String of Pearls and Chain of Hearts are firm favourites with Palmers customers. We’re frequently asked how to keep these little beauties alive and thriving. Below are our top tips for String of Pearls and Chain of Hearts and a downloadable care guide for each!
String of Pearls
Happy and healthy pearls on your String of Pearls are plump and round with only a very slight point. You will notice that they are glossy and shiny with smooth green skin. If you look closely at your pearls, you will notice that each of them have a strip along them that looks like a little window. On healthy pearls this window should be transparent and clearly visible. Lastly, gently pinch one of the pearls, are they firm to touch? Good! That’s another sign of a happy pearl.
If you have pointy looking pearls, the most likely cause is that your pearls are thirsty! If your String of Pearls look like little green lemons, they are dehydrated. They will also likely be hard to touch, their colour will be looking a lot more dull and matte rather than glossy and shiny. Also, you will notice that they have indented creases running from stem to tip. And those windows we mentioned earlier? They will be far more difficult to see.
What to do: Your pearls need more frequent watering, or they will need to be watered more deeply. If your pearls have aerial roots, simply coil them on top of the soil so they can root, allowing your plant to drink more deeply
If your pearls are looking wrinkly, you may have over-watered them! You’ll also notice that they have a slightly orange skin texture. They will be soft, squishy and mushy in texture and will likely burst if you were to squeeze them. Plus, their windows will now be nearly impossible, if not completely impossible, to see.
What to do: There are a few different things you can do to try and save your pearls from drowning.
- Water them less frequently, giving them time to dry out
- Transfer them into a smaller pot
- Transfer them into a terracotta pot
- Make sure the pot you are using has good drainage so that the soil dries and drains quickly
- Use a different soil mix. We recommend half cactus/succulent soil and half porous gravel like perlite or pumice
- Consider bottom watering
Download the String of Pearls guide here
Chain of Hearts
On average, the Chain of Hearts is a relatively easy-care plant. It requires little attention and can be incredibly durable. All you need to know is the environment your plant likes to live in, and how to adapt that environment if necessary to ensure your plant stays happy and loving life!
Which room is the brightest room in your house? No matter what room it is, this is the room your Chain of Hearts wants to live in. Chain of Hearts love bright light but they do not want to be in direct sunshine. So be careful not to fry them. If you are keeping your plant outdoors (which you definitely can if you want to!) it’s best to place it somewhere that has bright shade or filtered sunshine. Under a tree, under the covered section of your deck or outside space, where your plant can enjoy lovely bright light that is not going to burn!
Your Chain of Hearts does not need a lot of water. Although the Chain of Hearts isn’t technically a succulent, you can often treat it like one! During the dry months your plant needs to be watered every two to three days. But it is incredibly important that your plant dries out completely between waterings. Just like succulents, overwatering your plant will be the death of it! During the more wet months of the year, your plant will only need watering once a week at most because it will take longer to dry out between waterings.
Well draining soil is essential. We recommend a succulent & cactus soil mix or half orchid/half succulent soil.
Although your Chain of Hearts does not necessarily need to be re-potted or transplanted due to it being a trailing plant that will not grow out of its pot very quickly. However, you can re-pot your plant as you see fit. If you are going to re-pot it, we recommend doing so in the Summer or Spring.
Your Chain of Hearts does not need frequent or a significant amount of fertilising. However, if you think your plant could do with a pick-me-up the best thing you can do for it is apply a balanced liquid houseplant fertiliser (such as the Yates Thrive Houseplant Liquid Plant Food) in the Spring.
Download the Chain of Hearts guide here