String of pearls
A plant with a distinctive and unusual appearance, string of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus), also known as string of beads, is bound to be a conversation piece. An indoor plant with small, bright green, beadlike leaves that appear on long, slender stems, string of pearls is usually planted in a hanging basket where it has space to cascade freely. String of pearls is often grown indoors, but it can also grow outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 to 12. String of pearls is a succulent, and like other succulent plants, it requires little maintenance to keep it happy and healthy.
Place string of pearls in a bright, sunny window, preferably a window facing west or south. If natural light is limited, place the plant 6 to 12 inches under a fluorescent light fixture. Leave the light on for 12 to 16 hours per day. Place outdoor plants in a location with bright, indirect light.
Water string of pearls thoroughly until water drips through the drainage hole in the basket or pot — usually no more than once per month. Discard water remaining in the drainage saucer if your pot is set on one, and never allow string of pearls to stand in water. Allow the potting mixture to dry completely before watering the plant again. In dry weather, outdoor baskets or pots may become dry more frequently. Monitor the soil of outdoor plants and water when it becomes dry.
Provide water sparingly during winter months. Give the plant just enough moisture to dampen the potting soil.
Fertilize string of pearls every two to four weeks during spring and summer. Use a general-purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer, but dilute the mixture to one-third to one-half the solution recommended on the container. Withhold fertilizer during the fall and winter months.
Place string of pearls plants in average room temperatures. Avoid drafty locations, air conditioners and open windows, because cold air may cause leaf drop. For string of pearls growing outdoors, move the plant indoors if there is any danger of frost.
Watch the plant for signs of insect damage, especially on outdoor plants. String of pearls are not usually susceptible to plant pests or diseases, but mealybugs and aphids may occasionally become a problem. Signs that these insects have made a home in your plant include yellowed leaves, premature leaf drop and sooty mold. Use a forceful spray of water or an insecticidal soap to remove these pests.
Out of stock