String-of-pearls

An original succulent with spherical leaves, like a… string of pearls?
Common name : String-of-pearls
Scientific name : Senecio rowleyanus
Family : Asteraceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Cold-sensitive
Cold-sensitive
Minimal water
Minimal water
Small pots
Small pots
Full description for Senecio Rowleyanus not yet available.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
Granulométrie plants.granulometry_4
Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 10a
Height 20 - 100
pH 6.3 - 7

Identify my string-of-pearls

Small succulent fro the Asteraceae family - daisies! - native to southern Africa, with a unique, creeping or drooping shape, with branching, branching stems punctuated by leaves in the shape of green currants. The leaves are spherical, succulent and persistent, perfectly adapted to make water reserves in their environment of origin. The flowers are grouped into a single capitulum 2 centimeters wide on a long peduncle upward, white with purple pistils and orange anthers, and exude a delicate scent of cinnamon. One species looks like it very much; it is its cousin Senecio herreianus, the groundsel of Herre, bearing oval rather than spherical leaves.

Plant my string-of-pearls

The kleinia fits pretty well inside our homes and apartments. It needs light - ideally sunshine for several hours a day - and a rather poor and well-drained substrate.

Water my string-of-pearls

Kleina doesn't like moist, and it's water needs are pretty limited — it stores everything it needs inside it's thick leaves! During growth seasons (spring, summer), watering should be regular, about once a week, but controlled, to make sure the roots don't drown. In autumn, gradually reduce watering until winter, when once-monthly watering will suffice.

Prune my string-of-pearls

When some branches do not have a good appearance or are too old, you can prune them, ideally in spring, after flowering. The best method is to cut by breaking the stems gently by hand. Be sure to keep 3 to 5 leaves on each branch, as this may weaken it too much.

Fertilize my string-of-pearls

Never ! Your kleinia likes poor soils, really!

Repot my string-of-pearls

At the end of winter every 3 or 4 years, repot your plant in a pot slightly larger than the current, with a mixture of sand and potting soil.

Propagate my string-of-pearls

You can easily make cuttings of your kleinia, to have more pot or to offer! The cuttings are taken from May to August, during the growing season. Fragments should be at least 3 knots in length and have some leaves. Let the cuttings heal 2-3 days before burying them to prevent rotting of the wound in contact with the soil. Then lay them flat, nodes lightly buried in the moistened substrate, with the leaves on top, or 2 nodes without leaf buried, and the rest with the leaves protruding. The recovery is generally carried out in about ten days at 25 ° C.

Check on my string-of-pearls

Kleinia is not very sensitive to diseases, except when it is over watered - it is especially sensitive to water, which makes its roots rot.

Put outside my string-of-pearls

Do not hesitate to bring out your kleinia for the summer! Just avoid placing it directly in the sun right away - acclimatize it gently, and of course, watch the watering! You will shelter it at the end of the summer.

Shelter my string-of-pearls

Put your kleinia inside before the first cool nights, in a fairly bright situation. You will water it once a month in winter. Keep it in a cool room if possible: it is a cool winter rest period - less than 15 ° C - and a significant brightness that condition the bloom, that takes place at the end of winter.

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