Senecio

Senecio Identification Cards & Care Guide

Scroll through these identification cards of Senecio succulents to identify the ones you have in your collection. Click on them for more detailed care information. Keep checking back as I add new cards.

senecio rowleyanus string of pearls succulent plant care guide and identification card

Senecio rowleyanus

Senecio rowleyanus ‘String of Pearls’ loves bright light, but not direct sunlight. Sun stress turns the pearls a purplish-brown color.  It usually blooms in the summer and when it does, be sure to smell the flowers. They smell like cinnamon! 

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Senecio Care Guide

Senecio succulents are poisonous to animals. See the Guide to Toxic Succulents for more information and a list of other poisonous succulents.

If you live in zones 9 or below, you’ll need to bring your senecio indoors for the winter. Placing them in a south or west facing window and/or supplementing with a grow light in the winter will be your best bet for giving your senecio the appropriate amount of light indoors.

I find that Senecio succulents need as much constant airflow as possible, so I would highly recommend pointing a fan in its general direction to keep the air from stagnating. And, of course, plant your Senecio in a container with drainage holes.

Water your senecio succulents regularly during the growing season in the fall and winter. Make sure to use the Drench & Dry method and let the water drain out of the pot. Do not water as much in the summer as they are prone to overwatering and rot during that time. Wait until you see signs of thirst to water your Senecio as it is very easy to overwater them. See the guide to watering succulents for more general information and picture of what it looks like when your succulents need to be watered.

Senecio succulents do well in a gritty, mostly inorganicinorganic not consisting of or deriving from living matter soil mixture that has lots of air pockets for good aeration and helps the soil drain quickly. Always use a pot with a drainage hole to ensure proper watering. See more info about Succulent Soil here.

The light needs of Senecio succulents vary widely from dappled light or bright shade for something like Senecio rowleyanus ‘String of Pearls’ to full sunfull sun direct sunlight for at least 8 hours of the day all day for something like Senecio mandraliscae ‘Blue Chalk Sticks.’ Refer to the individual plant’s identification card for that info.

When fertilizing Senecio, definitely be sure to dilute your fertilizer to about a quarter of what is recommended on the label. Always use either a fertilizer with balancedbalanced referring to the nutrient content or NPK numbers. An example of balanced fertilizer has 15-15-15 on the label. NPK numbers or a lower amount of nitrogen. Fertilize in the fall and early spring when Senecio are actively growing and not at all in the summer and coldest winter months.

Senecio succulents are easy to propagatepropagate breed specimens of a plant by natural processes from the parent stock like taking stem cuttings, leaf cuttings or seeds by stem cuttings. Cut off strings right above a root nodenode The point where a leaf, shoot or root grows from a stem and coil the string on top of dry succulent soil. It is best to take cuttings during the fall/winter growing season. See the Ultimate Propagation Guide for more ideas.

Mealy bugs, slugs and snails can be problematic to Senecio varieties.

Senecio succulents come in a wide variety of forms and textures from green trailing varieties like Senecio jacobsenii ‘Trailing Jade’ to fuzzy white and blue mat-forming ground covering types. One of the most popular succulents today is Senecio peregrinus ‘String of Dolphins’ which is shaped like, you guessed it, dolphins!

Senecio succulents are not monocarpic and will not die after flowering.

The name for the genusgenus a principal taxonomic category that ranks above species and below family, and is denoted by a capitalized Latin name, Senecio, comes from the Latin word ‘senex’ meaning “old” or “old man” in reference to how puffy its head of seeds looks after flowering.

Senecio succulents are dormant in the summer and actively grow once the temperatures cool down in the Fall through Spring.

Senecio succulents are not cold hardyhardy Able to withstand most climatic conditions all year without protection, often qualified with a minimum temperature and should be brought indoors in zones 9 or below in the winter.

Senecio are in the same family as Daisies!

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