Top Tips For Happy “String Of” Plants!

Well, howdy there, plant lovers! Get ready to dive headfirst into a jungle of tips and tricks for keepin’ those “String Of” plants as happy as a clam at high tide!

If you’re like me and have an obsession for all things leafy and lush—you know that these trailing beauties can be a real showstopper in any space. But hey, takin’ care of ’em ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.

So, grab your gardening gloves and buckle up, ’cause I’m ’bout to spill the beans on how to make your “String Of” plants thrive like they’ve got a secret stash of pixie dust hidden up their sleeves.

Trust me, folks, with a little know-how and a whole lotta TLC, you’ll have these bad boys growin’ faster than a jackrabbit on a hot summer’s day!

So, let’s get crackin’ and uncover the secrets to keepin’ those dangly green wonders happy as a clam!

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In this video, Sam from House Plus Plant how to keep your “string of” plants happy and full. She has a few different ones here that she wants to discuss, but before that, she has a little trick or secret tip for keeping them happy and full on top.

She feels like she does something a bit different when it comes to caring for “string of” plants, so she’ll explain that soon.

But first, she’ll talk about each individual plant and their care, and then she’ll get into her little trick.

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The first one she has here is called string of turtles. She has had this one for over a year, and when she first got it, it was hardly trailing. It sits in an East window, and it’s been very happy there. She did try keeping it outside for a bit this summer, but she didn’t leave it out there for long and brought it back inside, where it continued to do well.

It’s currently in a macrame hanger, which can be a bit of a nightmare when it comes to repotting, but overall, it’s doing great. Since string of turtles are a type of peperomia, they don’t like too much harsh direct light.

If you notice a lot of fading, you might want to move it away from a South window. However, an East window has been perfect for Sam’s plant.

Next, she has a variegated string of pearls. Sam also has a larger string of pearls or string of tears in a basket pot, but it’s too big and heavy to show in the video.

So for now, she’ll focus on the variegated one. She has had this plant for about six months, and it started as just two small pots. She planted them together, and it has grown into its current beautiful form.

It’s hard to capture the full variegation on camera, but it looks amazing. Sam really loves this plant. Moving on, she also has a variegated string of hearts and a regular string of hearts hanging up in the West window behind her. She also has a string of hearts silver glory located nearby.

Sam has a lot of experience with string of plants in general and wants to share what she does differently to keep them healthy. Lighting is crucial.

She ensures that the top of the pot receives as much light as possible. For pots placed on high shelves, the top won’t receive enough light, so she makes sure they are positioned lower. This is essential to maintain a full and lush appearance.

Hanging plants, in general, should be positioned low enough to receive adequate light. If they are placed on a high shelf above a window and trail down, the top leaves may start to wither. So, it’s important to keep that in mind.

When it comes to caring for peperomia (which string of turtles belongs to), Sam advises against exposing them to too much direct sunlight, as it can cause fading.

However, string of pearls and string of hearts can handle direct sun for a few hours a day. West and South windows are her preferred locations for these plants, although they can also tolerate an East window.

However, they won’t thrive in a North window for an extended period.

To keep all of her plants healthy and lush, Sam uses Foliage Pro, a fertilizer that she highly recommends. She also adds bug-cut Biologicals, specifically the enhancer, de-stressor, and booster.

She also adds bug-cut Biologicals, specifically the enhancer, de-stressor, and booster. These products help maintain the overall health and vigor of her string of plants.

She applies the fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season and reduces it to once a month during the winter months when the plants are not actively growing.

Another important aspect of caring for string of plants is watering. Sam mentions that she prefers to let the soil dry out between waterings to avoid overwatering, which can lead to root rot.

She suggests checking the moisture level of the soil by sticking her finger about an inch into the pot. If it feels dry, then it’s time to water. It’s essential to ensure proper drainage, as these plants don’t like to sit in soggy soil.

When watering, Sam recommends thoroughly saturating the soil and allowing any excess water to drain out completely.

She suggests using a well-draining potting mix, preferably one specifically designed for succulents or cacti, to ensure proper moisture retention and aeration. Over time, the string of plants may develop longer vines or stems that become bare of leaves.

Sam advises pruning these stems back to promote branching and encourage fuller growth.

Lastly, she emphasizes the importance of regularly inspecting the plants for pests, such as mealybugs or spider mites. If she notices any signs of infestation, she takes immediate action to control and treat the pests using organic pest control methods.

This includes isolating the affected plants, manually removing visible pests, and applying neem oil or insecticidal soap as needed.


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