Plant Care String of Pearls

String of Pearls

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

About String of Pearls

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


Curio rowleyanus

Also known as

Senecio rowleyanus and String of Tears

How to care for String of Pearls


How often to water your String of Pearls

Water needs for String of Pearls
0.5 cups
every 9

String of Pearls needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 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 String of Pearls

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for String of Pearls in your home

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

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

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

String of Pearls does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize String of Pearls

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

Difficulty Level

String of Pearls 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 Pearls

String of Pearls

String of Pearls

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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

String of Pearls has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 195
String of Pearls has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 133
String of Pearls has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 121
String of Pearls has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 21
String of Pearls has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 20
String of Pearls has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 16
String of Pearls has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 10
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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it's very picky

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leaf-1 9 Plants
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globe Miami, Florida

Beautiful hanging plant

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 0 Plants
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globe St. Catharines, Ontario

they unfortunately die very easily and are very picky in my experience

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leaf-1 76 Plants
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globe Solana Beach, California

Very slow growing. Very finicky about being dry or damp. Fun to look at but not if you’re looking for a plant that’s going to display a lot of personality.

Lauren avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Peoria, Illinois

Don’t overwater

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 25 Plants
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globe Milaca, Minnesota

They are easy to g

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 49 Plants
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Pearl is trailing 2-3 feet now even after a couple trims. Hanging in a NE window, she seems quite content to just keep growing. I find they need more water than you’d think, but Greg mostly sorts it out. Snip off a trailing piece and lay it on a small pot of well draining soil and you’ll have giftable babies in no time.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Mariekemom avatar
leaf-1 70 Plants
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This plant can be a bit finicky, but I’ve found it thrives on mild neglect and is happier outdoors than indoors unless it’s below 40 degrees Fahrenheit on a regular basis. (I found this out when it was dying and I put it outside as a last ditch effort - thinking it wouldn’t last cause I get a LOT of hot Sun in summer - and it started growing like wild).

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Zanesville, Ohio

In my personal experience, my string of pearls has been very easy to care for. She’s planted in a hanging pot hung by the window, and her growth has been steady since I got her 6+ months ago.

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
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This is an amazing plant that grows easy with the exact right care. But they are extremely finicky and aren’t that forgiving. They don’t like to be moved and can be a pain in the ass. They need extremely high light and the right conditions to thrive. Without that they may only last up to a year.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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leaf-1 71 Plants
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I love string of pearls although they can be temperamental sometimes. They do not like being repotted.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 63 Plants
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Don’t over water, lots of direct sun.

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 14 Plants
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globe Boston, Massachusetts

This is such an easy plant to grow and so fun to watch get bigger and longer strings. One of my favorite plants and I’ve been able to give each of my roommates a propagated baby from mine! A big hit with everybody!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Christine avatar
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globe Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

New to me but I’ll let you know.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 13 Plants
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globe Unincorporated, Iowa

It’s so pretty, easy to spritz, and not many plant owners have this cute little vine

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I've been obsessed with this plant and finally got my own. The nursery worker told me it shouldn't be repotted, but I'm glad I did. It was suffering in the nursery pot and receiving no water. Unfortunately, the soil is pretty compact right at the heart of the roots so fungus gnats love to hide there. Keeping it on a regular watering schedule is really great but be careful of overwatering! I'm really impressed at the plants growth speed. Living in the north had me concerned for the darker months, but it seems to be doing great without grow lights. I would still purchase grow lights for efficient nurturing. I personally have no interest in propagating, but it is a succulent. They're generally fairly easy.

Fast grower Fast grower
Pest magnet Pest magnet
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leaf-1 61 Plants
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globe Kings Park, New York

Such a cutie

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globe Denver, Colorado

Looks so cute!

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globe Seattle, Washington

We got this little guy about a month ago and he’s grown so much! It’s like every time I water it, it grows more! I can’t wait to get a little face pot for it once it gets a little bigger.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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globe Charlotte, North Carolina

Not actually difficult to care for. Thrives on neglect! Use toothpick to check soil when bone dry- water throughly and let dry in well ventilated area so the Pearls don’t sit in wet. Then should be good on water for a few weeks 😊

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

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