How To Plant String Of Pearls Succulent

Your string of pearls plants can grow in any typical succulent potting medium, however sandy soil is preferred. Cactus potting mix is a fantastic option for this plant. Alternately, you might use a 3-to-1 ratio of sharp sand to potting soil. Because these plants are prone to root rot, you should make sure their soil drains adequately.

Is it possible to grow a single pearl or pearl string?

As with any plant, you must first take a cutting in order to propagate string of pearls. That’s not too difficult because this species has long, trailing vines.

How to do it is as follows:

  • Choose a nice, robust vine for your plant. It should be as long as possible and have thick, green leaves (pearls).
  • To get a piece with at least a few of pearls, cut the vine. The ideal tool for this is a knife or pair of scissors that have been cleaned with alcohol.
  • If the string is long, cut it into pieces of around 10 cm (4 inches). Your new plant will appear more full the more of these cuttings you get!
  • Give the thread a day or two to dry. There is enough water stored in the pearls to keep it from rotting in the future, so don’t worry.

I’m done now! You currently have one or more string of pearl cuttings that are prepared to be multiplied.

Did you realize? A string of pearls plant may actually be grown from a single leaf, just like many other succulents can. You just need one of those peas, that’s true. Although it can take a while, this method has a lower success rate. Getting a longer string is unquestionably the better choice.

Can I make a string of pearls using succulent soil?

When properly cared for, string of pearls plants are one of the more manageable succulents to grow.

  • 1. Use an airy soil mixture. To flourish, succulents require excellent drainage. Your string of pearls will be planted in the proper quantity of pumice or perlite if you use a prepackaged succulent or cactus potting mix. Regular potting soil can benefit from the addition of pumice or perlite to help with aeration and allow the soil to drain excess water.
  • 2. Pick a tiny terra cotta pot. String of pearls plants don’t require a lot of space and have little root systems. Larger pots allow water to pool and keep the soil from drying out, while terracotta and other porous clay pots assist reduce excessive wetness. Choose a small clay pot with drainage holes to help reduce the risk of overwatering because excessively wet soil can cause root rot.
  • 3. Position your plant at the pot’s top. String of pearls plants only require a depth of one inch below the soil’s surface. To enable appropriate air circulation around the plant, the top of the soil should also be near to the top of the container.
  • 4.Situate your plant in an area with plenty of indirect light. Your string of pearls needs a combination of bright sunshine and some partial shade to thrive, whether you intend to keep it as a houseplant or eventually propagate it outside. Keep an eye out for too-intense afternoon sun since it may scorch your strand of pearls.
  • 5.Avoid watering too much. Most succulents will die from overwatering. Water once every two weeks in the spring and summer to maintain the soil’s slight moisture. In the winter, water just once a month at most. The plant requires additional water if the pearl-like leaves start to shrink.
  • 6. Fertilize while the plant is growing. Every other week in the spring and summer, feed your plant water-soluble fertilizer that has been diluted to half its normal strength. Fertilize plants once every six weeks during the winter.
  • 7. Preserve a dry, warm environment. The ideal indoor temperature for string of pearl plants is between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. They can survive temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees during the cooler months. Keep string of pearls plants where the humidity is the lowest because they don’t thrive in humid environments.

Where do pearl strings flourish the most?

  • Bright light works wonderfully for a string of pearls. If bright sunshine is scarce, think about setting it on a sunny windowsill. If not, place it under a fluorescent light during the day.
  • Make sure your plant has enough space to spread out. Think about presenting it in a hanging container so the tendrils can droop.
  • Make sure that the plant is out of children’s and animals’ reach, as well as any fallen beads: Consuming this succulent may make you sick.

How frequently should I water my pearl string?

1. Light

String of Pearls plants must be placed in a location where they may receive at least 6 to 8 hours of bright, indirect sunshine each day, whether they are planted indoors or outdoors. Again, though, you’ll need to cultivate this plant outdoors in an area that receives some shade.

If kept indoors, place your String of Pearls near an east-facing window or another location where it may get enough of bright natural light. If you reside in a hot, desert-like environment, you may also grow it close to a South or West-facing window as long as you keep the plant 5 to 10 inches away from the glass to avoid it from getting sunburned. To ensure they receive all the light they require each day, move them closer to a window or to a brighter location during the colder, cooler months.

The minimum number of hours of direct, strong sunlight that string of pearls plants require each day is six to eight.

If the lighting in your home is inadequate for your String of Pearls, you might want to put them 6 to 12 inches beneath a fluorescent light source for 12 to 16 hours a day to keep them happy.

The ideal indoor temperature for String of Pearls succulents is between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the plant cool during the winter, at a temperature of about 5560 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid keeping them in places with drafts, air conditioners, or open windows since the cold air may cause the leaves to fall. String of pearls must be brought indoors throughout the winter since they cannot withstand frost.

3. Moisture

For String of Pearls to flourish, only moderate humidity is necessary. In actuality, since this succulent is native to arid regions, dry air won’t hurt it. Additionally, it can be used in virtually any typical household humidity situation (about 40 percent relative humidity).

4. Ground & Pot

Like any succulent, pearl plants require well-draining soil to flourish. Therefore, the first step to making your spring of hearts happy is picking a well-drained pot. Due of their exceptional drainage, terracotta and unglazed ceramic pots are the two most preferred options.

Another critical element in choosing the ideal container size for succulents is soil fertility. If the container is too big for the plant, the soil will remain wet for too long and the pearls lying on that wet soil will rot. Therefore, the pot must be large enough to allow them to fill it to the brim. Additionally, String of Pearls don’t require a deep pot because their roots are so shallow. &nbsp

The crowns of the pearls must remain level with the top of the pot or no more than 0.5 to 1 inch lower than the top; otherwise, the aeration will decrease and, in combination with the wet soil, the crowns and stems of the plant will rot more quickly.

You may practically start with any type of succulent potting soil because string of pearls are so easy to care for, however sandy soil is recommended. Follow this mixture with three parts high-quality potting soil and one part sharp sand.

5. Water

Be careful not to overwater String of Pearls because they are extremely sensitive to it. It is advised to do so every two weeks. The soil should be at least half an inch (1.2 cm) dry before the next watering to prevent overwatering. Reduce watering to once a month throughout the winter. &nbsp

Even though string of pearls are frequently planted indoors, they may still make wonderful outdoor plants. Depending on how hot the region is, you can modify the frequency of watering the plant or you may let the rain take care of it for you for outdoor String of Pearls.

Fertilizer, no. 6

Typically, succulents don’t require a lot of fertilizer, and too much fertilizer can also be fatal to pearl succulents. In the spring and mid-summer, they might receive fertilization once every two or four weeks while they are growing. Additionally, fall and winter do not require fertilizer. In addition, the fertilizer needs to be diluted so as not to overload the plant.

Can a strand of pearls be rooted in water?

It is incredibly simple to grow a string of pearls in water. It goes very much the same way as growing pothos cuttings in water. You just take stem cuttings—I’d suggest they should be approximately 35 inches long—from your existing plant. The lower part of the stem is then carefully stripped of its leaves. This area will be submerged under water.

When propagating pothos cuttings, I use a mason jar; however, because string of pearls cuttings are much more delicate and shorter, I use a little glass bowl. Its size is ideal for allowing the stems without leaves to relax in water. The dish was then placed close to our sliding glass door, which receives midday, afternoon, and evening sun.

The nodes on the stem will soon start to produce thin, white roots that look nearly translucent. In this image, the cuttings started to root after just 24 hours! To ensure that the roots grew nicely long, I left them in the water for a total of three days.

I gently placed the cuttings into a tiny container to root in soil once the roots were prepared for soil. I always have a couple of tiny containers on standby for cuttings like this. You shouldn’t just dump them into a huge new pot!

When planting, take care not to damage the new roots because they are still weak. It’s reasonable to say you now have a fresh, growing plant after a few weeks of more root establishment. The string of pearls can be repotted into a little bigger pot, where it will remain until it outgrows it.

Where do you cut pearl strings for regrowth?

1. Take cuttings from your String of Pearls plant, slightly below a leaf node. I usually wait for 1 to 3 days for thin stemmed cuttings like these to recover before planting. Due to the heat in Tucson, I just gave the cuttings a day to recover. But if you have to, you can plant them immediately away.

2. Add the succulent and cactus mix to your growth container. 3. Poke holes in the ground using the chopstick. Every cutting requires a hole. I frequently make one large hole and insert two cuttings.

4. Before putting the plant in the ground, remove the top leaves (the pearls). Make sure to plant with at least three or four leaf nodes buried in the soil.

5. Use your flower pins to secure the cuttings. Don’t forget to save the pins when it’s time to transplant the cuttings into a fresh container. They are useful and reusable.

6. Give your new plantings a few days to settle in. After that, thoroughly hydrate them.

The pearls have been removed from the stems as seen above. And those stems, boy, are they tiny!

The soil is too heavy

Succulents require well-drained soil that is also highly aerated. The soil mix that your plant came in may have been one that some farmers use uniformly for all the plants they are raising. Or maybe you replanted yours using potting soil. The String of Pearls plant or both can be overly heavy and remain moist for too long.

I use this recipe for Succulent Soil & Cactus Mix when I repot my String of Pearls. It’s nice and thick, which makes it easy for the water to drain out. My succulents enjoy it, both inside and out.

The pot needs to include drainage holes so that any extra water may easily drain away. If you don’t, this may result in root rot and excessive watering.

If you’re using a pre-made succulent and cactus mixture, like this one from the supermarket, you can think about adding some pumice or perlite to increase the aeration and lightness level. I’ve used this good alternative in the past; it’s a gritty, quick-draining blend. Nothing additional will be required for it.

Every spring, I lightly apply worm compost on top of a layer of compost to most of my houseplants and succulents. For a 6 String of Pearls, a 1/4 layer of each will be sufficient. Right here, you can read about how I feed my composting worms.

Too much fertilizer (too often; too heavy on the ratio) or the wrong fertilizer

This may result in fertilizer burn, which harms roots. Succulents only require a single feeding in the spring and, if necessary, a second application in the middle of the summer.

In the early spring, I feed mine indoors using the customary method: a 1/2 layer of worm compost on top of a 1/4 layer of compost.

Since worm compost is my preferred amendment, I’ll bring it up once again. It’s pretty rich, so I just use it seldom. I’ve used Wiggle Worm and Worm Gold Plus in the past, but I currently use one created by a local Tucson company.

I also use organic and local compost. If you can’t find someplace where you reside, consider trying Dr. Earth’s. Both worm compost and compost organically and gradually improve the soil, preserving the health of the roots and promoting plant growth. Roots are happy, String of Pearls is happy!

These also work well if you have some liquid kelp or fish emulsion on hand. For all of my indoor plants, I now alternate using Max Sea and Eleanor’s VF-11 a few times throughout the season. There are fertilizers made specifically for cacti and succulents, but I’ve never used those. Thus, you have options!

Because I now feed my succulents three times a year because I reside in the sunny Arizona desert (besides the compost). It happened one or two times a year when I was living on the California coast.

Whatever you use, keep it simple because succulents don’t need much or must be fed frequently. Consider using the fertilizer or food at half the suggested strength, like I do, for succulents like a String of Pearls.