How to grow and care for String of Beads Plant (Senecio rowleyanus) Indoors

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String of Beads Plant Care, Curio rowleyanus Care

Botanical name: Curio rowleyanus
Synonmy: Senecio rowleyanus
Family: Asteraceae
Common names: String of Beads Plant, String of Pearls Plant

String of Beads Plant Description

Senecio rowleyanus commonly called String of Beads Plant or String of Pearls Plant is a unique houseplant which bears pendant thread-like stems on which spherical green leaves grow and it resembles a neck-lace of beads or pearls.

The odd shaped leaves in String of Beads Plant (Curio rowleyanus) 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 String of Beads Plant to go for a considerably long period without being watered.

Each 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, String of Beads Plant (Curio rowleyanus) grows as a trailer, with stems trailing on the ground, rooting where they touch and forming dense mats.

String of Beads Plant was named after the British Botanist, Gordon Douglas Rowley who specialized in Cactaceae and succulents.

String of Beads Plant Origin

String of Beads Plant (Curio rowleyanus) is a creeping, perennial, succulent vine native to the drier parts of Southwest Africa where it grows in the shaded conditions under other plants and rocks.

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String of Beads Plant Care, Curio rowleyanus Care

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String of Beads Plant (Senecio rowleyanus) Care Indoors

String of Beads Plant Light Requirements

String of Beads Plant (Senecio rowleyanus) grows best in bright light with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.

Regularly turn the pot to ensure that the plant receives light on all sides for uniform growth. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to Water String of Beads Plant

Water String of Beads Plant (Curio rowleyanus) moderately during the growing season and allow the top 1-2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings.

Reduce watering for your String of Beads Plant during the cold period to maintain the soil barely moist. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Ensure that the pot for your String of Beads Plant 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 for String of Beads Plant

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

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

Humidity for String of Beads Plant

String of Beads Plant (Senecio rowleyanus) has no need for high humidity. Average room humidity is ideal for your String of Beads Plant.

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

Feeding for String of Beads Plant

Feed String of Beads Plant (Senecio rowleyanus) monthly during the growing season with a succulents fertilizer. This plant is not a heavy feeder so be careful when feeding.

Withhold feeding for your String of Beads Plant during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to Repot String of Beads Plant

String of Beads Plant (Senecio rowleyanus) has a small root system so frequent repotting is not necessary. Repot your String of Beads 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 for your String of Beads Plant 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 Beads Plant to prevent rotting.

Soil for String of Beads Plant

The best soil for String of Beads Plant (Senecio rowleyanus) 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 Beads Plant.

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How to Prune String of Beads Plant

Pruning String of Beads Plant (Senecio rowleyanus) involves removal of any dead Beads or stems to keep your plant neat and tidy.

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

String of Beads Plant (Senecio rowleyanus) Propagation

String of Beads Plant (Senecio rowleyanus) propagation can be done at the beginning of the growing season from stem cuttings.

How to propagate String of Beads Plant from stem cuttings

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

Lay the String of Beads Plant 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 String of Beads Plant stems are rooted.

Allow substancial growth before transplanting the new String of Beads Plant.

String of Beads Plant Care, Curio rowleyanus Care

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String of Beads Plant (Senecio rowleyanus) Problems Indoors

String of Beads Plant (Senecio rowleyanus) 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.

String of Beads Plant leggy growth (elongated stems)

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

Water your String of Beads 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 your String of Beads Plant happens during the growing season, then the cause is too little light.

String of Beads 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.

String of Beads Plant sudden leaf drop

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

One possible cause of sudden leaf drop in String of Beads 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 Beads Plant with water that is at room temperature to avoid shocking this tropical plant.

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

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

String of Beads Plant wilted and discolored leaves

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

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

String of Beads Plant rotting base, stem collapse

Rotting plant base and stems collapse in String of Beads Plant (Senecio rowleyanus) 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.

String of Beads Plant brown dry spots

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

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

String of Beads Plant brown, soft leaf spots

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

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

String of Beads Plant diseases

The common diseases in String of Beads Plant (Senecio rowleyanus) are Powdery Mildew and Leaf Spot.

Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the diseases.

String of Beads Plant pests

The common pests in String of Beads Plant (Senecio rowleyanus) 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 Beads Plant (Senecio rowleyanus) toxic?

The foliage of String of Beads Plant (Senecio rowleyanus) is toxic to humans and pets.

If String of Beads Plant is ingested, it can cause drooling, vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy.

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

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

Other Senecio Plants for Growing Indoors

  1. Senecio radicans (String of Bananas Plant)
  2. Senecio peregrinus (String of Dolphins Plant)
  3. Senecio herreanus (String of Watermelons Plant)
  4. Senecio citriformis (String of Lemons Plant)
  5. Senecio mikanioides (German Ivy)

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