STRING OF PEARLS – KEEPING THEM HAPPY
The String of Pearls is one of the hottest indoor plants at the moment. They are also known as a String of Beads. They are a interesting plant, offering cascading thin like stems that fall over the edge of the hanging basket or from shelves and table tops. Their bead like appearance will sometimes even bloom with the daintiest of flowers. My mum has had a luscious string of pearls by her back door for years. I never gave it much thought really. It was just one of many plants mum has around her home. Its tendrils were so long, they pooled on the ground below. She had it for years. It wasn’t until they started popping up on my Instagram feed that I realised how cool they were. I managed to get one locally but it died within a few months – story of my life.
Knowing mum’s super green thumb, I phoned her and asked her to propagate one for me and bring it over the next time she visited. A year later mum delivered me a luscious green, thick string of pearls that we divided into two hanging baskets. Whilst doing so, she shared her tips and tricks to keep them healthy.
You can see in the photo above that the plant is growing well by the number of smaller pearls on the ends of the plant.
Here’s Mums tips –
🌱 Don’t overwater. Mum told me to give just enough water so that it starts to trickle from the bottom of the pot. And only water when the soil is dry. Both my plants are hanging out side for now and get a water once every 7-10 days. A little more frequently if the weather has been super hot. In cooler months you can drop the watering back to once a month.
🌱 They must be in a pot that has a draining hole at the bottom. That was the problem with the first one. It had no draining hole so it was just sitting in a pile of water. Big mistake!
🌱 Use a soil suited to cacti if you can, but not to worry if you can’t. Just use a regular potting mix if thats what you have.
🌱 You will need to prune it, partly because the tendrils will grow so long and by pruning you encourage a thicker plant and bigger pearls. Don’t throw away the trimmings though. Remove 4 – 5 pearls and stick that into some good soil. Lay the tendril on the soil and gently push it into the soil a bit. Keep it moist but not soaking and you will hopefully get some new plants to give away or keep. Mum says to use one of those larger style bobby pins (the ones that aren’t so tight – hairdressers use them for up styles, and use them to keep the plant in the soil.
🌱 This plant is toxic so keep away from children and pets!
🌱 The String of Pearls is an ideal house plant or they look great in a hanging basket underneath your patio or verandah.
I believe the reason my String of Pearls look so good is because the plant they came from was super hardy and in very good health. Thanks Mum!
Do you have a String of Pearls in your home? What tips do you have?