String of Pearls

String of Pearls Care

Senecio rowleyanus

Basic String of Pearls Care

The String of Pearls is a unique and beautiful houseplant which can be relatively easy to look after for if you know what to do. Below you will find all the information you need to properly care for a String of Pearls.

Bright Indirect Light

I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.

Water Infrequently

I can be quite sensitive to root rot so be careful not to overwater me.

High Humidity

I thrive in humid environments so please mist my leaves every so often.

Draining Soil

I like a mix that includes peat moss and perlite as these prevent my roots from becoming water-logged.

Detailed String of Pearls Care Information

Whether you're looking to make sure your String of Pearls is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.

String of Pearls

String of Pearls love sunshine

They can’t get enough of the sunshine so find a bright spot in your home for your String of Pearls. Do keep it away from too much direct sunlight though as it can cause them to burn.


Be sparing on the water

String of Pearls plants are succulents, meaning they don’t require much water. They prefer their soil to be dry and overwatering can very quickly lead to root rot.


String of Pearls plants need space

These hanging succulents will need space to grow so make sure there is enough room for it to sprawl downwards.



Don't worry about fertilising your String of Pearls

String of Pearls don’t need to be fertilised often, if at all. Overfertilisation can actually cause real harm to your plant quite quickly so we recommend leaving it out completely.


Propagating your String of Pearls is easy

All you need to do to propagate a String of Pearls is snip off some of the pearls and place half of the cutting in water. Change out the water every few days and you should start to see some new roots growing after a few weeks. You can also propagate your String of Pearls by burying the pearls in soil and watering regularly.


String of Pearls plants are toxic to your pets

Keep your dogs, cats and children away from your String of Pearls plant as ingestion of the plant can cause skin irritation and stomach ache.



Never mist your String of Pearls

As with watering, too much misting of your String of Pearls plant can quite quickly lead to root rot. String of Pearls plants don’t like rooms with high humidity so we recommend keeping them away from bathrooms or kitchens.


String of Pearls plants like warmer temperatures

Although it isn’t a dealbreaker when caring for a String of Pearls plant, try to keep them in a warm room as they thrive in slightly higher temperatures. Keep your plant away from drafty windows and doors as the cool air from outside will shock the plant.

String of Pearls FAQs

Quick and simple answers to the most common questions we see about the String of Pearls .

The String of Pearls can tolerate some direct sunlight but if exposed to too much (often during the height of summer) it can dry out and scorch the leaves. Somewhere with plenty of bright indirect light that maybe gets an hour or two of full sun will be perfect for your String of Pearls. 

String of Pearls plants really struggle in low light and don’t adapt very well to it. If your plant isn’t getting enough sunlight you’ll notice that growth becomes small and stunted. It can also lead to discolouration of the leaves as well as a droopy and wilted plant. 

You want to make sure that you don’t water your String of Pearls very frequently, about once every 10 days in summer and less in winter is a good average. They are super sensitive to root rot so any overwatering can cause real issues pretty quickly. Instead, they thrive in dry soil so ensure there is good drainage in the pot.

Yes, unfortunately, the String of Pearls is toxic and can cause mouth and stomach irritation if ingested. So you’ll want to keep these ones away from children and pets. 

The String of Pearls plants is one of those where once you have found a good spot and nailed a decent routine, they become super easy to care for. They don’t respond to the slightest change like some other houseplants do but we still don’t always recommend them as a beginner houseplant as they do have special requirements when it comes to light, water, humidity etc. 

String of Pearls Care Starter Kit

We've put together this great little starter kit that includes all of the equipment and information you'll need to take proper care of your String of Pearls .

String of Pearls

Common Problems with your String of Pearls

Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.

Shrivelling leaves on your String of Pearls is usually an indication of improper watering. Check the moisture in the soil and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.

Scarring on your pearl leaves is most often caused by too much direct sunlight which is burning the leaves. Try and move your plant into a spot with indirect sunshine.

If your String of Pearls plant is losing leaves, it can be a sign of the temperature being too low or it being in a drafty spot in your home. Try to move your String of Pearls to a warmer spot to see if the pearls stop dropping.

If you notice yellow leaves on your String of Pearls, this is probably a sign of overwatering. Too much moisture in the soil leads to root rot. Replace the soil immediately if you think you may have overwatered your String of Pearls.

If you notice white spots or patches on your String of Pearls plant, this can often indicate pests. Remove the infected parts of the plant and wash the soil through completely to remove the pests.

Simple String of Pearls Care Requirements

It sometimes helps to take caring for your plants back to the basics, here's the key considerations that you should take into account when caring for your Senecio rowleyanus.

These simple points should give you all you need to keep your plant happy and healthy for years to come.

Common NameString of Pearls
Latin NameSenecio rowleyanus
LightBright Indirect Light
WaterWater Infrequently
HumidityHigh Humidity
Soil TypeDraining Soil

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