String of Pearls: Succulent Stems You’ll Love

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Quick Care

Here are a few quick tips to help you keep your new succulent happy and healthy:

  • Succulents and cacti are a part of a larger plant family known as succulent plants. These plants have thick leaves, stems, and roots that store water to help them survive periods of drought. Succulents can be grown as flowers, plants, or small trees.
  • Succulents are great for people who have a black thumb because they survive on very little water. If you have a terrible track record when it comes to growing flowers and are tired of paying for fresh blooms, succulents might be right for you.
  • There are more than 16,000 succulent varieties, and most varieties can handle a certain amount of refrigerator storage. The spiny varieties of succulents and cacti, like the ones in this bundle, are not suitable for root-on-arrival shipping.
  • Each and every stem has a defining color, while most of the varieties featured in this bundle have yellow, white, or pink flowers.

String Of Pearls Care

String of Pearls is an adorable succulent with trailing stems of leaves readily connected to its succulent body. This easy care plant is very easy to grow and makes a perfect addition to terrariums and dish gardens. When it comes to care, you should keep a few things in mind. The first one is that String of Pearls doesn’t want its roots to be moist. It should be loosely-packaged and should be placed on the dry side, with a humidity of 40%.

String of Pearls is also not fussy when it comes to temperature. Under warm conditions, this low-maintenance succulent tends to shoot longer and the stems grow brighter in color. Should they be exposed to cold temperature, the plant will exhibit red, blue, and purple tones.

Since String of Pearls comes from mountainous regions, your succulent will do best if you provide it with some light shade. Lastly, String of Pearls is a jovial plant that will enjoy plenty of bright, indirect sunlight.

Light & Temperature

Besides looking good, succulent plants can be used to add light to any space. This is very important for interior landscaping endeavors that aim to bring the outside in.

Succulent plants can absorb UV and other invisible spectrums of sunlight that will help you add the feel of sunlight to any room, especially if there is very little light. While temperatures can be less important, succulents can survive in a wide range of temperatures, so they can be placed almost anywhere as long as it does not drop below freezing.

If you are not sure about your surroundings, it might be best to opt for a hardier variety of succulent plant.

The following list gives succulent types along with the proper water and light conditions.

Air Plants

These beauties need to be misted at least twice a week, similar to its namesake.

The best temperature for air plants is 70 – 80 degrees F.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a summer bloomer that doesn’t like the cold, so you should stick to the warm and tropical conditions of 70-75 degrees F, for optimal growth.

Water & Humidity

Succulents are generally hardy plants and require little in the way of maintenance. But there are some steps you can take to keep your succulents healthy.

Succulents absorb water and nutrients through their leaves and roots. Because of this, it’s important to keep the roots as dry as possible while still keeping the leaves properly hydrated.

The best way to do this is with cactus soil or any potting soil that’s made specifically for succulents. These soils commonly contain lava rocks, which act as a natural water reservoir for your plants. Cracks in the rocks let water seep down and provide moisture for your succulents much like a desert does.

If you don’t have cactus soil available, you’ll need to use some sort of gravel or rocks in your potting soil. By placing rocks in your soil, you give moisture a place to pool and also to be trapped. Growing your succulents in a container also helps control the amount of liquid they receive, as you can control how much water they get.

Soil

Succulents and cacti are such a fun addition to your home or office. They're really easy to care for but there are some important things to keep in mind.

Not all succulents are created equal when it comes to watering. Some varieties need to be watered weekly and some less. But all succulents need their soil to dry somewhat between watering.

The floral variety of string of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus), for instance, need to be watered moderately. If you water them too much, you might get what appear to be white or brown spots upon the succulent leaves. This is known as oedema spotting so if you see it ensure you decrease the watering. You'll want to check the plant for these spots and water only lightly until the spots go away.

The string of pearls succulent only require soil that's dry to the touch. If they're allowed to sit in water, the roots will rot and then you will have to do some delicate neck work if you want to save it. This succulent likes regular, moderate waterings and soil that's dry to the touch in between.

Fertilizer

Although succulents have evolved their own series of unique structures and features, their response to fertilizer is somewhat predictable. However, don’t take that to mean an all-out assault on a succulent’s roots with nutrients will result in a more robust plant. What you plant in will also have an impact on how the plant takes on the fertilizer.

Mature succulents, meaning those that have formed a bud or a flower stem, can’t be fertilized in the same way as younger succulents. You may want to fertilize some older plants and wait until they have flowered and are producing a seed pod or doing some other type of plant development. These are your naturally dormant succulents. They will naturally tell you before this stage is ready.

Everything Seems to Provide Fertilizer to Succulents

If you have several plants of the same type with one plant that is smaller than the others, you may want to take a look at fertilizer to see if it can help. The problem is that you may be over fertilizing and that could cause more damage than good.

Instead, try using fertilizer on those plants that are not as fruitful with the biggest stalks. Plants that have lesser use for their photosynthesis generally need help. Consider fertilizing these plants with a spritz once a week with a water solution.

Repotting

If you’ve never repotted a succulent before, don’t worry – it’s easy! Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to creating an even more beautiful plant.

When a succulent outgrows its container, it’s called potting up your plant. Succulent stems should be kept close together, wrapped in a moist cloth, and given a rest period of several weeks to re-establish a good color, before repotting. Succulent plants in small containers can be re-potted every year to keep them happy, but in annual repotting is rare. Succulents in outdoor planters may require every three to four years.

Move the succulent to a pot with at least one-third more volume than the previous pot. (Don’t worry if the pot doesn’t match the exsiting one.) The plant will fill the new pot in a few years due to the power of division.

Choose a container with a drainage hole.

Propagation

Propagating succulent plants is the fastest and easiest way to increase your collection. If you run out of room on your window sill, and you have a few pots with multiple plants, you may want to take cuttings to give away or donate to your local growers club.

Keep a cutting of each plant you love, so that you can place them in your permanent collection after a few years of propagating.

Pruning

Some succulents tend to grow horizontally, and then they are often called string of pearls. This type of succulent is a wonderful addition to a table or shelf where you have the horizontal space to display them. To keep them looking full and healthy, they do need some pruning.

The base of the stem is where succulents store water for their growth during the drying season. To prevent trimming to the base from injuring the plant, you need to create some new growth at the top. This is usually done by removing leaves and stems that are no longer serving their purpose, but some plants like rosettes have no stems above the base. In this case, it is not enough to remove old growth because this may leave a hole in the plant. In this circumstance, you should create new growth by pinching. This can be done a few times during the summer to maintain the nice shape of your string of pearls.

Troubleshooting

If you’ve been shopping for succulent plants online or visiting your local garden supply store and you’ve ever wondered what to do with them when you get home, then take a peek at this guide! Succulents and cacti can be fragile and difficult to maintain and sometimes they may even die in your care. But don’t worry read along for tips, advice, and fun facts about succulents and how to take care of them.

Growing Problems

Growing succulents is great. It’s low maintenance and doesn’t need any special conditions. You only need a durable, low-maintenance container and a sunny spot.

When you decide to start planting succulents, take it slow. The roots of the succulents might be fragile. Don’t expect the succulent to grow to its full size.

The most popular place to grow succulents from is a windowsill. If you want large plants, you should generally avoid windowsills. But that doesn’t mean succulents can’t do well in this environment. These plants do just fine and quite often grow faster in this environment.

The problem is that the temperature control of a windowsill can be irregular. One day it’s too cold, another day it’s too hot. The room may be too dark one day and too bright another. All these factors can lead to a stressed plant with irregular growth. But if you don’t have a choice, never let your succulents dry out completely. And when it’s hot, remember to water them more.

Pests

In your succulent plants?

Plants are a wonderful addition to any home landscape and indoor gardening is an even better way to add some greenery without having to touch soil.

Succulents tend to be resilient plants and their varying shapes and sizes make them a visually interesting addition to your decor. They add beauty and life into any space regardless if they're placed by a window or in a more obscure area.

Succulents aren't like other common plants and they don't have the same problems.

Though aphids can attack succulents just as other plants, they are easy to get rid of and definitely not the end of your succulents.

Caterpillars can be a problem, but they can be found on any plant.

However, a bigger concern are common pests that can attack succulents, though they're not as common.

But even with a healthy, thriving succulent plant, you may find a pest problem, so here is a quick run-down on what succulents can struggle with.

Wilts, bacterial and fungal diseases, and pests can send succulent plants into decline. These issues are most common in succulents that are grown incorrectly.

Most basic houseplants are susceptible to pests and diseases transmitted by insects that crawl all over them. An infestation of scale insects on a succulent plant is a clear sign of improper gardening techniques.

Diseases

Soil-borne fungal diseases can be caused by both aerial and systemic spread. The most common symptoms include:

Older leaves yellow and become covered with brown spots.

Broad, brown, concentric rings or streaks develop on older leaves.

The center of the plant dies.

Small, brown, circular spots appear on the succulent stem.

In some cases, the stem may rot and the plant will die.

The leaves may first become dwarfed before the plant develops the above symptoms.

As the disease progresses, the succulent plant dies.

Control:

Crop rotation.

Practicing a variety of disease-prevention methods.

Removing the infected plant parts after the disease has progressed sufficiently.

Removing affected leaves.

Removing weeds and limiting working in beds where infected plants are growing.

Adding compost or organic mulch to the bed after removing diseased plants.

Useful Tips:

Tilling the soil sometimes helps to make the fungal spores more susceptible to the application of fungicide.

Fungi are seldom a problem with cacti and succulent plants grown in terrariums and containers.

Avoiding overhead watering is often a useful aid to control.

Avoiding overhead watering is often a useful aid to control. Spray overhead irrigation frequently.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to water my succulents?

Succulents are the plants that have a modified tissue called the water storage tissue which has to be replaced before watering.

Thus, you have to soak them completely in water for 12 to 24 hours. Normally, they are grown in a pot with cactus soil which is clay based.

While watering your plant, be careful to avoid a pot with drainage holes. This may cause the water overflow and the plant will be drowned.

How much sunlight should my succulent plants get?

Succulents are the plants that require a certain amount of light to grow well. They are categorized as bright light plants or shade plants.

So, you have to adjust the amount of light accordingly. Usually, the bright light varieties need a bright sunny place and they require about 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight.

For the others, the succulents need a partial shade and need about 3 to 4 hours.

Watering and sunlight should be provided at the same time to allow rapid growth and flowering.

How do I prevent rot on my succulents?

It is advisable to provide a good drainage to prevent the excess of soil from wet. Mostly, the plant should be planted below the pot.