The Senecio rowleyanususually called rosary plant or hanging ball plant, it is a hanging plant of the Asteraceae family, very popular in gardening and decoration due to its peculiar appearance.
If you dare to beautify your terrace or living room with one of these beautiful succulents, keep reading us in this EcologíaVerde article in which we show you the Rosary plant care to have it at home and enjoy its original aspect in your decoration. Discover that it is not so difficult to take care of.
Rosary plant – characteristics
These are the main characteristics of the rosary planta very showy hanging succulent:
- It is a succulent native to South Africa.
- Its leaves, spherical or rounded, are a vivid light green color that makes them look like small grapes.
- Its flowers are small and white, although it produces few and infrequently, only when the conditions are optimal for it.
- Although it withstands temperate climates outdoors, it is usually grown as an indoor plant.
- It gets its name from the appearance that its stems adopt once the spherical leaves have developed and filled with water.
- It is toxic if ingested.
If you like this type of ornamental or decorative plants, we recommend you consult this other article on Hanging Succulents: types, care and how to reproduce them.
Rosary plant: care – practical guide
As a quick summary, these are the most basic care that the rosary plant needs:
- The rosary plant needs a lot of light, although indirect or low intensity suns.
- It requires warm temperatures, between 16 ºC and 25 ºC.
- It holds up well in bright interiors, but outdoors in temperate climates will do better.
- It requires spaced and little abundant watering, as a succulent that it is.
light and location
This is one of the most important points in the care of the rosary plant, and also the reason why sometimes there are those who contradict the fact that it is an easy plant to grow.
The Senecio rowleyanus It is a plant that, although it can be grown indoors, requires large amounts of light to develop properly. This means that if you place it in a room with a lot of natural light or near a window, the plant will grow properly, but in dark rooms you run the risk of it withering.
If you notice that the plant loses vibrancy in the tone of its leaves or that it softens or darkens, move it to a brighter location, preferably a terrace or balcony, or at least a window that receives more sunlight.
As we say above in the summary, its ideal temperature is between 16ºC and 25ºCalthough this plant can withstand much higher temperatures without excessive problems, as long as you keep it out of direct, very intense sunlight.
On the other hand, it is not as flexible at low temperatures. If you subject your rosary plant to temperatures below 10 ºC for a long time, it is very likely that its health and vitality will be very negatively affected and it may even die.
Watering the rosary plant
Like almost all succulents, the rosary plant does not tolerate excess humidity, which can cause its roots to rot and the plant to die. For this reason, always water it, making sure that the substrate does not puddle, and do not keep the soil constantly moist.
However, do not fall into the opposite extreme either. Don’t let the substrate dry out completely before each watering. If you see that the leaves of your Senecio rowleyanus they lose their spherical shape and begin to “deflate”, it is that the plant needs more moisture and is using what it stores in its leaves.
Check in each case the humidity of the substrate, and adjust the risks according to the local climate. In principle, one watering every 10-15 days should be enough, although in summer you can increase it to one weekly. You can also try the immersion irrigation, in which case it is better to let the substrate dry completely each time. The good thing about this method is that you make sure that the excess water is drained, and that it does not accumulate in the pot.
Here you can learn more about When to water plants.
More tips to care for the rosary plant
To finish, we offer you more advice on the care of the rosary plant and aspects to take into account if you have it at home:
- As we have said, it is a plant whose ingestion is toxic, so keep it out of the reach of pets and small children.
- If its leaves fall off easily as soon as you touch them, it’s probably due to overwatering. If, on the other hand, they are wrinkled and elongated, you need to water it more.
- It is a very easy succulent to propagate, even with stems whose roots have rotted from excess moisture. In this other post we explain how to reproduce succulent plants.
Below you can see our video about this curious succulent plant.
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