How to care for Senecio ’String of Dolphins'
Parentage: Senecio articulatus x rowleyanus
Senecio 'String of Dolphins’ is an adorable hybrid of S. rowleyanus and S. articulatus.
Each arched leaf grows two small points which make this plant look uncannily like a pod of frolicking dolphins. It’s newly in fashion and created a stampede when we released it. Make room in your collection for the spectacular Senecio 'String of Dolphins'.
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LIGHT: Bright, indirect light, early morning sun, or semi to half shade. Plants may become sun burnt from too much sun.
WATER: Allow soil to dry out between watering to avoid root rot.
SOIL: Use a well-draining soil mix.
PLANTING: This is the perfect plant for hanging baskets where the dolphin leaves can cascade downward. Under good conditions, String of Dolphins can grow over 50 cm in the first year. Requires a pot with drainage.
FERTILISER: Use a top dressing of general fertiliser once or twice a year to enhance new growth and the plant’s overall health. Over fertilising causes malformed growth, losing that iconic leaping dolphin look.
BLOOMING: Blooms from May to June. The flowers are dainty and white, and form tightly compacted puffballs. Each bloom has a halo of deep red to golden yellow filaments.
DORMANCY: Senecio are dormant during winter months. They are not frost tolerant.
PROPAGATION: Senecio propagates via clippings. Allow the cut end to callous over and insert into dirt.