How to grow and take care of dolphin strings

grow and take care of dolphin strings
grow and take care of dolphin strings

As its leaves resemble a pod of leaping dolphins, this lovely succulent will give you beach thoughts all day long! The string of dolphins (Senecio peregrinus) is a trailing succulent in the Asteraceae family that is a hybrid of the string of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) and the candle plant (Senecio articulatus).

The characteristic dolphin-shaped leaves and long hanging tendrils distinguish the string of dolphins. The fragile blooms are quite inconspicuous, so these plants are grown for their interesting foliage rather than their flowers. They look excellent in hanging baskets and vertical gardens, and depending on the aesthetic you want, they can be trained to grow upwards on a trellis or moss pole.

String of dolphins are often cultivated indoors as houseplants, but they can also be planted outdoors. FEATURED VIDEO How to Grow and Care for Aloe They are not frost-tolerant succulents, though, and require warm temperatures all year to thrive outside.

Grow and take care of dolphin strings

Senecio peregrinus is a plant with a botanical name of Senecio peregrinus and a common name of Senec

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  • Succulent plant with a mature height of 6 inches
  • Exposure to the Sun
  • Sunlight (full to partial)
  • Cactus/succulent soil with good drainage.

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  • close-up of a dolphin string
  • Closeup of a string of dolphins by The Spruce / Krystal Slagle

String of Dolphins Care Strings of dolphins are low-maintenance succulents in general. Their lush leaves absorb water, making them drought-tolerant, and they don’t require any extra care or maintenance. They’re extremely easy to propagate, so you can easily share some with your friends just by owning one of these succulents.

The string of dolphins is not a low-light plant, and adequate sunlight is required for its growth. This lovely succulent will thrive if you place it in a bright, sunny window and ignore it for the majority of the time.


String of dolphins thrives in at least six hours of sunlight every day when grown as a houseplant, despite the fact that it can easily get scorched in direct sunlight when planted outdoors.

A south-facing window is preferable, although it can also be cultivated indoors in medium light. Use grow lights to provide more light if necessary.


A string of dolphins, like most succulents, requires arid, well-draining soil. This plant can be grown in commercially available cactus/succulent mixes, but you can also make your own at home. 2 parts potting soil, 1 part pumice or perlite, and 1 part sand are all you need.

Because the leaves of the Water String of Dolphins can retain water for a long time, they are drought-tolerant and do not require regular watering.

To avoid root rot, allow the soil to dry completely between waterings and then water deeply. When the plant becomes dormant in the fall and winter, reduce the amount of water it receives.

Humidity and Temperature

When cultivated indoors, a string of dolphins grows well in ordinary household temperatures and humidity levels. Surprisingly, while not being frost-tolerant, these plants prefer cooler conditions than the usual succulent. They can withstand temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter (4 degrees Celsius).

If you live in a chilly climate, you won’t have to be as cautious about placing your plant near drafty or cold windows as you would with a string of pearls plant.


The string of dolphins does not require fertilization on a regular basis. Overfertilizing this plant can actually cause the leaves to lose their distinctive dolphin form. They can, however, benefit from a modest feeding in the early spring to encourage growth and blooming.

It is normally recommended to use an organic fertilizer such as worm compost, liquid kelp, or fish emulsion.

Replanting and Potting

This trailing succulent can withstand being root-bound and does not require frequent repotting. In fact, keeping the plant slightly root-bound is one of the best strategies to increase blossoms.

However, you need repot a string of dolphins every few years to replenish the potting medium and raise the pot size, which is normally one size larger.

It’s critical to use a pot with enough drainage holes to avoid root rot and soggy soil. Both plastic and terracotta pots work well for string of dolphins, however some gardeners prefer terracotta because it helps to absorb excess soil moisture.

Dolphins Propagating in a String

Dolphins can be easily grown in water or soil via stem cuttings. For the greatest results, choose cuttings with at least 2-3 nodes along the stem. The nodes are located where the leaves emerge from the stems and where the new roots will grow.

Remove the leaves from the lowest node or two if you’re propagating stem cuttings in water to keep them from rotting. Within a few weeks, roots should emerge, at which point you can transplant the cutting to soil.

If you’re only propagating in soil, simply place the stem cutting on top of the soil and keep it moist until roots emerge.

Typical Pests and Diseases

Aphids, mealybugs, scale, and spider mites, which are common houseplant pests, can be a problem for string of dolphins. These pests are sap-suckers that can wreak havoc on a healthy plant if left untreated. These common houseplant pests can be readily controlled if caught early and treated properly.

Except for root rot, which is caused by overwatering, these plants are not susceptible to any diseases. You should have no problems if you water only when the soil is absolutely dry, plant it in a container with enough drainage holes, and use a well-draining soil mix.

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