How to grow and care for String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans) Indoors

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String of Bananas Plant, Senecio radicans

Botanical name: Senecio radicans
Synonmy: Curio radicans
Family: Asteraceae
Common names: sString of Bananas Plant, String of Fishhooks Plant, Fishhooks Senecio

String of Bananas Plant Description

String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans) also called String of Fishhooks Plant or Fishhooks Senecio is a unique houseplant which bears pendant thread-like stems on which are tiny leaves shaped like small green bananas.

The odd shaped leaves in Curio radicans is an adaptation to arid conditions and allows for the storage of water while exposing minimum surface area to the dry desert air which greatly reduces water loss.

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

Each String of Fishhooks Plant leaf bears a translucent window that runs the length of the leaf which allows light to reach into interior of the leaf where photosynthesis takes place.

In its natural habitat, it grows as a trailer, with stems trailing on the ground, rooting where they touch and forming dense mats.

String of Bananas Plant Related Plant

String of Bananas Plant (Curio radicans) is closely related to Senecio hallianus (String of Beans or Chain of Blue Beans), which is very similar to String of Bananas but its foliage is blue-green.

String of Bananas Plant Origin

String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans) is a creeping, perennial, succulent vine native to the drier parts of Southwest Africa where it is found growing in the shaded conditions under other plants and rocks.

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String of Bananas Plant, Senecio radicans

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String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans) Care Indoors

Light Requirements

String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans) grows best in bright light with at least 6 hours of morning or late afternoon sunlight per day. It can also grow under artificial light.

Inadequate light for String of Fishhooks Plant will result in a leggy plant and the banana-like leaves will be sparsely spaced. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to Water String of Bananas Plant

Water String of Bananas Plant (Curio radicans) moderately during the growing season and allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

Reduce watering during the cold period to maintain the soil barely moist. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Ensure that the pot has a drainage hole inorder to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead in root-rot disease and eventual death of your plant.


Temperature

Average warmth between 20-270C during the growing season is ideal for String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans).

Keep String of Fishhooks Plant away from draughts as it does not like sudden changes in the temperature. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity

String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans) has no need for high humidity. Average room humidity is ideal for the plant.

Ensure that there is good air circulation for your String of Fishhooks Plant to prevent fungal diseases infestation.

Feeding (Fertilizer)

Feed String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans) monthly during the growing season with a Cactus and Succulents Fertilizer. This plant is not a heavy feeder so be careful when feeding.

Withhold feeding during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

Repotting

String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans) has a small root system so frequent repotting is not necessary.

Repot the plant at the beginning of the growing season only when it becomes crowded in its current pot.

Use a pot that is only 1 size larger and one that has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Use a shallow pot and be careful not to bury the stems of your String of Fishhooks Plant to prevent rotting.

Soil for String of Bananas Plant

The best soil for String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans) 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.

Cactus and Succulents soil is ideal for String of Fishhooks Plant. Buy quality Cactus and Succulents Soil for your String of Bananas Plant from Etsy.

Pruning

Pruning String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans) involves removal of any dead leaves and stems to keep your plant neat and tidy.

Trim the stems of your String of Fishhooks Plant if they become too long or straggly.

Propagation

String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans) can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season from stem cuttings.

How to propagate String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans) from stem cuttings

Take 3-5 in. of a healthy String of Bananas Plant stem cuttings and allow the cuttings to dry (callus) for about 7 days.

Lay the stems on moist free-draining soil and lightly press the stems into the soil at the nodes.

Place the set up in a warm, well-lit place and maintain the soil moist until the stems are rooted.

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

String of Bananas Plant, Senecio radicans

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String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans) Problems Indoors

String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans) Problems Indoors are related to watering issues; either overwatering or underwatering as well as the quality of the potting soil. Read on for solutions and remedies.

Sudden leaf drop

There are two possible causes on sudden leaf drop in String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans).

One possible cause of sudden leaf drop in String of Fishhooks Plant is watering with very cold water.

Being a tropical plant where temperatures are warm, watering with too cold water will shock the plant.

Water your String of Bananas Plant with water that is at room temperature to avoid shocking this tropical plant.

The second possible cause of sudden leaf drop in String of Bananas Plant is underwatering.

Water the String of Fishhooks Plant moderately and allow the soil to dry out but never allow the soil ball to dry out completely.

Wilted, discolored leaves

Wilted and discolored leaves in String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans) are caused by overwatering during the cold period.

Reduce watering for String of Fishhooks Plant during the cold season and maintain the soil barely moist.

Rotting base, stem collapse

Rotting plant base and stems collapse in String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans) is an indication of basal stem rot disease which is brought about by overwet conditions.

Avoid overwatering during the cold season. Use the upper stem to propagate new plants and discard the infected parts.

Brown dry spots

Brown dry spots in String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans) are due to underwatering resulting in too little moisture in the soil.

Water the String of Fishhooks Plant moderately during the hot season while allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Do not allow the soil to dry out completely.

Brown, soft leaf spots

Brown, soft leaf spots in your String of Bananas Plant (Curio radicans) are an indication of leaf spot disease.

Avoid wetting the leaves and improve air circulation for your String of Fishhooks Plant to prevent disease infestations.

Leggy growth (elongated stems)

Leggy growth (elongated stems) in String of Bananas plant (Senecio radicans) during the cold season is due to too much water (overwatering) or soggy soil.

Water your String of Fishhooks Plant less during the cold season to maintain the soil barely moist and ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy.

If leggy growth (elongated stems) in String of Bananas Plant happens during the growing season, then the cause is too little light.

String of Bananas Plant grows best in bright light with some direct sunlight of at least 4-6 hours. Too little light will cause the plant to grow weak, elongated stems in an attempt to reach the light source.

Move the plant to a brighter spot and ensure it receives bright light with some direct sunlight of at least 4-6 hours. Also, turn the pot regularly to ensure that the plant receives light on all sides for uniform growth.

Diseases

The common diseases in String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans) are Powdery Mildew and Leaf Spot. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the diseases.

Pests

The common pests in String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans) are Mealy Bugs, Scale Insects and Spider Mites. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Is String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans) toxic?

The foliage of String of Bananas Plant (Senecio radicans) is toxic to humans and pets. If String of Bananas Plant is ingested, it can cause drooling, vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy.

Contact with the String of Bananas Plant sap may cause skin irritation or skin rash in sensitive skin therefore, always wear gloves when handling the Plant.

Keep your String of Bananas Plant from the reach of children and pets to avoid mishaps.

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