Ultimate Guide: How to Care for String Of Bananas?

String of bananas is a common houseplant, alright, but what does it take to achieve success in its growth. The secret to obtaining strong and healthy vines for this unique succulent lies in understanding its best growth practices.
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
String of bananas plant

A string of bananas is a wonder plant that any succulent enthusiast would love to have in their indoor garden. Its name may be contradictory, and you may be tempted to think it has something to do with the popular banana fruit. Far from it, this is a succulent vine plant that derives the name from its banana-shaped leaves.

This is an easy-to-care-for houseplant native to South Africa. It’s a perfect option for someone who doesn’t have a green thumb and needs something to decorate their space with minimal effort. The string of bananas will help you create a tropical vibe and give your home a much-desired ambiance.

So, how do you care for a string of bananas? A string of bananas thrives best when potted in hanging baskets. Use porous well-draining soil and ensure it gets bright but indirect light. As a succulent adapted for the warm weather, a string of bananas can comfortably handle temperatures of up to 110 degrees. Its unique growth pattern includes trailing vines, and thus, using strong to support the vines helps it thrive and extend even more.

Are you looking to grow a string of bananas but not sure where to start? This ultimate guide will help you care for a string of bananas in the best possible ways. It takes you through its growth circle and offers great insights on how to take care of it and keep this succulent vine healthy and growing strong.

Propagating String of Bananas

You can easily propagate string of bananas through its cuttings. The vines are sturdy enough to support themselves. Follow these steps when propagating string of bananas:

Cutting the vine – Cut a healthy stem from the main plant. The cutting should have at least three or four leaves on it and include some of the roots as well.

Potting medium – Use any moist potting mix to start with, such as cactus/succulent soil mix or perlite-based seedling mixes (preferred). Add 50% of perlite or pumice to your potting mix.

You should use moist soil mix when propagating the String of Bananas.

Rooting the cutting – Take a clean plastic container and fill it with enough water until about an inch of water remains at the top. Dip in half-inch deep rooting hormone powder (optional) and tap off excess on the side of the container.

Place string of bananas cutting in the water and gently push down until it’s halfway submerged. Place a container on a tray or saucer to collect runoff during watering and cover with clear plastic wrap (cling film).

Let the cuttings sit undisturbed for about two weeks before removing from water; this allows enough time for roots to form at least an inch long.

You can plant the cuttings in individual pots filled with moistened potting mix. Make sure to cover all exposed roots and keep them warm during this period.

Water Requirements

String of bananas may be succulents, but they still need enough water to avoid getting stressed. Watering frequency varies depending on how much sunlight it gets and the temperature of your room.

During spring/summer: water every two weeks when soil is dried up to your first knuckle. You can tell if a string of bananas needs water by checking for moistness in the potting medium.

During winter: water once a month when soil is dried up to your first knuckle and keep it warm (75 degrees). Temperatures below 55 degrees can cause root rot, so avoid this at all costs.

You should water the String of Bananas every two weeks in summer and once a month in winter.

Light Requirements

String of bananas thrives in bright but indirect light. Place it near east or west-facing windows to receive ample sunlight during the morning and stay out of the direct sun all day long. It can tolerate some full afternoon sun if it gets adequate water to prevent wilting. However, too much sunlight may burn the leaves.

Ensure there is enough ventilation in your room to prevent string of bananas from getting too hot. Keep it away from heat sources such as radiators and vents or fireplaces that can dry out the air around them.

The String of Bananas requires indirect sunlight as too much direct sunlight may burn its leaves.

Temperature and Humidity

String of bananas can tolerate light frost, but it’s best to keep in temperatures above 64 degrees Fahrenheit. String of bananas thrives in high humidity, so increase the ambient room temperature by grouping together with other plants or place a humidifier nearby for optimum growth. This will help prevent dry air conditions, which may cause leaves to turn yellow.

Potting and Repotting String of Bananas

String of bananas does best when potted in hanging baskets. Use porous well-draining soil and ensure it gets bright but indirect light. As a succulent adapted for the warm weather, string of bananas can comfortably handle temperatures of up to 110 degrees. Its unique structure makes it easy to identify when watered and provides a fun display.

The pots should be large enough to accommodate the string of bananas roots. Ensure there is adequate space so that water doesn’t collect at the bottom and rot the roots. For hanging baskets, be sure to use sturdy hangers that can hold the weight of string of bananas without tipping over.

Hanging baskets are the perfect choice when it comes to potting the String of Bananas.

Common Pests/Diseases

Even with proper care, pests and diseases may attack your string of bananas plant. Treating it early is key so as not to compromise its overall health. Here are some common problems you may encounter and how to treat them.

Pests

Thrips – These are tiny insects noticeable by the damage they inflict on leaves, causing yellow spots, scarring, or stippling (irregular white patterns). Apply an insecticide containing neem oil when thrips appear in large numbers. Keep it out of reach of children and pets. You can also apply Diatomaceous earth to the soil every few weeks, which will help control thrips among other insects such as spider mites and mealybugs.

Mealybugs – These are tiny white bugs that feed on plant sap, causing leaves to turn yellow or appear dry and dusty, eventually leading to leaf drop. To treat for mealybugs, uses a cotton swab dipped in alcohol or apply an insecticide containing neem oil directly onto the affected plant parts.

Mites – These are spider-like pests that appear as tiny dots on leaves and stems but do not cause any noticeable damage until they have multiplied significantly; at this point, you will notice areas of leaf yellowing and dropping as well as webbing on the leaves. To treat for mites, apply an insecticide containing neem oil directly to affected plant parts every seven days until pests disappear.

Diseases

Powdery mildews – These are fungal diseases that appear as a white powdery-like growth on leaves and stems and the soil. While powdery mildews are not usually fatal, they do weaken plant defenses, so you will need to treat them immediately before they spread or cause further damage. To treat powdery mildew, apply a fungicide containing myclobutanil directly onto affected areas of the plant every seven days until the mildew disappears.

Downy/Verticillium wilt – These are fungal diseases that cause the leaves to droop and become water-soaked. It also causes yellowing on one side of the leaf and eventually dies off entirely. To treat for downy or verticillium wilt, remove affected leaves as soon as you see the symptoms. You can then apply a fungicide containing myclobutanil directly onto affected areas of the plant.

Other Common Issues with String of Bananas

Root rot – This is common when plant roots are constantly wet, typically due to a lack of drainage in the soil. To treat for root rot, ensure your string of bananas has proper drainage and that you aren’t overwatering it or grouping together with other plants, which will add more humidity into the air.

A lack of leaves on the soil’s top – this is typically the result of overwatering or insufficient light that causes root rot, leading to an overall unhealthy plant. To treat for lack of leaves on top, water string of bananas less frequently and make sure it has adequate drainage in its pot while providing bright but indirect sunlight

Reddened leaves – This is often a result of cold drafts, low humidity, or insufficient light. To treat for reddened leaves, make sure the string of bananas is in an area with bright but indirect sunlight and keep it away from drafts. Also, ensure there’s plenty of humidity by misting the plant regularly

Failed vine cuttings – A lack of water typically causes this after planting. You can prevent it by making sure vines are well-watered after planting until they have started to take root.

Pruning & Maintenance

String of bananas plants needs pruning every few months for it to maintain its beautiful shape and lush foliage. Pruning also encourages new growth along with more flowers. It’s best to prune when the plant is young to encourage it to grow into a manageable size that fits in your home or outdoors.

The best way to prune string of bananas is to remove dead leaves and stems growing inward towards the center. This will promote growth along its outer edges where you can see new foliage emerging from.

String of Bananas Toxicity

String of Bananas is closely related to Senecio rowleyanus (String of Pearls), known to be mildly toxic to humans and animals. It is safe to use as a house plant but should be kept out of reach from pets and children because it can cause some skin irritation upon contact. In case of ingestion, contact the Poison Control Center immediately.

This easy-to-grow houseplant requires minimal effort, making it a great choice for anyone who likes low-maintenance plants in their homes or offices. Hanging string of bananas plants is great for indoors or outdoors in areas that receive at least six hours of sunlight per day.

Share on email
Share on print
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest

read this next

Cactus soil and succulent soil, surprisingly enough, are not the same thing.  While the two soils look similar and may be fine to use for individual plants in your collection, you will want to make sure that you understand how each kind of soil differs from the other before you plant anything in it.
Succulents are air-purifying and low-maintenance plants. They are also available in a variety of unlikely colors and textures, making them ideal for almost any decorating style. Take a look at some of the most unusual succulents to give your home an extra special touch.
Whether you’re a serious cactus collector or you keep them in your office, chances are you need to know how to care for cactus plants. Cactus plants do better when they are carefully taken care of and kept in the right environment. However, cactus plants have certain signs of being sick that need to be seen and treated as soon as possible.
Succulents are some of the easiest plants to grow in the world. Succulent seeds can take anywhere from 10 to 40 days to germinate depending upon how warm they are kept and what type of seed they are. Let’s learn how to start succulents from seed right now!
Cactus fruits are edible and safe. Scientific research has proved that consuming cactus fruits offer a wide range of health benefits to the body. They can prevent lipid oxidation, lower the blood sugar level, and speed up the wound healing process
Proper watering is a tricky skill that you can only learn through practice. However, with time, you will start learning about the water requirements of your plant, and you will be able to tell if you are overwatering it
If you’re a novice or a pro at growing snake plants, you’ll find one from this collection to suit your needs. Why is everyone talking about these snake plants? Because they are virtually indestructible, easy to maintain and the best at filtering formaldehyde.
Although growing cacti plants can be challenging, using the right soil makes the work a little bit easier. Good potting soil that is well-drained and nutrient-rich will make your plants thrive and look healthy
If you love cacti, but do not have the most optimal environment, there is no need to feel defeated! Cacti as a group share core characteristics, but individually, each has unique care needs. Your responsibility is to make the most of the environment for your plant by allowing what light you can
Generally, rooting Christmas cactus cuttings in water is relatively easy. The key to success is knowing where and how to find healthy and mature cuttings and being patient with the process. Also, it takes a lot of practice to start rooting your cuttings successfully
The notion that cacti plants require little to no water to survive has caused the death of many plants due to dehydration. Although these plants are drought-resistant, it is good to keep in mind that they can easily die if you don’t provide them with sufficient water.
Rooting and planting a piece of your cactus plant is a technique for propagating it. You need to carefully take a cutting, allow it to try, and root it into a proper-sized pot with suitable soil. To keep your cacti healthy, never overwater them
Desert plants have adapted their roots, stems, and leaves to store more water and decrease its loss. The ability to stay hydrated helps desert plants grow healthy in extremely hot or cold environments. Still, there are several threats for desert and Antarctica’s plants, including erosion, global warming, and human involvement.

Receive the latest news

Get Our Cacti Newsletter

Stay updated with the latest facts, tips, advice, and more!

Your privacy is important to us.