String Of Pearls Plant Turning Brown? (7 Causes & Solutions)


String of pearls is one of the nice plants in house plants (succulents). This looks like same as the necklace with beads, looks awesome. This plant is easily affected by many factors, If they face a problem then the plant will change its color to brown, black, white, purple.

brown string of pearls
string of pearls

The main reason for the string of pearls turning brown is underwatering and high exposure to light. The string of pearls plants loves indirect sunlight but if we underwater and keep it in intense sunlight causes plant leaves to burn and turn brown (solution: give sufficient water & keep it in indirect sunlight).

Low or over-exposure light conditions and Overwatering or underwatering will make plants susceptible to weak and it gets diseases.

if we didn’t take good care at an earlier stage of the plant then it’s difficult to take care after. sometimes plants may even die.

Let’s look into what are the reasons behind brown spots on the string of pearls plant. I followed exactly the below steps to recover my plant from turning brown.

1. Underwatering String Of Pearls Plant Turn Brown.

Don’t water the plant blindly with the duration (1 or 2 days interval). Check the soil before you water the string of pearls plant.

Avoid watering if the top layer of the soil is already moist. you can check the soil moisture by moisture meter or simply by finger.

Water once or twice a week is more than enough for the string of pearls plant during summer, if it is winter then I only water once every week.

Solution:

  1. Check the soil before you water the string of pearls plant.
  2. Water if the top layer of the soil is dry.
  3. Usually i water twice a week, this can differ depending on climate contions, sun intensity and humidity.
  4. In dormant period we need to water less compared to summer because growth of plant will be reduced.

Water thoroughly but don’t overwater the plant. Ensure you have a drainage hole in the pot so that water won’t stay a long time in the pot.

If you Overwater leads to major problems like root rot and fungal infections, when a string of pearls plant overwatered, the plant will die if action is not taken in time.

You also need to take care of potting mix as if the water sits for more time, then it leads to another problem.

2. Over Exposure To Sunlight Or Any Artificial Light For String Of Pearls Plant Turn Brown.

To keep the plant healthy light is essential. The string of pearls can tolerate low exposure to sunlight. But it grows well in bright indirect light. If we keep in direct sunlight it cannot handle direct sunlight, leaves will be burned and will turn the plant to brown eventually.

If you keep the string of pearls plant in bright indirect light and give less water. This will make plant sunburn.

Give six to eight hours of bright light to help the plant. It cannot tolerate the harsh afternoon sunlight.

Long stems and black leaves are signs of incorrect lighting conditions. Relocating the plant where it gets bright indirect sunlight should solve the problem.

Generally, burnt leaves don’t recover, they fall off eventually. So you can prune the leaves if they are burnt.

Solution:

  1. Keep the plant indoors and give indirect sunlight which helps the plant to recover.
  2. Give enough water to plant, but don’t over water, just check for moistness before water, if top layer of soil is moist then skip watering.

3. Sudden Temperature change Shock

A string of pearls plant does better under room temperature. The sudden change that is rise or fall in temperature will give a shock to the succulent plants and cause black or brown leaves.

The shock will make the plant turn brown or black, Don’t expose the plant to cold or hot climate change.

relocate the plant indoors to make it feel better.

4. Overwatering string of pearls plant

Don’t water the plant blindly with the duration (1 or 2 days interval). Check the soil before you water the string of pearls plant.

Avoid watering if the top layer of the soil is already moist. you can check the soil moisture by moisture meter or simply by finger.

Overwatering leads to the major problems of plant-like root rot and fungal infections, when a string of pearls plant overwatered, the plant will die if action is not taken in time.

Water thoroughly but don’t overwater the plant. Ensure you have a drainage hole in the pot so that water won’t stay a long time in the pot.

Water once or twice a week is more than enough for the string of pearls plant during summer, if it is winter then I only water once every week.

Nutrition deficiency is also behind the pearls turning black, brown, and yellow.

5. Pruning of String of pearls plant

A string of pearls can tolerate extreme conditions, but it turns into yellow, brown leaves, white spots, like other plants.

If your plant has damaged leaves then, prune them this also looks nice and helps the plant to recover fast. This also discourages pest infestation and fungal growth.

Use clean, sterilized scissors to prune the plant. Prune regularly damaged parts then the plant will be healthy.

6. Using slow drainable Soil for string of pearls plant

slow draining soil is always a problem for any plant. If you use slow draining soil for a string of pearls plant then it will cause root rot problem for sure.

Slow draining soil and less exposure light are the main causes of root rot and eventually plant will get infested by pests or it will have mold and the plant start turning white, brown, black.

7. Root Rot for String of Pearls plant

In the string of pearls plant if we use low draining soil or over water the plants where water sits near roots. This will affect the plant roots.

when the roots got weak then it’s easy for pest infestation or causes mold so this will make the string of pearls turn white in long term.

FAQ:

Q. why is my string of pearls plant turning brown?

A. The main reason for the string of pearls turning brown is underwatering and high exposure to light. The string of pearls plants loves indirect sunlight but if we underwater and keep it in intense sunlight causes plant leaves to burn and turn brown (solution: give sufficient water & keep it in indirect sunlight).

Q. String of Pearls turning brown at roots?

A. The main reason for the string of pearls turning brown is underwatering and high exposure to light. The string of pearls plants loves indirect sunlight but if we underwater and keep it in intense sunlight causes plant leaves to burn and turn brown (solution: give sufficient water & keep it in indirect sunlight).

Q. String of Pearls turning brown?

A. The main reason for the string of pearls turning brown is underwatering and high exposure to light. The string of pearls plants loves indirect sunlight but if we underwater and keep it in intense sunlight causes plant leaves to burn and turn brown (solution: give sufficient water & keep it in indirect sunlight).

Final Thoughts:

I am able to recover my brown string of pearls plant. I followed the above procedure to recover it. Let me know in the comments were you able to recover the plant.

Harshavardhan

I love and passionate about gardening. All these started a few years back, planting, watering plants, and helping the plants grow without any diseases. I enjoy spending time with plants, greenery which gives me peace of mind.

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