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Introducing the top-notch hanging plant String of Dolphins, also known as Senecio peregrinus, a beautiful member of the Secenio genus! It is sometimes called a dolphin necklace, a dolphin plant, or flying dolphins.

Native to Southern Africa, the string of dolphins is a trailing succulent in the Asteraceae family that is a cross between the string of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) and the hot dog cactus (Senecio articulatus).


The string of dolphins gets its name from the way its leaves grow in a cascading pattern, resembling a pod of leaping dolphins in mid-air.

With their ionic dolphin-shaped leaves and long hanging tendrils, they can grow up to 6 inches tall.

The dolphin leaves are small, chubby, and curved, resembling jumping dolphins with fins and tails.

The Flowers of the String of Dolphins plant typically blooms in the spring and summer seasons. During this time, you may see clusters of small, white, tubular string of dolphins flowers appearing along the trailing stems and vines. It's a delightful sight to behold!

To propagate a string of dolphins Senecio peregrinus can be done easily through stem cuttings. You can simply use a sharp knife to trim off a healthy stem, leave it callous for a few days, and then place it in well-draining soil. With proper care and attention, you can watch your string of dolphins flourish and create a stunning display of leaping dolphins in your own home.

Pro Tip

It's time to prune your plant when its vines begin to resemble overcooked spaghetti. Identify the nodes, which are the tiny lumps on the vines, and trim slightly above them. By doing this, the plant is encouraged to grow rather than just hang.

Whether you choose to grow Senecio peregrinus in hanging pots, a decorative hanging basket alone, or let them trail down from a larger pot to a shelf, the string of dolphin plants is sure to add a touch of whimsy and charm to any space. It's a delightful plant that will capture the hearts of both plant enthusiasts and dolphin lovers alike!

Watering Needs  

Unlike most succulents that can be difficult to water, Senecio peregrinusis relatively simple to care for. This dolphin succulent has water-storing leaves. It's best to water it thoroughly and then allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again. Overwatering can lead to root rot and other issues, so it's important to avoid soggy soil or excess soil moisture.

In the spring and summer, during the growing season, your dolphins' string may require more frequent watering. However, in the fall and winter, during the dormant season, it's important to reduce watering and allow your String of dolphins to rest.

To determine when it's time to water your string of dolphins, simply stick your finger into the soil up to your knuckle. If the soil feels dry at that depth, it's time to water. Be sure to water the Senecio peregrinus evenly, allowing the water to soak through the soil and drain out of the bottom of the pot. Remember, always use a terracotta potting medium that has adequate drainage holes to avoid any damage.

Light Requirements 

If you're growing your String of Dolphins indoors, placing a pot of it in a sunny window near a north or south-facing window is usually a good choice. You can also use a sheer curtain or blinds to filter the light if it's too intense.

When growing outdoors, the String of Dolphins plant, it loves bright, indirect light and morning sun. When exposed to too much sun, your string of dolphin plants can easily become sunburned. This houseplant requires Full sun to partial shade sun exposure for almost 4-6 hours a day. 

If you notice that your dolphin plant starts stretching or leaning toward the light, it's a sign that it needs more light. On the other hand, if the leaves start turning yellow or brown, they may be getting too much direct sunlight. 

Remember, finding the right balance of light is important for the health and growth of your plant. So, keep an eye on how it responds to its current location and make adjustments as needed. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

The string of dolphins favors very airy, sandy soil that drains well. Planting them in ordinary soil will result in compacted roots, stunted growth, and most likely root rot. Instead, make or buy a well-draining soil mix, or ideally use our specialized succulent potting mix that contains 5 natural substrates and mycorrhizae to promote new root growth that helps your succulent plants to thrive. 

When it comes to fertilizing, the String of Dolphins doesn't require a lot of nutrients. During the active growth of the growing season, which is typically early spring, you can fertilize it once a year with a natural, NPK fertilizer (5-10-5). However, during the dormant season, which is usually early fall and winter, you can reduce or even stop fertilizing altogether. This allows your dolphin plant to rest and prepare for healthy growth in the following season. 

Remember, it's always better to under-fertilize than to over-fertilize, as too much fertilizer can cause harm to your soft Senecio peregrinus. So, stick to a regular fertilizing schedule during the growing season and adjust accordingly during the dormant season. 

Hardiness Zones & More 

When grown indoors, the String of dolphins thrives in 60-80°F. As for humidity, the String of dolphins can adapt to both low and high-humidity environments. However, it generally prefers moderate humidity levels around 40-60%. If the air becomes too dry, you can mist the leaves with water or use a humidifier to increase the humidity around the plant. 

If you are living in USDA zone 10-11, you can grow your Strings of dolphins outdoors. This means Senecio peregrinus thrives in warmer climates where the temperatures rarely dip below freezing. It's important to avoid exposing it to temperatures below 50°F, as these below-freezing temperatures can cause damage to the plant. 

Remember, providing the right temperature and humidity conditions will help your String of Dolphins plant thrive and stay healthy.

For more information you can read our detailed article about String of dolphins - Everything You Need to Know! 

Final Thoughts

Overall, the String of Dolphins (Senecio peregrinus) is a delightful and unique succulent that is sure to capture your heart. With its trailing vines adorned with adorable dolphin-shaped leaves, it brings a sense of whimsy and charm to any space. This string of dolphins thrives in bright, indirect light and requires minimal watering, making it an ideal choice for both beginner and experienced plant lovers.

Be sure to add a Senecio peregrinus string of dolphins to your collection today and elevate the beauty of your home or garden with this stunning-looking plant. 

Bloom Season Spring, summer
Botanical Name Senecio peregrinus
Common Name Dolphin necklace, dolphin plant, flying dolphin
Dormancy Winter
Family Asteraceae
Flower Color White
Genus Senecio
Growth Habit Trailing, hanging
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 10, 11
Mature Size 6 in. tall
Native Area South Africa
Plant Type Perennial succulent
Propagation By stem cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, pest resistant, heat tolerant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Special Features Unique plant, easy to maintain
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Mild toxic to humans, mild toxic for pets(Keep away from children)
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of String of Dolphins

When it comes to the water String of Dolphins plant, there are a few common issues you might encounter. One common problem is overwatering. These plants prefer to dry out between waterings, so make sure the soil is dry before giving it a drink. Too much moisture can lead to root rot, which is not a good situation for your plant. 

Another issue you might face is mealybugs. These little pests can infest the leaves and stems of your String of Dolphins. To get rid of them, you can use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to gently wipe them off. You can also treat the infestation with insecticidal soap or neem oil. 

Lastly, keep an eye out for yellowing or dropping leaves. This could be a sign of insufficient light or nutrient deficiencies. Make sure your plant is getting enough bright, indirect sunlight, and consider fertilizing it during the growing season to provide those necessary nutrients. 

Frequently
Asked Questions

  • Where should I put my string of dolphins? 

    The ideal location for your string of dolphins would be in a well-lit area with ample space for them to hang freely. Consider placing them near a window or in a spot where they can catch natural light, as this will enhance their vibrant colors and bring out their beauty.  Additionally, ensure that the area is free from any potential hazards or obstructions that could damage the dolphins or pose a safety risk.  

  • Can I propagate a string of dolphins in the water? 

    Yes, you can propagate a String of Dolphins in water. Simply take a healthy stem cutting and place it in a container with water.  Make sure to remove any leaves that would be submerged in the water. After a few weeks, you should start to see new roots already forming. Once the roots are well established, move the cutting to a pot with well-drained soil. 

  • Will a string of dolphins climb? 

    No, a String of Dolphins plant does not climb. It has a trailing habit and looks beautiful when allowed to cascade down from a hanging basket or a shelf. It's a great choice for adding a touch of whimsy to your indoor space! 

  •  Why is my string of dolphins so leggy? 

    The legginess of your string of dolphins could be due to insufficient sunlight. These plants thrive in bright, indirect light, and lack of adequate light can cause them to stretch out and become leggy. You can also try rotating the plant regularly to encourage growth. Additionally, overwatering could also contribute to their legginess as it can lead to weak growth and elongated stems.   

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Introducing the top-notch hanging plant String of Dolphins, also known as Senecio peregrinus, a beautiful member of the Secenio genus! It is sometimes called a dolphin necklace, a dolphin plant, or flying dolphins.

Native to Southern Africa, the string of dolphins is a trailing succulent in the Asteraceae family that is a cross between the string of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) and the hot dog cactus (Senecio articulatus).


The string of dolphins gets its name from the way its leaves grow in a cascading pattern, resembling a pod of leaping dolphins in mid-air.

With their ionic dolphin-shaped leaves and long hanging tendrils, they can grow up to 6 inches tall.

The dolphin leaves are small, chubby, and curved, resembling jumping dolphins with fins and tails.

The Flowers of the String of Dolphins plant typically blooms in the spring and summer seasons. During this time, you may see clusters of small, white, tubular string of dolphins flowers appearing along the trailing stems and vines. It's a delightful sight to behold!

To propagate a string of dolphins Senecio peregrinus can be done easily through stem cuttings. You can simply use a sharp knife to trim off a healthy stem, leave it callous for a few days, and then place it in well-draining soil. With proper care and attention, you can watch your string of dolphins flourish and create a stunning display of leaping dolphins in your own home.

Pro Tip

It's time to prune your plant when its vines begin to resemble overcooked spaghetti. Identify the nodes, which are the tiny lumps on the vines, and trim slightly above them. By doing this, the plant is encouraged to grow rather than just hang.

Whether you choose to grow Senecio peregrinus in hanging pots, a decorative hanging basket alone, or let them trail down from a larger pot to a shelf, the string of dolphin plants is sure to add a touch of whimsy and charm to any space. It's a delightful plant that will capture the hearts of both plant enthusiasts and dolphin lovers alike!

Watering Needs  

Unlike most succulents that can be difficult to water, Senecio peregrinusis relatively simple to care for. This dolphin succulent has water-storing leaves. It's best to water it thoroughly and then allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again. Overwatering can lead to root rot and other issues, so it's important to avoid soggy soil or excess soil moisture.

In the spring and summer, during the growing season, your dolphins' string may require more frequent watering. However, in the fall and winter, during the dormant season, it's important to reduce watering and allow your String of dolphins to rest.

To determine when it's time to water your string of dolphins, simply stick your finger into the soil up to your knuckle. If the soil feels dry at that depth, it's time to water. Be sure to water the Senecio peregrinus evenly, allowing the water to soak through the soil and drain out of the bottom of the pot. Remember, always use a terracotta potting medium that has adequate drainage holes to avoid any damage.

Light Requirements 

If you're growing your String of Dolphins indoors, placing a pot of it in a sunny window near a north or south-facing window is usually a good choice. You can also use a sheer curtain or blinds to filter the light if it's too intense.

When growing outdoors, the String of Dolphins plant, it loves bright, indirect light and morning sun. When exposed to too much sun, your string of dolphin plants can easily become sunburned. This houseplant requires Full sun to partial shade sun exposure for almost 4-6 hours a day. 

If you notice that your dolphin plant starts stretching or leaning toward the light, it's a sign that it needs more light. On the other hand, if the leaves start turning yellow or brown, they may be getting too much direct sunlight. 

Remember, finding the right balance of light is important for the health and growth of your plant. So, keep an eye on how it responds to its current location and make adjustments as needed. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

The string of dolphins favors very airy, sandy soil that drains well. Planting them in ordinary soil will result in compacted roots, stunted growth, and most likely root rot. Instead, make or buy a well-draining soil mix, or ideally use our specialized succulent potting mix that contains 5 natural substrates and mycorrhizae to promote new root growth that helps your succulent plants to thrive. 

When it comes to fertilizing, the String of Dolphins doesn't require a lot of nutrients. During the active growth of the growing season, which is typically early spring, you can fertilize it once a year with a natural, NPK fertilizer (5-10-5). However, during the dormant season, which is usually early fall and winter, you can reduce or even stop fertilizing altogether. This allows your dolphin plant to rest and prepare for healthy growth in the following season. 

Remember, it's always better to under-fertilize than to over-fertilize, as too much fertilizer can cause harm to your soft Senecio peregrinus. So, stick to a regular fertilizing schedule during the growing season and adjust accordingly during the dormant season. 

Hardiness Zones & More 

When grown indoors, the String of dolphins thrives in 60-80°F. As for humidity, the String of dolphins can adapt to both low and high-humidity environments. However, it generally prefers moderate humidity levels around 40-60%. If the air becomes too dry, you can mist the leaves with water or use a humidifier to increase the humidity around the plant. 

If you are living in USDA zone 10-11, you can grow your Strings of dolphins outdoors. This means Senecio peregrinus thrives in warmer climates where the temperatures rarely dip below freezing. It's important to avoid exposing it to temperatures below 50°F, as these below-freezing temperatures can cause damage to the plant. 

Remember, providing the right temperature and humidity conditions will help your String of Dolphins plant thrive and stay healthy.

For more information you can read our detailed article about String of dolphins - Everything You Need to Know! 

Final Thoughts

Overall, the String of Dolphins (Senecio peregrinus) is a delightful and unique succulent that is sure to capture your heart. With its trailing vines adorned with adorable dolphin-shaped leaves, it brings a sense of whimsy and charm to any space. This string of dolphins thrives in bright, indirect light and requires minimal watering, making it an ideal choice for both beginner and experienced plant lovers.

Be sure to add a Senecio peregrinus string of dolphins to your collection today and elevate the beauty of your home or garden with this stunning-looking plant. 

Bloom Season Spring, summer
Botanical Name Senecio peregrinus
Common Name Dolphin necklace, dolphin plant, flying dolphin
Dormancy Winter
Family Asteraceae
Flower Color White
Genus Senecio
Growth Habit Trailing, hanging
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 10, 11
Mature Size 6 in. tall
Native Area South Africa
Plant Type Perennial succulent
Propagation By stem cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, pest resistant, heat tolerant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Special Features Unique plant, easy to maintain
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Mild toxic to humans, mild toxic for pets(Keep away from children)
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of String of Dolphins

When it comes to the water String of Dolphins plant, there are a few common issues you might encounter. One common problem is overwatering. These plants prefer to dry out between waterings, so make sure the soil is dry before giving it a drink. Too much moisture can lead to root rot, which is not a good situation for your plant. 

Another issue you might face is mealybugs. These little pests can infest the leaves and stems of your String of Dolphins. To get rid of them, you can use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to gently wipe them off. You can also treat the infestation with insecticidal soap or neem oil. 

Lastly, keep an eye out for yellowing or dropping leaves. This could be a sign of insufficient light or nutrient deficiencies. Make sure your plant is getting enough bright, indirect sunlight, and consider fertilizing it during the growing season to provide those necessary nutrients. 

Frequently
Asked Questions

  • Where should I put my string of dolphins? 

    The ideal location for your string of dolphins would be in a well-lit area with ample space for them to hang freely. Consider placing them near a window or in a spot where they can catch natural light, as this will enhance their vibrant colors and bring out their beauty.  Additionally, ensure that the area is free from any potential hazards or obstructions that could damage the dolphins or pose a safety risk.  

  • Can I propagate a string of dolphins in the water? 

    Yes, you can propagate a String of Dolphins in water. Simply take a healthy stem cutting and place it in a container with water.  Make sure to remove any leaves that would be submerged in the water. After a few weeks, you should start to see new roots already forming. Once the roots are well established, move the cutting to a pot with well-drained soil. 

  • Will a string of dolphins climb? 

    No, a String of Dolphins plant does not climb. It has a trailing habit and looks beautiful when allowed to cascade down from a hanging basket or a shelf. It's a great choice for adding a touch of whimsy to your indoor space! 

  •  Why is my string of dolphins so leggy? 

    The legginess of your string of dolphins could be due to insufficient sunlight. These plants thrive in bright, indirect light, and lack of adequate light can cause them to stretch out and become leggy. You can also try rotating the plant regularly to encourage growth. Additionally, overwatering could also contribute to their legginess as it can lead to weak growth and elongated stems.   

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