Senecio Barbertonicus
Plant Care,  Propagation,  Succulents and Cacti

Senecio Barbertonicus

Welcome to our guide to the Senecio Barbertonicus all to you need to know about care and propagation

Senecio Barbertonicus Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check soil weekly, only water if dry all the way down.
Fertilizer:A cactus and succulent feed every 3 or 4 weeks in spring and summer.
Soil:A Cactus and Succulent Soil Mix.
Temperature:18-28°C (64-82°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Lemon bean bush, Barberton senecio, succulent bush senecio.
Common issues:Overwatering issues like root rot.


The senecio barbertonicus a.k.a. Barberton groundsel or succulent bush senecio or kleinia barbertonicus, is a beautiful succulent from South Africa known for its slender leaves.

See also: Succulent Soil, Coral Cactus, Blue Torch Cactus, African Milk Tree, Haworthiopsis Fasciata, Snake Plant Care.

Light Needs

Give this succulent plenty of bright indirect sunlight. I would keep them in as South facing window, or an East facing one if you don’t have one.

How Often To Water Senecio Barbertonicus

Check the soil each week and only water if the soil dry all the way down. Soak the soil, but them let all the water to run off, tip out any excess water that is left in the saucer at the bottom, then let it dry out.

Tip: make sure you do not water the plant until the soil is completely dry all the way down, as the biggest killer of succulents is root rot. If in doubt, underwater it!


Give it a dedicated cactus and succulent feed every 3 or 4 weeks in the spring and summer.


Use cactus and succulent mix. We have a guide to buying cactus and succulent compost and making your own here: Succulent Soil.

Tip: make sure you give them a soil mix suitable for succulents, with plenty of drainage materials. For more info see our guide: Succulent Soil.

When to Repot Senecio Barbertonicus

Check them every year to see if the roots are crowded, and give them a bigger pot if needed. They should only need it every 3 years or so.


Don’t give these succulents any extra humidity, 40% should be fine for them.


During the day they will do best in 18-28°C (64-82°F). Aim for 10°C (50°F) as a minimum at night.

How to Propagate Senecio Barbertonicus

You can take stem cuttings and root them in water. Make sure you take off any leaves that will be under the water surface, then let the cutting callous over for a day or two so that the open wound has healed over. It should root in a couple of months then you can pot it up into soil.

Is Senecio Barbertonicus Toxic To Cats?

It is toxic to cats if eaten, seek vets advice.

Senecio Barbertonicus Indoor Care

They will do well indoors as long as you give them a lot of indirect sunlight and don’t overwater them.

Senecio Barbertonicus Vs Peperomia Ferreyrae

These two plants are very similar but you can tell the difference as the  Peperomia Ferreyrae have thin ‘window’ a clear part of the leaf is clear and not green. The senecio barbertonicus is green all over.

Other Names

Lemon bean bush, Barberton senecio, succulent bush senecio, Barberton groundsel, kleinia barbertonicus.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

FAQs and Common Problems

Overwatering is a common issue, which can lead to root rot Make sure you let the soil dry out between watering.

Other Articles You Might Like

There you have it, here ends our guide to this beautiful plant. You might also like our other articles:

Succulent Soil, Coral Cactus, Blue Torch Cactus, African Milk Tree, Haworthiopsis Fasciata, Snake Plant Care.

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