How to Grow String of Nickels Plant and Keep it Alive.

A string of nickels (Dischidia nummularia) is a plant native to the Americas but has naturalized in many other parts of the world. The plant can grow up to three feet in height and has five petals with yellowish-brown flowers. It grows in damp soil, usually near streams or ponds, and blooms from early summer through late fall. The string of nickels plant produces seeds used as a food source by birds and small mammals for protein during the winter months when few sources are available. It gets its name because it looks like a string of coins on a plant. A string of nickels plants grows best in the bedroom because they require low lighting and are sensitive to high humidity.

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The history of the string of nickels plant is unknown. However, it has been cultivated for centuries. It was first cultivated in ancient Greece and was known as the “flowering plant of the gods.” The Greeks and Romans used the string of nickels plant to make necklaces. In addition, the plant was grown in Roman gardens and was even mentioned by Pliny the Elder, who described it as a “very beautiful flower.” The Romans called the plant “the flower of the gods.

Plant Characteristics.

The string of nickels plant is a small succulent that grows in pairs. The plant’s green leaves are long and narrow with a blunt tip. They are attached to a thick stem that is covered in short hairs. The plant can grow up to 1.5 feet tall. The plant will not flower and does not have any flowers on it. It is easy to tell the difference between the string of nickels plant and the string of pearls plants because the string of nickels has two pairs of leaves, and the string of pearls has only one pair of leaves. 

Habitat & Range:

The string of nickels is indigenous to the Mediterranean region and was once found growing wild in southern France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria. Today, it is cultivated in many different countries around the world. It is now widespread as an ornamental plant and is used as a filler in dried flower arrangements. It is easy to grow and maintain and can be used as a houseplant or indoor plant. The string of nickels plant will grow well in a bright location that receives indirect sunlight. 

How do you care for a string of nickels plant?

Water, your string of nickels, plants regularly. This will ensure that the plant stays healthy. The plant will not like to be left too long without water. If you forget to water your string of nickels plant, it will start to wilt and may even die. It is best to water the string of nickels plant when the soil is dry. Do not overwater the plant because it will cause the plant to rot. Use potting soil instead of typical garden soil. To keep the string of nickels plant happy, you should give it a bright location where it will receive indirect sunlight. The string of nickels plant will do well in a location with a minimum of 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

A string of nickels: indoor planting

Use a terracotta pot and fill it with quality potting soil. Place the plant in the pot and then place it in a sunny location. Keep the plant in a location where it will get at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. Mist the plant regularly. After about one month, the plant should be growing well. Remove the plant from the pot and repot it into a new, larger pot.

Watering and Fertilizing.

The string of nickels plant does not need much fertilizer or water. Avoid fertilizing during the winter months. Only water the plant if the soil is dry. If you water the plant when there is still some moisture in the soil, the plant will rot. Watering is one of the essential elements of growing healthy plants. Watering should be done consistently and at the right time. Do not overwater your plants; this will cause them to grow leggy and spindly—water your plants when the top 1/2 inch of soil is dry to the touch. If you have a drip irrigation system, use it. Drip irrigation is a very efficient way to water your plants and reduces the amount of water lost to evaporation.

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Pruning and trimming.

In this case, pruning is the act of cutting off a portion of the stem or branch of a plant. It is a form of maintenance. Pruning is often done to improve the growth of a plant. It will also make the plant more attractive to you and others. Plants need to be trimmed to not grow out of control. The best way to do this is with a sharp knife or pruning shears. It would be best always to use a sharp knife or pruning shears when pruning your plants. If you use a blunt knife, you can cut yourself and your plant. You should also use a fresh blade on your knife or pruning shears. If you use an old, blunt blade, it will dull the edge of the knife or pruning shears.

Cultivation and Propagation

There are many different ways to cultivate plants, from seeds or cuttings. For example, a string of nickel plants is often propagated in two ways: taking cuttings or planting the seeds. Cutting propagation is a process in which new plants are grown from parts of existing plants. The cuttings can be taken from the stem(s) or roots of mature plants with healthy leaves without harming them too much. The cuttings should be made on the growth side, not creating any wounds on the plant tissue, leading to infection. By comparison, a string of nickels is one of the easiest plants to grow from seed. The seeds are tiny and easy to sow. Just sprinkle them on top of the soil and cover them with about 1/4 inch soil. Water the soil and keep it moist but not wet. The seed will germinate in about 10 to 14 days, and the tiny seedling will emerge. Once the seedling has emerged, you can care for the plant. As mentioned earlier, water it about 1-1/2 inches per week during the growing season. Feed it monthly with a high-nitrogen fertilizer such as 10-10-10. Keep the soil around the roots moist but not wet. Do this by watering the plant or using a soaker hose or other drip irrigation.

What are the Best String of Nickels Plant Care Tips for Beginners?

A string of nickels care can be a little tricky for beginners. But with these helpful tips, you’ll be able to keep your string of nickels looking its best!

  • – String of nickels needs about six hours of sunlight per day.
  • – String of nickels needs moist, well-drained soil and plenty of water to thrive.
  • – String of nickels should not be planted in the same place for many consecutive years.
  • – If your string of nickels is drooping or wilting, then it needs more water.

Soil and Transplanting

Transplanting is the process of moving plants from one location to another. If you plan to transplant, the first step would be to prepare the soil to plant your new plants. The soil preparation for transplanting involves digging up the original area and adding compost, manure, or other organic matter to be rich and loose. The next step would be to loosen the plant’s roots and remove any weed roots. Then dig a hole in which you can insert your new plant.

The soil used for cultivating a string of nickels plant should be loam-based with good organic matter. It should be free from weeds, have a neutral pH level, be moist but not wet, and be well-drained. Before you transplant your string of nickels plant, it should be thoroughly soaked in water for at least one hour. After the plant has been soaking in water, gently loosen the roots and carefully remove them from the pot. Place the plant in a hole 1/2 inch larger than the plant’s root ball. Fill the hole with soil and gently press the soil down around the plant’s roots.

Sunlight and Temperature

A string of nickels can tolerate light shade to full sun. It can grow in temperatures ranging from 32°F to 86°F. The plant’s leaves will turn yellow during the summer months if the temperature reaches over 86°F. If the temperature drops below 32°F, the plant will stop growing. Water and Fertilizer String of nickels needs water during the day. Water it about 1-1/2 inches per week during the growing season. Feed it every month with a high-nitrogen fertilizer such as 10-10-10. Keep the soil around the roots moist but not wet. 

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Pests and Diseases

A string of nickels is very hardy and rarely suffers from pests or diseases. However, if it does get any problem, the best thing to do is remove the affected plant and destroy it. This will prevent the problem from spreading to other plants. If you find yourself dealing with a pest or disease regularly, you can use biological control. This will help keep the pest or disease under control without using harmful chemicals.

Is the string of nickels toxic?

The short answer is no. It is not poisonous in any form that you can ingest. However, it is not something you want to put into your body. It can cause skin irritation when it comes into contact with your skin. Also, if it gets into your eyes, it can cause them to burn and become irritated. So, wear gloves when you are working with this plant.

Why is my string of nickels dying?

How do you tell if your string of nickels is sick? It is not an easy thing to determine. The leaves will turn yellow and drop off if it gets too little water. You can also tell by looking at the soil around the roots. If the soil looks dry and crumbly, it is probably because the plant is sick. If the plant is sick, you should remove it from the garden and destroy it. This will allow the remaining plants to grow strong and healthy. Also, if you notice any pest or disease on your plant, remove it and destroy it immediately. Do not wait until it spreads to other plants. This will cause the problem to get worse and could eventually kill your entire garden.

Where to buy a string of nickels plant?

It can be challenging to find a place that sells string of nickels plant. However, if you find a plant nursery with this plant, ask them where they got their plants. This is essential information because you need to know your plant’s soil type. If the plant came from the soil with high levels of sand or clay, it is not the best soil for your plant. Therefore, it will not be able to grow as well.


A string of nickels is a beneficial plant that can be used in various ways. It is a low-maintenance plant that multiplies and looks attractive. In addition, this plant is easy to grow and can provide you with many years of enjoyment. So, if you are looking for a plant to add to your garden; give the string of nickels a try. You will be happy you did!

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