The String Of Pearls Care Guide


Also known as the Senecio Rowleyanus or string of beads. The string of pearls is native to drier countries in southern Africa. 


Blobby loves a well lit room and should be placed near a south or west facing window. Blobby will grow much faster in a room with plenty of indirect sunlight. Be sure to keep Blobby out of any midday sunlight as this will scorch his vines. 


Blobby likes his soil on the drier side and can be very sensitive to wet or soggy soil. Allow his soil to dry out in between each watering by only watering him once every few weeks in the winter months. In the summer his watering schedule can be increased. Blobby will store water in his bead like vines and can go many weeks without a drink.  


Blobby prefers a humid room but can tolerate humidity levels as low as 40-45%. Find out how you can increase the humidity in your home here.


Blobby is used to warm temperatures and should be placed in a room that doesn’t dip lower than 18ºC. The perfect indoor temperature for Blobby is between 21-28°C.


As Blobby is a fast grower he will benefit from the occasional nutrients boost. Use a diluted general houseplant fertiliser once every 1-2 months. Always used half the recommended strength to avoid any fertiliser burn.


Blobby should be re-potted once his roots start sticking out of the nursery pot.  This could be once every 2-3 years. When he is repotted use a mixture of potting soil and  cacti soil to help with drainage and avoid root rot. Do not re-pot Blobby in the winter months as this will cause shock to his root system during his dormancy period.


Shriveled leaves - It is very common for Blobby to shrivel his leaves from overwatering and under watering. Check the first two inches of his soil and keep his soil on the drier side especially during the winter months.


Yellow leaves -  Yellow leaves are very common and could be a number of things:

  1. Yellow leaves could be from overwatering. Make sure Blobby’s soil completely dries out before watering again.
  2. Not enough sunlight can also cause his leaves to turn yellow. Place Blobby in a bright well-lit room.
  3. Could be a sign that Blobby might have a pest infection. It’s worth checking his foliage weekly to make sure he is pest free.


Top tip 1: Make sure that Blobby’s soil is getting enough light and not just his vines. The soil is where the vines will grow from so it’s important it has access to plenty of light. 

Top tip 2: To help promote even growth, rotate his pot weekly so each part of the plant can get even amounts of bright light. 

Top tip 3: In the winter months, place a growth light at least a metre away from his leaves. This will help Blobby absorb extra light when sunlight is limited. 

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