String of Pearls
4.4 out of 5 (340 experiences)
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! 🪟☀️
Also known as
Senecio rowleyanus and String of Tears
How to care for String of Pearls
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.
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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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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.
What other plant parents say
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.
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).
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.
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.