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Common problems of String of Pearls and how to fix them

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Common problems of String of Pearls and how to fix them



String of pearls is one of the most fabulous succulents. Their green, plump, pearl-like look quickly gain popularity in the succulent-lover community. While growing these succulent outdoors is usually much easier, it can also be tricky sometimes. In other words, if not cared properly, these striking succulents can die. 

However, if you have spotted any problem in your succulent, no need to fret, after reading this article, you will be able to identify and fix the common problems that might arise growing a string of pearls.


Shriveling of leaves and stem are evident indication that your string of pearl is not receiving proper care. You might wonder why this striking plant shrivels. Well, watering issues are one of the most common reasons for shriveled leaves in your succulent.


Watering Issues for String of Pearls

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Although string of pearls stores water in their leaves, they need proper watering to stay healthy. When their water storage runs down, their little round leaves begin to shrivel. Keep in mind that if you have a young succulent, it will need more water than the matured ones. Besides, too little water may also cause string of pearls to shrivel.

For that, you need to determine if your plant is getting enough water. If you are misting the soil and it still becomes shriveled, give your string of pearls a good amount of water, and let it run down through the roots.



You might be surprised to learn that overwatering can also lead to leaves shriveling in string of pearls. When you give them more water than they can handle, the leaves will literally burst and give the plant a shriveled and mushy look.

In such case, if you notice you are watering your plant often and they still look shrivelled, reduce the watering frequency and amount to once in every two weeks. This is the recommended watering frequency for string of pearls. Another to make sure you are not overwater is to check if the soil mix is at least half an inch dry before next watering.


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In addition to water issue, too much or too little sunlight can also make your plant shriveled. If you notice its beads are developing scars and leaves are become dry, it is clear that your string of pearls has begun to get burned by the scorching sun. Move your succulent to a place where it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

Keep in mind that your beautiful succulent love to thrive in a bright location; however, string of pearls can’t stand intense sunlight or full sun, especially in the afternoon. If you have kept them under a bright sun and noticed that your succulent is scorched, keep it under a shady location outdoors, where your plant can receive morning light but not the intense sun in the afternoon. 


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If you notice that your string of pearls leaves are falling, that means you have kept them in drafty locations, where the temperature is mild or cold. Keep in mind that these succulents thrive well in average room temperatures. Therefore, if you see your string of pearls that are kept outdoors, dropping leaves, move your plant indoor right away.

If you see your succulent leaves turning yellow, dropping leaves, or sooty leaves, aphids or mealybugs on your string of pearls, then it shows insects have made a home in your string of pearls. To fix it, use an insecticidal soap or a spray of water to remove these insects. Treatment might need to be repeated since these annoying pests can be easily spread by ants.


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Overwatering, underwatering, wrong potting mix, improper sunlight, and insects or pests all can damage your string of pearls. Therefore, providing appropriate care, as mentioned in our previous article, is essential to make your succulent thrive.

However, if you spot any of the aforementioned problems in your succulent, make sure to take action right away to keep your plant healthy and happy.


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