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How to Propagate String of Pearls? 2 Best Method for You

The string of Pearls plant, scientifically known as Curio rowleyanus is the perfect plant for your indoor spaces. This plant with its unique, round, bead-like structures (which are its leaves), and its trailing nature can make your garden special. 

The propagation of the string of pearls is done by multiplying these plants. Here vegetative propagation is used. In this type of propagation, we use vegetative parts from the plant like the stem or leaves used to produce a new plant. The biggest advantage is that the new plant produced will be the exact copy (clone) of the parent plant. Let us look at how to propagate string of pearls.

Learning to propagate the plants on your own is a wonderful skill that will immensely benefit you. Through propagation, instead of buying newer plants, you can propagate them and make multiple copies of them. This way you can save a lot of money with very little effort. Today we give you the best propagation methods to propagate the string of pearls plant. So let us begin with an important question.

When Should You Propagate String of Pearls Plant?

You should only propagate plants at certain times. Many gardeners try to propagate plants based on their convenience. This should be avoided. So let us understand when to propagate the string of pearls plant.

The best time to propagate a String of Pearls plant is during its active growing period. This typically occurs in the spring when the plant is most actively growing. You can also propagate during the summer or early fall in warmer climates. If you take cuttings from a mature plant in fall or winter, they can still root, but the process can take longer.

The reason spring and summer are ideal for propagation is that this is when the plant is in its growth phase and can recover more quickly from the stress of being cut. 

It’s also important to note that you should only propagate healthy plants. If your String of Pearls plant is showing signs of disease or stress, it’s best to wait until it’s healthy before attempting propagation.

The basic garden tools and materials required for the propagation of the string of pearls plants are

Tools:

  1. Sharp scissors or pruners: These are used to cut the stem from the mother plant.
  2. Gardening gloves: These can protect your hands while handling the plant.
  3. Rooting hormone (optional): This can encourage new root growth on cuttings, making the process of rooting a new cutting much quicker and far more successful.
  4. Small glass jar or container: This is needed if you’re propagating in water.
  5. Spray bottle: This is used to moisten the soil lightly.
  6. Chopstick or pencil: This can be used to make a hole in the soil for the cutting.
  7. Floral pins or paper clips cut in half: These can be used to affix the cuttings to the soil surface.

Materials:

  1. Water: This is needed for watering the cuttings.
  2. New pot: This is where you’ll plant the cuttings.
  3. Well-draining soil mix: String of Pearls grows best in a gritty, well-draining medium. You can use a ready-made cactus or succulent soil mix.
  4. Ethanol or isopropyl alcohol (for sterilization): This is used to sterilize the tools before use.

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There are mainly two methods through which you can propagate the String of Pearls plant. They are

1. Gather Your Tools and Materials 

Before you start, make sure you have all the necessary tools and materials. You will need:

  • Sharp scissors or pruners: These are used to cut the stem from the mother plant.
  • Gardening gloves: These can protect your hands while handling the plant.
  • Rooting hormone (optional): This can encourage new root growth on cuttings, making the process of rooting a new cutting much quicker and far more successful.
  • Small pot: This is where you’ll plant the cuttings.
  • Well-draining soil mix: String of Pearls grows best in a gritty, well-draining medium. You can use a ready-made cactus or succulent soil mix.

2. Prepare the Cutting

Now, let’s prepare the cutting:

  • Step 1: Examine the mother plant and choose a few healthy stems. Cut four-to-six-inch long stem ends, cutting just below a leaf node.
  • Step 2: Remove some of the pearls from the bottom of the stems to expose the nodes. Some gardeners recommend leaving the cuttings to sit for a day or two before rooting to prevent rot.

3. Plant the Cutting (200 words)

Next, we’ll plant the cutting:

  • Step 1: Fill the small pot with the well-draining soil mix.
  • Step 2: Make a hole in the soil using a pencil or a chopstick.
  • Step 3: Dip the cut end of the stem in rooting hormone (if you have it), then insert it into the hole you made in the soil.
  • Step 4: Gently firm the soil around the stem to hold it in place.

4. Care for the Cutting

Finally, let’s talk about how to care for the cutting:

  • Step 1: Place the pot in a bright, but not directly sunny spot.
  • Step 2: Water the soil thoroughly after letting it settle for a few days, then water it moderately every week until it roots.
  • Step 3: Keep an eye on the cutting. In a few weeks, you should start to see new growth.
How to Propagate String of Pearl in soil
How to Propagate String of Pearl in soil

Advantages of Propagating the String of Pearls Plant in Soil

The advantages of propagating the string of pearls plant in soil are

  • Propagating in soil tends to produce stronger roots compared to water propagation. This is because the roots that develop in soil are better adapted for absorbing nutrients from the soil once the plant is fully grown.
  • When propagating in water, there’s a higher risk of the cuttings rotting. This is less of a concern when propagating in soil, as the soil provides better aeration and prevents the roots from becoming too waterlogged.
  • Plants propagated in water will need to be transplanted into the soil eventually. Propagating directly in soil eliminates this risk, as the plant is already in the medium it will continue to grow in.
  • Easier for Beginners: Soil propagation is often considered easier for beginners. 
  • Better Adaptation: Plants propagated in soil are better adapted to their future growing conditions. They’re more likely to thrive once they’re transplanted because they’re already accustomed to absorbing nutrients from the soil.

Disadvantages of Propagating the String of Pearls Plant in Soil

While propagating a String of Pearls plant in soil has its advantages, it also comes with some disadvantages, especially when compared to water propagation:

  • Risk of Overwatering: Soil propagation can increase the risk of overwatering, which can lead to root rot. This is less of a concern with water propagation, where you can easily control the amount of water the cuttings are exposed to.
  • Slower Root Development: Propagation in the soil can sometimes result in slower root development compared to water propagation. In water, you can often see roots developing within a week or two, while in soil, it might take several weeks.
  • Difficulty in Monitoring Root Growth: When propagating in soil, it’s harder to monitor the progress of root growth. In contrast, when propagating in water, you can clearly see when roots start to form.
  • Risk of Contaminated Soil: This is less of a concern with water propagation, as long as you use clean, fresh water.
  • Transplantation Not Required in Water Propagation: Plants propagated in water can continue to grow in the same medium, eliminating the need for transplantation. In contrast, plants propagated in soil will eventually need to be transplanted to a larger pot as they grow.

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1. Collect Your Tools and Materials Before you start, make sure you have all the necessary tools and materials. You will need:

  • Sharp scissors or pruners: These are used to cut the stem from the mother plant.
  • Gardening gloves: These can protect your hands while handling the plant.
  • Small glass or jar: This is where you’ll place the cuttings.

2. Prepare the Cutting Now, let’s prepare the cutting:

  • Step 1: Examine the mother plant and choose a few healthy stems. Cut four-to-six-inch long stem ends, cutting just below a leaf node.
  • Step 2: Remove some of the pearls from the bottom of the stems to expose the nodes.

3. Place the Cutting in the Water Next, we’ll place the cutting in water:

  • Step 1: Fill a small glass or jar about halfway with fresh, room-temperature water.
  • Step 2: Place the cuttings in the jar so the nodes on the bare end of the stem are submerged.
  • Step 3: Put the cuttings in a warm place with bright, indirect light.

4. Monitor the Cutting  Finally, let’s talk about how to monitor the cutting:

  • Step 1: Keep an eye on the cuttings. In a few weeks, you should start to see new roots forming.
  • Step 2: When the roots are about an inch long, the cuttings are ready to be transplanted.
  • Step 3: Transplant the rooted cuttings into a hanging pot with other succulents if desired.
How to Propagate String of Pearl in water
How to Propagate String of Pearl in water

Advantages of Propagating the String of Pearls Plant in Water

Propagating a String of Pearls plant in water has several advantages compared to other methods:

  • Water propagation often results in faster root development compared to soil propagation.
  • When propagating in water, you can clearly see when roots start to form, making it easier to monitor the progress of root growth.
  • Water propagation requires minimal tools and materials, making it a cost-effective method.
  • Water propagation often has a higher success rate compared to other methods.
  • Unlike soil propagation, water propagation does not require soil, which can be beneficial if soil is not readily available.

However, it’s important to note that while water propagation has its advantages, it also has some disadvantages. For example, plants propagated in water can be more prone to rotting, and it can result in weaker roots that are harder to transition to soil. Also, this method only works with cuttings, not individual leaves. More disadvantages are discussed below.

Disadvantages of Propagating the String of Pearls Plant in Water

While propagating a String of Pearls plant in water can be an effective method, it does come with some disadvantages when compared to other methods such as soil propagation:

  • Risk of Rot: There’s a higher risk of the cuttings rotting in water, especially if they are left in water for too long.
  • Weaker Roots: The roots that develop in water are often weaker and can have a hard time transitioning back to soil. This is because the roots that form in water are different from those that form in soil, and they can struggle to adapt when transplanted.
  • Transplantation Required: Plants propagated in water will need to be transplanted to soil eventually. 
  • Less Natural Environment: Water is not a natural environment for most plants, and it doesn’t provide the nutrients that soil does.

Here’s a comparison of propagating a String of Pearls plant in soil and water:

Soil PropagationWater Propagation
Root DevelopmentRoots developed in soil are stronger and better adapted for absorbing nutrients from soil.Root development is often faster in water.
MonitoringIt’s harder to monitor the progress of root growth in soil.You can clearly see when roots start to form in water, making it easier to monitor the progress.
Risk of Overwatering/Root RotThere’s a risk of overwatering in soil, which can lead to root rot.There’s a higher risk of the cuttings rotting in water, especially if they are left in water for too long
TransplantationPlants propagated in soil will eventually need to be transplanted into a larger pot as they grow.Plants propagated in water will need to be transplanted to soil eventually, which can sometimes cause transplant shock.
Ease for BeginnersSoil propagation is often considered easier for beginners.Water propagation requires more monitoring.

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The String of Pearls serves as a great point of attraction outdoors when they are hung in small designer pots. Their propagation makes the multiplication of these plants an easier task so that you can cover more spots in your garden with the string of pearls plant.

The propagation of the String of Pearls plant is very easy and cost-effective. There are mainly two methods involved in the propagation of the String of Pearls plant: one is soil propagation and the other is water propagation. Reading this article will definitely give you an idea of the advantages and disadvantages of each method.  You can choose the method of your convenience. 

Shuhaib Sherief
Shuhaib Sherief

Hi! I am SHUHAIB, an Agriculture graduate . I am deeply honored to contribute my knowledge and skills to the betterment of the Agriculture sector. Passionate in disseminating information on Agriculture in the form of creative blog articles on the internet.

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