On my visit to Chicago a few weeks ago I found the cutest plant EVER! Now tell me that plant doesn’t just make you happy? Everytime I see mine I feel a little zing of joy. I had never seen this plant before stumbling upon it but it is currently my favorite houseplant. This cute little plant is called a Coral Bead Plant or a Pincushion Plant and so far I’ve been able to keep it alive (fingers crossed) despite it’s somewhat finicky care requirements.
This plant gets white flowers on it in the summer months which is followed by tiny orange berries on it (appearing just once a year) but they typically will last for months. The berries are mildly poisonous if more than a dozen are eaten. The pretty dark green foliage looks very similar to baby tears.
This plant prefers bright indirect light and likes to be in cooler temperatures from 55 to 65 F with added humidity. If the plant is kept too warm it will not product berries. Keep the plant in a pot with good drainage as it does not like to be too wet but does like consistent moisture during the spring and summer. Once the berries have begun to turn black gently pinch them off.
To stimulate flowers and berries, put your plant outside during the spring months as it will like the cooler weather. Make sure to put it in a dappled shade location to protect the plant from full sun. When it begins flowering increase watering and mist the flowers daily to encourage the berry growth. The plant must be kept below 65 F during flowers otherwise it will produce no berries (this might be tricky in Iowa in the summer but hey I’m going to give it a go).
During the fall and winter, cut back on watering and water only once the soil is dry to the touch.
Wish me luck in keeping this cute little plant alive and let me know if you have any tips that have worked for you.