Senecio - Himalayan Senecio
- Botanical Name: Senecio Talinoides Ssp.Cylindricus
- Origins: Himalayas
- Light: High Light
- Watering: Every 8+ Days
- Growth Speed: Medium
- Grower: Novice
- Style: Table Top, Hanging
- Home Decor: Ultra Modern
- Variety Code: 649
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Product Description - Himalayan SenecioString of Pearls (or String of Beads, String of Peas, Rosary Beads) is grown for its decorative foliage. The plant has small spherical leaves about 1/4 inch in diameter. These are strung on thin stems like beads of a necklace. These stems also carry adventitious roots which grow down into the soil as the stems lengthen, so that eventually the plant becomes a dense mat on top of the soil, with the lengthening stems hanging over the edge of the pot as they grow longer. The trailing stems, leaves and the flowers that cluster on 3-inch stalks make this a popular hanging-basket plant. The flowers, borne on long stems in spring, summer or autumn, resemble white brushes. They are usually long-lasting. String of beads resembles Gooseberry senecio except that its leaf is rounder and a bit smaller; it has only one translucent band, 1/16 inch wide. The tufts of white flowers are borne on a shorter stalk. It, too, is a good plant for pendant display.
Plant CareString of Pearls must have bright light including two to three hours a day of direct sunlight through the year, or 14 to 16 hours of strong artificial light daily in the growing season; however, they will grow well in bright indirect light. Reduce artificial light to 12 hours a day in winter. This plant should be grown in a well draining sandy mix and repotted into fresh soil every 18 months or so. Because younger plants are more attractive than older ones, take cuttings every year and begin new plants so that when the older plant seems to have run its course for attractiveness, you have a fresh new plant to carry on.
Normal room temperatures are suitable during the active growth period in spring and summer. In winter they need a rest period with cooler conditions (50 to 55 degrees). The minimum tolerable temperature is 45 degrees. Night temperatures of 50 to 55 degrees and day temperatures of 68 to 72 degrees are ideal. Water well in spring and summer, allowing the plant to almost dry out before thoroughly watering again. In late fall and winter water only enough to keep the mix from drying out completely and to prevent leaves from shriveling. Feed every two weeks or so in spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer diluted to quarter strength. Keep an eye out for mealy bugs, which love these soft bodied plants. Another pest that tends to collect on the growing tips of these succulents is aphids. Feed established plants monthly in spring and summer with a foliage house-plant fertilizer such as 10-20-10, following the instructions given on the label. Repot when necessary in a mixture of equal parts of commercial potting soil and sharp sand. Propagate the plant at any season by division or stem cuttings.
Friday, 15 February 2013 18:11 |
posted by Elizabeth Hamel
Your description is for another plant. This is NOT S. rowleyanus.
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