Curio rowleyanus is part of the Asteraceae family (the Daisy family). They are native to South Western Africa and is noted for its unique, almost spherical, tiny pea-shaped modified leaves which store water, minimize water consumption and help to facilitate plant survival in dry climates. The flowers they produce smell of cinnamon.
It's important to not pour water on to the top of these plants as they form a dense matting with shallow roots and this could lead to rotting.
Foliage: Approximately 20cm in length
This plant is toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.
How do you care for a String of Pearls?
Care for a string of pearls by keeping it in optimum growing temperatures of 21-26°C. During the winter you should keep it in a room at 10-16°C. These plants prefer bright indirect light or bright filtered light. This plant doesn't require above-average humidity, so don’t mist it. Use a succulent fertiliser bi-monthly which has been diluted to half the recommended strength. This plant is best grown in a dry, sandy, well-draining, cactus-type potting mix.
Do String of Pearls grow fast?
String of Pearls can grow fast when it’s given enough light and fertiliser to do so. It needs plenty of indirect light throughout the year in order to have the best chance of growing fast.
How often should I water my String of Pearls?
String of Pearls do not need to be watered often at all. Depending on the conditions that you are keeping the plant in, it’s possible to leave a String of Pearls plant for several weeks in between waterings. Be sure to let the soil dry out at least half an inch on top before watering, to avoid root rot setting in.
What's wrong with my string of pearls?
Your String of Pearls could be struggling for a number of reasons. Check these common problems to quickly diagnose what’s wrong with your plant: pot is too big, the plant is planted too deep, over watering, under watering, wrong potting mix, too much sun, not enough sun and insects/pests infestation.
Why do my String of Pearls keep dying?
Your String of Pearls may appear as if it is dying, especially if the leaves are shrivelled. This plant stores moisture in its leaves, when the plant is under-watered it draws water from its leaves to survive. Try watering your String of Pearls more frequently to keep it well hydrated and happy.
Can String of Pearls grow in low light?
String of Pearls is not suited to growing in low light conditions. This plant needs strong indirect light in order to grow at its best. Keep the plant near a window that receives plenty of strong light to keep it growing healthily.
Why is my String of Pearls turning white?
Your String of Pearls may be turning white because it was exposed to direct sunlight. The chlorophyll making cells can die, rendering the leaves white instead of green.
Why is my String of Pearls sticky?
String of Pearls plants can become sticky at times, this is an adaptation to help them to adhere to other plants. The plant is epiphytic in the wild, which means that it grows on other plants.
How do you revive an overwatered String of Pearls?
Revive an overwatered String of Pearls by removing as much moisture from the plant as feasible. Check for any stagnant water in the pot and drain away excess water if possible. You can hasten evaporation by putting your String of Pearls in bright indirect light, find a warm spot if possible. Don’t water the plant until the soil has properly dried out.
Does String of Pearls like humidity?
String of Pearls should be kept in average household humidity - 50% at a minimum.
Are String of Pearls toxic to dogs?
String of Pearls is toxic to dogs, cats and people. Due to its nature as a hanging plant, it’s recommended to keep this well out of the way of anyone or thing who might want to pull or chew at it.