SUCCULENT STRING GARDEN
This planting takes advantage of a succulent’s ability to look beautiful with little water or soil. I used two sprawling succulent varieties: variegated string of pearls and string of hearts. Both look great as a small hanging vine. If you have a bright window or sunny spot this succulent string garden will provide you with an elegant hanging garden. You could also use Senecio radicans or a rhipsalis. If you don’t have a spot with bright light but do have a lower-light spot you could use a neon pothos.
The perfect hanging garden for a sunny window.
- Fresh or dried sphagnum moss (A)
- Three 4-inch string of pearls (Senecio
- Three 4-inch string of hearts (Ceropegia
- Clear monofilament fishing line (D)
- Bowl (F)
- Scissors (G)
If you’re using dried sphagnum moss, soak it in a bowl of water until it’s rehydrated (at least an hour).
Once the moss is thoroughly soaked, take the first plant out of its container and remove the loose soil.
Shape the remaining soil and roots into ball.
Place the sphagnum moss around the soil, covering all the exposed areas and gently patting the moss and holding it in place as you work your way around the ball.
Snugly wrap the fishing line around the moss, crossing it around in all directions, until the moss is stabilized.
Tie off the fishing line and trim the ends.
Cut a piece of twine at the length you wish the ball to hang. Place the ball in the center of the twine and tie the twine around the ball and secure it with a double knot. Hang the ball, and repeat with the remaining plants.
Water the plants thoroughly by dunking the balls in a bowl of water until all the air bubbles are released and the balls are fully saturated. Allow the balls to become lightweight before soaking them again. Cut back on water in winter, watering just enough to prevent the soil from drying out.
Now it’s your turn to get your hands dirty!
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String of pearls and string of hearts prefer bright light with some direct sun; a west- or south-facing window is perfect.
These are great indoor plants because they don’t mind the normal, slightly dry environment most homes offer. They prefer a warm spring and summer and a slightly cooler winter. The plants may suffer if temperatures fall below 50°F.
Feed a maximum of once a month spring through fall with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half.
PRUNING AND MAINTENANCE
It may be necessary to occasionally prune the string of pearls or string of hearts. Trim off any dead stems, hearts, or pearls. Pruning back the plant will promote fuller more compact growth. The twine will need to be replaced periodically.
For the string of pearls, take a stem cutting 3 to 4 inches long in the spring and insert it into moist potting soil. Keep the soil moist until the cutting has rooted; it will root from where the leaves are attached to the stem. String of hearts can be propagated from a cutting of the tubers produced at the base of the leaves. Take the tuber with the vine attached and press it into soil. Keep the soil moist, but not wet, to encourage rooting. Once the tuber is rooted and growing in a few weeks or months, sever it from the original plant. Cuttings from the vine are best rooted with bottom heat (heat provided from a
heating pad; find them at garden stores or online).