Curio radicans (String of Bananas)
Curio radicans (String of Bananas), also known as Senecio radicans, is a popular hanging succulent with stems lined with banana-shaped…
String of Fishhooks
toxic to pets and humans when ingested
Add another string of succulents to your list with this String of Fishhooks, native to South Africa. This plant, much like its relatives, produces long tendrils of unique foliage. Ideal for growing in hanging baskets, this plant can grow about 4 feet long with lots of bright light.
Light: Provide lots of bright light, some direct light is best.
Temperature: Average household temperature between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Can handle warmer temperatures.
Water: Allow soil to dry out between watering, while providing a thorough soaking.
Nutrients: Feed with a liquid fertilizer at half-strength during the Spring/Summer months. It is not needed.
Soil: Use a succulent or cactus mix. A light, fast draining mix is ideal.
Repotting: Repot as needed, every 2 years or so, in the Spring.
Happy Planting: Plant in a container or hanging basket to allow long growth to hang freely. This plant can grow as long as 4 feet. Propagate the same way as the String of Pearls: take about a 4-inch cutting and lay it in damp soil.
Senecio (String of Pearls / Beads / Bananas)
The Senecio genus has many potential houseplants, but this article focuses on the easiest to grow species which are the Succulent Senecios. Such as the popular String of Pearls. After giving you a run down of the different types you might come across we provide some care instructions for your Senecio plant, to keep it healthy and looking great.
Arguably the most common and popular Senecio houseplant is the String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus). Looking like a group of neat similar sized peas tied to a string spilling out of their container, they're most definitely an acquired taste. Being so completely different to many commonly grown houseplants they make for a fun and unusual talking point.
Senecio herreianus (String of Beads) shown in the picture above, is very similar except it has a more compact form and the shape of the leaves look more like different sized beads or grapes.
Another popular choice is the very fashionable Senecio aquarine (Mount Everest) this plant is very modern and becoming increasingly popular. The finger like leaves and stiff stems have a grey or bluish green tinge. Growing upright it has a very architectural feel, especially when compared with the more messy and natural look of the String of Pearls.
Other standout picks is the String of Bananas or Fishhooks Senecio (Senecio radicans) which grows very like the String of Pearls except the leaves on this one are banana or fishhook shaped.
The plant is very easy to propagate so they don't cost much to buy when they're small, but as soon as you come across a mature plant which is being grown in an attractive pot or hanging basket the price shoots up. If money's a concern and you've the patience, you can of course start out with a couple of smaller cheaper cuttings and get that fully grown look yourself within a couple of years or so.
How poisonous are String of Pearl Plants? Well the toxicity in these plants isn't deadly for pets or people in small quantities but as there can be general unpleasant side effects for both people and animals clearly eating these plants need to be avoided.
The leaves of S. rowleyanus, S. herreianus and S. radicans can look like small fruits or sweets to some eyes, so they can be a problem around children especially those of S. rowleyanus (String of Pearls) because the leaves tend to be quite uniform in size. Unless you can keep these plants out of reach or out of the way, they might not be ideal to have if you've toddlers running around or playful pets, cats in particular, as the thin wavy stems can make for attractive cat toys.
Succulent Senecios are very easy to grow indoors and forgiving of neglectful treatment and care. Of course they will only look their very best and reach their full potential as houseplants, if you treat them well. With that said, it's time to move on to the care instructions.
String of Bananas Info
Native to Africa, string of bananas is a fast-growing plant with vines that ultimately reach lengths of at least 36 inches (90 cm.). The leaves are somewhat transparent, which allows light to shine through. The small flowers have a pleasant, cinnamon-like scent.
String of bananas is suitable for growing outdoors in the warm climates of USDA plant hardiness zones 10 through 12. If you live in a cooler climate, however, you can grow string of bananas indoors. This exotic-looking plant is well suited for containers or hanging baskets. In fact, its cousin, string of pearls, is a commonly grown houseplant with similar care.