Do you want a hanging plant that is not only easy to care for but also looks cool? Follow our guide on How to Grow String of Bananas Succulent!
Although everyone seems to adore the wacky and pretty ‘String of Pearls,’ there is another completely stunning ‘string’ succulent that you must try! Let’s have a look at How to Grow String of Bananas Succulent!
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String of Bananas
This succulent is native to South Africa and is a part of the Asteraceae family. The plant is distinct for its shiny, leaves in the shape of bananas that grow on hanging, long tendrils. It can be easily trained to grow upwards on a trellis or pole and makes for one of the best specimens for a hanging basket. It does best in warm climates.
How to Propagate String of Bananas Succulent
Propagating String of Bananas is quite easy from cuttings.
- Take 4-6 inches of cutting from a healthy plant and leave it for some time to callus.
- Once it heals, dip it in a rooting hormone, and plant it in a pot filled with succulents or cacti mix.
- Water well and place the pot where it gets lots of bright light.
- The best time for planting string of bananas is spring and summer.
- To make the pot look fuller, it would be a great idea to plant multiple cuttings.
Requirements for Growing String of Bananas
This trailing succulent needs bright and direct light when grown as a houseplant. Place the plant where it receives 3-5 hours of sun throughout the day.
You can buy either premixed growing medium designed for succulents or make your own mix at home by adding 2 parts of potting soil, 1 part of sand or pumice, and 1 part of perlite.
This plant is also known for its capability to tolerate drought. The best method to follow is to let the soil dry out a bit before you water the plant again. Remember, like all succulents, this too hates to be in overtly wet soil.
Taking Care of String of Bananas Succulent
A balanced fertilizer like 20-20-20 would do best for the plant’s growth. Feed the plant in spring. To boost the growth, you can also fertilize the plant once in 6-8 weeks using 1/4 strength. Refer to the label for instructions.
You don’t have to prune the plant often. However, if it dangles down the hanging basket or pot too much, then keep it under control by giving it few snips here and there. Give it a nice trim every once in a while to keep it in a nice shape.
Pests and Diseases
Although the string of bananas is not prone to any serious diseases, they could be prone to more common kinds of pests and diseases such as mealybugs, aphids, spider mites, and other scale insects. Use insecticidal soap to take care of them.