In today’s program, Cathy Isom fills you in about one of the easiest houseplants or ground covers you can grow. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
The string of pearls is a fascinating hanging succulent with little balls that cascade downwards. They’re easy to grow indoors, but you can also grow them outdoors if you live in a hot climate.
String of pearls is also known as the “string of beads” or rosary plant. Caring for the plant is all about light, temperature, and water. Actually, if you live in a hot location, you may find it easier to grow the plant outside than as an indoor houseplant. The plant hates drafty windows and cold breezes, which makes it particularly easy to grow outdoors in a hot region. You can grow string of pearls outdoors by starting it from the stem cuttings of an existing, mature plant. Alternatively, try transplanting a plant from your local garden nursery. The propagation process, like most succulents, is easy enough for beginners. Plant cuttings or transplant a string of pearls in the summer or spring for the best results, as growth slows down way too much for winter transplants to thrive.
If you have pets or kids, don’t plant your string of pearls within their reach. This plant is highly toxic to both dogs and cats (which also makes it quite resistant to pests), and it’s harmful to children. Luckily, it’s also easy to hang the plant high enough to keep your pets and kids safe from them.
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