Plant Care String of Pearls
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String of Pearls

4.4 out of 5 (253 experiences)

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! 🪟☀️

Taxonomy

Curio rowleyanus
Curio
Asteraceae
Asterales

How to care for String of Pearls

Water

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 located in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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 Pearls in Fort Collins, Colorado

Fort Collins, Colorado

71% Medium

Growing String of Pearls in Fort Collins right now

Light needs for plant String of Pearls in Fort Collins, Colorado

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

October 14th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Fort Collins is currently 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 Pearls in Fort Collins, Colorado

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 34.6% ☀️

October 12th, 2021

Fort Collins is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Fort Collins is expected to decrease by 34.6% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.5 megajoules of energy …

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Light needs for plant String of Pearls in Fort Collins, Colorado

Daylight will decrease by 1.9 hours 📉

October 15th, 2021

This month, Fort Collins is getting an average of 10.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 15.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.3 total hours …

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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 🚫.

Fort Collins, Colorado currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.

Nutrients

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.

FAQs
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:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Fort Collins, Colorado, 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 135
String of Pearls has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 101
String of Pearls has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 93
String of Pearls has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 19
String of Pearls has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 15
String of Pearls has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 15
String of Pearls has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 8
String of Pearls has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 5
Keetnasmith avatar
@Keetnasmith
leaf-1 75 Plants
xp 2,274 XP
globe Reno, Nevada
09/23/2021

Great plant but can get leggy if it doesn’t have enough light! It’s better to underwater rather than overwater too if you are worried about watering!

Fast grower Fast grower
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@Icantwink
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 776 XP
globe Hoppers Crossing, Victoria
09/16/2021

It’s easy to grow but must be in sun! One of my other ones died because it wasn’t in direct sunlight. I also noticed that the beans either thrive or the just dye which leaves heaps of vines going brown and ugly easily.

Browns easily Browns easily
Zairav avatar
@Zairav
leaf-1 79 Plants
xp 1,753 XP
09/14/2021

So finicky it hates me

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@Jphillippe
leaf-1 39 Plants
xp 1,018 XP
globe Minnetonka, Minnesota
09/14/2021

She’s grown a lot in her short time here!

Laurenr02 avatar
@Laurenr02
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 101 XP
09/09/2021

It has suffered but comes back every time. It requires close monitoring but is very pleasing and appealing. String of Pearls are one of my favorite plants and look great on a floating self!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Lan avatar
@Lan
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 501 XP
globe Jacksonville, North Carolina
09/08/2021

Gorgeous

Survivor Survivor
Caroljo avatar
@Caroljo
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 224 XP
globe Chicago, Illinois
09/08/2021

Beautiful

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Alicia avatar
@Alicia
leaf-1 83 Plants
xp 2,550 XP
globe Langhorne, Pennsylvania
09/02/2021

It’s such a delicate plant, I’m always scared that I’m going to knock pearls off of it especially when repotting. It also got infested with little white aphids.

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Isha._.khopkar avatar
@Isha._.khopkar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 135 XP
globe Auckland
09/01/2021

Beautiful plant, in the right setting it will also flower! Very easy to grow

Fluffernutter avatar
@Fluffernutter
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 41 XP
globe Hollywood, Florida
08/23/2021

Likes windows sills

Survivor Survivor
Patrica avatar
@Patrica
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 86 XP
globe Ambler, Pennsylvania
08/22/2021

I was told it was easy to maintain. I bought in June and it was shipped from CA . I followed sun and watering directions to the tee and it now has one pearl left

Linztheplantmom avatar
@Linztheplantmom
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 136 XP
globe Kansas City, Missouri
08/22/2021

Very hard to keep happy and alive!!

Sherrylynn avatar
@Sherrylynn
leaf-1 101 Plants
xp 5,177 XP
globe Barrington, Nova Scotia
08/19/2021

Definitely one of my favs by far … I got her when she was 4 pearls on a string… over the last year she has grown like crazy… give them lots of light and do not over water … I have mine in a terracotta pot with a succulent mix and extra perlite ❤️

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Simonsays avatar
@Simonsays
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 57 XP
globe Virginia Beach, Virginia
08/18/2021

so pretty :)))

Survivor Survivor
Paula avatar
@Paula
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 826 XP
globe New York
08/16/2021

what a cutie amirite

Angelina avatar
@Angelina
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 745 XP
globe New Port Richey, Florida
08/15/2021

I am so confused about the string of pearls plant it’s been a disaster not a cheap plant each one I paid 30 dollars no luck after watering every 14 days with a syringe o make sure it doesn’t wet the pearls it’s still not a go with this plant I am not sure I hear different ways to take care of inside, outside it needs light it doesn’t need light I had 6 all ready it’s just not working no matter which way I do it
Please help
Thank you
Angelina

Gendronne avatar
@Gendronne
leaf-1 54 Plants
xp 1,496 XP
globe München, Bayern
08/14/2021

I mean, the string of pearls is amazing. I love it - but beware, they tend to attract problems 🪳

Fast grower Fast grower
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Survivor Survivor
Owenwist avatar
@Owenwist
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 684 XP
globe Deposit, New York
08/11/2021

Grows so fast and easy to take care of :)

Fast grower Fast grower
Chelle avatar
@Chelle
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 194 XP
08/08/2021

The easiest plant to start with. So, so forgiving.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
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@Elphickplanter
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 104 XP
globe Framfield, England
08/07/2021

be careful not to bump into it as the pearls can be delicate and fall off, i mist mine so that it gets water to the pearls beyond the pot a little more.

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

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