Senecio Radicans 'String of Bananas'

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Basic Info

 Senecio Radicans “String of Bananas” is one of the more popular trailings succulent. As the plant matures you can expect it to reach up to around 61 cm (24″) tall. The plant is best known for the beautiful almost banana shaped leaves that are mostly green to dark green. This succulent is ideal for people who want something that fits in hanging baskets.

Scientific Classification

Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Scenecioneae
Genus: Curio

Care and Propagation Information



When watering the Senecio radicans (also known as String of Bananas) be careful it is a plant that is sensitive to over-watering. It is a plant that needs to be thoroughly drenched in water and dried before watering again. The plant should be water mostly between Spring to Fall, let the plant dry thoroughly before watering again.

General Care for Senecio radicans String of Bananas’


What kind of a plant carer should select the Senecio radicans ‘String of Bananas’? It is perfect for a beginner plant grower. The plant does best when cared for indoor in a proper light home. If planted outdoors, it creates small clusters all around it, especially if planted in a rock garden.

Quick Facts:

  • Thrives best inside in a proper lit-room
  • Should be grown indoor
  • Needs a similar amount of water as other succulents
  • Can die easily if overwatered, see: How to Water Succulents
  • Becomes 61 cm (24″) tall
  • Best zoon for the plant is -1,1° C (30° F)
  • Does not handle cold well
  • Best propagated by cuttings
  • Handle with care can be harmful to animals and people
  • Grows best during Spring and Fall

Where to Plant

The String of Bananas is a plant that grows easiest in free-draining gritty compost. The plant does not handle cold well, so if you live an area that is colder than -1,1°C ( 30° F ) use a succulent container. It makes it easier to transport the plant indoor and outdoor.

Senecio Radicans is a plant that requires up to 6 hours of sun when planted inside keep it on a window ledge. That means a south-facing window for most of us.

For more information about planting succulents, see this article: How to Plant Succulents

How to Propagate Senecio Radicans “String of Bananas”

Learning how to propagate Senecio Radicans ‘String of Bananas’, begin by selecting a sturdy, healthy leaf. Then remove the stem from the main plant, cut the stem off with a sharp knife. Senecio Radicans is one of the species that easily drop its leaves; it can, however, be challenging to grow a large specimen.

Once the leaf is off the Senecio radicans, let it sit for a few days before placing in nutritious and well-drained soil. The soil should be drenched thoroughly, never let the soil dry. Once the plant’s root has started to appear, let the plant take its time to grow.

Origin and Habitat

Senecio radicans ‘Strin of Bananas’ is native to the Cape Province region of South Africa. In fact, in the desert areas of South Africa where aridity increases, including the Karroid central region.

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