String of Tears

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir

Senecio, also known as String of Tears, is an intriguing succulent that adds an element of surprise and fun to any indoor setting. This South African native is appreciated for its small, teardrop-shaped leaves that elegantly hang on slender, trailing stems, similar to strings of delicate green tears. It’s a visual spectacle, an ode to the masterful artistry of nature.

The rich, green leaves are peppered with translucent “windows” that allow sunlight to penetrate the plant, an ingenious adaptation to its native arid environments. The cascading stems often bloom with small, daisy-like flowers, providing an attractive contrast to the leafy green strings.

Finally, the stems – they gracefully hang down, creating a waterfall of green tears, bringing a sense of drama and dynamism to the room. The plant’s unique, trailing growth habit makes it a wonderful choice for hanging baskets or elevated planters, where the cascading stems can be showcased best.


Common NameString of Tears
Scientific NameSenecio radicans
OriginSouth Africa
Leaves ColourBright green
SunlightBright indirect light
Soil TypeWell-draining soil
Water RequirementsModerate
Maximum Height2-3 feet (in hanging)

String of Tears, like all succulents, enjoys bright, indirect light, well-draining soil, and moderate watering, following the “soak and dry” method. It can reach up to 2-3 feet when planted in hanging baskets, making it an excellent choice for indoor gardeners looking for a plant with a unique visual appeal.

Types of Plant

Senecio Radicans – The Succulent Species

The String of Tears is a succulent species, part of the Senecio radicans genus. While it doesn’t have different colour variants like some other houseplants, it distinguishes itself with its unique teardrop-shaped leaves and trailing growth habit.

Plant Care: Sunlight, Watering, Soil, and Repotting

Sunlight Needs

Being a succulent, String of Tears enjoys bright, indirect light. A spot near a north or east-facing window is ideal.

Water Needs

Water your plant moderately, allowing the soil to dry out between watering. Overwatering can lead to root rot.

Soil Type

The plant requires well-draining soil. You can use a standard succulent or cacti mix.


It’s advisable to repot every two years to refresh the soil and check the health of the plant’s roots.

Common Problems and Remedies


Overwatering can lead to root rot. Always allow the soil to dry out between watering.

Poor Light

Inadequate light can lead to weak, leggy growth. Place your plant in a location where it receives plenty of bright, indirect light.


Watch out for common pests like mealybugs and aphids. Treat infestations with a mild insecticide or neem oil.

Best Places for Plant Decor in Your Home

Living Room Shelves

Due to its trailing growth habit, String of Tears looks beautiful when placed on living room shelves. The cascading green strings will add an element of surprise and fun to your decor.

On the Staircase Landing

Placing a String of Tears plant on the staircase landing can turn an often overlooked space into a green haven. The trailing stems can create a curtain-like effect, adding a touch of drama.

Next to the Sofa

A hanging basket with String of Tears placed next to your sofa can make for a cosy and green living area. The cascading leaves add a touch of nature and create a peaceful ambiance.


Indoor gardening is not just a hobby; it’s an art form, an expression of creativity, and an experiment with life. With unique and captivating species like the String of Tears, you’re not just planting a succulent; you’re curating a living sculpture. As you watch the delicate strings of green tears grow and cascade, you may discover that the joy of nurturing these tiny lives equals the joy they bring into your space.

So why not venture into indoor gardening with the String of Tears, turning your home into an interior garden? Or perhaps you’re considering creating a mini-garden inside the house? With its unique charm and easy-care nature, the String of Tears would make an excellent addition, adding both beauty and interest. And who knows, your home might just become the next hotspot for a beautiful display of indoor plants.

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