String of Fish Hooks

The String of Hooks is an incredibly easy plant to maintain and grows very quickly. It makes an excellent hanging plant or spilling from a pot on a shelf.  The unique blueish green colour compels it to stand out amongst other plants.

The String of Fish Hooks has been cultivated as an indoor hanging plant. However, in its natural habitat (originating in South Africa) it vigorously creeps along the ground forming a vine as it goes. It is a very robust succulent and isn’t too picky about its growing conditions. Strands will grow to the floor if left. To promote a healthy plant and create a full looking plant don’t hesitate to prune.

As it is a succulent the String of Fish Hooks is drought tolerant. Its leaves or “hooks” are designed to retain maximum levels of water in dry conditions. The most common problem with this pot plant is root rot due to overwatering. Ensure you have good drainage and don’t overwater. If its leaves are becoming flat and wrinkly it is a sign that it is too dry.

The String of Fish Hooks is very similar to the String of Bananas and can sometimes be mixed up. The String of Fish Hooks is blueish green in colour and the leaves are much thinner and hook like. Where as the String of Bananas is greener in colouring and the leaves are more plump like bananas.

Common Names: Fishhooks Plant, String of Hooks, Trailing Fish Hooks and Blue Pickle Vine.

String of Fish Hooks Plant Care

Temperature

It prefers a warm and dry climate. It will thrive indoors just fine.

Light

The String of Fish Hooks will thrive in a bright location. Keep it away from direct exposure to the hot sun.

Watering

Allow the plant to dry out between waterings. Check the moisture level of the soil using your finger, if it feels damp further into the soil leave it a little longer. If it feels dry, water it. When watering, do make sure you water it thoroughly. During the cooler winter months reduce the amount of watering.

Soil

As the String of Fish Hooks is a succulent it prefers a soil that is free draining such as a cactus mix. Ensure that your pot has good drainage.

Pruning

The String of Fish Hooks will grow very long. To encourage a bushy and full plant don’t hesitate to prune the stands. This will encourage the strands to fork and grow from that point.

Fertilizer

Fertilisation isn’t imperative but if desired you can fertilise during the spring growth period with an all-purpose liquid plant food.

Toxicity

The String of Fish Hooks is slightly toxic if ingested by humans or animals. Keep it out of reach of children.

Potential Problems

Underwatering: If the leaves or “hooks” look flat, dry and shrivelled the soil is too dry. Give the plant a good watering and it should perk back up. Cut back on the watering and the plant should perk back to normal. You can remove any stems that are too far gone.

Overwatering: String of Fish Hooks store water in their leaves, when overwatered they store too much water and become shrivelled and mushy.