How to Take Care of a String of Beads


The string of beads plant, (Senecio rowleyanus), is an attractive and unusual indoor plant that looks like pea-sized green beads strung on slender green threads. Planted in a container, string of beads, also known as string of pearls, will flow gracefully over the sides of the container. String of beads is a slow-growing succulent plant that will thrive with appropriate care.

Step 1

Place the string of beads plant in full sunlight, but avoid windows exposed to hot afternoon sunlight.

Step 2

Water the string of beads plant with room-temperature water and allow the water to run through the container's drainage hole. Don't water again until the soil feels almost dry to the touch. Decrease watering during the winter months when the plant is in its rest period. Remember that string of beads plant is a succulent, and is prone to rot if watered excessively.

Step 3

Fertilize the string of beads plant in mid-spring and again in mid-summer, using a water-soluble fertilizer for indoor plants. Read the instructions on the fertilizer package carefully, and apply the fertilizer accordingly.

Step 4

Protect the string of beads plant from cold drafts, as well as heat registers and hot appliances.

Step 5

Repot string of beads plant in spring, only when the plant outgrows its container. Move the plant to a container one size larger, and be sure the container has good bottom drainage. Fill the container with a mixture of half coarse sand and half commercial potting mixture, or use commercial potting soil for cactus plants. Mix a handful of bone meal in the potting mixture before repotting the string of pearls.

Tips and Warnings

  • Keep the plant out of the reach of children and pets, as the plant is toxic if eaten.

Things You'll Need

  • Water-soluble fertilizer for indoor plants
  • Container with drainage hole
  • Coarse sand and commercial potting soil or commercial potting soil for cactus plants
  • Bone meal


  • Texas A&M University Extension: Interiorscape-String of Pearls, String of Beads
  • PlantCare: String of Pearls
Keywords: string of pearls, string of beads, Senecio rowleyanus

About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.

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