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Posted 3w ago by @SecurePinkruby

My pearls are falling off!!?? Help!
#StringOfPearls
3” pot
Last watered 3 weeks ago
Ooo those guys are awful! They will die if you look at them wrong! Maybe it needs a new pot? @sarahsalith
Thanks for the tag, @PlantyPlanter 😁.

Welcome to Greg, Jennifer! If you tap on #StringOfPearls, it'll take you to a community page of everyone's problems with SOP. πŸ€ͺ They are tough plants, in my opinion. The must dry out, but their roots really shallow, so you have to be careful.

They need lots of bright light, but they can sunburn or dry out quickly.

They are a tough crowd. NOT for the faint of heart, that's for sure.

Personally, I gave up on SOP and got plastic ones. (:

However, I wonder if yours are SOP. They don't look as round but they don't look like my string of tears either.

Let me do some looking around. Maybe if we get the right name for your plant, we can get the right care. οΏΌ
They honestly kind of look like string of tears, and I'm not sure if they're they same as SOP or not. I found with my SOP it had to be super close to the window and watered hardly ever to be happy
I'm not sure that is SOP, but likely requires similar care either way... I keep my SOP about a foot or two away from a west facing window that gets like 6+ hours of direct sun every day and only water it every three weeks or so when I notice the "windows"/"crescents" on the pearls closing up... I over watered it ONCE and it dropped pearls for weeks! I took it out of the pot and let the root ball dry out (left the soil in tact) and every day I'd be in there with tweezers removing all the rotten/squishy pearls I could find until it stopped dropping them... And I didn't water it at all either until it stopped dropping pearls. Hope that helps!
And btw, welcome to Greg!! (:
I love the Soup but I have given up for now lol I vowed to try it again some day.
Welcome to Greg! πŸ’šπŸ™‚ I agree with @WickedValkyrie - they look like string of tears but the care is very similar and same challenges @sarahsalith noted are the same.

Personally, I keep my SOB on a southern windowsill. When it gets over 80 degrees I make sure the window is closed but I open it up at night because they enjoy a breeze around them for air flow. Also, if the temperature raises above 80 they don't like direct sun.

I only bottom water my String of Pearls when they are in 100% dry soil from top to bottom... I use bottom watering because top watering them can lead to the pearls staying damp for too long and rotting.

I added pumice to top layer to ensure that the pearls stay dry and that really helped them thrive!
I will say it was kind of a challenge to add the pumice because they don't like being pushed around too much in the pot, they really prefer to do their thing and don't like to be moved around in the pot too much... for all these reasons they've gotten a reputation for being notoriously difficult to manage as a plant. Maybe saying nice things and singing to them helps lol! πŸ˜‚

Best of luck with your adorable little SOT's? ! πŸ’šπŸ™‚πŸ’™πŸŒ±

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