Senecio Radicans String of Tears 140mm Hanging
The String of Tears is a beautiful compact trailing succulent. The small tear shaped fleshy leaves cluster tightly on trailing stems. As a succulent, they like little water and bright light. Though possible to grow indoors near windows, most people find they prefer sheltered outdoor positions such as a protected balcony or patio away from the frost. The are a stunning plant and saught after by succulent collectors and plant lovers alike.
Light - These guys like bright light, so if inside make sure they are near a window. Very strong sunlight, especially in the summer can burn the fleshy leaves so avoid hot afternoon sun in the warmer months. If outside, a position that receives filtered light is best. They can tolerate more sun in the winter.
Water - The easiest way to kill your plant is overwatering, so keep this in mind whenever you are reaching for the watering can. Too much water will increase the chance of root rot, so only water around once a month during winter, and in warmer months about every 2 weeks. The thick fleshy leaves store water, so it will tell you if its too dry if the leaves start to shrivel.
Propagation - It is fairly easy to propogate the String of Tears. Keep in mind that they a prone to root rot with too much water, so we find it’s best to propagate in warmer months if possible. The trailing stems put out roots where they touch the soil, so you can snip some of the rooted stems and repot on their own. Sitting cuttings directly on soil also works but keep an eye on rot. A plant can actually be propagated from a single leaf, but you’ll get more success with stem cuttings.
Soil - They prefer a well draining soil, such as a succulent and cactus mix. You can improve drainage in potting mix by adding sand or perlite to your soil. With shallow roots, you don’t need very large pots and most are grown in shallow but wide pots. Repotting is not required very often, so allow your plant to do it’s thing and just grow. If you do repot, take care as the stems and leaves are fragile and can snap off easily.
Pets - String of Tears is considered toxic if eaten, so keep this one away from your fur babies if they are prone to eating your plants.
PLEASE NOTE: While we try to show photos of an average plant for this plant and pot size, as every plant is a living thing, plants will be slightly different in some way to the image shown.
You can see these plants in person at our shop in Lonsdale Street in Braddon, Canberra. The Green Vine Plants is a locally owned small business, with a love for all things Green. We are passionate about plants, love the local Canberra community and want to grow Canberra's love for plants in our homes.