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Where Should I Keep My String Of Pearls Plant?

The string of pearls is pretty succulent, which makes your house look good with its beautiful pearl-like leaves. If you have brought a new string of pearls home, you might be unsure about where to place it. It might be daunting to determine the best spot for your string of pearls, but we are here to help.

The string of pearls does well in bright indirect lighting conditions. Consider placing it near a southern or eastern window. You can keep them at the window sill or hang them around the windows. Make sure that the plant doesn’t come in contact with cold drafts from the windows.

The strings of pearls can survive in extreme situations as they are succulents that come from the dry and arid regions of South Africa. However, it would be best if you did not neglect these plants when you bring them indoors.

If this is your first time with a string of pearls, keep reading this article to learn about the factors that affect the placement of the string of pearls.



Factors determining the placement of the string of pearls

The correct placement of the plant helps to keep it healthy and strong. While choosing the right spot for your string of pearls, you should take care of certain factors.

The string of pearls can survive under various conditions, but you should try to provide the ideal conditions so that you see optimum growth in your string of pearls.

Light

Light is essential for all the daily activities of the plant, and the string of pearls needs a lot of light to do well.

The string of pearls needs six to eight hours of indirect sunlight every day. These succulents enjoy the morning direct sunlight but can’t tolerate the harsh afternoon sunlight.

The intense afternoon sunlight can scorch the plant’s leaves, so you should not place your string of pearls under direct sunlight.

The string of pearls can survive in low-light conditions, but if you place the plant in low light, you will not see much growth, and you may notice leggy growth or unhealthy pearls.

For a happy and growing string of pearls, you can choose a spot where it gets indirect light throughout the day.

Choosing a south-facing window will be ideal for your string of pearls. You can also place the plant near an east-facing window to get the direct morning sunlight for few hours.

You may use curtains to filter the direct sunlight if you are placing the plant near a window. And keep the plant under shade if you are putting it outdoors. If your window gets direct sunlight, you should place the plant a few feet away from the window so that it doesn’t get scorched.

Also read: How much light do string of pearls need?

Temperature

The string of pearls enjoys warm temperatures that fall around 60°F-70°F.

If you can provide warm temperatures, you will see a lot of growth in these succulents during the growing season.

However, if the temperatures go over 75°F, these plants might show many problems.

You should stay careful during the winter season as temperatures below 50°F will not be ideal and will be extremely cold for your string of pearls.

So, if you experience harsh and intense winters, you should place your string of pearls indoors and try to provide warmer temperatures to the plant.

Many plant owners use heating systems such as furnaces, and radiators to maintain the room temperatures for their plants during the winter season.

It is crucial not to place the plants too close to the heating systems as that can burn the leaves and make the plant dry. If you want to provide heat with the help of heating systems, you should place your string of pearls a few feet away so that it doesn’t get damaged from too much heat.

Humidity

The string of pearls usually does well in average room humidity and doesn’t have high humidity requirements.

The string of pearls is native to Africa’s dry and arid regions, where it is not exposed to high humidity conditions, which is why it can adapt in low humidity.

Therefore, an average humidity level of 40-50% works well for these succulents.

If you live in a region that is very dry and where the humidity levels drop below 30%, you should use a humidifier to increase the humidity around your string of pearls.

You might want to place your string of pearls in rooms with a higher humidity level, such as the kitchen or the bathroom. You should ensure that the plant gets enough of the rest of the factors there.



Things to keep in mind while placing a string of pearls at home

Let’s discuss some of the common places where you can keep your string of pearls.

Near a window

The string of pearls prefers a mixture of direct and indirect sunlight. The morning direct sunlight works excellent for these plants, but it needs protection from the harsh afternoon sunlight.

You can place the string of pearls near a window that gets direct morning sunlight. You can use curtains on the windows to filter the light when it gets too harsh for the plants.

It would be best if you do not place your string of pearls near a window that gets direct sunlight for a long period, as that can burn the leaves.

If the window gets a lot of direct sunlight, you can place your string of pearls a few feet away from the window.

A window that gets indirect sunlight for at least six to eight hours every day is ideal for your string of pearls. So you need to find a spot that receives enough light and use a filter to make the light indirect for your string of pearls.

The intensity of the light reduces during the winter, so you can move the string of pearls near the window sill at that time period.

But keep in mind that you need to keep the plant away from cold drafts. Thus, you can move the plant away from the window if required. If you take care of these factors, the string of pearls will thrive without facing any problem.

Keep away from children

The string of pearls can make your children sick as these are mildly toxic for humans. So, if you have children in the house, you should consider keeping your string of pearls away from the reach of the children.

The string of pearls can’t cause any serious problem, but since children are more sensitive than adults, they can have more problems if they touch or ingest the plant.

The string of pearls can cause skin irritation if touched. The sap of the plant might lead to rashes, irritation, and swelling.

If your children ingest any part of the plant, they can have swelling on the mouth, gastric problems, and you should contact the doctor immediately. To avoid any such problem, you should keep these in mind while choosing a spot to place your string of pearls.

Keep away from pets

All parts of the string of pearls are toxic for your pets. So, it becomes crucial to place the plant away from the reach of your pets.

Pets are curious, so if you have dogs and cats in the house, they are likely to sniff the plant or ingest any part if it is within their reach.

If your pet ends up ingesting ant part of your string of pearls, you will notice some of the following symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Oral irritation
  • Swelling of lips, mouth, or tongue
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite

Your cat or dog might have severe problems and suffer a lot if they ingest a big part of the plant. You should keep these in mind and place the string of pearls accordingly so that it stays out of reach of your pets and they are not able to come in contact with the plant.

Avoid placing near a heating machine

The string of pearls doesn’t enjoy the low temperatures during the winter season.

Many plant owners like to keep their string of pearls near a heating machine to increase the temperature and add some heat to the plant.

However, if you place the string of pearls near a heating machine, the pearls can get scorched as too much heat can burn the plant. If the plant is placed near the heating machine or fireplace, it can become dry and dehydrated.

It would be best to place the string of pearls at least a few feet away from the fireplace or the heating source. Check the heat with your hand while moving the string of pearls and place it in an area where your hand feels the heat but doesn’t feel like it’s burning.

Temperature of the room

We have already mentioned that the string of pearls does well in warm temperatures above 70°F during the growing season.

However, high temperatures can burn the plant and scorch its pearls. Therefore, you should keep the plant away from heating sources as too much heat can burn the plant.

The string of pearls can do well in temperatures between 50 to 60°F during the winter months, but they can have problems if the temperatures drop below that level.

Therefore, you should place the string of pearls away from the cold drafts during the winter, or else the plant can go into shock.

The room temperature where you keep the string of pearls might not be the same all around the year, but you should try to keep it as favorable for your string of pearls as possible.

String of pearls in bedroom

The string of pearls looks excellent as hanging plants, and you can place them in your bedroom to add some charm to the room.

The string of pearls not only looks good but also works as a great air purifier. These succulents absorb the harmful chemicals from the air and add oxygen which is ideal for your bedroom.

You need to ensure some of these points before placing the string of pearls in your bedroom.

  1. Ensure that the string of pearls is getting six to eight hours of light in the bedroom. If it is not getting the light naturally, you need to use artificial light to provide sufficient light to the plant.
  2. Try to keep the plant in a spot where the direct air from the AC doesn’t hit it, as the dry and cold air from the AC can make the plant dehydrated.

If you have any window in your bedroom, you can place the string of pearls near the window so that it gets sufficient light throughout the day.

String of pearls in bathroom

The string of pearls can adjust to different living conditions, and therefore you can try placing it in different rooms of the house to find out where it is doing the best.

If your bathroom gets enough light, you can consider placing the string of pearls in your bathroom.

The strings of pearls are great air purifiers, so they do well in the bedrooms and bathrooms.

 Keeping the string of pearls in the bathroom will remove the toxins from the air and keep the bathroom fresh.

The bathroom gets more humidity and low light, and the string of pearls can adapt to those conditions. But it would be best if you try to pick a spot in the bathroom that gets enough light and doesn’t get a lot of water splash every day.

Too much water or humidity can harm the string of pearls. If your bathroom doesn’t get sufficient light, you can skip placing the string of pearls in the bathroom and find a different place for the plant.

Tips for growing a healthy string of pearls

  1. If you want a healthy and growing string of pearls, you need to provide six to eight hours of indirect light to it regularly.
  2. Temperatures ranging around 70°F are ideal for these plants, but they can also do well in 50 to 60°F
  3. The string of pearls does well in average room humidity, but if the humidity levels go down in your house, you can use a humidifier to increase the humidity.
  4. You should keep the string of pearls away from cold drafts, and direct sun as both can damage the plant.
  5. The strings of pearls work great as air purifiers, so having them in the household will help keep the air fresh.

Ref: WikipediaMissouri Botanical GardenUniversity of Wisconsin.

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