlight will increase by 27.5% ☀️

January 23rd, 2022

Louisville is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Louisville is expected to increase by 27.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 9.1 megajoules of energy per…

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Light needs for plant String of Dolphins in Louisville, Kentucky

Daylight will increase by 0.8 hours 📈

January 23rd, 2022

This month, Louisville is getting an average of 6.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 8.2% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.3 total hours of d…

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Finding light for String of Dolphins in your home

Light needs and placement for plant String of Dolphins: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Louisville, Kentucky ⛅.

Nutrients

How to fertilize String of Dolphins

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

FAQs
Difficulty Level

String of Dolphins 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 Dolphins

String of Dolphins

String of Dolphins


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

String of Dolphins has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 51
String of Dolphins has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 33
String of Dolphins has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 31
String of Dolphins has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 8
String of Dolphins has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 6
String of Dolphins has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
String of Dolphins has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
String of Dolphins has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 1
Amanda avatar
@Amanda
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 704 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 54 Plants
xp 6,984 XP
globe Orlando, Florida
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 5 Plants
xp 216 XP
globe Knoxville, Tennessee
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 43 Plants
xp 3,294 XP
globe Kenosha, Wisconsin
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 80 Plants
xp 19,925 XP
globe Austin, Texas
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, Indiana
09/23/2021

Beautiful and easy plant

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Tinac avatar
@Tinac
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 369 XP
globe Oswego, Illinois
09/05/2021

Grows like crazy!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Eleni avatar
@Eleni
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 296 XP
globe Midlothian, Texas
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, Maine
08/04/2021

It’s my first succulent!

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

It’s my first succulent!

Amyloudxn avatar
@Amyloudxn
leaf-1 63 Plants
xp 2,435 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, California
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, California
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 11 Plants
xp 363 XP
globe Pearland, Texas
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
Kikisbabies avatar
@Kikisbabies
leaf-1 73 Plants
xp 3,022 XP
globe San Francisco, California
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, Nevada
06/19/2021

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Taylortttt avatar
@Taylortttt
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 1,341 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
Tabitha_pettit avatar
@Tabitha_pettit
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 602 XP
globe Rapid City, South Dakota
06/13/2021

Once you can get it healthy it is quite easy to take care of, probably my most challenging plant though!

Survivor Survivor

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