Senecio Herreanus | Curio Herreanus (string Of Tears) Houseplant Care – 356 Of 365

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Curio Herreanus (string Of Tears) Houseplant Care – 356 Of 365


It is beautifully hanging basket plant with some really cool shaped leaves is known as curio, Her honest and curio essentially means a little bit more of a curiosity and this has been recently placed into that genus along with the string of beads, which actually, this also has the same common name, as well as string of teardrop string of raindrops and a number of other things that I can’t think of off the top of my head and is also in the same genus now as string of bananas, so those all used to be put into Cenisio. So that’s how we knew those, you know? Sydney Co Rellenas Senecio Radicans. This was senecio her honest, but now it’s curio, her honest, so you probably won’t see that changeover switch over into growers because again it’s so hard to keep up with some of these changes in the binomial nomenclature as a matter of fact with the string of beads, which was known as Senecio. Rile anus. I also knew it as Cline. Eri Elena. So initially I think when I probably filmed the string of beads. I said Cline Eeeh. And now it’s all in curio. So usually anything string of something or others is going to be put into curio, and they all kind of have these really dainty, succulent strings, and then these kind of cool shaped succulent leaves as you could see here, And if I you know, show you a little bit more up close. Let me try to find one of these longer ones, so I could pull up. You could see just the the unique little shape of these succulent leaves now. This plant actually causes a lot of challenges for people and sometimes our indoor environments are actually challenged to begin with. So, for instance, if you’re not giving this top-down light or your light is not angling in with the Sun, then a lot of these green beads. If you will are these leaves will actually just start to put leaves down here and it’ll get a little bald on top so ways that you could actually work around that is by taking little stem cuttings and being able to kind of, like, do it like hair plugs up on top again, but you’re going to be constantly doing that unless you’re able to change your lighting regime and with all of these curios they even though I have some pulled away my south west facing window, they can get really intense light, and you can grow them in full Sun, but you got to be really mindful of it, you know, they better like they would prefer a little bit more light, but bright light, but indirect bright light, or if it’s a direct bright light, they’re not getting it as like a full Sun, so you know, some of that hot afternoon, Sun could be really intense for these plants and they could actually drive very easily. And, you know, if it’s not getting enough water into its leaves that you know some of these leaflets which Ill again show you will actually start to pucker and I don’t really have any puckered leaves here. I don’t think to be able to show you, but but these will start to just kind of, like, wrinkle a little bit, and if you’re over watering these plants that will actually bust so like a a pea. If you if you apply too much water or pressure, it’ll just kind of burst a little bit, and then you’ll start to see cracks in the leaflets. So you want to be a little bit more mindful of that, but again, if you’re not giving it the most optimum light, which again is so hard to do. Unless maybe you have a grow light. That’s being regulated on the plant. Then it might just end up putting its green leaves elsewhere like I have a curio, radican’s one of the string of bananas, and it’s putting most of its green leaves down here the same thing with my string of string of beads, which is my Korea curio, royal eyeness. It’s a little bit bald on top, but it’s got a really beautiful flush of green down below, So you know, you just have to go with it because of the interior environment that you have, however, one thing. I should say about all of these plants is that they are very, very easy to overwater. You have to go very light on the watering, and if you’re going to repot these which I would recommend, I mean, you could keep them in the grower’s pot, but like most of the grower’s pots that I see are plastic. I don’t really like to have a lot of plastic in my house. I don’t think it looks that great, but you could remove it out of the plastic almost immediately when you get it from the grower because that’s when it’s probably the strongest. And you want to move that out, you want to put it into a regular planter pot? You could even do maybe a terracotta pot, so the moisture kind of wicks away more easily because roots are very sensitive to this plant, especially if you don’t have a lot of airflow and you’re letting the water kind of sit in this kind of PD mixture. If you will. Then that’s a surefire way in order to be able to rock the plant, so you got to be very, very mindful when you’re watering it. And in the winter months, I’m sparing like sparingly watering it, so, you know, just be careful because that’s probably one of the ways that this plant easily fails. One of the other fancy things. I should tell you about is the flowers so you can see? Some of them are just at the tail end. This is probably the freshest flower that I could show you, and you’ll see that it’s like this little white pom-po’m with some red and yellow bits kind of coming out of it. And if you smell it, that’s really nice. This smells like cloves and cinnamon. I mean, it just reminds me of the holidays. It’s so lovely so even though these little composite flowers are fairly insignificant, You know, they’re nothing to cry home to mom about, but the smell is actually pretty remarkable, you know? I mean, I think one of the few things is like you could go to. Hoya blooms and a lot of them smell various different ways, but this one is guaranteed to smell like cloves and cinnamon and and Christmas all over again, so that’s also very nice. They usually flower for me during the late fall and the early winter months, so that’s something to actually really look forward to, and they keep their blooms for a long time, So you can see they just kind of dry off and you could deadhead them. If you want? Deadhead essentially just means cutting off the stalks of the flowers. Whether that will allow them to rebloom again. I really am. Not certain, but but I think that if you just don’t want the the blooms kind of falling off. Or if you think it looks a little shaggy or encamped, then you could just remove them now. I didn’t actually say where this plant is from, but it is from Namibia and I think the other ones are from the Cape Province’s area, so just around that same area within Africa. And you can imagine that these are kind of crawling over, you know, kind of the the the ground, and, and actually, that’s one of the the good ways that you can. You could propagate these if I didn’t say that already is by cutting off the stems, and then the little roots will form at the ends of at the ends of nodes, so you could actually remove some of these little teardrops and then you could actually stick them back in the top or you could propagate them in some other place now. Fertilizing is not that important for these plants. I mean, you could get away with something. Maybe on a quarterly basis, but during the growing season, so you’re maybe only going to be doing it three times a year and maybe that’s a zero one one or a two, four, seven or a three, four seven, maybe giving it some micronutrients now and again will also be very good, but these aren’t super heavy feeders, however, they do grow a little bit more, so if you’re seeing something that’s looking a little like, you know, not up to the optimum levels that you would want. Then I would say you could increase the fertilizing, so if you’re doing it on a quarterly basis, maybe you’re, you’re upping it to a bi-monthly basis and and just have to pay attention to your to your plant. I mean again. These are really beautiful ones. If you have like a Western exposure or southern exposure, maybe pulled away and of course, I’m in the Northeast, So that means something different than if you’re on the equator, or if you’re towards the south, but they do want that kind of, like bright light, shade it from some of those full Sun, however, because like, I said, it will dry it out And as far as pest pressures go for this plant. I haven’t had any problems. I will say because I’m subjecting one of my string of bananas to a little bit more of a fuller Sun condition. It does get spider mites from now and again, but I have to tell you. Those spider mites do not kill the plant, especially because I stay on top of it a little bit. So you got to be a little bit More mindful maybe of that. I think it’s quite unusual to get a little spider mites on on succulents. I think it’s just the case that I have to move mine back a little bit more and but otherwise really great plant to grow very beautiful and again, don’t fret if it starts to bald a little bit on top, you !