Sun: full sun
Water: Typical water needs for a succulent
Temperature: Zone 9a from 20° F to 25° F (-6.7 ° C to -3.9° C)
Winter Survival: Not cold hardy
Propagation: cuttings, seeds
Flower: in the summer
Toxic: Can be toxic to humans and animals
Space Requirement: Indoors & Outdoors
Common Problems: Plants may rot if overwatered, pests
Where to buy Senecio serpens?
Basc Care for Senecio serpens
What you need to remember is that this type of succulents needs to be watered for every 2 weeks
One simple tip for you is that you can use some online apps to check the soil status before you go water your succulents. I would recommend the ThePlantsCheck app, it has some nice features there.
Only feed this succulent during its active growing seasons which means spring and fall. Use the right fertilizer applied in the right amounts. Applying half-strength balanced fertilizer every month or so is recommended for optimal results.
Sun & Location Requirements for "Blue Chalksticks"
Senecio serpens requires full sun for optimal growth and health. Place your succulent in a sunny spot in your garden or on a windowsill to ensure it's getting enough light. You'll know that the succulent is receiving enough sunlight if its leaves are bright green and firm.
In order to protect Senecio serpens from freezing temperatures, it is important to provide adequate insulation and drainage. A layer of mulch or gravel will help protect the roots by keeping them warm during cold weather. In addition, protection from wind and sun exposure can help reduce the chances of frost damage.
When temperatures drop below freezing, it is important to take precautions to protect Senecio serpens from the cold. Insulating and providing adequate drainage for the plant are key elements in helping it survive winter weather. Wind and sun exposure should also be minimized to prevent frost damage.
Any succulents in the group will need a medium space to grow. You can place your pot at your table or window. Since this plant needs more space than mini succulents, you should consider do not plant them together with other succulents/plants.
One way to propagate Senecio serpens is by cutting
Senecio serpens propagates easily from seeds, however it's important to look for healthy ones which are plump, dark in color and slightly sticky when touched. To start the propagation process, mix a soil mixture with well-draining potting mix then sow the seeds evenly and press them lightly into the surface. Finally, water the soil using a spray bottle and place it in bright but indirect light to ensure germination.
Senecio serpens has high levels of calcium oxalate, a substance that is toxic to both humans and animals. Ingesting parts of this succulent can cause skin irritation, difficulty breathing, blurred vision and vomiting in severe cases. Keep children and pets away from ""Blue Chalksticks"" and regularly inspect for signs of damage or consumption.
Pests and Diseases
Senecio serpens can be affected common pests and diseases like most of the other succulents such as mealybugs and scale insects.
If you do spot any of pest signs, you can treat your succulent using below methods.
- Mealybugs: quarantine, clean infected plants, soapy water.
- Scale insects: quarantine, clean infected plants, soapy water.
Besides that, to prevent serious health issues from happening, keep your succulent in a well-ventilated area and check it regularly for any signs of pests or health problems.