Ultimate Guide: How To Care For A String Of Pearls?

String of pearls is one of the most popular genera of succulents. These gems have small rounded and oval-shaped leaves, arranged in strings making them resemble a string of pearls. String of pearls plants will produce many offsets that can be separated from the mother plant, which then can be potted separately to form new plants.

String of Pearls is one of the most well-known succulents you can find out there. It is characterized by its pea-shaped leaves. Scientifically known as Senecio Rowleyanus, these plants help add a unique aesthetic value to your space. Their vines gracefully cascade down a planter, leaving behind a magnificent indoor look.  Apart from their ornamental value, they help purify the air in your home, and their sweet, cinnamon-like fragrance is quite irresistible. During summer, they bloom with tiny white flowers featuring attractive orange or pink stamens. They are resistant to drought and require less maintenance, which means they can flourish in any environment.  With all these qualities, String of Pearls makes for a perfect addition to your plant inventory.

So how do you care for your String of Pearls?  These plants require minimal maintenance and can survive harsh drought conditions. You can raise them in open spaces or indoors, as long as there is sufficient natural light. This succulent requires fast-draining soils with either neutral or moderately acidic pH. Be gentle when handling String of Pearls. This plant prefers to dry out completely before being watered again, contrary to popular belief.

This houseplant is suitable for homeowners trying out simple gardening projects that require little effort and investment. This article discusses some practical but straightforward methods to care for your Strings of Pearls on your property. Read through this essential guide to explore and discover more.

How to Propagate String of Pearls

Propagating your String of Pearls is pretty straightforward and something you’ll love doing in your free time. There are several propagation methods you can consider, including:

  • Inserting the cuttings in the soil
  • Laying the cuttings on moist soil
  • Dipping the cuttings in water
String of pearls water propagation.
Propagating your String of Pearls is pretty straightforward.

Before trying any of the three methods listed above, you must first understand how to make a proper stem cutting.

Making a Stem Cutting

Always consider working with healthier and mature stems. Mature stems have roots, making them easier to propagate. Use a sterilized knife or scissors to make cuttings that have several plump and green pearls. The longer the cuttings, the better, and making several of them is recommended for better outcomes. After accomplishing this, you’re ready for propagation.

Propagating by Inserting the Cuttings in Soil

To successfully execute this method, follow these steps:

  • Prepare an adequately drained soil mixture first. You can choose to mix succulent or cactus with perlite, which helps the soil achieve excellent draining.
  • Pick your cuttings and remove several pearls at the bottom for easier insertion in the soil mixture. Give them some time (at least a couple of weeks) after insertion for roots to grow.
  • When the roots start developing, allow a couple more weeks to realize newer growth on your cuttings.
  • Shield the sprouting plants from direct sunlight, which can harm their healthy development. Consider sheltered areas for your new plants to receive moderate lighting.
  • Keeping the soil moist is vital for your String of Pearls cuttings, and misting is necessary every time the soil loses moisture.
  • As soon as newer growth appears, stop misting and advance with watering.
  • Don’t propagate in inappropriate weather conditions since that can impact growth negatively.

Propagating by Laying Cuttings on the Soil

If you intend to achieve fuller growth, begin by placing your cuttings on top of the soil and allowing all sections to come in contact with the soil. That allows roots to develop from each section that’s in contact with the soil. Let the cuttings remain in contact with the soil for a couple of weeks until roots begin developing. Place some moderate weight on top of the cutting to allow roots to penetrate further into the soil.

This method also requires misting after a few days to promote hydration and growth. After noticing considerable root development, discontinue misting and advance with watering. It’s vital to constantly monitor temperature and humidity to ascertain the ideal watering frequency.

String of pearls in a pot.
The longer the cuttings, the better, and making several of them is recommended for better outcomes.

 Additionally, just like the previous method, avoid exposing your cuttings to direct sunlight, which might cause sunburn. If your pot is considerably larger, try out these two methods at once to save on time.

Propagating by Dipping the Cuttings in Water

In this technique, you can choose to use regular or distilled water. Just like the other two methods, root development occurs after two or three weeks. More growth will be experienced as time goes by, and after a month, you can transfer and plant your cuttings in moist soil. Once again, consider misting the new plant in its early growth stage and discontinue it for watering once it achieves more growth. Additionally, avoid direct sunlight that might impede its development.

Care Requirements and Considerations

Under ideal growing conditions, Strings of Pearls plants are pretty easy to care for and maintain. Unlike most plants you grow at home, String of Pearls may be a little demanding regarding their lighting requirements.

Lighting Requirements for Your String of Pearls

Lighting is essential for the proper growth of the String of Pearls. They’ll require bright light, but not necessarily for the entire day. They can do just fine with limited sunlight the whole day with just a few hours of direct sunlight. Surprisingly, more exposure to direct sunlight will help these plants thrive more and flourish rather than during their propagation phase. It will be prudent, thus, to place your String of Pearls on your windowsill or hung near places that receive more direct sunlight if you want to promote faster growth.

A string of pearl outside having indirect sunlight.
They’ll require bright light, but not necessarily for the entire day.

Ideal Soil for Your String of Pearls Plants

Soil is the primary source of nutrients and water for most plants. Choosing the right soil mix for your String of Pearls helps promote their overall plant health. You can select a well-draining succulent or cactus mix for your potting requirements. These soil mixes are different from standard soils because they allow quicker drainage thanks to the sand or perlite present.

Potted string of pearls.
Choosing the right soil mix for your String of Pearls helps promote their overall plant health.

The string of Pearls is a succulent and will flourish best with sufficient drainage. You can achieve this by creating a hole at the bottom of the planter. If your planter lacks a drainage hole, exercise extreme caution when watering your plants.

Watering Frequency

Like most succulents, String of Pearls doesn’t require frequent watering. Their thick leaves help retain water and might only require watering a couple of times every month. During dormant seasons like winter, consider reducing the watering frequency to once per month since there is no active growth.

Increasing the watering frequency can cause the plant’s roots to begin rotting. Therefore, consider watering again after all the water is dried out completely. But exercise caution since waiting for too long might cause the leaves to wilt and droop. You can, however, reverse this condition by watering the plant adequately, especially if it hasn’t been in this state for longer.

Temperature and Humidity Considerations

Humidity is not much of a concern for String of Pearls. They can flourish even in average humidity conditions. Additionally, they can withstand various room temperatures. The string of Pearls will flourish well between temperatures of 65-80°F in summer and 50-60°F in winter. Since they require less water, you can comfortably keep them outdoors during the hot months of the year. However, consider shaded areas when the heat reaches peak hours to prevent potential sunburn.

While they are tolerant to certain heat levels, String of Pearls loathe the cold. During the cold months, consider removing them from your outdoors once the temperature drops below 50°F. Failure to do this might cause their leaves to fall off, which isn’t a pretty sight to behold.

Like most succulents, the String of Pearls species loves drier conditions. Therefore, ensure minimum moisture and keep them off locations with higher humidity like your washrooms.

Fertilizing String of Pearls Plants

Fertilizing your String of Pearls plants is crucial to improve their overall health and speed of growth. Fertilizing is best done during their growing season, which is usually between spring and fall. A half-strength fertilizer applied once every month should be more than enough. Most importantly, adhere to all applicable instructions by the manufacturer to reap optimum benefits.

Common Pests and Diseases Affecting String of Pearls

The String of Pearls plant may experience rotting in the roots due to excessive watering. Consider trimming away the affected sections and transferring the plant to a different pot with fresh soil when you experience this problem. Also, avoid overwatering and only water when necessary.

A misted string of pearls.
The String of Pearls plant may experience rotting in the roots due to excessive watering.

Common pests affecting the String of Pearls plants include mealybugs and aphids. If the plant is affected by these pests, use isopropyl alcohol to spray them away. You can also prevent these problems by ensuring your plants have optimal access to sunlight and airflow.


A String of Pearls plant is a unique and beautiful succulent you should consider raising in your available space. It is pretty easy to propagate, and you can generate many more from just one cutting. Once fully grown, this plant requires little maintenance. It makes an excellent addition to your plant collection because of the aesthetic value it adds to your home. Hopefully, this ultimate guide will give you some insights into how to care for your String of Pearls plants and reap maximum benefits.

Last update on 2022-10-13 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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