Why Are My String Of Dolphins Flat

One of my favorite succulents is the Senecio peregrinus, sometimes known as the string of dolphins. I adore how the leaves, which are shaped like dolphins, appear to leap from the stems as though they are riding waves in the sea. They look beautiful together when I plant them with a string of fishhooks since it feels appropriate. I occasionally have an odd sense of humor.

They were also a part of my all-time favorite container garden that I had ever created. How do you feel about my imaginary garden? I refer to it as “Dolphins and Dragons.” Although it may use a little more sunlight, the succulent I planted in March 2019 at our first-ever Premier Succulents workshop is now delightfully filling out. (There was also a regrettable event involving a fallen pot soon after I got this garden home, which ripped off half the leaves on the aeonium and crushed the calico kitten crassula, but that’s a story for another day. Maybe.)

Senecio rowleyanus (string of pearls) and Senecio articulatus (candle plant), two additional senecio species, were crossed to create this hybrid, which prefers strong light and, appropriately, a little more water than most succulents. I’ve discovered that it’s essential to avoid letting the soil totally dry out in between waterings since otherwise, the dolphins tend to shrivel and die. Its appeal is increased in the spring when little flowers start to bloom.

Like its pearl parent, the string of dolphins contains “windows” that you can use to determine whether it is sufficiently hydrated. If your dolphins’ tops are tightly closed, you might need to add a bit more water. Your dolphins are fully hydrated if they are flattening out, thus you can probably reduce their water intake a little. The picture below shows a dejected, flattened dolphin. Some of the elder leaves look a little strange because that specific cutting struggled to get going, but that’s alright. Here, weird and unique are welcomed.

Simply pinch the stems and plant the cuttings directly into the soil to promote the growth of your dolphins. The original plant will branch where it was pinched, and they root easily, especially in the late summer and fall.

The tiny dolphins that are forming on the stems are, in all honesty, some of the most delightful and lovely propagation I’ve ever done. New leaves are usually fascinating, but here is a picture of some little dolphins. Decide for yourself.

The leaves can grow to be approximately 3/4″ long and 1/4″ wide as they get older, and, astonishingly, we’ve had some success rerooting individual leaves here in the greenhouse. We tested it since we are always up for an experiment and can’t help spreading if given the chance. We had believed that stem cuttings would be necessary; nevertheless, leaves also work and are just as effective. Old, thick leaves occasionally have the ability to reproduce, however it takes them a while to become a plant. Although there isn’t a 100% success rate, it is a great project for kids!

Set up your kids with an ice cube tray full of dirt and a few leaves from the base of your mature plant. Then, let them place the dolphins in the container with the part that was attached to the mother plant buried in the soil. To increase your chances of growing new plants, attempt to place two or three leaves in each part if you have enough. Set the tray in a bright, sunny area and softly mist it every few days, just enough to moisten the soil’s surface. It’s a pretty sluggish process this way, so be ready to see virtually nothing happen for months. You might also do a second pot or two of cuttings to demonstrate to the children the many techniques (some quicker than others!) to grow new plants. When your cuttings are large enough, you may transplant them into custom-painted pots and give them as gifts to your favorite teachers.

Consider placing cuttings from your string of dolphins into conch shells with echeveria and cotyledon pendens for simple, exquisite table decorations if your wedding has a beach theme. You can also use the same plants in small pots as shower gifts.

With this extraordinary succulent, the options are really limitless. It looks amazing in a hanging basket in a bright window and is guaranteed to catch everyone’s eye.

We would love to display your gorgeous dolphin collection, especially if you purchased it from us. Visit our Facebook page, upload some pictures, and brag about your plantlings. We’d also be interested in seeing any setups you’ve developed that use this amazing plant, such as dolphin propagation stations. We appreciate you sharing your thoughts and images in advance!

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Why is the shape of my dolphin string deteriorating?

Either overwatering or underwatering could be to blame for the browning of a strand of dolphin leaves. When this occurs, be important to assess how dry the soil is and modify your watering strategy appropriately to stop further harm.

2. Why are the leaves on my dolphin-shaped string of beads flat?

Overwatering might cause the little, dolphin-shaped leaves to flatten out or start to lose their form. Hold off on watering until the soil is completely dry before rehydrating it. The dolphin leaves should restore their bent shape and resemble tiny dolphins leaping out of the sea in a few days.

3. What is causing my dolphin plant to die?

The main causes of a String of Dolphins’ deaths are overwatering and underwatering. In order to save the plant, wait until the soil is dry before watering it again if it seems to be overwatered.

Give the soil a good soak in water to assist the plant come back to life if the potting media is dry and the leaves look withered.

How can I fill out my dolphin string?

Rearranging the strings’ pattern is the simplest approach to make a string of dolphins appear fuller. Trim a healthy string from the stem’s base, then place the trimmed stem back into the pot where you want it. The primary method for multiplying dolphin succulents is stem cuttings. Wherever you plant these chopped stems, they ought to soon take root and develop. Any string succulent species, such as string of nickels, string of pearls, and string of bananas, can be grown using this technique.

  • Cut mature stems from your plant and transplant them where you’d like.
  • Wherever they are planted, these clipped succulent stems will take root and produce greater growth.
  • Don’t fertilize your succulents excessively.

Stopping the fertilization of your dolphin plant is a surprising action you may take to assist. When fed too much fertilizer, string of dolphin leaves can lose their distinctive dolphin shape. In fact, if you want to keep the plant’s remarkable appearance, it’s best to completely avoid fertilizing it on a regular basis.

What might a group of dolphins that were overwater look like?

Succulent hanging houseplants called “string of dolphin plants” are low maintenance. You shouldn’t have many growing issues as long as the plants receive adequate sunlight and aren’t sitting in soggy soil. However, some maintenance problems can result in withering growth or brown or yellow leaves.

Why is my string of dolphins flat?

If the plant receives excessive moisture, the little dolphin-shaped leaves may begin to flatten. Wait to irrigate the soil until it is completely dry before doing so. The dolphin leaves should regain their bent shape and resemble tiny dolphins leaping out of the ocean.

Why is my string of dolphins turning yellow?

Overexposure to the sun usually causes dolphin plant leaves to turn yellow. The curving green leaves may become pale green or yellow due to leaf bleaching caused by prolonged exposure to strong sunshine. Remove your plant from the sun to help it recover.

Why does string of dolphins turn brown?

Underwatering or overwatering may be the cause of the brown string of dolphin leaves. Check the soil’s dryness and modify your watering strategy as necessary.

If the plant is excessively thirsty or receives too much sunlight, the leaf tips may become brown.

Why is my dolphin plant dying?

The most frequent causes of a dolphin death string are overwatering or extreme underwatering.

Withholding watering till the soil dries out will help a string of dolphin succulent plant that is near death due to overwatering.

Sprinkle some water on the potting soil to help it come back to life if the dirt is dry and the dolphin leaves appear withered.

How can I tell when my dolphin string needs water?

During the growing season, string of dolphin plants often need to be watered once a week. However, they will only require watering once a month during their dormant phase. Succulents called “string of dolphins” may withstand brief periods of dry weather. There aren’t many requirements for the soil other than to be maintained moist enough to prevent leaf pucker. Make sure to allow the soil to gradually dry out in between waterings.

Do dolphins in a group require direct sunlight?

For this home plant, a sunny windowsill is ideal. The plant will also flourish in a west-facing window with daylight from midday to sunset. A south-facing window is great because it receives sun from morning till midday. If you don’t have a window that gets enough direct sunshine, you can also keep it under a grow lamp.