String of Pearls Care

The String of Pearls is a unique and beautiful houseplant which can be relatively easy to look after if you know what to do.

Basic String of Pearls Care

There are two important things to note when caring for a String of Pearls and that is that they like bright levels of sunshine (but keep them away from intense direct light and hotspots in summer) and secondly that they really need their soil to fully dry out between waterings. As they are cascading plants, String of Pearls plants have quite delicate roots so are quite sensitive when it comes to soggy soil and root rot.

Below you will find all the information you need to properly care for a String of Pearls including detailed care requirements, FAQs and how to diagnose and treat common issues that might pop up along the way.

Detailed String of Pearls Care

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 Care FAQs

Common Issues for String of Pearls

It can sometimes be tricky to grow your String of Pearls indoors, so it is important that you keep an eye out for any warning signs that might indicate your plant is unhappy. Signs of stress include shrivelling leaves, thinning stems and a loss of leaves.


Written by Billy Dawson



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