The String of Pearls, also called the Curio Rowleyanus, is a novel trailing succulent. If I have been to call one plant that has my coronary heart, it might be this one. I feel it’s the most lovely houseplant!
The plant originates from the southern tip of Africa, and its uniqueness makes this plant a favourite for plant mother and father. String of Pearls is a creeping succulent that has inexperienced balls for leaves (they appear like peas)!
On this put up, I’m going to share some tips about caring for a string of pearls. I can even share another species of this plant household on the finish of the put up.
Once you get a string of pearls from a backyard retailer, what’s subsequent? You will want 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 wish to put some additional perlite in my succulent soil.
Perlite is present in nature and is definitely shaped 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 measurement (undoubtedly not smaller) or a tiny bit greater than the plastic pot that it got here in (it is going to seemingly are available 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 manner of escaping. If the water can’t escape the pot, then there’s a good likelihood the plant might die resulting from being waterlogged.
Subsequent, combine up your soil with a few scoops of perlite and have it able to go. Take your pot and put somewhat soil within the backside.
Subsequent, fastidiously take away your string of pearls from the pot by gently inserting your hand on prime of the plant, barely wiggle the pot till the plant pops out.
You would possibly lose a couple of 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 gentle and path over the sting of the pot. After getting the crown of the plant positioned accurately, take the additional grime and backfill across the plant. I like utilizing a chopstick to push down the grime across the plant.
When you’re completed backfilling the grime, the string or pearls will seemingly 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!
Rigorously search for an entire 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 most likely lose a couple of extra pearls throughout this course of too, but it surely’s OK!
Notice: Regardless that this plant has a number of wonderful qualities, string of pearls crops are poisonous for people and pets if ingested. If a bead (leaf) falls off a stem onto the ground, then I’ll rapidly choose it up so my canine doesn’t eat them.
The string of pearls likes a brilliant and sunny atmosphere in your house. An east or west dealing with window will work nice. I place mine proper close to a window to allow them to drink up a number of gentle.
Attempt to keep away from inserting it close to any vents or drafty components of your property (close to a door opening up within the winter, and so on.). It won’t like all form of excessive air temperatures blowing on it. Throughout the hotter summer time months, you can even put it below a solar porch or coated porch to absorb brilliant oblique gentle.
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, deliver your plant indoors.
Earlier than you deliver it indoors, at all times verify for pests or bugs. After I was bringing in my succulents from our coated porch on the finish of summer time, 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 rapidly so completely examine any plant earlier than you deliver it again into your property.
Determining a watering routine and attending to know your plant’s schedule will actually repay. String of pearls don’t wish to get soaked or sit in water for lengthy durations of time. I wish to say that I “moisten” my string of pearls as a substitute of watering them.
This helps remind me that they don’t want extreme water. The plant has a shallow root system, so usually the highest half of my string of pearls pot wants water. I exploit 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 largest killer to your plant. You possibly can inform if a plant is overwatered by the leaves wanting squishy or they lose their deep inexperienced shade and turn out to be a bit translucent and gentle.
If you’re searching for a brand new string of pearls, be aware of this. You’ll desire a plant with deep inexperienced pearls and soil that’s not waterlogged.
Unsure when to water your string of pearls? It actually relies on 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 raise your pot to see if it has any weight from holding water.
Make sure that your water temp is lukewarm to chill (consider rainwater temp). The string of pearls won’t tolerate excessive chilly or sizzling temps when watering.
They like to be watered continuously within the spring and summer time 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 grime 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 grime drying out an excessive amount of.
If this occurred a number of instances, 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 sluggish demise for a string of pearls.
For those who 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 seemingly has root rot.
If it’s not too far gone, you may attempt to snip the useless roots off and depart the wholesome, agency ones. Inserting the plant in contemporary (not waterlogged soil) will assist as effectively.
What’s the greatest form of water to make use of? If you’re utilizing faucet/metropolis water, you may depart your faucet water out in an open container for twenty-four hours so a number of the chemical substances evaporate. After 24 hours, the water is cleaner and more healthy on your plant!
Fluoride and chlorine can construct up in your string of pearls root system, so this technique of leaving your water out will repay in the long term. Utilizing filtered water or collected rain water (for those who can) is a good possibility, too!
In case you have effectively water, then your plant will love that. My buddies who’ve effectively water have THE greatest crops.
You possibly can propagate the string of pearls 3 ways! The primary manner is by utilizing water. First, discover a wholesome stem. I like to make use of stems which can be no less than 4-5 inches.
Utilizing clear scissors or reducing shears, reduce your stem. Take away any beads about 1.5-2 inches from the underside of the reducing.
Depart the stem laying out for twenty-four hours so the contemporary reduce on the top of the stem can kind a callus. Make sure that it stays out of any daylight throughout this therapeutic interval.
After 24 hours, place your contemporary reducing in water. The facet of the reducing with the eliminated leafs will be positioned within the water. Hold the remaining pearls above the water line.
You should definitely 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 must see little roots sprouting from the reducing!
Wait till the roots are no less than 1 inch lengthy earlier than you plant it in grime. 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 method to propagate is by utilizing grime. Utilizing the identical strategies as above, you’ll snip your plant, wait 24 hours, and as a substitute of inserting it in water, place your plant in soil (effectively draining, succulent soil).
Use a chopstick (or pencil) to create a contemporary gap on your new reducing, tuck the grime across the plant. I wish 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 reducing stays in place, then I do know new roots are forming. That is at all times thrilling! In case your plant has began to kind roots, then it’s prepared for a watering.
One other method to propagate your string of pearls is by layering. I discover this method to be the best. Take a contemporary pot of succulent soil, mist it, after which take a very good lengthy reducing out of your string of pearls. Swirl or coil the reducing excessive of the grime on the pot.
I wish to fertilize my plant as soon as a month through the rising season (spring and summer time) utilizing a balanced fertilizer. I exploit half of the producer’s advisable price 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 crops.
One factor I really like about this species of plant is the completely different varieties. Pictured above is “String of Turtles”—the turtles appear like little turtles backs. “String of Watermelons” are plump and their leaves resemble a watermelon (pictured beneath).
Aren’t they distinctive and eccentric? I hope you get pleasure from these crops as a lot as me! -Janae