How To Take Care And Grow A String Of Bananas Plant

By Last Updated: December 1st, 2022Categories: Gardening

Heads up plant lovers! There’s a new trailing succulent in town! It’s the curio redicans, most people call it the string of bananas because of its resemblance to the fruit.

Now you might have already seen this peculiar plant and are planning to have one in your home. But the problem is, you don’t know how to take care of it.

Well, don’t worry, we will tell you everything there is to know about the string of bananas and how to make them grow healthy.

What is the String of Bananas Plant?

You may think that because of its name, the string of bananas plants is associated with the fruit family. Well, the answer is no. It is actually a type of succulent that is native to South African countries. It got its name due to its glossy and banana-shaped leaves.

What is the String of Bananas Plant

They belong to the Asteraceae family and bloom with small white flowers during early spring. The banana-shaped leaves grow long and tend to hang on the pots, after all, it’s a hanging house plant. But if you don’t want it to hang, you can put a pole on the pot and let it creep upwards.

Here’s a table that shows some more important facts about Curio Redicans.

Botanical name Senecio radicans syn. Curio radicans
Plant type Succulents
Mature Size 36 inches long
Soil Type Well-draining, succulent soil
Growth shape/habit Trailing/hanging
Toxicity Harmful to humans and animals when ingested

If you plan to have one in your home, we provided a complete string of bananas care guides. Check it out below.

String of Bananas Care Guide

To make sure that your string of bananas doesn’t die, check out this guide on how to properly take care of it. Be sure to follow each one.

Water

Succulents are drought-tolerant plants. They can survive for a long time without water. Although this is the case, you still need to water your string of bananas. If the soil is dry, then it’s the right time to let your plant drink. You also need to make sure that your pots have adequate drainage to prevent root rot.

Light

The string of bananas plant requires direct sunlight when you are planning to grow it indoors. Make sure to place it somewhere that receives at least six hours of sunlight per day.

How Much Light Does String of Bananas Need

Lack of sunlight can damage the leaves and the stem. It can affect the appearance of the plant.

Soil

This type of plant requires a well-draining soil mix in order to help prevent root rot. You can buy a pre-mix succulent soil or make one at home. Simply mix 2 parts potting soil, 1 part perlite, and 1 part pumice or normal sand.

This should give your string of bananas plant enough drainage.

Temperature and Humidity

Even if it originated in countries with hot climates, a string of bananas plant will still do well in a normal household temperature. Just make sure to not expose your plant near heat/air conditioning vents or drafty and cold windows.

Fertilizer

Succulents are some pretty independent plants. They do not require fertilizing. But you can still use worm compost, liquid kelp, or fish emulsion to keep them healthy.

String of Bananas Propagation

Now if you want to have this plant, propagation is the way to go. This will help you grow more and you can either sell it or give it to friends. We provided an easy-to-follow tutorial below.

Materials needed:

  • Your String of bananas plant
  • Clean Scissors
  • Container with water or flower pot with fresh succulent soil

Step 1

Find a long mature stem to cut. Pick up the scissors and gently cut at least 10cm of the stem.

Cut Off Stems

Step 2

Place the stem in water or in succulent soil. If you put the stem on soil, make sure to not over-water it, this will make the stem rot.

Step 3

Now, you have to wait for it to grow its roots. It could be at least a month before you see long enough roots.

Step 4

You can then transfer your succulents to their permanent pot.

Final Thoughts

Having a plant at home makes you feel at ease, plus it gives a clean and peaceful vibe. If you’re planning to have one, I highly recommend getting a string of bananas plant. It’s beautiful and easy to maintain.

FAQs

Succulents are hardy plants that are mostly resistant to bugs and thrive easily, but that doesn’t mean they’re entirely immune to pests.

No. This plant is highly toxic and can harm both humans and animals. The sap alone can lead to dermatitis. We recommend that you place this plant away from children or pets.