String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)


String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)

Features

Dangling strands of ball-like foliage looks just like stands of pearls. A very unusual plant that offers a nice change from leafy tropical plants. The unique form brings an artistic, sculptural quality to a room. Keep away from pets as this plant could make them sick if ingested.

Uses

The ideal location is somewhere the foliage can be allowed to cascade, such as in a hanging basket or on a plant stand. The perfect plant for a sunny windowsill. Can be placed outdoors in warm months or frost-free regions.

Plant Feed

Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly during periods of active growth.

Watering

Allow soil to dry between thorough waterings. Water approximately once a week if plant is in a sunny location.

Soil

Potting mix designed for cacti and succulents.

Basic Care Summary

Plant in well drained soil, fertilize regularly.Tolerates drought, but looks best with regular watering.

Planting Instructions

Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.

Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.

Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Remove the plant from its pot.

Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots and just covering the root ball. When all the plants are potted, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Place plant in a reliably sunny location.

Repot every 2 years in the same container or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots.

Watering Instructions

Prefers moist but well-drained soil. Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.

Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet.

Fertilizing Instructions

Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for foliage plants.

Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.

Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long.

Pruning Instructions

Most container plants can be pruned freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Keeping the foliage trimmed also keeps the plants looking neat and tidy, encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space.

Plant Details

Available Colors: Grown for foliage
Bloom Time: Grown for foliage
Height Range: 4-6" (10-15cm)
Space Range: 8-10" (20-25cm)
Lowest Temperature: 50° to 80°F (10° to 27°C)
Plant Light: Medium Light
Companion Plants: Cactus, Kalanchoe, Desert Rose
USDA Zone: 11-12

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String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)