How to Care for a String of Pearls Plant

Hello Judy,
I was recently given this amazing plant as a gift, however I have no idea what it’s called or how to care for it! I really want it to flourish, and am so worried about it dying! It’s already starting to look unwell.
Please help! Any information would be greatly appreciated.


Hi Isabelle,

Your plant is called a String of Pearls plant (Senecio rowleyanus). Trim the long stems to prevent the plant from becoming straggly. You can plant the stem tip cuttings back into the pot to help the plant look bushier. From the picture it looks like you’ve probably been over watering. Here are some care tips to help you grow a String of Pearls.

Water: This is a Succulent PlantLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant." that stores water in its plump leaves so be careful not to over water. I find that if I allow the green bead like leaves to get a little flat and then water well, the plant is quite happy. During the winter, when the plant is resting, water even less.

Light: Very bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. and even some morning direct sun.

Plant Food: Fertilize monthly from about April to October with a balanced liquid plant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength.

Temperature: A String of Pearls likes warm temperatures between 70°-80°F (21.1°-26.6° C)

Soil: Use a succulentLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant." or cactus potting mix that drains quickly.

Flowering:  String of Pearls produces tiny, white, fuzzy scented flowers.

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