How To Take Care Of Dolphin Succulent

How frequently should a dolphin succulent be watered?

Dolphin plants can just just another novelty plant, but they also require specific maintenance. Identical to their parent plants, they have similar cultivation requirements. Give them light that is both direct and bright.

During the growing season, the ideal average temperature is 72 degrees F (22 C). The plant needs somewhat cooler temperatures, between 50 and 55 degrees F, to go dormant in the winter (10-13 C.).

Between waterings, let the soil dry out. Plants typically need watering once a week during the growing season, but just once a month during the dormant season.

The succulent dolphin has minimal insect or disease problems, and its maintenance is very simple. Mealybugs and spider mites are potential problems in several climes. The majority of diseases are fungal issues, which may be avoided with proper watering, well-draining soil, and a container that lets excess moisture out.

A dolphin succulent needs how much sun?

Although it is readily scorched by direct sunlight when grown outdoors, string of dolphins thrives when exposed to at least six hours of sunlight each day when planted indoors. Although a south-facing window is preferable, it can also be grown indoors in mild light.

Do dolphins in a string require 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.

How can dolphin strings be made fuller?

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.

When should my dolphin strings be watered?

Although the String of Dolphins prefers to be slightly pot-bound because it produces better blooms, repotting this trailing succulent once every three years in the spring will not only give it more room to grow since you’ll be using a larger pot for its new vessel but also allow you to clean any infection from its roots in the process.

Here are the materials you need to gather first:

  • Before repotting, give your String of Dolphins water for 24 hours. This will lessen the chance of transplant shock to the plant.
  • A nice set of gloves so that you won’t contaminate your hands
  • One size bigger than the old pot is the new one.
  • Terracotta pots are highly advised since they assist absorb extra soil moisture. To reduce the possibility of root rot and wet soil, make sure it has enough drainage holes.
  • a potting medium that is permeable and well-drained. It is strongly advised to use a mixture of 50% perlite and 50% soil mix, or 40% coco coir, 20% perlite, and 15% orchid bark.
  • First step: Gently take the String of Dolphins out of its old pot. To help it slip out without significantly injuring the roots, tilt the pot sideways and lightly touch the bottom and sides. &nbsp
  • Step 2: Examine the roots with your fingertips and pry them loose. It is preferable to remove at least an inch of the root ball from your String of Dolphins if you see that the roots have become excessively thick. In order to encourage fresh root growth and help the plant fill the soil in its new pot, be careful to cut through the tangled roots with a clean, sharp knife.
  • Step 3: Add soil mixture to the bottom 1/4 of the new pot. It is preferable to apply a thin coating of grit to the pot’s base for better drainage and to promote a stronger root system.
  • Step 4: Insert the root ball into the container and fill in the edges with additional soil. The top ridge of the pot should ideally remain above the soil line because irrigation may cause water to run off. Additionally, ensure that the potting media fills the tiny area between the roots and dirt by giving the pot a gentle shake and tap.

After you’ve finished repotting, be careful to give your String of Dolphins good care until it stabilizes from the stem to avoid any difficulties. Since overwatering may attract pests, make sure the soil is dry between waterings.

Why are the dolphins on my string falling 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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What’s causing my dolphin strings to yellow?

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.