The string of dolphins is a hardy succulent, originally found in the tropical regions of the world. Due to its uniquely shaped pods which resemble tiny diving dolphins, these plants have become popular as house plants. Although they require minimal maintenance, they still do require some maintenance to stay alive. Several causes may harm your string of dolphins and if left untreated, eventually kill it. Hence, you must provide the plant with specialized care to enable it to grow well.
How to keep string of dolphins alive?
So, let us explore the causes of a weak string of dolphins and how to keep the string of dolphins alive –
- Soil and potting requirements
- Watering frequency
The string of dolphins requires an abundant amount of light to grow well. So, if your plant is not getting enough light, it will not be able to carry out the essential function of photosynthesis and eventually become weak and die. Thus, always grow your plant in an area of partial shade, where it receives at least six hours of sunlight each day. If the plant is grown indoors, place it near a south-facing window to ensure that its light requirements are adequately met.
The string of dolphins prefers average household temperatures that are stable and doesn’t fluctuate too much. Prolonged exposure to heat or cold may cause the tissues of the plant to be severely damaged. It makes it unable to carry out the essential life processes needed to survive. So, if there is extreme heat or cold, bring your plant indoors. In cases of indoor plants, remove them from daft places such as open windows and sources of heat such as refrigerators and air conditioners.
Soil and Potting Requirements
The string of dolphins requires soil that is porous, well-drained, and not too clayey. So, using regular soil to pot your string of dolphins will essentially cause serious problems. So, the best option is to buy a potting mix specifically suited for succulents to ensure that the needs of the plant are met. You can also mix equal parts of regular soil and gravel along with some perlite to make a homemade mix. Similarly, when planting the plant, use a container that is not too big and has proper drainage holes. A container that provides a one-inch gap around the plant will generally suffice.
The string of dolphins needs adequate water to grow well. So, if you don’t provide the right amount of water, it is likely that your plant will either die due to a lack of it or may drown due to overwatering. Water the plants deeply till it starts running out of the drainage holes. Ensure that there is no stagnant water left behind. Water it once a week during summers and once a month during winter. This watering schedule is enough to ensure that the soil remains moist and the moisture needs of the plant are met.
Thus, these are the steps to ensure that your string of dolphins stays alive.