Houseplant of the week: string of pearls

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Why will I love it?
Who can resist this sweet succulent? It grows into a delicate trailing plant with suspended green spherical leaves, earning it its common name of string of pearls.

Light or shade?
Indirect bright light to partial shade.

Where should I put it?
Beside a south- or west-facing windowsill so it gets a few hours of sunlight a day but is not in direct sun all the time. Place in a tall pot, or use a hanging basket if the stems are very long.

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How do I keep it alive?
In its natural habitat of the rocky terrain of South Africa’s Cape Province, the string of pearls will grow creeping shoots that form a mat along the ground, so it is accustomed to some shade and a warm climate. It prefers free-draining soil that gets a good soak but is allowed to dry out between watering. In the winter months, reduce the watering to every two to three weeks, and keep in a cool place (minimum temperature 12C).

Did you know …
Its scientific name is Senecio rowleyanus, after the late English botanist Gordon D Rowley, who was cactus and succulent royalty. All parts of the plant are mildly toxic to pets and children if ingested.