Succulent of the month: String of pearls

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The round green leaves look like pearls strung along slender green stems that can grow 60–90cm long.

Different types Other varieties include string of dolphins with leaves that look like a school of dolphins leaping through the waves and string of bananas with foliage that resembles the fruit of the same name.

How to grow Indigenous to Namibia, string of pearls grows in bright indirect light (indoors) and with some direct sun outdoors. It likes a good watering but must be planted in soil that drains well. Allow the soil to dry out moderately before watering again. Flat, shrivelled ‘pearls’ means that the plant is too dry. Reduce watering during winter to encourage flowers in spring. Cut back straggly stems to produce a fuller plant and keep it looking neat. Feed with a liquid fertiliser once a month from spring to autumn.

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