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How to propagate String of Pearls succulent plant

String of pearls, aka Senecio rowleyanus is one of the most popular succulents due to it's fresh green little 'pearls' that grow on long strands, making it a classic succulent for hanging planters.

A pot of string of pearls plant
Variegated Senecio rowleyanus

Closeup of a pot of variegated string of pearls succulent
Variegated Senecio rowleyanus

This also happens to be one of the easiest succulents to propagate for new pots of green, shiny, pearls to share with friends or hoard all for yourself :)

Here's how I propagate these plants. There are other ways to do this but this is the method I've had the most success with so far.

Step 1: trim a long strand from a parent plant. In the pictures below the strand I trimmed was about 10 inches long.

Step 2: prepare a pot and fill with soil almost to the top (leave about half an inch). Make sure you use well draining soil made for succulents. Here I've used a 50/50 soil and perlite mix.

Step 3: coil the cutting in a circular pattern on top of the soil. It doesn't have to be too neat!

Step 4: cover the cutting with more soil until you can just see the pearls peeking out.

This will ensure the cutting has enough soil surrounding it to encourage root growth.

Step 5: Now you wait! Within a couple weeks the cutting should start rooting at the points where it has contact with soil.

Within 4-6 weeks (depending on the time of year) you should start to see new tiny pearls popping out above the soil. This is when you can start watering lightly. In no time you'll have a full pot of string of pears and a great start to a new hanging planter!

This pot was planted in December 2019 so I'll update when new growth starts happening!

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