Senecio Herreanus have plump leaves with green and crimson colored foliage which makes them a desired ornamental plant in your gardens. They are known by many names like the string of beads, Senecio Rowleyanus, green marble or gooseberry plant. They belong to the family of Asteraceae.
They don't like scorching heat. They like warm and humid climate.
Senecio Herreanus are easy to grow and the maintenance required is moderate.
They need bright indirect sunlight to grow. Full sunlight in the mornings to partial shade in the afternoon is suitable for the plant. If you are planning to plant the bulbs, then plant it during winter as they require a cool and dormant period.
Senecio Herreanus well-draining potting soil. It can grow in sandy soil which is full of nutrients.
Let the soil dry out between the watering. You can use cacti mix to achieve it.
The round string of pearls stores water in them.
So make sure you don't overwater the plant as their roots tend to rot if provided with a lot of water.
Senecio herreanus is a drought tolerant plant. Water the plant with 3 to 4 cups of water alternately in the week.
Senecio Herreanus bears flowers. They are small white colored flowers and are around 5 to 6 cm in width.
They are small but the aroma is just magical. The flowers are seasonal bloomers.
The average height of the plant is around 1 to 2 feet.
You can propagate the string of pearls from stem cuttings. Cut 2 inches of the stem and pot them for propagation. They grow fast and can extend up to 3 feet.
Use slow realizing liquid fertilizers. Apply a layer of compost before the spring followed by a layer of mulch on it.
Pruning is important for the plant in order to maintain the shape and size. They grow in length and not in the spread. You can prune the plant by simply removing the dead stems and pearls. Similarly, you can remove the string which is not cultivating any pearls. Pruning will support the fuller growth of the plant.
They are an ornamental plant.The plant is famous because of its unusual and unique shape. The plant is a poisonous plant hence make sure you don't consume it.
They can cause minor skin irritations and vomiting if consumed so it is best to keep it away from the reach of pets and children.
The plant is not usually subjected to pests and diseases but it can get affected by fungus, aphids and scale insects. You can get rid of them by using synthetic pesticides and organic compost twice in a week. The scale insects are not visible easily. They feed on the inner side of the stem. It is best to remove them manually as directly spraying pesticides are not that effective.