tiny string beans hanging on the thick trunk

by mo


I got this cute little plant and do not know how to care for it properly. It has been 3 months under my care, and it started to get sad, the lower leaves or spike turn yellow and fell off. It is on the south window with lots of light, i live in GTA of ONTARIO! CANADA. I watered 2 times a month.

The plant has a light green color, look like string beans hanging down from the sub stems, the main stem very thick. Each long beans around 2 inches long and has a line running on the top, the two tips of each beans are quite pointy.

Thanks in advance for all your help!!!!

Drought Smart Plants reply:

Hi Mo, I moved your question to the Ask the Horticulturist page, as I can't answer your question on identification without a picture - sorry!

I would say, that without seeing it, it's possible that this plant is dependent on not only bright light, but a certain amount of hours of light - this is known as 'photoperiod' and if the number of hours isn't long enough, the plant will start reducing the load on itself - ie: shedding leaves.

If possible, I recommend a grow light - you can get them in a small size of fluorescent grow light (not a tube) so you can direct the light exactly where you need it.

Other than that, again, without knowing what the plant is, I would say that underwatering is better than overwatering. You'll have to make a judgement call on that, based on if the leaves appear to be shriveling under the watering schedule.

Good luck with your plant!

Also see these pages for more on how to look after your plant:

Succulent Care

Grow Lights

Succulent Soil

Edited to add a link to a picture of the plant:

Succulent Container

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