Curio rowleyanus

Family: Asteraceae

Countries: Africa

Curio rowleyanus is a tender succulent, it’s widely known as the String of Pearls plant.

This is an intriguing plant.  Curio rowleyanus plants have an interesting and quite charming appearance.  String of Pearls plants resemble rows of petit pois peas, held together on strands of gossamer-fine thread which are left to tumble and cascade out of pots, planters, and hanging baskets, in conservatories, sun rooms, porches, and other bright, frost-free locations inside our homes.

If you plant to grow Curio rowleyanus, the String of Pearls plant in containers, choose a pot with a number of drainage holes at the base.  These plants are a great choice for indoor hanging baskets.  Purchase a speciality cactus compost, or mix your own very free-draining, gritty compost, using a ratio of at least one part sand, grit, or perlite to every one part of peat-free compost.

Curio rowleyanus plants need a light, bright spot, where the plants can enjoy filtered or diffused light.  Choose a location where your plants will be protected from any very intense light that might scorch or damage this plant’s interesting, specially developed, rounded leaves.  The afternoon sun is usually more intense and is most likely to damage sensitive plants, so look for a location where your plants can enjoy basking in the morning sun and then will receive shelter and a degree of shade during the afternoon.

Curio rowleyanus plants need much less water during the autumn and wintertime, I give my plants a light mist in the mornings every now and then.  I just water these plants occasionally from autumn until early springtime.  String of Pearls plants are very drought tolerant, especially during winter time.  In the growing season, don’t forget to increase your watering.  I find that my houseplants aren’t as keen on tap water, but rainwater is ideal.

The String of Pearls plant is a tender succulent, so it’s important to grow these plants in a frost-free location.  I keep my plants in a room where the minimum temperature never drops below 15C (59F).

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