Succulents are among the most loved houseplants, and the string of pearls is also one of them. Succulent enthusiasts quickly warm up to these plants because of their lustrous, green pearlescent appearance. Outdoor cultivation of this succulent is often less challenging, although problems still arise. Put another way, these beautiful succulents won’t last forever if you don’t give them the attention they need. This post will discuss the multiple issues that may occur during the string of pearls care, so if you notice a problem with your succulent, you can rest assured knowing how to solve it.
Reasons Behind the Dying Plant
Underwatering the Plant
Despite being succulent like cacti and other succulents, a string of pearls need a little more water. If you want your pearls to appear full and healthy, give them a good soaking at least once every ten days. With proper care and watering, the string of pearl plants will develop a thin green dividing line in the middle, like “parting” curtains. Using your finger, check the soil to see if your pearl necklace seems flat, scraggly, or less plump than usual. Make sure to water your plant thoroughly if it’s dry before proceeding with the evaluation. If you don’t plant your string of pearls in well-drained soil, you’ll have to deal with root rot, a separate but equally troublesome growth issue.
Not Suitable Soil Type
Your plant may not flourish because the soil is too compact. When planting in a garden centre, it’s better to use well-draining soil specifically formulated for cacti and succulents rather than conventional potting soil or other options. Sand, normal potting soil, and perlite may be used to make your own.
The string of pearls plants requires more water than cactus but just as much sunshine as any other houseplant. If you want your pearls to thrive, give them at least six hours of indirect sunshine each day, so hang them in your brightest window. Once you checked that keeping your string of pearls in an east-facing window isn’t cutting it, you should switch it to a southern-facing window where it would get much more sunshine.
SOP house plants, despite their lush appearance, actually thrive in low humidity (about 50% is sufficient for most SOPs). Your plant’s development may be inhibited if exposed to too much humidity. This is not a plant that benefits from misting. Therefore, avoid ever allowing water to pool on the foliage of a string of pearls.
A string of pearls plants may perish if you use the improper pot. These plants are generally grown in airy hanging pots so that their trailing tendrils may extend to their full length. Plastic containers, however, may trap moisture in the soil and lead to root rot. When planting, use an unglazed clay container with drainage holes to ensure the soil dries up soon. Another issue is overpotting. It can lead to degraded air circulation. Thus, you should be careful while potting the plant at your garden centre.
You won’t need to frequently fertilise your string of pearls since they aren’t large feeders. Normal fertiliser may actually be too potent for your string of pearls plant, causing root damage and, ultimately, the demise of your plant. Springtime feedings using worm castings or diluted succulent fertiliser provide the greatest results. You may be able to salvage your plant if you act immediately and use some simple, doable measures.
The Bottom Line
We hope this information is helpful for you and that you understand what to do while doing a string of pearls care. You should remember that this is not the easiest growing plant; however, with proper care, you can get the desired results.