Senecio Rowleyanus

House plant with strands of small pea like balls
Senecio Rowleyanus - String of Pearls

Also known as String of Pearls or String of Beads

Treat these guys like succulent, there long trailing strands mean they are fantastic in either a hanging basket or trailing from a shelf, its long strings of pea-like beads are fast growers, cascading down the side of its pot, they can reach a length of 60 - 90cm.

One of the most common problems I encounter people have with string of pearls is root rot - which happens when watered too regularly, String of Pearls are drought tolerant, and can survive long periods without water so if in doubt its best to leave it be than to over water.

Let the soil dry out at least half and inch or so between waterings, In the summer it will need to be watered once a week or one a fortnight, and in the winter around once a month.

They like the sunlight so place them in a sunny spot and there going to grow! Up high is great - hanging in a window is even better. in the summer they grow stems with white flowers which smell like cinnamon.

These guys are really easy to propagate too - in-fact they are happier with a little pruning and you can use the bits you snip off to create new plants, Just cut a strand off the end of a long stem with clean scissors and poke healthy stem cuttings back in to the soil. Add cuttings to the same pot if you want your string of pearls to be a full lush plant or start a new one to give to a friend.

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A little bit of care needed


Max length 60cm-90cm


10 °C - 22 °C


Loves bright light


Do not over water - let the soil dry out a little before watering again.

Once a week or once a fortnight in summer

Once a month in the winter


Feed mature plants once a month through out spring and summer

Top Tip

they thrive best with given the occasional trim - you can then propagate the bits you trim to make a new plant.

Cats and Dogs

Is toxic to cats and dogs, so either keep out of reach of nibbling pets or avoid.

(being a hanging plant this is an easy one to keep away from wondering paws)

String of Pearls plant on a Book Case
String of Pearls on a Book Case