As all plant lovers know, there are a lot of succulents to be thankful for, especially any that are pink, but people are currently freaking out over dolphin succulents, which are pretty much as perfect as they sound.
These adorable plants, properly known as Senecio peregrinus, got their “pet name” from the simple fact that their tiny leaves look exactly like jumping dolphins. I’m not even kidding! Don’t believe me? Take a look:
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According to @itsasucculentworld, these dolphin succulents are actually a cross between the hot dog cactus (yes, I know…what?) and the string of pearls plant. Together, the two plant breeds (Senecio articulatus x Senecio rowleyanus) create the leaping dolphin succulent that the Internet has been buzzing about nonstop.
As Martha Stewart reports, this type of succulent “maintains its animal-like appearance as it grows…no matter how big it gets! Plus, will also grow pretty white and pink flowers.” So, don’t worry about it losing its sea mammal-like cuteness as it grows big and strong.
Here’s a closer look in case you can’t see it quite yet:
Truly though, can you believe how cute these plants are? I guess I’m bound to be a plant lady, after all.
Should you be on the hunt for a classic succulent, Costco is selling entire succulent gardens for as low as $20. You’re welcome…
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Succulents have skyrocketed in popularity in the past few years because of their fun, aesthetically pleasing shapes and low-maintenance reputations. But have you seen the succulent variety that’s maybe the cutest of them all? Dolphin succulents (Senecio peregrinus), also known as String of Dolphins, literally look like dolphins poised to jump off the vine.
“The leaves of these hanging succulents have a sleek, endearing shape aligned along thin stems which makes them look like leaping dolphins,” says garden photojournalist and author of Designing with Succulents, Debra Lee Baldwin. “Because they look like animals, it almost feels like you’re caring for a pet!” If you’ve been looking for a new houseplant to add to your collection, here’s what you need to know to best care for dolphin plants, including how to grow them and where to buy them.
- Where can I buy a dolphin succulent?
- Are dolphin succulents easy to grow?
- How do I care for a dolphin plant?
- Can I grow another dolphin plant?
- Say Hello to the Cutest New Plant Trend: Dolphin Succulents
- Where to Find
- Growth & Care
- Share Your Experience
- These Succulents Look Like Jumping Dolphins
Where can I buy a dolphin succulent?
Social media has made this charming South African native, which is a type of succulent in the genus called Senecio, extremely popular. But dolphin succulents aren’t totally mainstream yet, so you likely won’t find them at big box retailers. Independent nurseries or online specialty suppliers are your best sources. Because it takes time to produce popular new plants, what you can buy now are relatively small and expensive compared to other plants of similar size. They’re often sold in two-inch pots with plants that are just a few inches tall.
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Are dolphin succulents easy to grow?
Dolphin plants do have a reputation for being a bit more finicky than other succulents. But they’re fun and delightful plants that will definitely enhance your collection, says Baldwin. Don’t worry if your baby plant doesn’t look like much when you first get it home. The older leaves at the top of the plant are the ones that resemble dolphins, while the new leaves at soil level won’t yet have that definitive shape.
How do I care for a dolphin plant?
These little guys need a lot of bright light, but not direct sunlight; put them in a south-facing window when possible. You can leave them in the pot in which you purchased them, or combine them with other plants in a larger pot. Use a bagged cactus mix if repotting. Fertilize with half-strength liquid fertilizer according to the package directions after it’s been home for a few months (it’s generally full of fertilizer from the nursery when you first bring it home).
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Water thoroughly until the water runs through the pot and drains out, then dump out the saucer so there’s no standing water. Because dolphin plants are prone to rotting if you overwater them, check when it’s time for a drink by pushing a wooden chopstick into the soil, says Baldwin. If soil clings to it when you pull it out, it doesn’t need water yet. They’re also best as indoor plants for much of the country, as they can’t tolerate a frost.
Can I grow another dolphin plant?
Yes! If a piece breaks off, don’t toss it. “Where the leaves attach to the threadlike stem, the plant will grow roots,” says Baldwin.
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Place the piece atop the soil; or if you have an extra-long strand dangling over the edge of the pot, you can root it without detaching it from the rest of the plant. In either case, lay the piece of dolphin plant atop the soil and anchor it there with some fine gravel so it stays in contact with the soil. Keep it moist by misting lightly every day. Mother Nature will do the rest!
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Say Hello to the Cutest New Plant Trend: Dolphin Succulents
It’s a fish, it’s a plant, it’s a dolphin succulent!
Every day it seems like there’s a new kind of succulent out to steal our hearts. From the itsy-bitsy ones endorsed by Joanna Gaines to the hearty stonecrops beautifying our gardens, we never grow tired of their quirky vibe and fuss-free presence in our home. And now, we have Apartment Therapy to thank for introducing us to dolphin succulents, A.K.A. our latest succulent obsession.
The dolphin succulent (known as the Senecio Peregrinus) is actually a hybrid between Senecio Rowleyanus (string of pearls succulents) and Senecio Articulatus (the hot dog cactus). Its nickname was inspired by the fact that its cute little leaves look like dolphins leaping out from the water.
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Speaking of water, dolphin succulents only need to be watered about once a week during their growing season, and only once a month during the winter when they’re dormant. You can expect to grow pretty white and pink flowers too.
Because they’re a cross-pollination, dolphin succulents are very rare, meaning they can be very tricky to get your hands—er, fins—on. Your best bet is to buy seeds on Etsy and let Mother Nature work her magic.
Dolphin Plant, or String of Dolphins (Senecio peregrinus), is a rare variety of trailing succulent that looks like a pod of leaping dolphins. This uncommon hybrid is a cross of String of Pearls (S. rowleyanus) and Candle Plant (S. articulatus). It can be difficult to find and requires a bit of special care, but it is well worth the effort. Read on for inside information on cultivating a healthy Dolphin Succulent of your own.
- Where to Find
- Growth & Care
- Share Your Experience
Where to Find
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Mountain Crest Gardens is currently offering the Dolphin Plant in limited quantities. They come potted up in a well-draining pot with an informational care card. Supplies are limited, so if it’s currently out of stock, sign up to by notified by email when more are ready to go. Multiple small batches will become available throughout the year.
Dolphin Succulent Seeds
Buying succulent seeds can be a risky business. Even with diligent care, some seeds just won’t sprout. With a hybrid like S. peregrinus, you can’t quite predict that the seedlings will have dolphin-shaped leaves. And while there are some reputable succulent seed distributors, it is a market rife with scams.
Dolphin Plant is one of the “string” succulents, which grow trailing stems that can reach 1.0′ to 3.0′ long. In the wild, these Senecio varieties creep along as a ground cover. They also shine in a hanging pot where they can create a dense cascade of greenery.
The leaves of the Dolphin Plant are fleshy, notched crescents that truly resemble dolphins. In addition to their unbelievable shape, each leaf has a translucent “leaf window”. This adaptation allows sunlight to irradiate the leaf interior and helps the plant tolerate low light conditions (Succulent Leaf Windows).
Senecio are in the Aster or Daisy family and, like daisies, their flowers have lots of narrow white petals. The petals cluster in a sphere and form a pompom of a bloom. On top of that, the flowers have a lovely cinnamon fragrance.
Growth & Care
Like most succulents, Dolphin Plants thrive in well-draining soil. They can rot if over-watered, so be sure to use containers with drainage holes. Select a light, gritty soil like a cactus/succulent mix from a local garden center. You can also prevent rot by keeping the plant in a well-ventilated area.
A strong back-light glows through a dolphin’s leaf window, seen on the right.
Dolphin Plants need sunlight, but thanks to their leaf windows they can tolerate slightly less light than some non-green succulent varieties. To strike the right balance, try placing it outdoors in the shade or indoors near a sunny window.
Watch for signs of Too Little Light and Too Much Light. Adjust as necessary. Dolphin Plants also grow well under a T-5 fluorescent or white LED Grow Light.
Succulents are adapted to dry climates and can tolerate periods of drought. Dolphin Plant, however, thrives with a bit more frequent watering than most succulents. Be sure to drench it enough for water to run out the pot’s drainage hole (no misting). Allow the soil to dry before watering again.
Use our Complete Guide to Watering to learn the signs of both under- and over-watering. You will find that the Dolphin Plant needs less frequent water during its winter dormancy.
String of Dolphins is a “soft succulent”, meaning that it is not frost hardy. It thrives between 50F and 80F, so know your Grow Zone and watch your daily minimum and maximum temperatures. Bring this dolphin indoors when the weather is anything but mild.
Very few people have heard of this rare novelty and even fewer seen it up close. If you have one of your own, feel free to share photos and grow tips for other Dolphin Succulent enthusiasts on our Reviews Page. Enjoy, and may all your succulent cultivation go swimmingly!
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These Succulents Look Like Jumping Dolphins
A few weeks ago, we told you about the adorable “rabbit” succulents that were going viral, but now there’s a challenger for the title of cutest plant. The latest succulent making headlines is Senecio peregrinus, a plant whose leaves look like tiny jumping dolphins!
According to It’s A Succulent World, this unique succulent is actually a hybrid of a Candle Plant and a String-of-Pearls vine. The result is a plant that sprouts adorable leaves off its stems, and each leaf is shaped like a crescent moon with a “fin” protruding from it. You can see why people equate the leaves to jumping dolphins!
What’s even better is that this plant maintains its animal-like appearance as it grows. Monilaria obconica, or rabbit succulents, looks most like bunny ears when its sprouting, losing its shape as it gets bigger. Senecio peregrinus, on the other hand, will continue to grow dolphin-shaped leaves, no matter how big it gets! Plus, this plant will also grow pretty white and pink flowers.
Because dolphin succulents are a hybrid, they might be a bit tricky to find. However, if you can get your hands on some, they’d look amazing in an ocean-themed terrarium — maybe decorated with sea shells!
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- By Camryn Rabideau