Plant Care String of Pearls

String of Pearls

4.4 out of 5 (284 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! 🪟☀️


Curio rowleyanus

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 located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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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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 New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

57% Medium

Growing String of Pearls in New Orleans right now

Light needs for plant String of Pearls in New Orleans, Louisiana

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 4th, 2021

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

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

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Light needs for plant String of Pearls in New Orleans, Louisiana

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 17.8% ☀️

December 5th, 2021

New Orleans is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in New Orleans is expected to decrease by 17.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.2 megajoules of energy pe…

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Light needs for plant String of Pearls in New Orleans, Louisiana

Daylight will decrease by 0.6 hours 📉

December 5th, 2021

This month, New Orleans is getting an average of 9.1 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 6% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.1 total hours of da…

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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 🚫.

New Orleans, Louisiana currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.


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 New Orleans, Louisiana

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

November 30th, 2021

The growing potential in New Orleans is medium 👌.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot…

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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 your location in New Orleans, Louisiana, 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 156
String of Pearls has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 113
String of Pearls has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 103
String of Pearls has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 20
String of Pearls has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 18
String of Pearls has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 17
String of Pearls has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 10
String of Pearls has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 7
Christine avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 31 XP
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
xp 181 XP
globe Unincorporated, Iowa

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

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globe Kent, Washington

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 37 Plants
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globe East Northport, New York

Such a cutie

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globe Denver, Colorado

Looks so cute!

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leaf-1 8 Plants
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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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leaf-1 77 Plants
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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
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globe Altadena, California

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
leaf-1 5 Plants
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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
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globe Campbell, California

It died so quickly :(

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globe Barnegat Township, New Jersey

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

Survivor Survivor
Jadel avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
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This plant browns easily but it is good in general 🌿💚

Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 725 XP

Very pretty and easy to manage, attracts pests easily however

Fast grower Fast grower
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Survivor Survivor
Rdwag avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
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don’t even have to do anything really, doesn’t need watering often and can grow whole new plants from off cuts

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Fast grower Fast grower
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Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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globe Wilson, Texas

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PLANT, one of my favorites! There always seems to be new growth everyday and it just looks absolutely stunning. I keep it in its nursery pot and it seems to be doing well. 10/10 absolutely recommend!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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globe Reno, Nevada

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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leaf-1 25 Plants
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globe Hoppers Crossing, Victoria

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
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leaf-1 79 Plants
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So finicky it hates me

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globe Minnetonka, Minnesota

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

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