Comprised of thin stems with a clear draping habit, string of tears features bright green, lightly striated, oval leaves that come to a yellowish green point at the tip. Each leaf also features a translucent, slit-shaped ‘window’ that allows light to penetrate down into the depths of the plant, facilitating photosynthesis to fuel this variety’s quick growth. In bright sunlight, the stems can even boast a purplish hue, contrasting gently with the color of the leaves.
Native to the harsh landscapes of Namibia, string of tears can form trailing stems up to 12 inches in length when given ample bright sunlight, such as that afforded by a south or west-facing windowsill. Prone to rot if exposed to dampness for any extended period of time, it is critical to utilize an extremely porous soil mixture, such as a commercial cactus mix supplemented with course sand or perlite, within a well-draining pot, and to water deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry through in between. Plenty of airflow across the soil surface will also discourage rot or pests.
Hardy only to Zone 10, it must be shielded from frost – and in exchange, will produce annual displays of pom-pom shaped blooms.
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Plant sizing is based on the diameter of the nursery pot (2", 2.5", 3", 4" etc), not the plant itself. Plants may be slightly larger or smaller than the pot they are grow in depending on availability or time of year. While we do our best to ship plants as similar to those pictured as possible, please keep in mind that all plants are unique from one to the next, and display color, shape, and growth variation based on current environment, time of year, and other contributing factors. Please note that we ship our plants as dry as possible in the fall and winter months to prevent root rot or freezing. They will plump back up after planting!