String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)

String of Marvels: Exploring the Enchanting World of Cascading Succulents

The "String of..." plants are part of a fascinating group of succulents and semi-succulents that have adapted to survive in challenging environments with minimal water. Their unique appearances not only serve functional purposes but also make them highly decorative and sought-after for indoor gardening. They've become popular worldwide for their ease of care, drought tolerance, and distinctive, ornamental look. Ideal for hanging baskets or high shelves, they bring a touch of nature's ingenuity into the home.

Their adaptability to indoor environments, with just a bit of care, makes them excellent for adding greenery to living spaces without requiring the constant attention that other houseplants might need. The "String of..." plants are a testament to the diversity and adaptability of plant life, showcasing nature's ability to thrive in varied conditions.

Each of these plants carries a piece of its native landscape into homes around the world, offering a window into the survival strategies of succulents. Whether it's the round, water-storing pearls, the cascading banana-like leaves, or the heart-shaped foliage trailing down from hanging pots, these plants have a unique way of connecting people with the wonders of the natural world.

Some of the more popular “String of…” plants are the String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus), String of Bananas (Senecio radicans), and String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii). Let’s have a look at the care tips for these beautiful houseplants.


Bright, indirect light is ideal. These plants love plenty of light but can get sunburned if exposed to too much direct sunlight, especially in hot climates.

A spot near a window that gets filtered light through a sheer curtain would be perfect.

String of Pearls Variegated (Senecio rowleyanus f. variegatus)


Water sparingly, as these plants store water in their leaves and are prone to overwatering. Let the soil dry out completely between waterings.

In warmer months, you might water every 1-2 weeks, while in cooler months, reduce watering to every 3-4 weeks. Always check the soil moisture level using a moisture meter.


Use a well-draining potting mix. Click here for our Soilless Soil Mix. A cactus or succulent mix can also be used. Both these mixes provide the quick drainage these plants need. If you are using a normal potting mix, consider adding perlite or pumice to enhance drainage.

String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii)


They prefer warm temperatures and do not tolerate frost. Keep them in temperatures above 50°F (10°C). Avoid placing them near drafty windows or doors during the colder months.


Average home humidity levels are generally fine. These plants are quite adaptable and don't require high humidity.


Feed with a diluted, balanced, liquid fertiliser, such as Growth Technology Foliage Focus once a week during the growing season (spring and summer) and once a month during autumn and winter. Or if you are after an organic fertiliser and something that you can apply and leave for months, you can try We the Wild Pellets which are another great option.

String of Beans / Bananas (Senecio radicans)

Pruning and Propagation

Prune to encourage fuller growth if the plant starts looking leggy.

Most "String of..." plants can be easily propagated by cuttings. Simply place a stem cutting in water or directly into soil, and it should root in a few weeks.


These plants like to be a bit root-bound, so repotting isn't needed often, usually every 2-3 years or when you see roots coming out of the drainage holes.


Some of the "String of..." plants are toxic to pets while others are not. Therefore, if you have a pet, it's important to check the toxicity of the plant that you are acquiring.

String of Hearts Variegated (Ceropegia woodii - variegata)

Remember, the key to "String of..." plant care is not to over-love them, especially with water. They're pretty independent and thrive on a bit of neglect.

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