Curio rowleyanus (H. Jacobsen) P.V. Heath
String of Pearls, String of Beads, String of Peas
Senecio rowleyanus (basionym), Kleinia rowleyana
Curio rowleyanus, formerly known as Senecio rowleyanus, is a perennial succulent with trailing stems, up to 3 feet (90 cm) long, lined with small, spherical leaves up to 0.3 inch (0.8 cm) in diameter. Each leaf has a longitudinal translucent stripe. The flowers are small, white to near white, brush-like and appear on long peduncles.
USDA hardiness zones 8a to 10b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).
How to Grow and Care
As with most succulent plants, String of Pearls requires little care. It is drought tolerant, surviving long periods without water. In fact, the plant's water-storing abilities allow it to be watered thoroughly one week and then pretty much forgotten the next week. Watering too often can increase the chances of root rot. So be sure to let the soil dry out at least half an inch (1.2 cm) or so between waterings. In winter, cut back watering to about once monthly.
Occasionally, you may find that pruning becomes necessary as part of your String of Pearls care in order to maintain its size or appearance. This is simple to do. Trim off any dead stems and pearls, as well as any stems that have lost a lot of their "beads". Pruning back will help promote fuller, more compact plants.
Stem cuttings can be used for the purpose of propagation. All you need to do is cut a healthy stem tip. The cutting should be at least 4 inches (10 cm) long. Place it in a moist potting mix. Make sure that the leaf nodes are covered with soil. The roots will quickly develop from the axils, which refers to the place where the leaves are attached to the stem.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for a String of Pearls.
Curio rowleyanus is native to South Africa (Eastern Cape, Western Cape).
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