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String of Pearls - Our Urban Box

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.

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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.

String of Pearls - Our Urban BoxYou 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.

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🌱 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!

String of Pearls - Our Urban Box
🌱 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?

Fleur x


  1. Hugzilla

    March 15, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Oh these are so beautiful! I’ve never actually seen them for sale anywhere around us though. They must be the new fiddle leaf fig. LOL. And thanks for the heads up about them being toxic – was not aware of that.

    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      March 22, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      They are hard to find Hugzilla! I didn’t know they were toxic either till mum told me!
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  2. Cathy@lifethroughthehaze

    March 15, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    This is such a pretty plant. I am more than certain that I would find a way to kill it. I think though I might find a hanging fern or wisteria (that said I really can’t grow anything at all!) I have the perfect pot for anything I decide to grow but I think I need to macrame myself a pot hanger to put the pot in.
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      March 22, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      You wouldn’t kill one of these. They are pretty hardy I think.
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  3. Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection

    March 15, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    This looks really cool. And looks really effective too. I think I could try this (but I have a black thumb and tend to kill things).
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      March 22, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      I think their look is part of their appeal. 🙂
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  4. Nadia

    March 15, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    They are fantastic! I’m not really a fan of succulents but they are very cool. I can see them hanging off our patio. I’m assuming they wouldn’t be good with frost though? (Bring them inside for winter?)

    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      March 22, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      Not sure about frost to be honest, but I will be moving mine indoors over Winter just to be safe!
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  5. Toni {Finding Myself Young}

    March 15, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Is it wrong that I didn’t even know what these were before I read this? I do know what a fiddle leaf fig is though, if that counts for anything lol. I’d be a bit worried having one of these in my house with a toddler who’d probably try and eat it thinking they were peas, but they look cute. #teamIBOT
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      March 22, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Not wrong at all! I don’t think many people do, but their popularity is soaring though!
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  6. Janet aka Middle Aged Mama

    March 16, 2016 at 10:55 am

    On my next trip to the nursery I am going to look out one of these – love it!

  7. EssentiallyJess

    March 19, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    They are gorgeous! I’ve never heard of them before. I’ll have to keep a look out.
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  8. Shannon@ my2morrows

    March 19, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Wow. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of these before. It looks so cool and super healthy. Xx

  9. Judy

    March 22, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Ive heard it is easiest to propogate by placing cuttings in water. Have you tried that? Or can you confirm if it’s true?

  10. Ruben

    March 29, 2016 at 3:18 am

    what kind of light requirement does these need?

    1. Beyonce

      March 9, 2017 at 11:03 pm

      How could any of this be better stated? It coldtn’u.

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  12. Blue Whale

    July 16, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    has any one tried growing them in just water without any soil / fertiliser / wood shavings ? I wish to hang them in transparent glass pots .

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    January 12, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    […] String of Pearls – They need sunlight but not all day. A few hours in the morning and they are happy. If the pearls start to shrivel up and change colour, the plant is getting too much sun. The pot must have drainage! I killed my first string of pearls because there was no drainage and the planet developed root rot. Drill a drainage hole if your pot doesn’t have one. And only water when the soil is dry and just enough water so that the moment it starts to drop through the drainage hole, stop. These plants are a succulent and can hold a lot of water in their pearls. Less is more! And don’t waste little strands that fall off, remove a few pearls and pop them back in the soil to grow a bushier plant! You can read more about how to keep a string of pearls happy here. […]

  14. Tilly

    March 9, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Yeah that’s what I’m talking about banc–biye work!

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