String of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) is a beautiful cascading succulent that can be used as a houseplant or outdoor groundcover. But to keep your string of pearls looking its best, you'll need to propagate new plants from time to time.
Here's the best way to propagate string of pearls so you can have more plants for your home or garden.
What Is String of Pearls?
String of pearls is a flowering plant in the daisy family Asteraceae. It is a creeping, perennial, succulent vine native to the drier parts of southwest Africa. In its natural environment its stems trail on the ground, rooting where they touch and form dense mats. It often avoids direct sunlight by growing in the shade of other plants and rocks. It is commonly known as string-of-pearls or string-of-beads.You've probably seen String of Pearls before. It's that beautiful plant with delicate little white flowers that hang down like pearls.
Believe it or not, String of Pearls is quite easy to propagate! All you need are a few healthy stems with leaves and some water. Here's how to do it:
- Cut a healthy stem from your plant and remove all the leaves except for two or three at the top.
- Put the stem in a glass of water and leave it in a sunny spot.
- Change the water every day and watch the new leaves grow!
Why Propagate String of Pearls?
So, you've decided to propagate your string of pearls?
There are a few reasons why propagating your plant may be a good idea. For one, propagation helps to create more plants, which can be gifted or sold, thus spreading the love of string of pearls far and wide. Second, propagating can also result in bigger and better blooms, as well as more flowers overall. Who doesn't want an abundance of gorgeous string of pearls flowers?
The Best Way to Propagate String of Pearls
You've decided you want more string of pearls in your life, and you're wondering how to propagate them. Well, wonder no more!
There are a few ways to propagate string of pearls, but we recommend the water method for beginners. Basically, you take a few cuttings from your plants, place them in water and watch them grow. It's that easy!
Just be sure to change the water regularly (every other day or so) and keep an eye on your cuttings to make sure they're not rotting. In no time at all, you'll have a whole bunch of new plants to admire!
How to Care for Your String of Pearls
Now that you've successfully propagated your string of pearls, it's important to know how to care for them so you can enjoy bigger, better blooms. Here are a few tips:
-Keep your plants in a bright, sunny spot and water regularly. Depending on temperature and humidity, actual frequency is usually 2-4 times per week.
-Make sure the soil is well drained, as string of pearls doesn't like wet feet.
- Feed your plants with a balanced fertilizer once a month.
- Deadhead blooms as they die to encourage more flowers.
When to Expect Blooms from Your String of Pearls
You can expect blooms from your propagate string of pearls in anywhere from 2 to 12 months, depending on the season and climate. In the spring and summer, you can expect blooms within 2 to 3 months. In the fall and winter, blooms may take up to 12 months to appear.
FAQ About Propagating String of Pearls
When it comes to propagating string of pearls, there are a few things you should know. First, the plant can be propagated by both cuttings and rooting, but cuttings are the most common method. You can take a cutting from any part of the plant, but it's best to use a soft tip cutting about 3-4 inches long.
Once you have your cutting, moisten the soil and place the cutting in. You can either place it in a sunny spot or a spot with indirect light. Keep the soil moist but not wet and wait for your plant to start growing roots. Once it has rooted, you can transplant it into a larger pot.
String of pearls are gorgeous succulents that is easy to propagate. By following these simple steps, you can create new plants from stem cuttings and have a thriving string of pearls plant in no time.