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String of Bananas

Senecio radicans
With common names like String of Bananas and String of Fishhooks, this fast-growing succulent vine makes a fun hanging basket plant, the long stems dangling over the edges with their curiously shaped leaves. Preferring to be kept on the dry side, this is a great plant for those who may forget to water occasionally.
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Quick Facts

  • Unique foliage and growth
  • Ideal in a hanging pot or planter
  • Makes a great gift

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With common names like String of Bananas and String of Fishhooks, this fast-growing succulent vine makes a fun hanging basket plant, the long stems dangling over the edges with their curiously shaped leaves. Preferring to be kept on the dry side, this is a great plant for those who may forget to water occasionally.

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About This Plant

Type

Succulents

Leaf Color

Green

Flowering

Flowering

Mature Height

Up to 36 inches

Mature Width

Up to 24 inches

Features

Showy foliage

Seasonality

Leaf Lifespan

Evergreen

Leaf Time of Year

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Bloom Time

Summer

Bloom Color

White

Plant Care Tips

Planting Instructions
Dig a hole at least twice the diameter of the root ball and 1.5 times deeper. Amend heavy soils with gravel, coarse sand, or a cactus and succulent mix to improve drainage. Return a few inches of soil mixture to the planting hole. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease out the roots on the surface of the root ball. Plant with the top of the root ball at ground level. Back-fill around the root ball with the rest of the soil mixture, gently firming it in as you go, and build a short berm of soil around the plant to create a watering basin. Water the plant thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots. Water new plants lightly but frequently to avoid rotting the roots. Check for water needs every few days to once per week. Mulch with gravel to improve drainage of water from the base of the plant.
General Care Description
This plant will thrive with plenty of direct sunlight and without a lot of water. Hanging pots and planters allow this plant to display its namesake 'string-of-banana' shape as it grows towards the ground.

Effort of Care

Low

Soil Type

well-drained soils

Growth Rate

Fast

Light Needs

This plant needs a lot of sunlight, if grown indoors, be sure to provide direct sunlight and possibly a grow-light.

Water Needs

Keep this plant's soil moist until established, about one year. Then only water once soil has dried.

Disease and Pests

Generally pest and disease resistant

USDA Hardiness Zone

10

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