Plant Care String of Pearls

String of Pearls

4.4 out of 5 (258 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! 🪟☀️


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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 Westerville, Ohio.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

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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 Westerville, Ohio

Westerville, Ohio

64% Medium

Growing String of Pearls in Westerville right now

Light needs for plant String of Pearls in Westerville, Ohio

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

October 19th, 2021

Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Westerville is currently medium 👌.

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 Westerville, Ohio

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 35.4% ☀️

October 19th, 2021

Westerville is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Westerville is expected to decrease by 35.4% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 9.2 megajoules of energy per…

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Light needs for plant String of Pearls in Westerville, Ohio

Daylight will decrease by 1.8 hours 📉

October 21st, 2021

This month, Westerville is getting an average of 9.6 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 15.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.1 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 maximize the potential for growth.

String of Pearls does not tolerate low light 🚫.

Westerville, Ohio 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.

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 Westerville, Ohio, 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 139
String of Pearls has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 100
String of Pearls has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 94
String of Pearls has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 19
String of Pearls has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 16
String of Pearls has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 16
String of Pearls has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 9
String of Pearls has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 5
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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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leaf-1 18 Plants
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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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leaf-1 75 Plants
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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 23 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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leaf-1 5 Plants
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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
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leaf-1 31 Plants
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globe Jacksonville, North Carolina


Survivor Survivor
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globe Chicago, Illinois


Pet friendly Pet friendly
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globe Langhorne, Pennsylvania

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
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globe Auckland

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

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globe Hollywood, Florida

Likes windows sills

Survivor Survivor
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globe Ambler, Pennsylvania

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

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globe Kansas City, Missouri

Very hard to keep happy and alive!!

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globe Barrington, Nova Scotia

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
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globe Virginia Beach, Virginia

so pretty :)))

Survivor Survivor
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globe New York

what a cutie amirite

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globe New Port Richey, Florida

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

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globe München, Bayern

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

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