String of Bananas (Senecio radicans)

The String of Bananas, scientifically known as Senecio radicans, is a charming succulent known for its trailing stems adorned with banana-shaped leaves. Native to South Africa, this plant is a popular choice for hanging baskets and shelves, where its cascading foliage can be displayed to full effect. Its unique appearance and easy-care nature make it a favorite among both novice and experienced plant enthusiasts.


String of Bananas offers several benefits that make it a delightful addition to any plant collection:

  1. Aesthetic Appeal: The banana-shaped leaves create a whimsical, cascading effect, adding a touch of greenery and charm to any space.
  2. Low Maintenance: This succulent requires minimal care, making it ideal for busy individuals or those new to plant care.
  3. Air Purification: Like many houseplants, the String of Bananas helps improve indoor air quality by filtering out pollutants and releasing oxygen.
  4. Space-Saving: Its trailing habit makes it perfect for hanging baskets, shelves, or ledges, maximizing vertical space and adding visual interest to your home or office.

Watering & Care

Caring for a String of Bananas is straightforward, but there are some specific guidelines to ensure its health and longevity:

  1. Light: String of Bananas thrives in bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some direct sunlight, especially in the morning or late afternoon, but too much direct sunlight can scorch the leaves.
  2. Watering: Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Water sparingly, approximately every 2-3 weeks, depending on the humidity and temperature of your environment. Overwatering can lead to root rot.
  3. Soil: Use a well-draining succulent or cactus potting mix. Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent water from accumulating at the bottom.
  4. Temperature & Humidity: This plant prefers temperatures between 60-80°F (15-27°C) and can tolerate low humidity. Avoid exposing the plant to drafts or sudden temperature changes.
  5. Fertilizing: Feed the plant with a diluted, balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer) once a month. Avoid fertilizing during the dormant winter months.
  6. Pruning: Trim back any leggy or overgrown stems to maintain a compact and attractive shape. Pruned stems can be used for propagation.

Facts Check

  • Origin: Senecio radicans is native to South Africa.
  • Growth: This succulent has a fast-growing, trailing habit and can reach lengths of several feet if left untrimmed.
  • Propagation: String of Bananas is easily propagated from stem cuttings. Simply cut a stem, let it dry for a day or two, and plant it in well-draining soil.
  • Toxicity: Senecio radicans is considered mildly toxic to pets and humans if ingested, causing gastrointestinal discomfort.


How often should I water my String of Bananas?

Water your String of Bananas every 2-3 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings to prevent root rot.

Can String of Bananas tolerate low light?

While String of Bananas prefers bright, indirect light, it can tolerate lower light conditions. However, its growth may be slower, and the stems may become leggy.

Are String of Bananas toxic to pets?

Yes, String of Bananas is mildly toxic to pets and humans if ingested, causing gastrointestinal discomfort. Keep it out of reach of children and animals.

Why are the leaves of my String of Bananas turning brown?

Browning leaves can be a sign of overwatering, underwatering, or too much direct sunlight. Ensure proper watering practices and provide bright, indirect light.

How can I propagate my String of Bananas?

String of Bananas can be easily propagated from stem cuttings. Cut a healthy stem, let it dry for a day or two, then plant it in well-draining soil and water sparingly until new growth appears.

The String of Bananas (Senecio radicans) is a delightful and low-maintenance succulent that brings a touch of whimsy and greenery to any indoor space. With its cascading banana-shaped leaves and easy care requirements, it’s an excellent choice for both novice and experienced plant enthusiasts. By following the care tips outlined above, you can enjoy the beauty and benefits of the String of Bananas in your home or office for years to come.