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String of Pearls Succulents: Care & Complete Growing Guide

A string of pearls succulent, also known as Senecio rowleyanus or Ceropegia woodii, is a trailing plant that is native to South Africa. It is called a "string of pearls" because it produces small, round leaves that resemble pearls, and it has thin, delicate stems that trail down from the pot. The plant has a delicate, lacy appearance, and it is often grown in hanging baskets or pots so that the stems can trail down. String of pearls succulents are low maintenance and easy to care for, making them a popular choice for beginner gardeners. They prefer bright, indirect light and well-draining soil, and they should be watered sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between watering. Overwatering can be harmful to the plant, as it can cause the roots to rot.


Succulents are plants that have developed the ability to store water in their leaves, stems, or roots, and they are adapted to growing in well-drained soil. When choosing soil for string of pearls succulents, it is important to select a mix that will drain quickly and not retain too much moisture. string of pearls succulents are prone to root rot if their roots sit in soggy soil for too long.

A good soil mix for string of pearls succulents should contain a combination of potting soil, sand, and perlite or pumice. Potting soil provides nutrients and a structure for the roots to grow, while sand and perlite or pumice improve drainage and prevent the soil from becoming compacted. 

It is also a good idea to add a layer of gravel or small rocks on the bottom of the pot to further improve drainage. When planting string of pearls succulent, be sure to leave enough space around the roots to allow for proper drainage and to prevent the plants from becoming overcrowded.


Succulents are generally tolerant of a wide range of temperatures and can be grown both indoors and outdoors in most climates. However, they do have certain temperature preferences that can affect their growth and health.

In general, string of pearls succulents prefer warm temperatures and do not tolerate freezing conditions. During the growing season, they do best when temperatures are between 70 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (21-29 degrees Celsius). At night, the temperature can drop to around 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit (10-15 degrees Celsius) without causing harm to the plants.

In areas with very hot summers, string of pearls succulents may benefit from some afternoon shade to protect them from the intense midday sun. During the winter, it is important to protect string of pearls from frost and freezing temperatures, as they are not cold hardy. If you are growing your string of pearls indoors, keep them in a room with bright, indirect light and maintain a consistent temperature.


Succulents are generally drought-tolerant plants that do not require frequent watering. Overwatering is one of the most common causes of problems with string of pearls, as their roots are prone to rot if they sit in wet soil for too long. To water your string of pearls, it is important to let the soil dry out completely between watering, and then water thoroughly. The exact watering schedule will depend on the size of the pot, the type of soil, and the humidity and temperature in your area.

A good rule of thumb is to water your string of pearls once a week or less, and to check the soil moisture level before watering. To check the soil moisture, stick your finger about an inch into the soil. If it is dry, it is time to water. If the soil is still moist, wait a few more days before watering again.

When watering, be sure to use room temperature water and try to avoid getting water on the leaves, as this can cause them to rot. It is also a good idea to use a pot with drainage holes to allow excess water to drain out and prevent the roots from sitting in standing water.


Succulents generally do not require a lot of fertilization, as they are adapted to growing in nutrient-poor soil in their natural habitat. In fact, overfertilizing can be harmful to string of pearls, as it can lead to excess growth and reduced stress tolerance.

If you do choose to fertilize your string of pearls, it is important to use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer that is specifically formulated for string of pearls. These fertilizers typically have a lower nitrogen content than other types of fertilizers, as nitrogen can encourage leafy growth at the expense of blooms. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer label for the proper dosage, and be sure to dilute the fertilizer to half strength or less.

It is generally recommended to fertilize string of pearls during the growing season, which is typically from spring to fall. In the winter, when the plants are dormant, it is best to hold off on fertilization. You can also provide your succulents with a boost of nutrients by adding compost or well-rotted manure to the soil.


Stem cutting is a practically foolproof way to propagate a string of pearls.

To propagate string of pearls from stem cuttings, follow these steps:

  1. Choose a healthy, mature succulent plant with plump, fleshy leaves.
  2. Using a clean, sharp knife or scissors, cut a 3-6 inch stem from the plant. Make sure to include at least one or two leaves on the stem.
  3. Allow the cut stem to callous over for a few days to a week by placing it on a dry surface in a well-ventilated area. This will help prevent rot when the stem is planted.
  4. Fill a small pot with well-draining soil mix specifically formulated for succulents.
  5. Once the cut stem has calloused over, carefully insert it into the soil mix. Make sure that at least one or two leaves are above the soil line.
  6. Water the soil lightly, making sure to not get water on the leaves.
  7. Place the pot in a bright, indirect light location and wait for the stem to root and start growing new leaves. This can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

Keep in mind that not all succulent species can be propagated from stem cuttings. Some examples of succulents that can be propagated in this way include Jade plants, string of Dolphine, and Echeveria. It's always a good idea to do some research on the specific type of succulent you have before attempting to propagate it.

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