How to Care for a String of Pearls Houseplant


What do you need to care for it? Read on to find out!

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The string of pearls houseplant is one of the most popular indoor plants in homes around the world. What do you need to care for it? Read on to find out!

All About String of Pearls

The Scientific Name: Senecio rowleyanus. Common Name: String Of Pearls. Other Name(s): String-of-Beads.

String of Pearls plants are beautiful pearl-looking succulents with trailing stems. Sometimes people say they look like little green peas. They like direct sunlight and to have room to grow and trail downwards. It is important to have them in a well-draining pot and not to over or underwater them.

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String of Pearls Houseplant Care

String of Pearls Light Requirments

The String of Pearls does well in bright light. I have mine in our sunny south-facing bay window. If the bright sunlight is limited in your home, you can provide additional light by adding a plant light during daylight hours.

String of Pearls Water Requirments

Water string of pearls when the soil feels dry to touch. I water mine about once every week and a half during the Spring and Summer and about once every three weeks during the Fall and Winter.

Strings of Pearls are relatively drought resistant, so if you water it too often or provide too much water at one time it won’t flourish. You will notice that it needs watering if the pearls start to shrivel. The pearls should be plump and hard.

To make sure you don’t overwater your plant is to check if the soil is half an inch (1.2cm) dry before the next water. If you notice pearls starting to drop or strings breaking off, it is likely getting too dry. Water String of Pearls more often, but make sure it has good drainage in the potting soil to avoid root rot!

String of Pearls Soil Requirements

You can pot your string of pearls into a regular potting mix, or use succulent plant soil which will provide well-draining soil conditions. You do not want String of Pearls to sit in wet soil, as this will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant. I like to use regular potting mix and perlite.

String of Pearls Fertilizer Requirements

String-of-Pearls do not need to be fertilized often because their succulent leaves help maintain their moisture and nutrients. You can feed them once a month during the growing season (Spring and Summer months) with fish emulsion or a very diluted liquid fertilizer. If you are using a liquid fertilizer dilute it a lot! Liquid fertilizer can burn and even kill your plant. For this reason, I prefer using fish emulsion fertilizer. It is stinky but worth it!

String of Pearls Pests

The string of pearls houseplant is susceptible to String of Pearl plant mealybugs and aphids. Make sure to inspect String of Pearls regularly for these pests, as they can cause serious damage if left unchecked!

Mealybug is the cause most common and (in my opinion) is really gross looking. They look like tiny balls of white fluff.

You can easily cure your plant by disinfecting all plant parts using isopropyl alcohol or a mealybug spray. Be sure to spray every tiny nook and surface of the plant every day for two weeks. If you see any mealy bugs coming back, keep spraying until they disappear. I have a post about getting rid of mealybugs on houseplants HERE.

String of Pearls Planting Requirments

You will want to make sure there’s plenty of room for your plant to sprawl and hang. A hanging basket or raised planter is best so that the String of Pearls can cascade downwards.

String of Pearls Temperature Requirements

String of Pearls like all plants like temperatures above 60It can enjoy virtually any standard household humidity setting. During the winter, try to keep the plant warm – around 55-60° degrees Fahrenheit. So you may need to move it away from the window if it is drafty.

Common Problems With String of Pearls Plant

The biggest problem this plant has is too much or not enough water.

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Sad Dying String of Pearls

Shriveling Leaves

If your plant’s leaves are wilting or withering, it can be a sign of underwatering or overwatering.

If the round leaves flattening and look like raisins, it’s a sign you should increase water frequency.

If you’ve frequently been watering and the soil feels soggy, you are watering too much, or the plant needs better drainage. Water once every 7 to 14 days always making sure the top inch of soil should feel dry before watering again.


Does String of Pearls have flowers?

At times String of Pearls will produce small white flowers! They look like little stars and commonly occur during the spring. They do not last long, but they are very pretty!

Where do I buy String of Pearls?

Buy String of Pearls houseplants HERE on Etsy. Or on Amazon. Or Home Depot. Or at your local nursery.

Does String of Pearls need direct sunlight?

Yes, String of Pearls prefers to be in bright direct sun for at least 4 hours a day. If you do not have enough lighting you can install plant light bulbs in your lamps or set up a plant light with a timer to imitate strong natural light.

Does String of Pearls need fertilizer?

Do it once a month during the growing season (spring & summer) with fish emulsion.

Where can I buy String of Pearls?

You can buy String of Pearl houseplants on Etsy, Amazon, or at your local nursery!


Now you know how to care for String of Pearls houseplant! It is a popular indoor plant with string-like leaves and easy lighting, water, soil, and fertilizer requirements!

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