String of Dolphins
The 'String of Dolphin' vine looks like a cascade of tiny dolphins breaching the water surface
Key Information and Plant Overview
- Other Common Names: Dolphin Necklace, Dolphin Plant
- Binomial Name: Senecio peregrinus
- Care Level: Easy
- Light: Bright, indirect
- Water: Allow the soil to dry completely
- Pet Friendly: Yes
A peculiar hybrid between the Senecio Rowleyanus x Senecio articulatus. The 'String of Dolphin' vine looks like a cascade of tiny dolphins breaching the water surface. This is a particularly unique, and dreamy succulent that makes you dream of warmer destinations.
PlantX Top Tip: Low light conditions will alter the plant leaf shape. Trim off thinning or undesirable vines to retain their magnificent leaf shape.
How to Care for String of Dolphins
- Light: Bright, indirect
- Water: Water every 2 - 3 weeks when the soil is almost completely dry. The soil will feel hard and be pulled away from the pot edges. The little dolphin-shaped leaves will appear slightly deflated or wrinkled. Water generously and drain excess water.
- Humidity: Average relative humidity of 25% to 49%
- Temperature: Average from 18°C to 24°C (65°F - 75°F)
- Fertilizer: Follow a monthly fertilizing schedule when the plant is actively growing. In most cases, this is in the spring and summer. Use a balanced fertilizer - this means a ratio of NPK that is all the same. Ex: 10-10-10.
- Soil: Use a well-draining, high organic matter soil mix.
- Propagation: Cuttings
- Repotting: Can be done every 12-18 months. Choose a pot that is 2” larger in diameter than the original pot.
- Cleaning Tip: Gently spray with water.
- Toxicity: Toxic. Keep away from pets and children.
String of Dolphins - Common Problems
I think my plant has root rot: If your plant is in low light and has very moist soil for a significant amount of time, rot may become present. If this happens, inspect the roots. If they are brown and mushy, you’ll have to trim up the roots and repot in fresh cactus/succulent soil. Use a shallow container due to the nature of the root system.
My plant is dying on top: Ensure your plant is receiving enough light on the top of the plant and avoid letting water sit on top of the soil surface. This can lead to rot.
My plant is starting to shrivel: If your plant is starting to shrivel that usually means it’s time to water. Allow the top 1-2” of soil dry in between watering but once it starts to shrivel up, it’s definitely time to water!
Signs of Overwatering: New growth becomes soft and brown and the leaves begin to drop.
Common Pests: Fungus gnats, mealybugs, and aphids.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much light does a string of dolphins need?
Bright, indirect is best as direct sun can cause sunburn. Try placing your String of Dolphins in a south, west, or east facing room.
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