How to Care for String of Pearls

How to Care for String of Pearls

 

String of pearls is a beautiful, cascading succulent that will add that little quirk to any house. The plant grows fast and propagates easily and can grow both indoor and indoor. If you are looking for a beautiful succulent to grow, Strings of pearls is a great choice. And there’re a few care tips that you need to know to care for String of pearls properly.

Light

String of Pearls like bright indirect light, if they’re outdoor they like shaded area with some morning direct light or bright indirect light, if they’re indoor they like to be near the window with strong natural light. They don’t like direct sunlight, they will get burnt easily. Depending on how hot your area is, indoor String of Pearls should be kept near South or West window or in hot, desert-like area, 5’ - 10’ away from South or West window to keep it from sunburnt. In darker, cooler months consider moving them to a brighter place.

If your place doesn’t have enough light for them, then consider putting them 6 - 12 inches under fluorescent light fixture and give them 12- 16 hours of light per day.

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Temperature

String of Pearls should be kept at average indoor temperature of70° - 80° degrees Fahrenheit. During winter, keep the plant at55° – 60° degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t keep them in drafty areas, or areas with air conditioner and open window as cold air may causes the leaves to drop.String of pearls aren’t frost-tolerant so they’ll need to be moved indoor in the winter. 

Soil & Pot

String of Pearls like any succulent need well-draining soil to thrive. And they need to be placed in the right size of pot to grow well, enough to let them fill the pot to the brim, as if the pot is too big for the plant then the soil will stay wet for too long and the pearls resting on that wet soil will get rot. And String of Pearls have very shallow roots so they don’t need a deep pot as well.

Another important thing is to make sure the crowns of the pearls stay at the same level with the top of the pot or at most 0.5 - 1 inch lower than the top, otherwise the aeration will decrease, together with wet soil, the crowns and stems of the plant will get rot easier.

 

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 Water

String of Pearls are very sensitive to overwatering, so make sure that you give them just enough water. During warmer month, indoor String of Pearls could be watered once every two weeks (or even more), during winter time, it could be cut down to once a month. For outdoor String of Pearls, it’ll depend on how hot the area is, that you can adjust the number of times to water the plant or you can let the rain does the job for you.

Fertilizer

Succulents usually don’t need a lot of fertilizer and too much fertilizer can kill String of Pearls too. During growth time, they might get fertilized once in spring and in mid-summer. And no fertilizer is needed for fall and winter. And the fertilizer should be weakened to not overwhelm the plant.

How to make String of Pearls bloom

String of pearls bloom tiny white flowers with scent like cinnamon. To encourage spring flowers, cut back on watering and keep the plant in a consistent temperature of 60 degree during winter.

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How to propagate String of Pearls

Propagating String of Pearls is easy because they have very shallow root and grow new root easily. The easiest way is to use cuttings. You just need a healthy 3-4 in long cutting to start propagating, just lay the cutting down on the soil and press down lightly, root will gradually grow out of the cutting. Or another way is to strip some leaves off the cutting then put that stem in the soil so that the soil covers the growth nodes (where the leaves grow), then the roots will grow out. From this rooted cutting give the soil a little misting to keep it moist until the new plant is established and starts to grow.

 

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Caution

String of Pearls sap can be toxic to humans and pets. It can cause dermatitis or skin irritation to humans and lethargy or drooling to animals when they consume the plant. So if your house have small children and pets, keep them away from the plant.

 

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