[su_highlight]The String Of Pearl[/su_highlight] (Senecio rowleyanus) plant. Also called rosary string of beads or string of pearls plant, this creeping succulent is an odd-looking plant that many plant collectors appreciate adding to their indoor gardens. In addition to its carefree growth habit, this interesting houseplant can provide a unique focal point, as well as conversation peace in the home.
Sprawling over the edges of containers or hanging baskets, the [su_highlight]String Of Pearl [/su_highlight]plant resembles a beaded necklace with its fleshy green, pea-like foliage. Learn more about growing string of beads houseplant so you can also enjoy its unique characteristics and ease of care. Though the flowers may seem small and unattractive to some people, if they’re even lucky enough to get them, others find the faint white blooms (which smell a bit like cinnamon) quite welcome. Still, it’s the thin thread-like stems and fleshy round, bead-like leaves that make this unusual houseplant a great addition to the home. Learning how to grow a string of pearls houseplant is extremely easy.
[su_highlight]The String Of Pearls[/su_highlight] plant grows well in bright light, including sunlight. You should provide this string of beads houseplant with average indoor temperatures (around 72 F./22 C.) throughout its active growth. During its dormancy, however, you’ll need to provide cooler conditions, generally somewhere between 50 to 55 F. (10-13 C.). Give this houseplant a well-draining sandy soil, preferably the type most suitable for growing cacti and succulent plants. Pot your plant in a hanging basket so its trailing foliage can hang down.
String of Pearls Care
As with most succulent plants, [su_highlight]The String Of Pearls [/su_highlight]requires little care. However, while there’s little maintenance involved with growing a rosary string of beads plant, you will need to provide it with some care. This succulent plant is drought tolerant, surviving long periods without water. In fact, the plant’s water-storing abilities allow it to be watered thoroughly one week and then pretty much forgotten the next week or two. Watering too often can increase the chances of root rot. So be sure to let the soil dry out at least half an inch or so between waterings.
In winter, cut back watering to about once monthly. Occasionally, you may find that pruning becomes necessary as part of yours. [su_highlight]The String Of Pearls[/su_highlight] cares in order to maintain its size or appearance. This is simple to do. Trim off any dead stems and pearls, as well as any stems that have lost a lot of their ‘beads.’ Pruning back will help promote fuller, more compact plants. Even better than its ease of care is the fact that you can share the plant with others. Whenever pruning is in order, you can take advantage of the plant’s easy propagation. Simply place a cutting or two in a pot of soil and they will easily take root. [su_highlight]The String Of Pearl’s[/su_highlight] houseplant makes an excellent conversation piece. Your family, friends, and neighbors will love it as much as you will. Note: Since this succulent plant is considered to be somewhat toxic, it is recommended that care is taken when growing string of beads houseplant in homes with pets or small children.
[su_highlight]The String Of Pearls [/su_highlight]plant (Senecio rowleyanus) is easy to grow succulent with small, spherical leaves that look like a string of pearls. It is also known as string of beads. This attractive succulent is interesting to look at, and for some animals and small children, may also look good enough to eat.
The String Of Pearls is on the toxic plants’ lists for humans and many pets, so you will want to consider this fact before purchasing this charming plant.
String Of Pearls Toxicity [su_highlight]The String Of Pearls[/su_highlight] is rated as toxicity classes 2 and 4 by the University of California, Davis. Class 2 means minor toxicity; ingestion of string of pearls may cause minor illness like vomiting or diarrhea. Class 4 means dermatitis; contact with the plant’s juice or sap may cause skin irritation or rash. If your child ingests string of pearls, call the Poison Control Center or your child’s pediatrician immediately. In pets, including cats and dogs, possible symptoms of ingestion of the string of pearls plant may be: drooling, diarrhea, vomiting or lethargy. Some may suffer irritation to the skin or mouth due to contact. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you believe your pet has ingested this plant.
Two Unique Alternatives
If you don’t want to risk your child’s or pet’s safety, there are non-toxic succulents available. The burro’s tail succulent (Sedum morganianum) has silvery bluish-green, plump oblong leaves that hang along a thick stem. This easy-to-grow, low watering plant spills out of its container or works as a ground cover. It likes direct sun indoors and full sun to partial shade outdoors. It prefers temperatures over 45 degrees Fahrenheit and does best when outdoors in USDA zones 10 through 12.
The snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is also known as mother-in-law’s tongue. It has sword-like green to gray-green leaves with variations of mottled, striped or blotched variegations in shades of green, yellow or white. This subtropical to a tropical member of the succulent family requires bright light and minimal watering. It is often grown as a houseplant but can live well outdoors in USDA zones 9b through 11.
Keeping Children And Pets Safe From Toxic Houseplants
Taking advice from the ASPCA on cat-proofing your house can help protect other pets and your children from toxic plants. Neither pets nor small children will be able to discern between toxic and non-toxic plants, but if you take precautions, you may be able to avoid having to throw favorites like a string of pearls out of your home. Place houseplants on top of high windowsills and tall, inaccessible furniture such as an armoire. Hang cascading plants high from the ceiling and trim them before they grow low enough to reach.