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Garden Therapy: Growing a String of Pearls

Hi CasaSugar,

I am in need of some advice. I have always wanted to grow my own string of pearls, and I finally went out and bought two plants. I don't know what I am doing wrong but I think I am slowly killing them both. Any tips?

Thanks for your time,

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Hi Karebear25,

String of pearls, also called string of beads, is one of my favorite houseplants! A good friend of mine has a lot of these plants hanging in her house, and she's successfully kept them going for years. My first word of advice is to not overwater them! Since they're a succulent, they want to have dry soil in between waterings. They also appreciate medium light exposure, for four or more hours a day. In wintertime, when temperatures are cooler, you only need to water the plant a few times a month at most, but as temperatures increase, increase your waterings gradually. The number one way to kill this plant is by overwatering it! My friend also adds, "String of pearls are very easy to grow from cuttings. I don't like it when they get too stringy, so sometimes I drape the strings back up into the pot and they seem to root themselves in. I trim off dried-up pearls. When they flower, the flowers are kind of ugly and strangely sticky."

I hope this helps! If anyone else has advice about this plant, just leave your comments below.



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