The String of Pearls Plant, or Senecio rowleyanus, is a beautiful, vining succulent that originates in Africa. The leaves grow into small pearl-like spheres which allow the plant to store water in arid environments. These little round leaves give the plant its namesake. The String of Pearls plant seems to be a bit of a trend lately, but it can be temperamental to grow, especially for a first houseplant. However, with proper watering and light exposure, this whimsical plant can be very rewarding to have in your home.
Like all plants, getting the right water and sunlight combination is essential to keeping your String of Pearls Plant looking healthy and happy. Pay attention to the pearls themselves. Are they shriveling? This indicates the plant needs more water. It is important to note that overwatering the String of Pearls Plant will lead to root rot and kill the plant as well. Using cactus soil and having a well-draining pot are essential to the care of this succulent. Growth season for the String of Pearls Plant is during the spring and summer months. It will require more water while it grows. True to it’s succulent nature, the String of Pearls Plant should be watered less frequently in winter when the plant is in a dormant state.
Having appropriate lighting for your String of Pearls Plant is also critical to it’s survival. This plant is native to Africa and has adapted to arid climates. The round leaves help it to retain water, but they also limit the surface area on the plant, limiting its ability to absorb light for photosynthesis. Placing this plant in direct sunlight or very bright light for multiple hours a day is best, especially if you live somewhere temperate.
Once you have found the perfect bright spot in your home and have worked out a watering routine, the String of Pearls Plant will thrive and bring whimsy to your sanctuary.