Plant Care String of Pearls

String of Pearls

4.5 out of 5 (296 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 Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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

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 Pearls in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

23% Very Low

Growing String of Pearls in Minneapolis right now

Light needs for plant String of Pearls in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

January 24th, 2022

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

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

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Light needs for plant String of Pearls in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sunlight will increase by 40.3% ☀️

January 24th, 2022

Minneapolis is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Minneapolis is expected to increase by 40.3% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 7.2 megajoules of energy p…

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Light needs for plant String of Pearls in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Daylight will increase by 1.0 hours 📈

January 24th, 2022

This month, Minneapolis is getting an average of 6.0 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 11.6% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.8 total hours of …

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Minneapolis, Minnesota ⛅.

String of Pearls does not tolerate low-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.

When to repot String of Pearls

Nutrient needs for plant String of Pearls in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 25th, 2022

The growing potential in Minneapolis is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best…

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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 Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 165
String of Pearls has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 120
String of Pearls has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 108
String of Pearls has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 21
String of Pearls has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 19
String of Pearls has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 18
String of Pearls has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 13
String of Pearls has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 7
Grammy08 avatar
@Grammy08
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 480 XP
globe Milaca, Minnesota
01/25/2022

They are easy to g

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Youngplantdad avatar
@Youngplantdad
leaf-1 62 Plants
xp 1,731 XP
globe Washington, Illinois
01/14/2022

everything about this plant is great! although make sure you wait to water until the soil is completely dry due to this being a member of the succulent family. also provide enough light!!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Mariekemom avatar
@Mariekemom
leaf-1 72 Plants
xp 3,038 XP
01/04/2022

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
Durablecaladium avatar
@Durablecaladium
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 43 XP
globe Zanesville, Ohio
12/28/2021

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
Summerlily07 avatar
@Summerlily07
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 706 XP
12/27/2021

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
Gor4red avatar
@Gor4red
leaf-1 68 Plants
xp 4,165 XP
12/22/2021

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
Rwags avatar
@Rwags
leaf-1 54 Plants
xp 2,431 XP
12/12/2021

Don’t over water, lots of direct sun.

Fast grower Fast grower
Christine avatar
@Christine
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 51 XP
globe Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
12/01/2021

New to me but I’ll let you know.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Tayler avatar
@Tayler
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 181 XP
globe Unincorporated, Iowa
12/01/2021

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

Phanie avatar
@Phanie
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 509 XP
globe Kent, Washington
11/29/2021

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
Hypsie avatar
@Hypsie
leaf-1 53 Plants
xp 3,684 XP
globe East Northport, New York
11/26/2021

Such a cutie

Likuna avatar
@Likuna
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 80 XP
globe Denver, Colorado
11/20/2021

Looks so cute!

Sarahbklinger avatar
@Sarahbklinger
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 645 XP
globe Seattle, Washington
11/09/2021

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
Itsfabiii avatar
@Itsfabiii
leaf-1 122 Plants
xp 2,821 XP
11/09/2021

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
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Sequinsofevents avatar
@Sequinsofevents
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 72 XP
globe Altadena, California
11/06/2021

I have to remind myself to be extra gentle with Young P’s new growth. Don’t want any of those precious little pearls flying off!☺️

Fast grower Fast grower
Ivy avatar
@Ivy
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 108 XP
11/06/2021

Needs well draining sandy soil
Healthy peas that are getting enough water will have a shine to them
If peas get squishy plant needs more frequent watering
A good choice if you like variety in leaf type
Good hanging/trailing plant

Fast grower Fast grower
Pcalifornia avatar
@Pcalifornia
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 165 XP
globe Campbell, California
11/04/2021

It died so quickly :(

Carolyn avatar
@Carolyn
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 26 XP
globe Barnegat Township, New Jersey
10/31/2021

I just loved how different it was and anything that hangs is pretty to me.

Survivor Survivor
Jadel avatar
@Jadel
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 111 XP
10/30/2021

This plant browns easily but it is good in general 🌿💚

Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Mossybird avatar
@Mossybird
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 750 XP
10/28/2021

Very pretty and easy to manage, attracts pests easily however

Fast grower Fast grower
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Survivor Survivor

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