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Fishhooks Senecio: An Easy-Care Trailing Succulent

Fishhooks Senecio, or String Of Fishhooks, trails like crazy & is easy to grow. It makes a great houseplant. Get growing tips here.

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If you want an easy-care plant that trails like crazy, then call off the search – you’ve found it. The Fishhooks Senecio (some call the ones I have Grey Fishhooks Senecio) likes to ramble and at 4′ long, shows no signs of slowing down. This succulent loves any admiration you can throw its way but is not fussy at all when it comes to caring. Mine grow outdoors here in Santa Barbara but they make excellent houseplants.

Fishhooks Senecio Care

This is 1 of my Fishhooks Senecios.  My what long trails you have!

This plant also goes by the names Fishhooks Plant, String Of Fishhooks, Senecio “Fish Hooks ” as well as by its botanic moniker Senecio radicans.   This is a bit confusing because there’s another succulent (which you see at the end of this post) that I know as String Of Bananas which also has the botanic name Senecio radicans.  No matter what you call the plant I’m showcasing, it trails like crazy & is a snap to maintain.

Caring for Fishhooks Senecio

Light / Exposure

Indoors the Fishhooks likes to live in a bright to high light spot, like near a south or west window.  Just be sure to keep it away from hot glass or prolonged exposure to hot summer sun because it’ll burn.  Remember, those leaves & stems are full of water.  Outdoors here on the coast of California mine get morning sun & are shaded from the hotter afternoon sun.  If you’re inland where the sun is more intense, bright shade is the way to go.


String Of Fishhooks run the gamut when it comes to temperature – from 25 degrees to 100 degrees F.


I water my Fishhook Senecios every 2 weeks, less in the winter if it’s been raining (more rain please in Southern California!) &/or if it’s cool.  Indoors, you want to water yours every 3-6 weeks depending on the season & how hot & dry your home is.  It’s good to let it almost thoroughly dry out between waterings.  No matter the frequency, you want to thoroughly water the plant & make sure all the water drains out.


Speaking of water draining out, you want to plant your String Of Fishhooks in a light, fast draining mix.  I use a succulent & cactus mix when potting & rooting all my succulents.  This way, there’s much less chance that the roots will rot out.  Like the majority of succulents, it’s better to keep them on the drier side than too wet.


I never fertilize my succulents but instead top dress them them with a nice amount of worm castings (1″)  & organic compost (2″) every spring.  They really don’t need any fertilizing but if you feel for some reason that yours does, then  feed with an organic liquid fertilizer formulated for houseplants & apply once in the spring.  Never fertilize in the winter when the plants are resting.  Hey, plants need a little break too!

Fishhooks Senecio Care

Hangin’ out with my Fishhooks!


Mine have never gotten any & this plant is not notorious for any infestations.  Indoors, yours might get mealy bugs (this critter looks like small specks of cotton) & if it does, just take it to the sink or shower & wash it down.  Just make sure your Fishhooks Senecio never stays too wet for too long, especially in those cooler months.  Outside, use the garden hose for a gentle blasting.


You’ll need to prune it if you want to control the length.  Just know that new growth will eventually fork off from the cut ends, usually as 2 trails instead of 1.  You’ll get lots of cutting from this 1!


Fishhook Senecios are easy to propagate by stem or leaf cuttings.  I have that covered in this video – you can skip to the :44 second mark if that’s what you’re looking for.


This plant is best used in hanging baskets & wall pots.  It’s great in mixed container plantings too but it does wander & hog real estate from other plants.  I had some growing in a pot by my driveway & it traveled down the pot & pedestal & has meandered & rooted it’s way through the garden.  You can see it in this post & video about my never ending succulent repotting job.

Fishhooks Senecio Care

The Fishhooks grew through the back of this bed & have found their way out onto the gravel landscaping.  I’ll need to start pruning it back to keep it off of the walkway.  If it gets too dense from the pinching, then it’s time to take it out.

Good To Know

Fishhooks Senecio grows fast in the warmer weather & even faster if outdoors.   As a year round houseplant, the growth will probably be moderate but still faster than other plants.  As I said above, just be careful if you plant it in the same pot with other plants because it does tend to overtake other less vigorous plants.

If you want to grow this succulent as a houseplant all you need is nice bright light and to be stingy with the water.  Whether you grow Fishhooks Senecio indoors or out, just make sure you give it room to trail!

Happy gardening!

Fishhooks Senecio Care

This succulent also goes by Senecio radicans, String of Bananas & String Of Fishhooks. Confusing!   I call it String Of Bananas because these plumper leaves look more like bananas to me. I’ve also seen it listed as Senecio radicans “glauca”. What do you call it???

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  2. Dose this plant flower or did you have the flowers planted in the top of that pot? I love the look of this fish hook plant. I live in Florida, in the winter , and travel to Il. in the summer. Will it take moving around like this. I’m a snowbird.

  3. Hi – This succulent does flower, but they’re small & not showy. The flowers you see in the lead photo of that of my Bougainvillea glabra which this plant is hanging in. This is a very tough plant so it would take the moving. However, the longer the trails get, the more difficult it might be to transport it. It’s worth a try! Nell

  4. I have never seen this in Buffalo. Where can one purchase it? Online?

  5. Hi Susan – It’s a great houseplant. I got mine from a local grower here in Santa Barbara County. I’m sure someone has it online – this is Grey Fishhooks & Green Fishhooks. Nell

  6. Hi Nell! Thanks for the informative post. We have a fish hook plant indoors in San Francisco, in a South-facing window. I’m seeing something odd though, and wondering if you have suggestions: the new growth at the end of the trails looks mangy- almost woody- and not healthy, with some dark brown tips where previously cut, while the new growth on top looks great. Any thoughts?

  7. You’re welcome Alli. The new growth on these plants always looks much better. It could have been kept too wet at one time or another. I lived in SF for 18 years so I know that cool,foggy days are a common occurrence. Depending on how long the trails are, you can try cutting them back to rejuvenate more new growth. Nell

  8. Where can I purchase Burro’s tail starter plant? Thank you!

  9. Hi Nicole – I bought my Burro’s Tail Sedum from a local grower. I’d start with Etsy. There were also sellers on amazon & ebay. Nell

  10. Hi Nell!
    Great, informative site. Your FishHooks are gorgeous. I have a question for you about mine. First, it’s an indoor plant in Ohio, the watering is kept at a minimum and it has a moderately bright window, but the plant overall seems quite scraggly and thin. The bananas on the vines are very small and spindely and the bigger one are only at the top. Is there a solution for this?

    Many thanks!


  11. Thank you Britt! If these plants get spindly the 2 main causes are not enough light &/or over watering. If you want, you can cut the vines off to rejuvenate even more of that healthy growth at the top. It’s going into winter so don’t fertilize your houseplants during this season. Hope that helps! Nell

  12. Love the article. Lots of info. My question is can a donkey tail and fish hook succulent be planted together?

  13. Thank you Levie. Yes they can. There’s 1 heads up though: the Burro’s Tail is quite a bit heavier than the Fish Hooks. In time it could start to smother it. I’ve found the Fish Hooks to grow faster though. They both like the same conditions so the choice is yours! Nell

  14. Hi, Nell. I am just starting with succulents; they had me at low maintenance. 🙂 I’ve had a String of Bananas for several months & I’m astounded at its growth & infrequent watering! I’m here because I didn’t know its name. I wasn’t having luck on Google; but I did run into some of your other posts. I started a new board on Pinterest for Succulents to save the excellent material I was finding. Up pops THIS post as the 1st suggested pin! Gotta love Pinterest! Thirty minutes on Google with no results. Thirty seconds on Pinterest & voilà! I look forward to running into you often & gleaning much from your experience. Thank you for sharing! ~ Eva

  15. My pleasure Eva! Thank you for your lovely comment. We have some posts on succulents coming up in the future so stay tuned. All the best, Nell

  16. Nell,

    We discovered the fish hook plant this past summer and bought one. We brought it indoors for the winter and it’s growing A LOT of new stems/trails. But I also noticed that a lot of the longer/established one seem to have browned/dried out towards the base of the pot but the lower portion is fine. I’ve been trying not to over water it but am wondering if I’ve been too restrictive on the water.

    Is it common for this to happen over the winter? Thanks in advance for any help.
    ps: we affectionately call this plant the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

  17. Hi Lee – That’s funny! The trails on mine are about 8′ long so I call it Lady Godiva. I’m not sure what light situation you have it in or how often you’re watering it but it sounds like too little light/too much water. I get individual leaves drying on mine in the winter but no stems. The stems propagate very easily (you can see some of the roots emerging) so you can always cut them & stick them back in the pot. Hope this helps, Nell

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