Welcome to our guide to string of dolphins care. It is an easy to care for succulent that will do well in most household environments, as long as they get plenty of indirect sunlight, and you let it dry out completely before watering again.
String Of Dolphins Care Summary
|Light needs:||Plenty of indirect sunlight.|
|Watering needs:||Dry out between watering.|
|Fertilizer:||Not needed, but you can use a cactus and succulent feed in summer for more growth.|
|Soil:||A standard cactus and succulent mix.|
|Humidity:||No special humidity requirements.|
|Temperature:||20°C – 27°C (70°F-80°F).|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Other names:||Curio × peregrinus, senecio peregrinus, dolphin necklace.|
|Common issues:||Over watering.|
Welcome to our String of Dolphins care guide, a real attention grabbing plant. String of dolphins is a hanging succulent that gets its name from its small dolphin like leaves. It is similar to string of pearls other such succulents. It is a stunning trailing plant with it’s dolphin-like leaves.
See also: String Of Pearls Care.
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A bright window sill with plenty of indirect sunlight is the ideal place for a string of dolphins, they can tolerate some direct sunlight but too much will burn them.
How Often to Water
String of dolphins should be allowed to dry out between watering. They are succulents and do not like to sit in water, in fact over watering is one of the biggest killers of this plant, especially at winter time when they need much less water. Be sure to check the soil with your finger and check it is totally dry first.
You do not need to feed your string of dolphins, but they can grow quicker if you feed them a cacti and succulent fertilizer once a month in summer. Do not feed them in winter though, when they grow much slower.
String Of Dolphins Soil
String of dolphins require a well draining compost mix, they do not like to sit in water at all, so a standard cactus and succulent mix will suit them well.
For more on which cactus and succulent compost to buy or how to make you own, see our guide: Succulent Soil.
When To Repot A String Of Dolphins
These plants do not need to be repotted regularly and will be ok if root bound. You can report them up a size once every 2 years in spring at the start of the growing season. It is a good time to take cuttings too, for more on propagation succulents see our article Succulent Propagation.
String Of Dolphins Humidity
String of dolphins plants do not need any special care when it comes to humidity, they will do well in normal household humidity levels, and you do not need to mist them.
String Of Dolphins Temperature
These succulents ideal temperature range is 20°C – 27°C (70°F-80°F), so they should do great in most households. Don’t let them get below 5°C (40°F), as cold can damage them.
String Of Dolphins Propagation
You can propagate your string of dolphins in a number of ways. I recommend taking sections of stem with about 5 ‘dolphins’ on them, then take the bottom 2 dolphins off the stem, then leave it for a couple of days so the wounds callous over. Then put your cutting in a jar of water so that the stripped part of the stem is in the water but the leaves are out of the water. You can use string tied across the top of the jar to stop the cuttings falling completely into the water. They can take a long time to root, like 2 or 3 months so be patient. Keep the water topped up and replace it if it goes cloudy. Keep the cuttings warm and bright (but no direct sun). Then when they have rooted well in water, you can move them to soil. I plant a few them close together in the same pot to make a full and bushy plant.
See also: Succulent Propagation (with pictures).
Is It Toxic To Cats?
They are toxic to cats if eaten, and can cause vomiting and numbness. So seek vets advice immediately if your pet eats any.
String Of Dolphins USDA Zone
Can String Of Dolphins Grow In Water?
You can root them in a jar of water then keep it topped up and they can live there indefinitely.
Do String Of Dolphins Bloom?
They flower with small purple flowers.
Where To Buy A String Of Dolphins
Other Names for String Of Dolphins
Curio × peregrinus, senecio peregrinus, dolphin necklace.
For more on succulents and cacti, see our succulents category with all our care guides.
String Of Dolphins Care FAQs and Common Problems
These are succulents, and are quite hardy, but they do get over watered sometimes, be carful to let them dry out before you water them again.
Do String Of Dolphins Grow Fast?
They can grow 40-50cm in length in one season if given the optimum growing conditions.
String Of Dolphins Shriveling
If the plant is underwatered for a long period of time it can become shriveled, so be careful to water it regularly.
Why Are My String Of Dolphins Flat ?
A common issue with string of dolphins is flattening, which is most commonly due to underwatering, but less commonly it can be due to overwatering. The best thing to do is water it if it is dry, and if it is wet, cut back on watering, and after that go to water it regularly but only do so if it is dry.
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