Caring For Your Strings

All string succulents can be fussy, difficult and picky about their surroundings, but their care routines are all similar.  They need light and water (and we believe a good talking to does wonders) good soil and an awesome planter.  Ok, maybe an awesome planter is pushing it but, a well-draining planter will do just fine. 

When you get your plants, they are ready for repotting, a thorough watering and some sunshine.   Make sure you give them plenty of indirect sunlight or morning sun.  Once that summer sun comes it is best to make sure they are only receiving early morning sun or they will burn and that is not fixable. So be cautious. 

When watering, completely soak your plants and do not water them again until the soil is super dry.  Mature plants will be watered less than newbie plants and you will be able to see that the leaves will begin to wrinkle if they need water or plump up and get translucent if they are being overwatered.  Overwatering will also cause dark, mushy leaves (just pluck those guys right off).

On to SOIL, we believe as long as your soil is well draining you can grow your succas in any type of soil. We use our own mix of 2 parts potting soil, 1 part perlite,1 part grit (sand, Birch or pebbles).  Some people just use cactus mix and some people prefer the high end stuff.  You will learn what is best for your beauties as you learn to care for them.  

Any planter is a good planter as long as it is well draining, (make sure it has holes) We like terracotta and ceramic, wood, stone, cups, cans, wheelbarrows. As long as it drains, get creative! 

One last suggestion, there are plenty of awesome websites that have information on any and probably all succulents.  Learn about your zone, and which plants do best with that environment. Your plants will thank you.  Check out one of our favs


  • Senecio rowleyanus
  • “String of Pearls”
  • easily propagated
  • great for hanging baskets
  • can be grown indoors with proper sunlight
  • not to over-water
  • Needs partial shade
  • Can grow up to 3″ (7.6 cm) tall, and can trail several feet in length
  • Zone 10 (Minimum 30° F | -1° C)
  • Not cold hardy
  • toxic to pets and humans
  • Summer Dormant
    shallow roots

    String of Tears Care Guide
    The String of Tears is typically a low growing, trailing plant
    Stems may attain a length of one foot in ideal circumstances
    The leaf shape is of a teardrop or raindrop.
    They are equipped with clear leaf windows allowing more light to get in
    When the plant is grown in bright sunlight, the purple hues of the stems and leaves will become darker.
    Hardiness zones 9b-11b
    Not cold hardy
    shallow roots

    String of Dolphins
    loves cool air
    can withstand temperature as low as 40 degrees
    ideal for them to have around 72 degrees 
    they will not survive a hard frost.
    prefers a bit more watering
    dull, deflated and dry leaves, that implies that your Dolphin is underwater. On the other hand, if you see squishy, yellow or transparent leaves, it means your Dolphin is getting more water than needed

    Like heat and bright light but they don’t tolerate direct sunlight
    To grow a string of hearts indoors make sure you give them the brightest window possible and keep the temperature around 80 to 85 degrees, 60 in winter time.
    In the winter, the plants need even less water than summer. 
    These trailing succulents require bright
    If this plant is not receiving enough light, it will become leggy and the banana-shaped leaves will become significantly more spaced out along the stem
    low water needs.
    the soil should be allowed to dry out completely between watering
    Do not expose to any extreme temperatures.
    As a part of the Senecio genus, string of bananas are considered toxic to animals, and mildly toxic to humans if ingested.

Happy Growing


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