Growing guide

How to grow string of beads

String of beads (and related ‘string of’ plants) are unusual-looking trailing succulents, and a must for every houseplant fan. Easy to grow, tolerant and happy in most homes, their long trailing stems and small plump leaves create a curtain of greenery. The leaves come in various quirky shapes, depending on the species.

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Quick facts

  • Low-maintenance succulent houseplants that can cope with some neglect

  • Small plump leaves of various curious shapes in different species

  • Choices include: string of beads, string of tears and string of bananas

  • Ideal for hanging planters and shelves, to show off their trailing stems 

  • They prefer bright indirect light, but will tolerate some sun

  • Easy to propagate

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
While we think all this information will be helpful to you, we always recommend to read the instruction labels on your plants.

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