String of Bananas—Complete Grow & Care Guide

trailing string of bananans
Moderately fast growing and easy-to-care String of Bananas

If you are looking to hop on the trend of owning one of the “String” plants, then String of Bananas would be the best choice.

Due to easy growth and low maintenance needs, String of Bananas has become an ideal choice for both beginners and plant experts.

Generally, a String of Bananas requires 5-6 hours of bright indirect sunlight, 70-80°F of temperature, 40-50% humidity, watering once a week, airy and well-draining soil with slight acidity, fertilization every 1-2 months, and repotting once every three years.

string of bananas
A String of Bananas does not have any hard-to-achieve care requirements.

Moreover, the Bananas String is known for moderately faster growth when provided with proper care.

This vining plant makes a great indoor plant with trailing banana-like foliage when kept as a hanging plant.

So, read on to find out how you can grow your String of Bananas to its max potential at home.

Overview of String of Bananas

Despite having fruit in its name, String of Bananas is not fruit but a succulent vining plant with banana-shaped leaves.

This cascading doppelganger of String of Bananas hails from South Africa.

Did you know String of Bananas is a close relative of String of Pearls? They both belong to Senecio (Curio) plant genus.

string of bananas leaves
In an ideal home, a String of Bananas trailing vine reaches 36 inches long.

However, growing a String of Bananas is comparatively easier than a String of Pearls.

Here is brief information about String of Bananas to start with basic background knowledge.

Indicator Identity
Scientific NameCurio radicans
Common NameString of Bananas, Banana Chain, Banana Tree Strings
Native AreaNamibia, South Africa
FamilyAsteraceae
Growth ZoneZones 10-12
Plant TypePerennial Succulent Vine
Growth SizeUp to 36 inches long
Growth SpeedModerate
Grown ForGlossy evergreen foliage shaped as cascaded-bananas
Growth TypeLong, hanging tendrils
ContainerGlazed or plastic pot
FloweringTiny white flowers
Flowering SeasonEarly spring
AvailabilityRare
ToxicityToxic to pets and humans

Do you know radicans means ‘taking root’ or ‘rooting’ in Latin and refers to a String of Bananas stems rooting along its length?

This trailing beauty has been gaining popularity just like String of Pearls for its lower maintenance and easy growth.

String of Bananas: Plant on Sale

Many plant lovers choose String of Bananas for their households due to their less demanding nature compared to String of Pearls.

Everyone adores things that serve their purpose with little to low care requirements.

Here are some online stores that have String of Bananas for sale.

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String of Bananas: Complete Grow & Care Guide

The String of Bananas has become everyone’s favorite ornamental dangling plant to add an aesthetic natural touch.

These vining succulents are carving their way to the top with their exotic foliage and fast growth.

care guide for String of Bananas
Quick care instructions for String of Bananas are shown in the figure above.

Although String of Bananas is considered low maintenance, they still desire some level of care and affection.

So, here is a quick care guide to keep your String of Bananas happy.

ParameterIdeal Requirements
Sunlight and LocationBright indirect sunlight

Placed east-facing window or 4-5 feet away from the south-facing window
Watering Regular watering every 7-10 days in the growing season

Every two weeks in wintery months
Temperature70°F to 80°F (21-27°C)
HumidityAverage indoor humidity will suffice (~40%)
SoilA porous, rich and well-draining soil
FertilizerFeed organic fish emulsion or liquid houseplant fertilizer once in spring and summer months.

No fertilization during dormancy i.e., in winter.
Potting and RepottingOnce every three years in the spring, use cactus and succulent potting mix.
PruningTrim old, decayed, and dying leaves

Prune only in summer or spring
PropagationStem cutting or via water propagation method and seeds
Pest and DiseasesAphids, Mealybugs, Spider mites, and Scale insects

Root rot, Botrytis, and Southern blight

Let us find out more in-depth, shall we?

1. Bright Indirect Sunlight and Warm Location

Just like other succulents, String of Bananas prefers to stay in indirectly bright sunlit places with a subtle warmth.

Generally, String of Bananas thrives well if you provide them with at least six hours of bright indirect sunlight daily.

Moreover, the String of Bananas grows most efficiently with a light intensity of 8600 lux (~800FC).

Sunlight for String of Bananas
A String of Bananas prefers 5 to 6 hours of bright indirect sunlight.

This sun-loving plant would be more than happy if you let them have morning sunlight. Therefore, the most suitable location for String of Bananas would be near an east or west-facing window.

However, they can not withstand hot midday sunlight, so try to avoid that.

Your plant is likelier to show these tale-tell signs to exhibit improper lighting conditions.

Inadequate SunlightExcessive Sunlight
Sparse foliage growthSunburns on the edge and center of the leaves
Small, slimmer banana leavesLeaves look shriveled and dry
Lank and leggy growth resulting in meager foliageYellow, brown, curling scorched leaves
Lack of chlorophyll causes chlorosisThe stem and soil will dry up,

Note: If your String of Bananas is growing upwards, it means your plant is not receiving enough sunlight. So, consider relocating them to an adequately bright place or use grow light.

Even though the String of Bananas is usually kept as indoor decorative plants, they can also stay outdoors.

But ensure they only receive direct morning sun and partial shade during the day.

Tips to Provide Adequate Light to String of Bananas

  • Keep your plant in an east or west-facing window to take advantage of morning sunlight.
  • To place them at the south-facing window, maintain at least 3 feet away from the window using sheer curtains.
grow lights and String of bananas
A String of Bananas thriving under a grow light.
  • You can rotate your plant once in a while to facilitate uniform light distribution and promote plant growth.
  • Compensate the absence of sunlight during the wintery days using grow lights for up to 10-12 hours.
  • Ensure not to place them in a low-light region while protecting them from scorching sunlight.

Here’s an article to help you understand which light color is best for your plants growth.

2. Regular Watering 

Like the fondness for sunlight, String of Bananas has moderate water requirements.

Water your String of Bananas plant every 7-10 days in the growing season to keep their banana-like foliage glossy and attractive. 

Conversely, reduce your watering frequency during the fall and winter to once in two weeks.

watering plant
Water your String of Bananas after the topsoil feels dry or every week.

You shall choose the bottom watering approach to promote root growth for effective watering.

However, if you have a hanging String of Bananas, ensure you water them sufficiently in soil instead of spraying on their foliage.

In addition, be wary of overwatering as it could cause the succulent to die. The String of Bananas are no exception due to their thin root structure.

Here are a few signs of improper watering.

UnderwateringOverwatering
The plant will start shrivelingRoot decay and rot
You'll find yellow spot on the leavesLeaves become brown and mushy
Deflated leavesMoldy soil
Little to no growth with gradual foliage declineShriveling leaves
The leaves will have a crispy textureRapid yellowing of leaves

You can adapt the soak and dry watering technique to ensure ideal watering.

Do not worry! the String of Bananas can tolerate dryness as it has evolved to store water in its tissues up to some level.

Rather, overwatering your plant is something you shall be afraid of.

If you suspect overwatering, immediately cut back on watering and check if plant roots show any rotting signs.

Similarly, for underwatered plants, soak them in water for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Tips to Water String of Bananas Properly

  • Ensure to use rainwater or distilled water instead of tap water. You can use tap water only after letting it sit for more than 24 hours.
  • You can use soil moisture meters to measure moisture levels.
  • Moisture level exceeding ‘6’ means excess moisture, and less than ‘3’ means dry soil.
Succulent Watering Tips
Follow proper techniques for watering the succulent.
  • Try watering your plant during morning hours and directly pour water over the soil till you see the water oozing out from the drainage hole.
  • Let the soil dry about 50% or almost one or two inches of topsoil to dry before watering.
  • Water your String of Bananas plant using room temperature water. 

3. Warm Temperature

The String of Bananas plant is originally from South Africa and thrives pretty well in warm environments.

To mimic the natural habitat of String of Bananas, provide them anywhere between 70°F to 80°F. Meanwhile, ensure the temperature doesn’t dip below 30°F.

The String of Bananas can withstand temperatures as high as 110°F (43°C) but cannot tolerate frost. Try to provide your plant with a temperature of 50-55⁰F at night and 60-65⁰F during the day.

Effect of temperature in plants
Temperature influences plants’ photosynthesis, transpiration, germination, and flowering process.

Additionally, they prefer to live in warm climates of 10 to 12 USDA plant hardiness zones.

If you live in frost regions and temperatures regularly dip below 30°F, you should consider keeping them indoors.

Extensive exposure to cold can severely damage the plant and even cause death.

Tips to Maintain Ideal Temperature for String of Bananas

  • Use incandescent light to provide them with light and temperature needs during the snowy wintery months.
  • Immediately take in your outdoor String of Bananas before the winter sets.
  • Use frost blankets and heating pads to keep your plant warm throughout the winter.
Frost Blanket in Use
Using a frost blanket keeps your plant warm throughout the winter.
  • If the temperature is high enough, ensure to adapt a proper watering routine to maintain the moisture content in the soil.
  • Pine straw or dried grass can cover the soil and trap the heat, so ensure to use them.
  • You can prepare a mini DIY greenhouse to maintain the ideal temperature.

4. Moderate Humidity

As the String of Bananas is an easy-to-please houseplant, it does not have a higher demand for humidity.

Generally, the average indoor humidity level would suffice for the String of Bananas to thrive (i.e., ~40% to 50%).

The leaves of the succulents are a storehouse of moisture or water content needed for plants.

So, the String of Bananas has enough moisture in its thick leaves for the plant to survive.

Humidity needs of String of Bananas
The string of Bananas can thrive in average humidity (40 to 50%).

Your plant can tolerate high temperatures at which transpiration occurs much faster and may introduce humidity problems.

Here are a few signs of improper humidity for your String of Bananas.

Low HumidityHigh Humidity
Yellow and brown leaf tipsGives rise to fungal problems
Slow growthGrey mold on the leaves
Leaves will wilt and shrivelLose leaf shape, squishy leaves, leaves rot
Foliage droops or drops offPowdery mildew forms

Tips to Maintain Ideal Humidity for String of Bananas

  • Install a humidifier to adjust the relative humidity level around the plant.
  • Place your plant above the pebble tray and add some water to the tray.
  • Mist your plant during the morning hours to sustain humidity but do not overdo it.
  • Keep your indoor plants together to maintain and increase humidity levels naturally.
  • Keep away your plants from AC, heaters, radiators, or the fireplace as they expel humidity.
  • Place your plant in the kitchen or bathrooms with bright sunlight.
  • Use a hygrometer to measure the humidity level around your plant.

5. Porous, Well-Draining Soil

The ideal soil mix for plants is generally soil with good drainage, moderate moisture retention, and proper air circulation.

The String of Bananas prefers a well-draining porous soil with slight acidic nature of 6.6-7.5 pH.

Just like other succulent plants, String of Bananas suffers from root rot if the chosen soil does not support proper drainage.

Therefore, make sure to use a well-draining substrate composed of perlite, pumice, potting soil, or sand for your String of Bananas.

Potting soil spoiled from pot
Airy, loose, and well-draining soil is good for the String of Bananas.

Meanwhile, you can opt for commercially available cactus or succulent mix for your plant. Besides, you can rely on your skills and prepare potting mix for your plant at home.

Here is a quick and easy recipe for the perfect String of Bananas soil.

Recipe #1

  • Two parts potting soil
  • One part perlite
  • One part pumice or sand

Alternatively, you can buy these ready-made commercial potting mixes.

6. Monthly-Bimonthly Fertilization

Succulents like String of Bananas do not require regular fertilizing for their growth.

However, light fertilization during plants’ active growth seasons can benefit the plant.

Generally, the String of Bananas requires monthly fertilization with nitrogen-rich fertilizer during active growth.

fertilization for String of Bananas
A string of Bananas needs monthly fertilization during its growing period.

Meanwhile, you shall completely cut off the fertilization during the dormant winter period. During dormancy, fertilization leads to the accumulation of fertilizer in the soil, making soil toxic.

Pro Tip: Always ensure to dilute the liquid fertilizers to their half strength before applying them to your plants.

Here are a few signs that your plant may exhibit just in case you mess up fertilization.

Under-FertilizationOver-Fertilization
Foliage will lose its colorIt loses its banana like shape
Leaves will turn purpleSlow growth
Plant will show chlorosisPlant will be susceptible to pests and diseases
Stunted growthBrown lead tips

Comparatively, there is a slightly higher inclination of you getting your plant over-fertilized. Here are a few tips for treating them.

How to Treat Overfertilized Plant?

  • Proceed to leaching or flushing by letting the water dissolve the excess salt buildups. Repeat this process 2-3 times after allowing it to dry out.
  • Stop fertilizing your plant for the time being.
  • Use light, mild plant food, or opt for homemade organic fertilizers.
  • Replace the potting soil if you find them dry or compact.

Moreover, you can also use an organic fertilizer such as liquid kelp, worm compost, or fish emulsion for light feeding.

Or, you can also opt for commercial fertilizers. Some of them are listed below.

Tip: You can choose fertilizer rich in Nitrogen content to promote its banana-like foliage growth.

7. Repotting Every Three Years

The String of Bananas won’t mind staying root bound and does not ask for frequent repotting.

Ideally, the String of Bananas grows pretty quickly, so repotting once every three years in spring in a slightly bigger container will suffice.

repotting string of bananas every 3 years
Repot your String of Bananas once every three years.

When you notice roots poking out from the pots’ drainage holes, you should consider repotting them with a brand new potting mix.

Steps to Repot String of Bananas

Here is a detailed stepwise guide to help you with an efficient repotting process.

Step 1: Choose an Ideal Container

As terracotta or ceramic pots features drainage more efficiently, consider using these pot types for your plant.

Similarly, you can use plastic pots by making multiple drainage holes to ensure a pathway for excess water.

Hanging Baskets
Hanging Baskets are also ideal for hanging String of Bananas.

Here are a few pots suggestions to get you started with repotting.

ContainerSpecification
LE TAUCI Ceramic Plant Pot (Ceramic)4+5+6 inch, Set of 3, Planters with holes in the bottom
Plastic Planter HomeNote (Plastic)Comes in five different sizes 7/6/5.5/4.8/4.5 Inch
Classic Planter (Plastic)They are durable and lightweight. The drainage holes lie at the bottom
Step 2: Choose Soil Mix and Transplant
  • Select the proper potting mix with appropriate drainage and aeration.
  • Ensure to water your plant a day before repotting thoroughly.
  • To avoid any allergic reaction, use protective gardening gear and gloves.
  • Gently remove the plant from the pot by tilting it sideways and tapping the bottom of the pot.
  • Wash off the roots and check for any signs of root rot. If present, prune the infected parts and use a fungicide on them.
  • Fill in 2/3rd of the container with fresh potting mix and place the plant inside it with roots facing downwards.
  • Keep the plant’s crown at most one inch down in the pot.
  • Add more potting mix leaving a few inches room for fertilizer and all.
  • Thoroughly water your plant and let it rest in a previously thriving location.

Pro Tip: Add Leca to your potting mix to increase soil aeration and prevention of quick soil compaction.

8. Occasional Pruning and Grooming

Some plants require time to time pruning so to maintain their healthy appearance.

However, the String of Bananas does not require regular pruning to maintain their attractive foliage.

Timely pruning off yellowing, infected, old, or dying leaves will be best for the String of Bananas.

Pruning Plants
The timely pruning of plants keeps the plant healthy and look neat.

Besides, your plant may not even need pruning if you provide them with an ideal home.

If you plan to prune your plant, summer or spring will be the best time to do so.

Furthermore, for hanging String of Bananas, you can trim off vines that have outgrown your desirable length.

Tips to Prune String of Bananas

  • Properly sanitize the tools before pruning off your plants.
  • Start with removing old brown or dying leaves to refocus the plant’s energy for healthy growth.
  • Cut off leggy growing trails or vines with fewer or deformed foliages.
Before Pruning and After Pruning
Plants will benefit from regular pruning. (Source: uky.edu)
  • Do not trim off more than 1/3rd of the plant to avoid potential stress in the plant.
  • Use the trimmed-off parts for further propagation if the cutting is healthy.

Growth Rate of String of Bananas

A String of Bananas is popular for its rapid growth rate and long trailing vines.

An adult String of Bananas would reach up to 6 feet long when given proper care and maintenance.

String of Bananas
String of Bananas grows moderate to fast indoors if provided with proper care requirements.

This counterpart of the String of Bananas goes through dormancy during winter. So, it is best to cut back on watering and fertilization.

They have gained popularity over the past years for easy growth and beautiful long trailing vines that mimics banana shape.

But improper care may deform banana-like foliage and flatten their thick leaves.

Its banana-like foliage is usually no more than 1-2″ long and is dark green.

Flowering of String of Bananas

The String of Bananas is rather popular for its beautiful foliage than its flower.

But its flower may also sway your heart to like them as String of Bananas produces pinkish-white flowers in late winter or early spring.

This small beautiful flower appears with red, yellow, or pink stigmas growing in clusters along the stems.

string of bananas flower
Overwinter your String of Bananas to encourage bloom.

Moreover, they have a very pleasant cinnamon-like aroma which you may need to move closer to smell.

Although String of Bananas rarely blossoms indoors, you can still encourage your plant to bloom by giving them plenty of sunlight and fertilizer.

But, you can overwinter your String of Bananas at 35-44⁰F temperature to encourage bloom.

Let your plant mature before you expect blooms, usually over two years or more, and then force dormancy.

After the flower is spent, you can collect the seeds from it, which can be used for propagation.

Toxicity of String of Bananas

Even though the name consists of banana, a worldwide popular fruit, String of Banana is not a fruit.

Additionally, due to its close relation with String of Pearls, String of Bananas is considered toxic.

ASPCA has enlisted Senecio species as a toxic plant. But the toxicity profile is still not available specifically for the String of Bananas.

Banana String and Cat
Be aware of your pets eating String of Bananas as they are considered toxic.

So, all one can do for now is be cautious and keep your plants away from dogs, cats, and kids.

Furthermore, the ASPCA has elaborated on the presence of Pyrrolizidine alkaloids as the main culprit behind the toxic nature of Senecio species.

In accidental consumption of these trailing vines, you might observe these symptoms.

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Grey mucus membrane
  • Liver damage 

Generally, leaves and stems are the main toxic part of the plant.

If you suspect any sort of plant poisoning, you should reach out to the American Association of Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222 and ASPCA Poison Center at (800) 426-4435.

Propagating Strings of Bananas

As String of Bananas has easy and fast-growing nature, many people opt for this plant instead of String of Pearls.

Similarly, the propagation of Strings of Bananas is easy and can be propagated via stem cuttings and seed propagation during spring or early summer.

vines of String of Bananas
Stem propagation is the best method for String of Bananas to propagate.

However, seed propagation is the least preferred method as it requires delicate care and a lot of waiting.

Materials Required for Propagation

Materials RequiredPurpose
Gardening GlovesFor safety
Potting MixPotting Medium
Gardening KnifeFor stem cutting
PerliteFor extra drainage
Rooting HormoneFor best growth
Terracotta Pot with a Drainage HoleWell draining organic pottig mix
HumidifierTo maintain the humidity

Propagating via Stem Cutting

Stem cutting is the most preferred method for propagation as it ensures faster growth and a higher chance of successful propagation.

First, you need to find and select the healthy stem with 2-3 nodes and snip over two inches of it.

stem propagation of string of bananas
After a year result of String of Bananas via stem propagation

While cutting the stem, ensure to cut the stem in one swing using clean, sterilized pair of scissors.

Furthermore, cut off the leaves surrounding the cut end of the stem and let it sit for 3 to 7 days to dry out.

After you observe the callus forming at the cut end of the stem, it’s time to choose to root them in water or soil.

1. Rooting in Water

  • Fill a crystal clear, clean jar halfway with chlorine-free filtered water.
  • Add rooting hormones to the water to encourage faster and healthier rooting.
  • Submerge the stem cutting, so the exposed nodes are in the water, letting the leaves out.
water propagation of String of Bananas
Propagating a String of Bananas via the Water rooting technique is simple and easiest.
  • Place the jar in a sufficiently bright sunlit place with warmth.
  • Replace the water every week to provide fresh water to the plant.
  • New roots will grow within 2-3 weeks; after four weeks, many new roots will form, indicating the time to transplant.
  • To transplant, use a cactus or succulent mix combined with perlite and sandy soil.

2. Rooting in Soil

First and foremost, prepare the best potting mix for your stem cutting.

Prepare the potting mix using one part of the cactus mix and one part of perlite, and add coarse sand to emphasize more drainage.

When rooting the String of Bananas in soil, you can do it in two different ways; laying the cuttings and sticking cutting ends on the soil.

Stick Cuttings in Soil
  • Take the cuttings and dip the end of the snipped stem in the soil. 
  • Use the fresh potting mix that facilitates better drainage.
  • From two to four weeks, you will notice stem sprouting roots and later growth on stems.
  • Ensure to keep the plant in an indirectly sunlit place with warmer surroundings.
  • Keep misting the plant once a couple of days to keep the soil moist but not soggy.

Note: Follow this method if you want your String of Bananas to trail or hand quickly.

Lay the Cutting on Soil
  • Lay the stem cuttings on the soil while ensuring stems touch the potting mix. 
  • Use paper clips to hold the stem intact with soil to encourage the formation of roots.
  • Roots are more likely to sprout out from anywhere it touches the soil.
  • Within two weeks, new roots will emerge. Ensure they are digging in the soil.
  • Avoid direct sunlight and mist your plant in a few days’ gaps when the soil feels dry to touch.
  • Once cuttings have rooted and established in the soil, switch to watering your plant once a week or less.

If the pot is large enough, you can follow both methods to propagate your String of Bananas faster.

String of Bananas
Thoroughly water your newly propagated String of Bananas in pots.

Moreover, leaf propagation is also a possible option for your plant.

All you need to do is find a healthy mature plant and snip off a leaf. Then place them in a fresh mix to encourage rooting, followed by transplant.

Common Problems in String of Bananas

The foliage and easy-to-grow nature is the primary motive behind growing and choosing String of Bananas.

Unfortunately, this low-maintenance plant requires your full attention when pests and fungal diseases infect them.

Dying String of Bananas
The String of Bananas plant has brown leaves and is dying.

Here is the list of problems that you may encounter.

1. Common Pests

Some of the common enemies of Banana Succulent are fungus gnats, spider mites, scale, and mealybugs.

These pests feast upon the plant’s juice and mainly persist on thick leaves or stems.

Here is a table of symptoms along with respective pests infection.

PestsSymptoms
Spider mitesTiny, moving dots on webs
Leaves will turn yellow and fall off.
MealybugsOval shaped, soft, waxy bodies.
Honeydew-like substance undersides of leaves
Curling, wilting and dropping of the foliage
ScalesSmall, brown, round lumps
Yellow or rust-colored spots on leaves
Honey-like substances dripping in the stem
Fungus GnatsWilting and yellowing of leaves

Solutions

  • Prune off heavily affected plant parts and apply insecticidal soap or neem oil.
  • Take out the visible pests from the plant and flush them out or drop them in a soapy water solution. Ensure to wear gloves to avoid any allergic reaction.
  • Dip a cotton swab in a 70% rubbing alcohol solution and rub it into the infected leaves.
  • Apply organic pesticides and repeat the process for a couple of days till your plant revives back. 
  • Use a blunt knife to scrape off the pests from the plant.
  • If nothing seems to work or stop an infestation, use Malathion and Pyrethrin as a final resort.
Pest infested leaves
A pest infestation can ultimately kill the plant.

Find out about how to use Neem oil on indoor plants?

Preventive Measures

  • Immediately isolate the infected plant or any suspicious-looking plant to prevent further infestation.
  • Adjust the amount of water and humidity around your plant as required.
  • Investigate the new plant for potential pests before letting them in-house.
  • Thoroughly check your plant from time to time to monitor for any signs of pests.
  • Use 98% isopropyl alcohol on the plants’ leaves to prevent pest infections.
  • Ensure to use natural pest repellent plants like basil, neem, mint, and rosemary plants by keeping them in the vicinity of your String of Bananas.

Learn more about identifying insect eggs on the leaves with treatment measures.

2. Horticultural Diseases

As succulents are known for keeping moisture in their parts, even a little addition of moisture or humidity invites different horticultural diseases.

Common diseases affecting the Bananas String are root rot, southern blight, and botrytis.

Southern blight in leaves
Southern blight causes discoloration of lower leaves and plants wilting.

Here is brief information about horticultural diseases that your Banana Succulent may suffer from.

DiseasesCausative AgentEffect on plants
Root rotRhizoctonia, Phytophthora, Pythium, and FusariumSmelly and rotten roots
Mushy stem, Slow growth
Southern blightSclerotium rolfsiiLoss of color in lower leaves
Wilting in the foliage
Botrytis blightBotrytis cinereaBlight in leaves, undeveloped and rotten buds

Treatment Measures

  • Quarantine your diseased String of Bananas to prevent further spreading.
  • Examine the severity of the problem and discard the plant if you notice severe root rot with no healthy roots and mushy stems.
  • If you notice healthy white roots remaining on the plant, trim off rotted roots and repot the plant after cleaning the roots in running water.
  • Completely remove all of the infected parts of the plant to control and treat Botrytis blight.
  • Use fungicides like Trifecta or AgroMagen to treat Botrytis blight.
  • To cure Southern blight, proceed to heat treatment to the soil, cultural manipulations, biological therapy, and other approaches.
  • Moreover, apply fungicides like Garden SafeBonide, etc., to eliminate fungal infections from your plant.

Preventive Measures

  • Ensure to water your Banana String in just the right amount, neither too much nor too less. Remember, overwatering plays a vital role in inviting fungal diseases.
  • Timely inspect your plant and treat them as soon as possible if you find any initial infection symptoms or signs.
  • Properly sterilize the potting medium before placing your plant to avoid any potential risks of damaging or infecting soil.
  • Keep an eye on the humidity level and temperature your plant receives.
  • Do not bring any suspicious-looking plants home.
  • If viable, install an electric humidifier to provide your plant with a correct relative humidity level.

The String of Bananas in Contrast to Other Varieties

Lately, plants with “String” in their names have been gaining popularity.

Not only do they share the same word in their names, but they also share identical growth habits.

String of Bananas grows fine indoors and even inside a car.

So, without further ado, let’s find out the lookalike plants, shall we?

1. String of Bananas vs. String of Dolphins

You may not be able to distinguish the difference between the String of Bananas and Dolphins from a distance, as both shares similar growth habits.

However, it is very distinguishable once you get closer to them by looking at their leaf shape.

String of Dolphins vs Bananas
String of Dolphin and String of Bananas look similar to each other.

The String of Dolphins has leaves looking like jumping dolphins, whereas the String of Bananas has banana-like leaves.

Except they have the same growing nature, family, and plant care requirements.

2. String of Bananas vs. String of Pearls

By looking at their distinct leaf shapes, you can easily distinguish between the String of Bananas and Pearls.

The String of Bananas has leaves shaped like a banana, while the String of Pearls has a rounder ball-like spherical shape.

String of bananas vs String of Pearls
The string of Bananas has banana-shaped leaves, whereas the String of Pearls has pearl-shaped round leaves.

In terms of growing care and maintenance, String of Pearls has higher needs than Bananas.

Moreover, I have seen people opt for String of Bananas after being unsuccessful in growing String of Pearls.

Find out why your String of Pearls is dying?

Conclusion

The String of Bananas is a splendid choice to keep as an indoor decorative plant. Moreover, it has lower maintenance requirements, adding more reasons to have it.

You must be careful about watering and fertilizing habits.

Meanwhile, keep your pets and children away from this plant to avoid accidental ingestion.

Happy Plant Parenting!!!

Discover more about different ‘String’ plants here: String of Dolphins, String of PearlsString of Hearts, String of frogs.

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