Is the String of Bananas toxic?
The String of Bananas is mildly toxic to people and toxic to most pets, including cats and dogs. All plants in the genus Senecio are considered not safe for pets. Issues related to ingesting the plant, or contact with its sap on skin, are likely to be minor. Care should still be taken to keep this hanging succulent out of reach from small children or pets who may be attracted by the attractive banana shaped leaves.
What’s the ideal temperature?
The String of Bananas thrives in warm weather, handling temperatures up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. If you live in an area that reaches temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, bring your plant indoors to help keep it warm, especially during the chilly winter months. Normal home temperatures will work fine, but, keep in mind that this trailing succulent dislikes cold or hot drafts, so try and place your String of Bananas away from heaters or air conditioners.
What’s the ideal humidity level?
Despite being native to the hot and dry climates of South Africa, String of Bananas tends to flourish in normal household humidity levels. When deciding where you want to place your plant, try to keep your plant away from any excess generators of humidity, like a humidifier, the laundry room or even from your shower’s steam. The added humidity can cause root or stem rot to your String of Bananas.
Does it purify the air?
Any type of succulent, including the String of Bananas can help purify your air! Succulents absorb the available carbon dioxide in their immediate environment, and give off oxygen that we can breathe! A beautiful relationship if you ask us. Comprehensive research by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) found that common houseplants and succulents work as a natural air purifier. Working hard to clean the air and striping it of harmful toxins.