Have you ever bought the same plant multiple times, only to watch it wither and die every time?
Are you a beginner gardener who has killed a plant or two (or three)? Well, you're not alone!
In a recent TikTok video by @k_wos, the Certified Plant Dad himself, he shows us the struggle of buying yet another string of pearls plant that he has killed three times already.
@k_wos Not me buying the same plant I have killed 3 times already. #plantdaddykoss #plantsoftiktok #planthumor #stringofpearls ♬ I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz
It's only a 9-second video but with over 7 million views and nearly 800k likes, it's clear that many people can relate to this scenario.
@lu.7389 says, “Mannnn string of pearls will die every time I have it Lmao”
And a frustrated @sweetimplevegan says, “I kill string of anything plants idk what I do wrong.”
@tmarievibes adds, “This me going to my grandmas to pick up more plants every 4 months”
As @k_wos demonstrates, it's easy to get frustrated when your plants keep dying.
But don't let that stop you from trying again! As the saying goes, "if at first, you don't succeed, try, try again."
Or, as we like to say, "keep calm and plant on!"
Never Kill Your String Of Pearls Again With These Tips
Provide Adequate Sunlight
String of pearls plants need bright, indirect sunlight to thrive.
Make sure you place your plant in a spot that gets enough light, but not direct sunlight.
Overwatering is a common mistake that can lead to root rot and other issues.
Make sure you let the soil dry out a bit before watering again.
Use Well-Draining Soil
String of pearls plants need soil that drains well to prevent water from sitting around the roots.
Make sure you use soil that is specifically formulated for cacti and succulents because they are categorized as a succulent vine.
String of pearls plants don't need a lot of fertilizer, so be careful not to overdo it.
Use a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season.
Don't Give Up!
The hard lesson to learn here is to never give up! Remember, even experienced gardeners have failures.
Don't get discouraged if your plant dies - learn from your mistakes and try again!
Others shared how their string of pearl plants were able to survive.
@srabear77xo said, “BRIGHT LIGHT I have mine directly hanging in a southern window and I only water when the pearls look shriveled. You got this!!! Had mine 2 years.”
@dawnml74 adds, “I finally got one to live. It wanted to be outside. Doesn’t like my house. It’s huge though.”
And if all else fails, you can always take @jessecc13's advice, “I bought plastic ones awhile ago and they are the only ones still going!”
We hope these tips have encouraged you to keep trying with your plants, even if you've had some failures in the past.
Remember, being a plant parent is a learning process, and even experienced gardeners have failures.
So don't give up - keep calm and plant on!
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A tip of the trowel to OpenAI's ChatGPT for helping cultivate this article.