String of Buttons, Necklace Vine, Pagoda Plant
“String of Buttons” is a shrub succulent. It grows well indoors, and does well in terrariums. The triangle-shaped leaves grow opposite each other and spiral around the stem, causing it to look stacked. The gray-green leaves may have a pinkish tint to the edges if given enough light. Look for pale yellow flowers in the spring.
Partial sun to partial shade
Can be grown indoors if given enough light
Typical water needs for a succulent
Plant grows up to 18″ (45 cm) tall
Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)
Not cold hardy
Propagation by leaves, offsets, and stem cuttings
Generally non-toxic to humans and animals
Actively grows in Spring and Fall
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Care and Propagation Information
General Care for Crassula perforata “String of Buttons”
Crassula perforata “String of Buttons” is an easy-to-care-for succulent, perfect for beginners and indoor growing It is fast growing, doing well in container gardens or even terrariums.
“String of Buttons” has typical watering needs for a succulent. It’s best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.
Where to Plant
Crassula perforata is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 20° F (-6.7° C), it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full to partial sun.
Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day. If planting indoors, place in a room that gets a lot of sunlight, such as near a southern-facing window (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere).
Pairs Well With
Graptoveria “Candle Blue”
Often Mistaken For
Crassula Socialis “Ring Plant”
How to Propagate Crassula perforata “String of Buttons”
Crassula perforata “String of Buttons” can be propagated from leaves, offsets, or stem cuttings.
To propagate “String of Buttons” from leaves, gently twist the leaf from the stem. Be sure that the leaf you get is a “clean pull,” where no part of the leaf is left on the stem. This will give you a better chance of a successful propagation.
Allow the leaf to callous over for a day or two before placing it on well-draining soil.
“String of Buttons” will produce small rosette offsets. Cut the offsets off from the main stem with a sharp, sterile knife or scissors. Allow the offsets to dry for one to two days before laying on well-draining soil.
To grow Crassula perforata from cuttings, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a leaf from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.
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