The string of pearls plant is one of the easiest succulent plants to grow and care for. It's also pretty low maintenance and requires minimal pruning.

A well-draining potting soil mix is key for these succulents. Constantly wet soil promotes root rot and disease.


String of pearls plants are relatively easy to grow, and they can thrive indoors or outdoors. However, they do require consistent temperatures and light to bloom.

They are not frost tolerant, so they will die if exposed to low temperatures for an extended period. If you live in a cold climate, you may need to bring your plant inside or cover it with fleece or similar material during the winter months.

Watering: To keep a healthy and growing string of pearls, water it regularly, but only when the top of the soil is dry. Make sure the soil is well-draining and avoid overwatering, which can lead to root rot.

Trim the plant every now and then to encourage new growth, promoting a fuller plant. Alternatively, you can propagate new plants from cuttings that are cut just below a leaf node.


It’s important to keep string of pearls plants well-drained and thriving. They like a fast-draining succulent or cactus soil mix, and terra cotta or unglazed ceramic pots are ideal.

The best time to repot your string of pearls is at the beginning of spring. It’s also a good time to prune the stems and encourage fuller, more compact growth.

Root rot is often caused by overwatering. To prevent this from happening, water only when the top half-inch of the compost is dry.

Overwatering can cause the string of pearls plant to look mushy, brown, and shriveled. These signs can be easily reversed by letting the plant’s soil dry completely before watering again.


String of pearls plants can grow to be a few feet long and look beautiful. But they need special care to thrive and avoid common houseplant problems such as root rot and shriveling leaves.

The first step in string of pearls plant care is to choose the right location. This cactus-like succulent does not do well in direct sunlight, so find a spot that gets bright indirect light.

You can propagate string of pearls plants easily by taking cuttings, which are easy to do since they have very shallow roots. Simply take a healthy 3-4 inch long cutting and gently press the stem down into the soil so that the roots will grow out of it.

As with most cacti and succulents, string of pearls plants do best when their soil is kept moist but not soggy. Water thoroughly once the top few centimetres of soil have become dry (stick your finger in to check).


Pruning is an important part of string of pearls plant care, as it keeps your plant looking its best. It can also improve the health of your plant by removing dead or diseased branches, which weakens and attracts pests.

Removing these damaged or diseased branches helps prevent diseases and insects from invading your plant, as well as stops the disease from spreading to other parts of your plant.

It’s not always necessary to prune a string of pearls plant, but it is good to remove old or damaged stems and/or leaves that are leggy (long and with fewer pearls). This will help promote new growth and keep your plant looking full.


If you're growing string of pearls indoors, you'll need to keep the temperature around 65-75degF. This is a tropical succulent, so it can't handle colder temperatures.

They're very prone to sunburn, so you want to make sure they don't have direct sunlight all day long. They grow best with filtered light or bright shade.

In the winter, when they're dormant, you'll need to reduce watering and set the temperature at a steady 60degF. This will help trigger them to bloom in the spring.

If you'd like to learn more about keeping your houseplants healthy during the winter, be sure to download my free Winter Houseplant Care eBook. It's filled with tips and tricks to help you keep your plants happy and healthy all year round!