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String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)

With long strands of foliage that resemble pearls or peas, the string of pearls is a favourite for hanging baskets. Becoming thicker and longer over time they are a definite showstopper on the patio or deck. String of pearls are bright green and flower profusely with small almost fluffy looking flowers from autumn through winter. Variegated forms are also available.

Growing Conditions

Aspect String of pearls will grow happily inside in a bright lit space that doesn’t receive direct light. Ideally, however, they prefer a sheltered outdoor position.

Soil Use Seasol Indoor Potting Mix a premium potting mix especially formulated for indoor plants.

Growing The string of pearls looks amazing all year round and will  flower for long periods in the cooler months. If outside, make sure to protect from frost.

String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)

General care

Watering Allow the string of pearls to dry out between watering.

Potting Always ensure the pot has a drainage hole. If grown inside in a very bright window spot, use a terracotta pot. Terracotta is a good idea to help dry the soil out quickly to avoid root rot which is a very common problem inside.

Feeding A liquid or granular fertiliser can be used. Apply granular PowerFeed Controlled Release Pots & Plants for Indoor & Outdoors once every season. It combines a premium mix of nutrients, seaweed, and microbes for all plants in pots. Supplement or apply a liquid fertiliser such as PowerFeed PRO SERIES Pots & Planters or PowerFeed All Purpose including Natives every 2 to 4 weeks from spring to autumn and less often in winter.

For a ready-to-use no mixing formula, apply PowerFeed Indoor & Potted Plants 1.25 Lt trigger spray to the soil. This easy-to-use liquid fertiliser and soil conditioner helps to improve your soil and feed your plants. Apply every 2 to 4 weeks during the growing season and monthly in winter if needed.

Watch out String of pearls are generally pest and problem free when grown outside in the shade.

To thicken up the pot, wind and lay a few strands up onto the top of the soil. Coil them around and secure in place with some bobby pins if necessary. This will allow those pieces to grow roots and then eventually grow more stems from the top of the pot.