Senecio herreianus, commonly known as string-of-tears, is a beautiful and also rare plant.
The string of tears is an unusual succulent with nearly spherical leaves from South Africa. Like other succulents, this plant is relatively low maintenance and only needs bright light, well-drained soil, and infrequent watering.
- Plants need to be watered when the leaves start to look a bit shriveled. Root rot from overwatering is the most common cause of its demise, so be careful not to overwater it. Allow soil to dry out completely between waterings.
- Dry conditions may promote blooming in summer.
- Grow in a very well-draining soil mix, such as cactus mix or add inorganic materials such as small pea gravel, sharp sand, poultry grit or pumice to potting medium (up to 1:1 mixture).
- Use a shallow container since the plants will not produce an extensive root system (and if they are unable to quickly remove moisture from a large soil volume, they will be more susceptible to root rot).
- Providing a rest period during the winter with cool (55-60°F).
- Repot every year or two or fertilize lightly in spring.
- The leaves are slightly toxic; ingestion may cause vomiting or diarrhea the plant’s sap may cause skin irritation or rash in sensitive individuals.
Height of the plant - 10 cm. Diameter of the pot - 6 cm. Sustee size S.