How To Care For Fish Hook Succulent

Here is what I have discovered:

The Fishhooks like to reside indoors in an area with bright to high light, such as close to a south or west window. Just be careful not to expose it for an extended period of time to hot glass or intense summer sun because it can burn. Keep in mind that the stems and leaves are covered with water. On the California coast, mine receive morning sunlight and are protected from the more intense afternoon sun. Bright shadow is the best option if you’re in an area of the country where the sun is stronger.

Temperature ranges for String Of Fishhooks range from 25 degrees to 100 degrees F.

Every two weeks, if it has been raining (more rain please in Southern California!) and/or if it is cool, I water my Fishhook Senecios. I water them less frequently in the winter. Depending on the season and how hot and dry your home is, you should water your indoor plants every three to six weeks. It’s best to let the soil nearly completely dry out in between waterings. No matter how often you water the plant, make sure all the water drains out and that you water it completely.

You should plant your String of Fishhooks in a light, quick-draining mix since water needs to drain away. All of my succulents are potted and rooted using a succulent and cactus mix. The chances of the roots rotting out are greatly decreased in this manner. Like other succulents, it’s preferable to keep them somewhat drier than excessively moist.

I never fertilize my succulents; instead, every spring, I top dress them with a healthy dose of worm castings (1) and organic compost (2). They truly don’t require any feeding, but if for some reason you think yours does, feed it once in the spring using an organic liquid fertilizer designed for houseplants. Never fertilize plants during the winter months while they are dormant. Hey, even plants require a little downtime.

What kind of plant is Fish Hook?

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The flowering succulent plant known as Senecio “Fish Hooks” (Senecio radicans) is indigenous to South Africa. It is a robust, low-maintenance houseplant with large, drooping, banana-shaped leaves that are blue in color. Even when kept indoors, it produces one white blossom every year that smells like cinnamon. The leaves sprout along trailing vines that hang straight down in a configuration like beads, and are frequently planted in hanging baskets. These plants grow swiftly and do best when put on a windowsill or shelf. They can grow up to 10 feet long.

Why is the plant on my fish hook dying?

The roots may have perished as a result of either overwatering (more typical) or underwatering. It may be necessary to restart the plant by taking cuttings of the healthiest stems if this has occurred and the lower stems have died.

What temperature ranges does it experience? It can require a lot of water if the room is warm. It might be reacting poorly to frost if it has been exposed to it.

How are a line of fish hooks watered?

a hanging plant with silvery green leaves that resemble bananas. The vines have a maximum length of three feet. This plant can tolerate temperatures as high as 110 degrees Fahrenheit and as low as 25 degrees Fahrenheit, so bring it inside if/when the temperature drops below that. It may be grown both inside and outdoors.

Care Tips

+Senecio radicans is known to tolerate both sun and shade, so play around with the arrangement!

Water: water sparingly when the soil starts to dry out during the cool months and often during the hotter months (i.e. allow soil to remain dry for about a week before watering again).

+because of this plant’s tolerance for drought, it is safest to err on the side of not watering it when in doubt.

The fishhook string spreads like wildfire and takes off SO EASILY! Take a clipping, and either place it in water to root, or place the clipping directly into soil and let it to root immediately. It enjoys a haircut, so give it one frequently and show your friends!

If ingested, the attractive and conversation-starting Senecio radicans is poisonous in all parts.

How should a fish hook plant be trimmed?

Prior to pruning, I check to make sure the plant is not stressed (i.e., dry) and that my pruners or cutting tools are clean and in good condition. Make clean, accurate cuts to avoid endangering the plant’s health.

This trimming operation wasn’t particularly precise, scientific, or beautiful. Because the plant grows so quickly, especially during the warmer months, I wanted to move it off the ground. I also wanted to thin out a bit since once a stem is cut, new growth may fork off the bottom and occasionally the middle. This may be seen in the video.

To make it clear where I clipped the stems, I placed them against the white pillar. The best place to cut is just below a leaf or node.

For a project like this, I use my Fiskar Floral Nips because they’re razor-sharp and produce clean, accurate cuts that help everything go more quickly and easily. Since I’ve been using them for years, I can heartily recommend them for plants with soft stems, like my String of Fishhooks.

Any time of year is suitable for pruning succulents, although spring is the best. Because the plants are dormant over the winter, I avoid pruning these luscious beauties.

I don’t always cut the stems straight through. When those ends begin to expand and fork off, it may appear to be a large blob. The cuts are spaced out because of this. Additionally, I think this looks better overall.

My String of Fishhooks Plant In The Coming Months

I might remove every stem older than a certain age once the new growth begins to show itself and grow. After the sweltering summer months are over, I’ll check in on how it’s doing. One thing is for certain: I’m maintaining the pruning to keep the trails at this length. Riley, my cat, is also happier right now. He doesn’t have to go around all the paths on the ground to sprint across the patio in search of lizards and snakes.

How often should I water the strings on my fishhooks?

My plants have never had any, and this plant is not known to be prone to infestations. If you have mealy bugs indoors, just take them to the sink or shower and wash them away. They resemble little cotton specks. Just be careful not to let your Fishhooks Senecio get too wet for too long, particularly during the cooler months. Use the garden hose outside to spray the area lightly.

If you want to manage the length, you must prune it. Just be aware that the cut ends may ultimately sprout new growth, typically as two trails rather than one. This one will give you loads of chopping!

It is simple to grow Fishhook Senecios from stem or leaf cuttings. You can skip to the :44 second mark if you want to see how I address that in this video.

The finest places for this plant are wall pots and hanging baskets. It works well in mixed container plantings as well, but it tends to stray and take up space that other plants need. I had some growing in a pot beside my driveway, and it made its way across the garden by rooting itself into the pedestal and pot. This post and video about my never-ending succulent repotting project show it.

The Fishhooks have spread out over the gravel landscaping after growing through the back of this bed. To keep it off the sidewalk, I’ll have to begin cutting it back. It should be removed if the pinching causes it to become excessively dense.

Fishhooks Senecio grows quickly in warm weather and even more quickly if it is outdoors. The growth will likely be mild as a year-round houseplant, but it will still be quicker than that of other plants. Just be cautious, as I mentioned above, if you decide to plant it in a pot with other plants, as it has a tendency to supplant weaker ones.

All you need to cultivate this succulent indoors is some great, strong light and to water it sparingly. Make careful to give Fishhooks Senecio space to trail whether you grow it inside or outside.

Senecio radicans, String of Bananas, and String of Fishhooks are other names for this succulent. Confusing! Because these plumper leaves resemble bananas more to me, I refer to them as “String of Bananas.” Senecio radicans “glauca” is another name I’ve seen for it. What do you refer to it as?

Why are the fish hooks on my string shriveling up?

Several issues could be present with your fish hook succulent (Senecio radicans). If this plant is exposed to a chill as the temperature turns cooler, some of its leaves will fall off. Your tap water’s temperature might have dropped or it might be in a microclimate next to a window that is colder than the rest of the space. It’s better to keep some space from the window glass and use tepid water.

A heat explosion from heating vents can also shock the plant. Try your best to place it away from the room’s main source of heat.

The plant may also lose some leaves if the amount of light it was receiving during the growing season was just right but is now insufficient due to the dwindling amount of daylight.

The soil’s wetness is also important, as you mentioned. Fast-draining soil, a container with a drain hole, and run-off water that is emptied after watering are all necessary for your plant. The ideal ratio is usually equal parts potting soil, peat, and sand. Commercial cactus mixes are fine, if not ideal, and widely accessible, but stay away from any that already contain food because this might burn a succulent’s roots. Typically, water your plant only as frequently as necessary to keep its leaves from puckering throughout the low-light winter months (October through February). It does not yet have an active growth phase and prefers prolonged dry conditions. Water the plant thoroughly, letting the water run from the pot’s bottom, then checking back after 15 minutes to remove any water that has accumulated in the tray. Water more regularly as the amount of daylight increases and the plant resumes active development, but make sure to let the soil completely dry in between applications.

How can a dying succulent be revived?

Yes, I am aware that it seems illogical to remove extra water from the soil, but bear with me. This is the justification. Too much water has already put the succulent under stress, and exposure to sunlight makes matters worse. Direct sunlight is a big no because most succulents require brilliant indirect light.

Place the succulent that has been overwatered somewhere dry and bright, but out of direct sunshine.

2. Permit the roots to breathe.

Cut off any brown or black roots as they are already rotting. Dig the succulent out of the ground and remove any excess soil that has become stuck to the roots. Place the plant on a mesh or other strainer until the roots have had two to three days to air dry. Replant the roots in the pot once they have dried completely.

Remove the entire root system and any puckered, spotty, black, or brown stems if the roots are entirely rotted. The succulent stem can be buried in the ground for propagation.

Keep the overwatered succulent on a mesh screen or other strainer until the roots have had two to three days to air dry.

3. Modify the ground

You might not need to entirely alter your succulent if it is already rooted in homemade or commercial succulent soil. Algae (green living matter) typically grows on soil that is too wet. If so, it is your responsibility to remove all of the top soil from the area around your plants and replace it with new succulent soil.

How are fishbone cacti propagated?

One of the simplest cactus plants to grow and give to your family and friends is this one. All you need to start a brand-new plant is a piece of stem. Take a fresh cutting, and leave it to callus for a few days on the counter.

A low soil medium, such as a peat moss mixture, should be utilized to plant the callused end. Essentially, that is all there is to it. When growing Fishbone cactus stems, give them medium light and light hydration. You’ll soon have fresh plants to share with your gardening friends and family.