How To Take Care Of Ruby Necklace Succulent

Between waterings, let your string of rubies to completely dry out. The string of rubies is a drought-tolerant succulent that, like most succulents, is easily prone to root rot if overwatered. After allowing the soil to completely dry, thoroughly water your string of rubies, letting any extra water drain out of the pot.

all about othonna capensis (ruby necklace)

Hey there, everyone! Rachael here to provide information about this month’s plant of the month, the Othona capensis, often known as the Ruby Necklace or, as I affectionately call it, the String of Rubies.

One of my favourite succulents to utilise for spilling and trailing purposes is the Ruby Necklace. They develop quickly, have vivid colours, and bloom all year round with tiny daisy-like flowers. They retain their green colour in dim light, with purplish highlights, especially around the stem. The stem and the plump, bean-shaped leaves will turn crimson red in direct sunlight.

They belong to the Othonna genus, which includes African plants that resemble Senecio succulents like String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus).

caring for your ruby necklace:


Fortunately, these adorable creatures can tolerate both strong direct light and weak indirect light. The brighter the purple and red colour of these plants, the more direct sunlight they receive. They keep a more greenish tint in low light, with purple stems and accents. In my experience, these plants may thrive in low-light settings in gardens and on patios, but they can be a little more difficult to maintain inside.

They enter a dormant state during the hottest summer months, so you should give them more shade and less water.


These plants, like the majority of succulents, dislike being overwatered, especially if they are kept in cooler, more shady locations. They prefer that their soil drains efficiently and dries out entirely between waterings.

They prefer greater moisture in their soil throughout the spring and fall growing seasons, so they can receive more regular irrigation (like once per week).

Typical Care:

When these plants get too tall, you can cut them back. The trimmed ends can be replanted, however it is recommended to give them some water propagation to encourage root growth before transplanting.

Ruby necklace is a houseplant.

One of my favourite indoor hanging succulent plants is Othonna capensis, sometimes known as the Ruby Necklace plant. You can see from the pictures in this post how it came to have other names like String of Pickles and Little Pickles.

The Ruby Necklace Plant is the ideal trailing succulent if you want something simple to grow. To find out how to take care of this wonderful succulent, keep reading.

A succulent, is a ruby necklace?

A lovely trailing succulent from the daisy family is called Ruby Necklace. Although it can be used in rockeries or display plantings, it is typically planted as a hanging basket plant. It is a hardy succulent with minimal issues, however it prefers somewhat more water than the norm. This plant will exhibit a rich purple/maroon coloration with sufficient sunlight and minimal fertiliser. It will be thicker and greener under more shade. sporadically throughout the year, multitudes of yellow flowers resembling daisies are produced.

Morning sun and afternoon shade are ideal for cultivating Othonna capensis. This will not only let it to display vibrant colour but also lower its need for water in challenging circumstances. This plant doesn’t require much else to survive, but a large pot will help it reach its full potential.

There aren’t many insect and disease problems with Othonna capensis. Caterpillars are the worst pest they encounter, though. These are very common in the summer and fall and can swiftly kill a plant. Keep an eye out for symptoms of harm. Small infestations are typically manageable by hand. Use an insecticide like Dipel or Confidor for more severe infestations.

Is the plant called the ruby necklace rare?

To prevent root rot, this unusual succulent plant prefers soil that drains properly. To make your plant happy, we suggest using a succulent-mix or a normal potting soil with sand. Overwatering could cause the banana string to decay. Make sure you place them in a container that is slightly larger than the plant and has drainage holes at the bottom.

A ruby necklace plant needs how much sun?

A string of rubies thrives in a bright, sunny, south-facing window that gets at least six hours of direct sunlight every day. A string of rubies thrives in full sun to light shade when cultivated outdoors.

How frequently do succulents need to be watered?

During the months that are not winter, when the temperature is above 40 degrees, you should water your succulents every other week. You should only water your succulent once a month in the winter (when the temperature falls below 40 degrees), as it goes dormant at this period.

A few situations are an exception to this rule. Because their tiny leaves can’t hold as much water as other varieties with larger leaves, some varieties of succulents need to be watered more frequently. In the non-winter months, feel free to give these small leaf succulents a water if they appear to be thirsty. When they are thirsty, succulents generally exhibit a wrinkled appearance. But always keep in mind that being underwater is preferable to being overwater.

What is the Ruby Necklace Plant?

  • A trailing succulent with several purple and pink stems and long, narrow leaves in the shape of beans is called Othonna capensis “Ruby Necklace.” The beans are a stunning brilliant green, purple, or deep red colour. They turn redder the more light they receive. The term “Ruby Necklace” refers to the delicate design and vibrant red hues of these leaves, which resemble costly jewel pendants on necklaces.

The plant blooms all year long with tiny yellow daisy-like flowers on a long reddish stalk.

whole sun. indirect sunlight in the heat, some shade.

When the soil seems fully dry to the touch, water it thoroughly and then let it drain. To prevent rot and fungus illnesses, don’t let water linger in the soil for an extended period of time. Reduce summertime irrigation when plants are dormant.

Size and Growth

The little peperomia ruby cascade develops scarlet stems that resemble vines and rounded, delicate leaves.

It is a trailing plant whose stems gradually cross the tops of pots or hanging baskets.

It is only a few inches tall, but if left unattended, the vine-like stalks could grow to be several feet long.

Light and Temperature

It cannot endure below-freezing conditions and is a native of tropical and subtropical climates.

Grow it indoors or move it indoors for the winter if winter temperatures fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius).

Fortunately, Peperomia ruby cascade grows well in 35-inch pots despite being a little plant, making it simple to arrange almost anywhere within. Just make sure it gets adequate filtered light.

Regardless of whether it is cultivated indoors or outdoors, Ruby Cascade prefers bright, indirect sunlight.

Watering and Feeding

Despite having succulent leaves, Peperomia ruby cascade isn’t a real succulent. It requires more irrigation and more humidity.

Before each watering, check the soil and let it dry out, but don’t let it remain dry for too long.

Peperomia ruby cascade uses less water during the winter. Maintain a wet but not excessively saturated soil.

During the spring and summer growing seasons, fertilise the plant every other week with a diluted liquid fertiliser. In the fall or winter, avoid fertilising.

Soil and Transplanting

Instead of using standard potting soil, peat-based compost is the finest medium for growing ruby peperomia. Use a pot with drainage holes at all times.

The plant could suffer from frequent repotting. Replanting shouldn’t be required for several years because of its slower growth.


At the end of the fall season, before the plant spends the winter mostly dormant, reduce the growth on this indoor plant.

Don’t prune heavily. Pruning too much might permanently harm the plant and stunt growth.

By eliminating damaged leaves and big stems, pruning can be used to manage growth and size. Additionally, this is an ideal time to gather stems for further growth.

How is the Ruby Cascade spread?

The peperomia ruby cascade can be spread using one of two techniques. Both approaches are simple to use and can assist you in reining in an out-of-control adult plant’s growth. When to take cuttings is the optimal time.

  • Stem-Tip Cut five to ten growing stems right below a leaf node using the following cutting technique. Remove the lowest third of the stem’s leaves and submerge them in water. In three to five weeks, roots will start to develop. Once roots emerge, you can transplant the plants into the proper potting soil. The cuttings can also be made, dipped in rooting hormone, and planted directly in the ground. To maintain the highest level of humidity possible, cover the clippings with a lid. Ideal temperature is between 70 and 75 degrees.
  • Division Technique: When repotting your plant, carefully pull the clump apart and pot each piece separately. Make sure to gather as many roots as you can. Plant in containers with the right kind of soil and water.

How frequently should I water my string of pickles?

Put your “String of Bananas” somewhere sunny. It will survive being temporarily placed away from a window but will not tolerate being in direct sunlight. Ideal solar exposure is at least 4-6 hours.

Between waterings, let the soil totally dry out. When completely dry, moisten the area until water begins to drain from the drainage hole. In order to avoid giving succulents “wet feet,” make sure the saucer is completely dry.

Your String of Bananas can withstand dry air and doesn’t require any additional humidity.

Your String of Bananas will be fine in a typical environment between 60 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Use a liquid succulent fertiliser once a month in the spring and summer to feed your plants.

Your plant is probably not getting enough light if the top of it begins to appear bald. Move it to a more sunny spot, place a few strands on top of the soil, and secure with garden pins to fill it back up. These strands will eventually take root and fill the plant back up.

Size & Growth

  • The String of Tears normally grows slowly and trails.
  • In optimal conditions, stems can grow up to one foot long.
  • The trailing stems of the String of Tears are various shades of green to purple.
  • The stems, which can go as long as a foot, are reasonably stiff.
  • Depending on how they are planted, they either have a trailing or a creeping growth tendency.
  • The leaves are shaped like raindrops or tears.
  • They have transparent leaf windows, which enable more light to enter.
  • You can see extremely subtle purple stripes inside the leaf when you look through the window.
  • The stems and leaves of the plant will have darker purple tones as it grows in direct sunshine.

Light & Temperature

Instead than being in full direct sunshine, The String of Teardrops performs best with some shade or indirect strong light.

If you’re growing the plant outdoors, bring it inside before the winter months get too chilly.

If you’re growing it as a groundcover, you can also take cuttings to preserve indoor plants as houseplants until the end of winter, when you may move them back outside.

Watering & Feeding

  • All of these plants have the necessary adaptations to survive in largely arid conditions.
  • They have long-lasting water storage capacity in the stems and leaves of their plants.
  • Water as you would any cactus or trailing succulent.
  • Wait until the soil is almost completely dry before deeply watering it.
  • Permit water to percolate through the soil and exit the container’s drainage hole.

Are cats poisonous to ruby necklace plants?

A delicate and lovely hanging succulent, Ruby Necklace cascades as it grows. They enjoy warmth and strong light if you’re ready, but they only require water every two to three weeks because they are sensitive to overwatering.

Sway Kween’s recommended maintenance regimen is full brightness or direct light, water every two to three weeks.

* Use Caution! Use your best judgement to determine if this plant is good for you since it is toxic to cats and dogs. We also provide various non-toxic plant choices.