Ah yes…just like it’s 1978 all over again–today, we’re gonna talk about how much we love the String of Pearls plant! (We’ll tell you how to take care of them too. Don’t worry.) These guys were popular in the seventies but, with the recent upsurge in succulent popularity, these funky-lookin’ plants are seeing their day all over again, too. The coolest thing about them though, we think, is just how easy they are to take care of. (Despite being native to South Africa–where they grow wild on the ground.) Their leaves are pretty cool too though. 🙂
If you find yourself with a String of Pearl plant in your home, and are wondering what to do next with it–or, if you gift one to a friend, and you’d like to tell them how to take care of it–this blogs for you!
First of all–location.
For this blog, we’ll just assume it’s you who has the plant. As a new plant owner–your first thought is often, “Where do I put it now?’ The answer to that, with this one, is in a bright spot. Direct sunlight is just fine. These guys are part of the succulent family–which is very similar to the cacti family. They like it when it’s bright. (West, or South, facing windows are ideal.) During the spring and summer months, when the plant is growing, their ideal temperature is right around 72 degrees. In their dormant months, late Fall, through winter–they can handle much cooler temps, mid 50’s is fine. (That sounds cool, yes. However, if they’re by a window, it’s usually a bit cooler anyway.)
String of Pearl plants don’t want to be wet. They, naturally, live in dry regions which are often in drought. All the little ‘beads’ are actually storing water for the plant. If you over water, you can end up with root rot. Typically, a bit of water, once a week, is plenty. If you forget about it often, you could also try a good soaking once a month. (Soak it, let water fall through the pots drainage holes and then dump any extra water that may have collected.) During the winter months, you can cut the watering in half. Like other cacti and succulents, you should have your plant growing in a sandy, well-draining, soil.
If you’re going to use a fertilizer–use it, roughly, every two to four weeks in the warmer months. In the cooler months, skip it.
I want more! Can I propagate?
Yes! Easily. All you need to do is a little pruning. (If a strand is missing beads–this is a great strand to remove. It will keep your plant looking healthier.) Once you have your cutting–lay it on the soil. It will soon start to take root and grow–then, treat it like a normal plant.
Would my cat like this plant?
Yes. Yes they would. So would a toddler, in fact. (Or, a puppy.) They’re fun to bat around, they feel good to touch, and they might even be fun to chew on. However, they are considered somewhat toxic. (This means it probably won’t kill anyone…but, it will make them pretty sick.) If you have one of these plants, or choose to get one–keep it up.
Does Main Floral have any of these in?
We do! They come in, and out, pretty quickly! If you’re hoping to find one, you might want to give us a call first to see what we have. If we don’t have one in–we can place an order for you from our greenhouse. (This takes a little longer…so, plan ahead if you really NEED one!)