String-of-Pearls

pearls3I love the look of string-of-pearls, but planting them can be a bit intimidating. The plant is so delicate, it is easy to break off those beautiful pearls. With a bit of care, you can easily plant string-of-pearls with minimal loss.

The binomial name is senecio rowleyanus. This plant is a creeping, perennial, succulent vine belonging to the family Asteraceae. Like most succulents, it requires very infrequent watering (a few times a month), a few hours of direct sunlight and is not affected by humidity. Good soil drainage is important to prevent root rot, so if you plant in a pot without drainage like I have, be careful not to over-water.

Plant in a good cactus soil mix (I like the Fafard brand). This plant can be easily propagated by cutting or pinching off 4 inches of healthy stem tip and lightly covering them with moist potting mix. The roots will quickly develop from where the leaves are attached to the stem.

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Now on to the planting! Carefully lay all of the strings in the centre (you don't want any spilling over) .

The easiest method for planting that I have discovered is to use your scissors to cut the plant out of the can that it comes in. You can now grab the plant by the soil. This will minimize damage to the delicate strings.

Now you can plant your string-of-pearls in your container. For succulents, choosing a container with drainage is always best, but I couldn't resist this container when my daughter pointed it out to me at Homesense. She has a keen eye!

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After planting in your container, carefully move the strings back into position.

You can use a paintbrush to brush off any soil.

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Because my container does not have drainage holes, when I water, I have to be careful not to use too much water.

I like using a syringe. You can purchase a large syringe at a farm supply store.

pearls5 The vegetation is somewhat poisonous and should not be consumed, so be careful around children and pets. Luckily, my bird TJ has no interest in my plant!