The String of Pearls, also called the Curio Rowleyanus, is a novel trailing succulent. If I had been to call one plant that has my coronary heart, it could be this one. I believe it’s the most stunning houseplant!
The plant originates from the southern tip of Africa, and its uniqueness makes this plant a favourite for plant dad and mom. String of Pearls is a creeping succulent that has inexperienced balls for leaves (they appear to be peas)!
On this publish, I’m going to share some tips about caring for a string of pearls. I will even share another species of this plant household on the finish of the publish.
Once you get a string of pearls from a backyard retailer, what’s subsequent? You’ll need some well-draining succulent soil combine, which you should purchase at most backyard facilities. It has a mixture of soil and sand.
The sand helps support in soil aeration and lets the water circulate extra freely by way of the soil. I additionally prefer to put some further perlite in my succulent soil.
Perlite is present in nature and is definitely fashioned by volcanic eruptions. Perlite is nice for serving to your soil drain the water out quicker, as effectively.
For pots, get one that’s about the identical dimension (positively not smaller) or a tiny bit greater than the plastic pot that it got here in (it would possible are available in a plastic hanging basket). I like to make use of a terracotta pot or an earthenware pot.
A very powerful facet when selecting a pot is that it should have a drainage gap so the water has a approach of escaping. If the water can not escape the pot, then there’s a good likelihood the plant might die as a result of being waterlogged.
Subsequent, combine up your soil with a few scoops of perlite and have it able to go. Take your pot and put a bit soil within the backside.
Subsequent, rigorously take away your string of pearls from the pot by gently putting your hand on prime of the plant, barely wiggle the pot till the plant pops out.
You would possibly lose just a few pearls (leaves) on this course of, however that’s OK! Place your plant within the pot and ensure the plant sits about even with the pot’s rim. I put the roots about 1 centimeter below the rim and the pearls are all on prime of the rim.
Don’t let the plant lay decrease than the pot’s rim as a result of water can pool on prime of the leaves.
The plant likes to drink up mild and path over the sting of the pot. After getting the crown of the plant positioned accurately, take the additional dust and backfill across the plant. I like utilizing a chopstick to push down the dust across the plant.
When you’re executed backfilling the dust, the string or pearls will possible want untangling (particularly when you’ve got an extended one). Be affected person throughout this course of. If I barely tug on a stem it might snap!
Fastidiously search for a complete stem and gently untangle it so it lays draping over the pot. I’m going round the entire plant till all stems are untangled. You’ll in all probability lose just a few extra pearls throughout this course of too, however it’s OK!
Word: Despite the fact that this plant has plenty of superb qualities, string of pearls vegetation are poisonous for people and pets if ingested. If a bead (leaf) falls off a stem onto the ground, then I’ll shortly decide it up so my canine doesn’t eat them.
The string of pearls likes a vibrant and sunny atmosphere in your house. An east or west going through window will work nice. I place mine proper close to a window to allow them to drink up plenty of mild.
Attempt to keep away from putting it close to any vents or drafty components of your house (close to a door opening up within the winter, and many others.). It is not going to like all sort of excessive air temperatures blowing on it. Through the hotter summer season months, you can too put it below a solar porch or coated porch to absorb vibrant oblique mild.
Direct daylight might burn your plant, so attempt to keep away from it sitting within the solar for hours on finish or they may get scorched. When temps start to drop, convey your plant indoors.
Earlier than you convey it indoors, at all times verify for pests or bugs. Once I was bringing in my succulents from our coated porch on the finish of summer season, I discovered a child black widow hiding below a leaf. This has occurred to me once more a few years later!
My lesson was realized shortly so totally examine any plant earlier than you convey it again into your house.
Determining a watering routine and attending to know your plant’s schedule will actually repay. String of pearls don’t prefer to get soaked or sit in water for lengthy intervals of time. I prefer to say that I “moisten” my string of pearls as an alternative of watering them.
This helps remind me that they don’t want extreme water. The plant has a shallow root system, so typically the highest half of my string of pearls pot wants water. I take advantage of a small vessel with water in it and flippantly water over the entire prime of the plant.
Overwatering the string of pearls would be the greatest killer to your plant. You possibly can inform if a plant is overwatered by the leaves trying squishy or they lose their deep inexperienced shade and develop into a bit translucent and smooth.
In case you are searching for a brand new string of pearls, be aware of this. You’ll desire a plant with deep inexperienced pearls and soil that isn’t waterlogged.
Undecided when to water your string of pearls? It actually depends upon the place you reside and humidity ranges. Dryer climates would require extra water and vice versa.
You possibly can check the soil by sticking your finger in part of the soil to verify moisture ranges or elevate your pot to see if it has any weight from holding water.
Ensure your water temp is lukewarm to chill (consider rainwater temp). The string of pearls is not going to tolerate excessive chilly or scorching temps when watering.
They like to be watered often within the spring and summer season months (throughout its rising season), however again off on frequent watering within the fall/winter months. The string of pearls likes to dry out however not be bone dry.
How will you inform when it’s bone dry? The dust across the circumference of the pot will draw back from the pot. If this has occurred, no worries, give it a watering and attempt to water your plant sooner subsequent time to keep away from the dust drying out an excessive amount of.
If this occurred a number of occasions, it might have an effect on your leaves and plant’s root well being. One other facet of root well being is root rot. This may be detrimental to your plant.
Root rot occurs when the roots stand in water too lengthy and so they finally rot and die. It may be a really unhappy and gradual demise for a string of pearls.
In the event you suspect that your plant has been sitting in water for too lengthy and it may need root rot, pull it out of the pot to examine the roots. If the roots are agency and grayish white, that’s nice. If they’re mushy and look blackish, then your plant possible has root rot.
If it’s not too far gone, you’ll be able to attempt to snip the useless roots off and depart the wholesome, agency ones. Inserting the plant in recent (not waterlogged soil) will assist as effectively.
What’s the greatest sort of water to make use of? In case you are utilizing faucet/metropolis water, you’ll be able to depart your faucet water out in an open container for twenty-four hours so a few of the chemical compounds evaporate. After 24 hours, the water is cleaner and more healthy to your plant!
Fluoride and chlorine can construct up in your string of pearls root system, so this methodology of leaving your water out will repay in the long term. Utilizing filtered water or collected rain water (in case you can) is a good choice, too!
When you’ve got effectively water, then your plant will love that. My pals who’ve effectively water have THE greatest vegetation.
You possibly can propagate the string of pearls 3 ways! The primary approach is through the use of water. First, discover a wholesome stem. I like to make use of stems which are at the least 4-5 inches.
Utilizing clear scissors or slicing shears, reduce your stem. Take away any beads about 1.5-2 inches from the underside of the slicing.
Depart the stem laying out for twenty-four hours so the recent reduce on the top of the stem can type a callus. Ensure it stays out of any daylight throughout this therapeutic interval.
After 24 hours, place your recent slicing in water. The aspect of the slicing with the eliminated leafs will be positioned within the water. Preserve the remaining pearls above the water line.
Make sure to change water anytime it will get cloudy and rinse out your vessel. Place in a sunny spot in your house. After 3-4 weeks you need to see little roots sprouting from the slicing!
Wait till the roots are at the least 1 inch lengthy earlier than you plant it in dust. As soon as it is able to be potted, use a small terra-cotta or clay pot with good draining cactus/succulent soil.
I like to make use of a chopstick to create little holes for the newly rooted plant. Moisten flippantly and your plant ought to begin rising.
The subsequent option to propagate is through the use of dust. Utilizing the identical strategies as above, you’ll snip your plant, wait 24 hours, and as an alternative of putting it in water, place your plant in soil (effectively draining, succulent soil).
Use a chopstick (or pencil) to create a recent gap to your new slicing, tuck the dust across the plant. I prefer to mist my plant to maintain the soil barely moist and never bone dry.
After about three weeks, I give the plant a really light tug to see whether it is rooting. If the brand new slicing stays in place, then I do know new roots are forming. That is at all times thrilling! In case your plant has began to type roots, then it’s prepared for a watering.
One other option to propagate your string of pearls is by layering. I discover this method to be the best. Take a recent pot of succulent soil, mist it, after which take an excellent lengthy slicing out of your string of pearls. Swirl or coil the slicing excessive of the dust on the pot.
I prefer to fertilize my plant as soon as a month through the rising season (spring and summer season) utilizing a balanced fertilizer. I take advantage of half of the producer’s advisable charge after I combine my fertilizer.
I really like liquid fertilizer as a result of it mixes so simply with the water and I don’t have to fret about it not being evenly distributed in my vegetation.
One factor I really like about this species of plant is the totally different varieties. Pictured above is “String of Turtles”—the turtles appear to be little turtles backs. “String of Watermelons” are plump and their leaves resemble a watermelon (pictured under).
Aren’t they distinctive and kooky? I hope you take pleasure in these vegetation as a lot as me! -Janae