The String of Pearl/Bananas/Dolphins, etc succulent is a gorgeous, cascading plant that grows fast and is very easy to propagate. This succulent is typically grown indoors but can do well in a shaded outdoor area during spring and summer (in Chicago). If they bloom, their flowers give off a tiny cinnamon scent and very appealing white buds. As for their relative, the String of Banana's, they are similar in care but actually easier to grow than String of Pearls.
The String of Pearls will love to grow indoor in a bright indirect spot. Outdoor, they love to be placed in a shaded area with a little bit of morning sun. Direct sun is too harsh for the pearls or bananas so avoid too much of that. If grown under a fluorescent light, they would need 12-16 hours of light.
The String of Pearls or Bananas are very sensitive to overwatering so make sure to let the soil dry out before giving it a drink. String of Bananas tend to dry out slower than String of Pearls.
- Humidity & Temp
The String of Pearls do not need any extra humidity, they store it in their pearls or bananas. As for temperature, they prefer to be in an environment that is between 70 and 80 degrees F.
For the String of Pearls or Bananas, they prefer to be in a succulent soil mix that is well-draining. Add regular potting soil, perlite, and sand into a pot and mix it up. Use that for to String of Pearls or Bananas.
String of Pearls do not require too much fertilizer. In fact, over fertilizing can harm the plant. Fertilize only once a month during the spring and summer. No need to fertilize in the fall and winter.
- Pet Friendly?
This succulent is not pet friendly so if you have pets or small children around, make sure there are no loose pearls or bananas.
- How can I propagate my string of pearls?