Othonna Capensis (The String Of Rubies Plant)

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FamilyAsteraceae
GenusCrassothonna
Scientific NameOthonna capensis
Other NamesLittle Pickles, Ruby Necklace, String of Rubies.
Growth SeasonThe plant grows in spring, summer and fall
Preferred TemperatureThe best temperature should be about 50oF (10oC)
Hardiness ZoneUSDA Zones 5-10
Average Mature Height & WidthIts maximum height is four feet and it can spread up to one foot to sixteen inches.
DormancyThere is no definite dormancy season for this plant.
ToxicityThis succulent is not toxic to humans and pets.
Othonna Capensis – The String Of Rubies Plant Summary

Ruby Necklace Physical Characteristics

The plant is low growing and it covers the ground as a creeping plant, it forms a mat on the ground. Its leaves are cylindrical and narrow the leaves are greyish-green with a spiral arrangement. The length of leaves differs from plant to plant depending on the fertility of the soil on which the plant is growing. Size can range from ¼ inch to four inches.

It blooms into yellow flowers between spring and fall. The plants stem is slim and they come in different colors; red, pink and purple. Its roots are relatively shallow and vulnerable to root rot if deprived of oxygen by sogginess of soil.

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String of Rubies Plant Care

Too much water is poisonous to this plant. You should use the soak and dry method when watering. The soil should drain well in the so that the water passes through easily leaving the substrate moist. You should only water the plant if the soil dries. It needs more water during its growing season and when it is hot.

This succulent does best under direct sunlight. Light is necessary for its growth and also flower production. Fertilizer is not usually necessary but you can feed it a low strength house plant fertilizer once a year.

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Ruby Necklace Growth

Ruby necklace can be propagated by seeds, or stem cuttings. Stem cuttings produce a plant more quickly than seeds. The propagation method is typical of succulents. It doesn’t need pruning because it isn’t too large. This succulent does best when grown in a hanging basket, it may be necessary to trim the vine to keep it neat.

It may be necessary to repot the vines as it grows bigger than the pot in which it is planted. Repotting typically becomes necessary when your Ruby Necklace doubles in size. The pot in which you repot the succulent should be at least two inches wider than the previous pot.

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