How to grow and care for String of Buttons Plant (Crassula perforata) Indoors

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String of Buttons Plant, Crassula perforata

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Botanical name: Crassula perforata
Family: Crassulaceae
Common names: String of Buttons Plant, Baby Necklace Vine, Chinese Jade

String of Buttons Plant Description

String of Buttons Plant (Crassula perforata) also called Baby Necklace Vine or Chinese Jade is an easy to grow succulent plant even for a beginner as it can survive a considerable period of time without water.

The fleshy leaves and stems in String of Buttons Plant store water, which allows the plant to go for a considerably long period without being watered.

The succulent, triangle-shaped, gray-green leaves in String of Buttons Plant form opposite pairs that create a spiral shape around the plant's stem giving it a stacked appearance.

Under bright light, the String of Buttons Plant leaves have a rosy pink hue along the edges.

String of Buttons Plant Size

String of Buttons Plant grows to a height of 2 ft and 2-3 ft wide and bears a long inflorescence with many tiny cream flowers.

String of Buttons Plant Origin

String of Buttons Plant (Crassula perforata) is native to the arid parts of South Africa where it is found growing in thicket vegetation and rocky slopes.

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String of Buttons Plant, Crassula perforata

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String of Buttons Plant (Crassula perforata) Care Indoors

String of Buttons Plant Light Requirements

String of Buttons Plant (Crassula perforata) grows best in bright light away from direct sunlight. Under bright light, the leaves take a rosy pink hue along the edges. It can also grow under a grow light.

Keep your String of Buttons Plant away from direct sunshine as it can lead to scorching of the leaves. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to Water String of Buttons Plant

Water String of Buttons Plant (Crassula perforata) liberally during the growing season and allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

Significantly reduce watering for your String of Buttons Plant during the cold season to keep the soil barely moist as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Ensure the pot for your String of Buttons Plant has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining to avoid soggy soil as it can lead to rotting.


Temperature for String of Buttons Plant

Average warmth between 15-260C is ideal for String of Buttons Plant.

Protect your String of Buttons Plant from cold draughts as they can cause leaf drop. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for String of Buttons Plant

Average room humidity is adequate for String of Buttons Plant. String of Buttons Plant has no need for high humidity.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for String of Buttons Plant

Feed String of Buttons Plant (Crassula perforata) with a balanced, liquid fertilizer every 4 weeks during the growing period.

Withhold feeding for your String of Buttons Plant during the cold season as growth is minimal and feeding at this time may lead to fertilizer burn. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to Repot String of Buttons Plant

Repot String of Buttons Plant (Crassula perforata) at the beginning of the growing season only when it becomes pot-bound. Use a free-draining soil. Use a pot one size larger than the previous one.

Ensure the pot for your String of Buttons Plant has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease.

Soil for String of Buttons Plant

The best soil for String of Buttons Plant (Crassula perforata) should be rich in organic matter, loose and free-draining to avoid getting soggy soil. The soil should be loose enough to allow water to drain out fast enough.

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How to Prune String of Buttons Plant

Pruning String of Buttons Plant (Crassula perforata) involves regular removal of dead foliage and flowers to maintain your plant neat and tidy.

Cut back leggy stems of your String of Buttons Plant at the beginning of the growing season to rejuvenate growth.

String of Buttons Plant (Crassula perforata) Propagation

String of Buttons Plant (Crassula perforata) can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season from offsets, leaf cuttings or stem cuttings.

How to propagate String of Buttons Plant from offsets

Carefully seperate the offset from the mother String of Buttons Plant by cutting with a sharp knife while ensuring that the offset has adequate roots.

Pot the String of Buttons Plant offset in its individual pot in moist, cactus and succulents soil and place in a well-lit shaded place.

Maintain the soil moist through out until the new String of Buttons Plant is well established.

How to propagate String of Buttons Plant from leaf cuttings

Take String of Buttons Plant leaf cuttings complete with the petiole. Allow the String of Buttons Plant leaf cutting to dry out (callus) for a few days.

Once callused, insert the petiole in moist, cactus and succulents soil while ensuring that the leaf surface comes into contact with the soil.

Place the set up in a well-lit, warm place and maintain the soil moist until there is new growth from the base of the String of Buttons Plant leaf cuttings.

Allow substancial growth before transplanting the new String of Buttons Plants after which routine care can begin.

How to propagate String of Buttons Plant from stem cuttings

Take 3-5 in. of String of Buttons Plant stem cuttings and allow the cutting to dry out (callus) for a few days.

Once callused, insert the lower cut end of the String of Buttons Plant stem cuttings in moist, cactus and succulents soil.

Place the set up in a well-lit, warm place and maintain the soil moist until the String of Buttons Plant stem cuttings are rooted. Rooting may take about 4 weeks.

Allow substancial growth before transplanting the new String of Buttons Plants after which routine care can begin.

String of Buttons Plant, Crassula perforata

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String of Buttons Plant (Crassula perforata) Problems Indoors

String of Buttons Plant brown leaf tips and edges

Brown leaf tips and edges in String of Buttons Plant are due to sudden drop in temperature from cold draughts.

Remove all the damaged leaves and keep your String of Buttons Plant away from cold draughts from windows and doors.

String of Buttons Plant sudden leaf loss

There are two causes of sudden loss of leaves in String of Buttons Plant. one cause of sudden loss of leaves in your String of Buttons Plant is the temperature is too low.

Move your plant to a warmer spot and keep it away or protect it from cold draughts.

The second cause of sudden loss of leaves in your String of Buttons Plant is that the plant has been underwatered causing the leaves to drop.

String of Buttons Plant leaves dull and lifeless

Exposing String of Buttons Plant to hot direct sunlight will cause the leaves to become dull and lifeless.

Protect your String of Buttons Plant from hot direct sunlight or move it to a shaded spot.

String of Buttons Plant leaves yellowing and dropping

The reason for yellowing and dropping leaves in String of Buttons Plant is overwatering.

Always allow the soil to dry out between waterings and ensure the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy.

String of Buttons Plant leaves wilted and discolored with corky swellings (scabs) on the undersides

Soggy soil is the cause of wilted and discolored leaves with corky swellings on the undersides in String of Buttons Plant.

If not corrected in time, soggy soil can lead to Root-rot disease.

Ensure the pot for your String of Buttons Plant has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining. Also reduce watering during the cold season.

String of Buttons Plant diseases

Common plant diseases in String of Buttons Plants are Leaf Spot Disease and Root-rot, both brought about by overwet conditions.

Ensure the pot for your String of Buttons Plant has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining to avoid getting soggy soil. Also reduce watering during the cold season.

String of Buttons Plant pests

String of Buttons Plant pests; Spider Mites, Aphids and Scale Insects. Isolate the affected plant to reduce spread to other houseplants and treat it approprately for the pests.

Is String of Buttons Plant (Crassula perforata) toxic?

String of Buttons Plant (Crassula perforata) is non-toxic to both humans and pets. The plant is safe to grow in the home.

Other related Crassula Species for Growing Indoors

  1. Crassula ovata (Jade Plant)
  2. Crassula coccinea (Sunglow Plant or Red Crassula)

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