Senecio Rowleyanus also called the “Rosary plant” is a succulent plant species from the semi-desert areas of Africa. This plant has a hanging shape. In addition, it also has cylindrical leaves in which it stores its water reserves. Thanks to these, it can withstand the so common drought periods that occur in its natural habitat. Its leaves give it an advantage against Africa’s arid areas and give it a decorative value thanks to its curious and little peculiar, almost spherical shape. This plant also produces small white flowers that have a very striking aroma similar to that of cinnamon.
Senecio Rowleyanus Care
This “Rosary plant” requires good lighting. Thanks to its leaves like rosary beads, it gives a decorative value to the interior of homes and is usually kept in pots inside the house. If we want to grow it in this way, we must find a point where it receives a high amount of indirect light. In case it is being grown outdoors, we must keep it in a semi-shade. We should let it only receive direct sun for a few hours a day, preferably during the morning.
Suppose it is kept in direct sunlight for a long time, thanks to its leaves serving to retain water and prevent damage due to drought. In that case, it is possible that the midday sun, especially in hot summer times, burns these leaves and begins to wither our Senecio Rrowleyanus. The importance of keeping our “Rosary plant” in a solar exhibition is remarkable when we compare it with one that does not receive enough light. When it has the correct exposure, its spherical leaves will maintain a bright green color. On the other hand, if we keep it in semi-shade or full shade, its leaves begin to develop a duller and matte color without any direct exposure to the sun.
It is best to place it outside or failing that, near a window or balcony during the early hours of the day. Still, we cannot forget to return it to its semi-shadow position not to be affected by the midday rays. It is also important to acclimatize it to sun exposure and not to do it all at once. If it comes from a nursery where it was kept in the perpetual shade and abruptly changes to prolonged sun exposure, it can burn very easily.
Senecio Rowleyanus, being from scorching and desert areas, can grow naturally in these hot climates and is comfortable in temperatures between 60 and 77 °. It is possible that our “Rosary plant” withstands even warmer climates and temperatures. Still, we must ensure that its needs in terms of sun exposure and irrigation are adequate to withstand these climates to avoid burns and dehydration. On the other hand, this plant does not tolerate low temperatures. Any temperature below 50 ° F can be harmful to our succulents. When it is exposed to these temperatures during the cold and humid times of the winters, its growth may stop altogether. In extreme cases of very prolonged exposure to the cold, it can lose all its leaves.
For this reason, the most common is to grow it indoors. Still, if we have it outdoors, all we have to do is take it indoors to a dry and warm place. There it can maintain a temperature of at least 55 ° F. Another advice that we can follow during these times is to give it a few hours outside. The air and direct sunlight for a few hours in the morning can be great for our “Rosary Plant” during winter.
Since Senecio Rowleyanus is a succulent plant, it requires little and moderate watering as a general rule. It stores water in its leaves to stay hydrated during drought,. In that case, an excess of watering can be detrimental to this plant. It is best to wait until the substrate, which must have good drainage to avoid any waterlogging, is completely dry before watering it again. The “Rosary plant” is very delicate and susceptible to developing root rot if it is exposed to humidity for long periods.
However, we must not allow our succulents to go through too extreme and long periods of drought. If this happens, the “balls” that are its leaves will begin to be affected, losing volume or even wilting completely. This is a clear sign that watering is not enough. This type of problem usually occurs more during the summer, especially in very hot areas. In these cases, we must look for an irrigation regime that keeps our plant alive and healthy. It would help if you adapted this regime to the different seasons of the year.
As winter approaches, you must reduce the frequency of irrigation even by half. This is a trial and error job so we shouldn’t be frustrated if it doesn’t come out on the first try. We can use a trick to know when it is time to water it. If our irrigation regime is working, is to observe its leaves. If they tend to fall constantly or are sensitive to the touch and fall quickly, there is more water than needed. It is better to reduce the amount and/or frequency of watering. On the other hand, if the balls begin to wrinkle, it is best to increase the watering frequency a little.
#3. Plant Propagation
The “Rosary plant” is a simple succulent to propagate, possibly propagating damaged stems or rotten roots. If we take the correct measures, this should not be the end of our plant’s road. To propagate this plant, we must cut one of its stems, approximately 4 inches. The best thing would be to choose one that looks echo or that we suspect is rotten in its roots. These work as a healthy one. Once we have cut it, we bury it in a pot with a well-draining substrate. We must ensure the leaves are in contact with the earth and place a little soil on them to prevent them from rising.
After this, we must moisten the substrate enough to remain wet. Finally, we cover the pot with a plastic bag and let it rest for about two weeks. Lastly, if everything goes well this time, we will have a new plant. Let’s not forget that the pot should be warm to increase the chances that the multiplication will be successful.
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Many problems can occur when taking care of our “Rosary Plant”. For example, if you are taking proper care of your Senecio Rowleyanus, but you still notice that the leaves do not get fatter each time they begin to get thinner, it is very likely that the roots are rotten. Let’s not forget that being a succulent plant, it is very delicate in its irrigation and very susceptible to these conditions.
One of the methods that we can use to check this is by looking at the stem close to the roots if this part is dry or has a lighter pigmentation. The rest of the stems are relatively normal green. That will be our proof that the roots are rotten. Another method that we can use is to pull the stem gently. If it detaches easily from the earth, it will also mean that the roots are rotten and do not have the correct attachment.
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