String Of Bananas Plant (Curio Radicans) Care and Propagation

Buying a plant or seeds is just the first step in the process. Without the proper knowledge on how to propagate a particular plant, it’s very likely that the plant won’t grow properly. One of the best ideas is to invest in plants that are easy to grow.

However, not all plants are easy to care for and to propagate. One of the most difficult plants is the string of bananas plant. The plants are incredibly popular, thanks to their unique aesthetic and versatility. Here’s everything you need to know about propagating the String of Bananas plant. 

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What is a String Of Bananas Plant?

Also known as the Senecio radicans, the String of Bananas plant is a display of vines that feature banana-shaped leaves and tiny lavender year-round. They also have the potential to get yellow or white blooms during the winter months. 

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These flowers are native to Africa and are a plant that grows rapidly. They’ll eventually reach a maximum length of 36 inches. An interesting feature is that the leaves are somewhat transparent, which means they allow light to shine through. When you get close, you’ll notice that the small flowers give off a very pleasant scent that’s similar to cinnamon. 

The plant thrives outdoors in warm climates and will grow easily. For those in cool climates, they can grow the plant indoors. These look especially good in hanging pots and containers as they are a great trailing succulent! Keep reading to find out more about String of Bananas care!

Caring for String of Bananas Plants 

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There are five major factors that you need to know to take care of your string of bananas plant. These are soil, watering, petting, feeding, and light. Here’s everything you need to know so you can take the best possible care of these plants. 

Soil 

The plant will grow easily in any succulent/cactus soil mix. Ideally, you need something that’s nice and chunky but is also light. Due to the roots’ fine nature, it makes it much easier for the plants to grow. A good strategy is to use some additional perlite and coir to make the soil lighter and airy. 

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Watering

All plants require a different level of watering to ensure that they grow properly. When it comes to the string of bananas or any string of plants, for that matter, you need to wait until the soil is dry to water. As a general rule of thumb, make sure you always pour enough water to fill up the container till the tip. 

Potting

Some plants require a specific sort of pot to grow properly. However, the string of banana plants will suit multiple different containers. The only thing you need to ensure is that the pot has plenty of drainages. Terracotta pots are also ideal for growing a string of banana plants. 

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Feeding

A lot of people fail to realize but plants need food to grow properly. It’s really difficult for them to grow if they don’t get the proper nutrition. String of bananas plants are super sensitive, so the ideal fertilizer for them is worm castings. Even though these are less likely to cause burning damage, it’s important to use them in moderation. 

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Light

When it comes to lighting, succulent plants can thrive in indoor and outdoor conditions depending on the zone. It’s important that the plant receives plenty of light but be careful as exposure to direct sunlight can lead to burning. Another thing to keep in mind when it comes to lighting is that it receives light from the top and not from the sides. When it doesn’t receive enough light from the top, it becomes stringy, and the leaves lose the banana shape

Growing String of Bananas Plants 

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String of Bananas might seem like an intimidating plant, but they’re easy to grow. String of bananas is simple to grow as long as you maintain the environmental conditions that let them thrive in their natural habitat. They’re a lovely plant for beginners.

The first thing that you need to ensure that you keep the plant at a temperature where it grows well.

Light-wise, a string of banana plants thrives when they see exposure to plenty of bright and indirect sunlight. Suppose the conditions allow it, and you plant these succulents outdoors. In that case, it’s important to find a location where there is enough sun and afternoon shade. 

On the inside, it’s a good idea to keep the succulent in the brightest place in your household that isn’t a threat from direct sunlight. Some of the ideal spots for these are near the east, south, or north windows, where indirect sunlight shows up. 

Propagating String of Bananas Plants by Cuttings

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String of bananas plant is super easy to propagate. A bonus of propagating is that it stimulates growth in parent plants. They also help make a fuller plant. One of the most important factors in helping a plant grow is ensuring that it’s cut properly. 

When it comes to cutting the plant, it’ll split into two different strands wherever you make the cutting. As a result, the plant becomes fuller. To work around this, a good idea is to cut the plant closer to the pot’s rim. That means when the plant does split, it looks like separate full strands. 

If roots are growing out of the plant, they can also help with propagation. You’ll need to cut off some of the banana leaves off so roots can grow. That’s why you need to ensure that the strand has enough length to pull off some of the lower leaves. 

Determine the Ideal Size and Length of the Cuttings

After determining the ideal cutting length and angle, it requires a clean pair of scissors, which helps cut the strands off. A crucial tip to remember is always to note which end you’re cutting from; you can then put this end into soil or water when it’s time for propagating. 

As soon as you make the cuttings, remove any leaves from the region closest to soil and roots. If you have enough patience, let the cutting sit for two days before putting it in soil or water. Letting it be for the initial two days allows the cutting to callus over, which helps the plant grow better. 

A good idea when propagating any plant is to make use of the rooting hormone. It’s not something that you absolutely have to do, but it’s super easy to use and speeds up the whole rooting process.

If you have some rooting hormone on you, all you need to do is dump a small amount out onto another surface. Get your cuttings ready by dipping them into the water, ensure that you don’t wet any part that doesn’t have leaves. After that, you take the wet cuttings and proceed to dip them into rooting hormone! 

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Planting the Cuttings in Soil

The final step in the procedure is to put the cutting into the soil mixture. It makes it easier to put the cuttings into the soil. You’ll need to make a small hole in the soil; if you don’t have any professional tools, a chopstick will be sufficient. 

Once you make the hole, you can put it in the cutting and then keep it in a source with a lot of bright light. However, be careful in ensuring that the area doesn’t receive direct sunlight. Direct sunlight is too harsh and will cause the plant to burn. 

Watering the Cuttings

It’s a good idea to water the cuttings more frequently than the mother plant. You don’t need to use as much water cause there’s less soil, but keep it moist. Propagate all your cuttings in separate pots until their roots fully establish. Once their roots are in place, you can combine all the different cuttings. 

One issue that you might encounter is keeping the cuttings inside the soil. The strings are heavy, which means that until the roots grow, the cutting will have a propensity to fall out. You can use a bobby pin or a specially designed plant pin to help keep the cutting in place until the roots grow. 

Alternative: Laying the Cuttings in the soil

Lay down these cuttings flat on the soil and let the stem touch the soil. Plants shoot out roots from wherever it touches the soil. One option is to start with a fuller top and make the plants trail. Make use of a drainage pot mix, use a cactus soil that features perlite. You can also add coarse sand to drainage. 

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If the stem has roots growing, try to place the stem upon the roots that dig into the soil. All you need is to hold the stem in place. One of the options is to use a paper clip that’s been cut in half. They’re effective at holding the stem down and will help the root stay down as well. 

When the soil starts feeling dry, use a misting bottle on the soil every so often. Once the roots are in place and feel established, you can stop misting and start properly watering the plant. After the plant grows, it’s a good idea to decrease the frequency of the watering to once a week or less. If you live in an especially humid area, you run the risk of the cuttings taking on too much moisture. 

New roots will emerge in two weeks; when you use stem cuttings with roots that are already growing, it becomes easier for the plant to makes its home in the new potting mix. Also, remember to keep the setup away from direct sunlight. That exposure can cause the plant to suffer from sunburn. 

Alternative: Propagating String of Bananas Plants in Water

If you’re not a fan of propagating in soil, you can also choose to do the whole water process. The preparation is the exact same! You’ll need to remove the banana leaves from the ends of the strands. Ideally, the ends of the strands are closest to where you make the cutting. 

Grab a clear glass container that’s full of water and place the cuttings inside the container. Be careful and make sure that no leaves are in the water; just the stem should be underwater. Make sure that you use filtered water and change the water every 2-6 days until the roots form. Once the roots form, you can out the cuttings along with the original plant. You can also choose to put them into a new pot and make an entire collection!

Conclusion

So now you have a basic understanding of what a string of bananas plant is and how to take care of them. You can also grow more by propagating them into several other plants.

Do you want to know more about other types of succulents? Take a look at our list of 60+ different kinds of succulents you can grow indoors or outdoors.

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