The senecio vitalis succulent also known as the “blue chalk fingers” is a very unique beautiful succulent that has a very cool look to it. It is a shrub-like succulent and it can grow all the way up to 24 inches tall, and spread up to 5 feet wide.
Its leaves are very long and blue, this is why they are nicknamed the “blue chalk fingers”. This succulent will also bloom beautiful white flowers in late spring to early summer.
This succulent will grow very tall and long, don’t be confused with etiolation. This succulent will naturally grow long and tall when growing healthy. This succulent is also very easy to propagate!
The senecio vitalis is a very easy succulent to grow and care for. By the end of this article you will know the exact grow and care requirements to grow the most beautiful, healthy, and happy senecio vitalis succulents.
Loves full sun
Growth: Plant grows up to 2′ (61 cm) tall
Plant grows up to 5′ (1.5 m) wide
Cold Hardiness: Zone 10a (Minimum 30° F | -1.1° C)
Not Cold Hardy
Can be toxic to pets and humans
Propagation: Stem cuttings
Senecio Vitalis “Blue Chalk Fingers” Care
Soil for Senecio Vitalis “Blue Chalk Fingers”
The Senecio Vitalis “Blue Chalk Fingers” must be grown in well-drained succulent soil. Well-drained succulent soil is much needed when growing this succulent, it will protect it from overwatering and of course root rot. Well-drained succulent soil will keep the soil dry at a very fast rate, which will prevent overwatering and prevent the most common killer of succulents known as 'root rot'.
We recommend using 'Ramsey Succulent Soil'.
Ramsey Succulent Soil has ingredients such as perlite, sand, and seaweed. Perlite and sand are known as the best ingredients out there if you want your soil well-drained. The perlite and sand will soak up all the excess water that your succulent does not need, preventing the soil from staying soaking wet for several days. So yes, Ramsey Succulent Soil will prevent mold/bacteria and root rot (the #1 most common reason why a succulent will die) simply because there will be no excess water.
That's not all tho.
What makes Ramsey Succulent Soil arguably the best are the nutrients that's in the soil. These nutrients will help your succulents grow bigger, faster, and healthier.
Ramsey Succulent Soil has seaweed fertilizer, which has 60 trace minerals and nutrients. Yes, your succulents will be absorbing 60 trace minerals and nutrients. This will make your succulents grow bigger, faster, and healthier without a doubt. Compared to other succulent soil, this succulent soil will make a huge huge difference for your plants. Don't believe us? Check out this picture below. You can definitely tell which succulent soil is better for your succulents.
You should water the Senecio Vitalis “Blue Chalk Fingers” 1-3 days a week or when the soil looks or feels very dry. You must make sure to avoid overwatering so root rot does not occur and kill your succulent plant. It's important to use the 'soak and dry' method and only water when the soil looks or feels very dry. Be on the lookout for underwatering and overwatering.
Pot for Senecio Vitalis “Blue Chalk Fingers”
It's important to use a succulent pot with a drainage hole. This will allow the excess water to drain out of the bottom of the drainage hole, keeping the soil dry and preventing overwatering and root rot. It's very important that your succulent pot has a drainage hole, most experience succulent growers know that having a succulent pot with a drainage hole is a must when growing any succulent. If your succulent pot doesn't have a drainage hole no problem! Check out our article on how to grow succulents in pots without drainage holes.
Where to Pant The Senecio Vitalis “Blue Chalk Fingers”
The Senecio Vitalis “Blue Chalk Fingers” isn't cold hardy, so make sure you avoid growing this succulent outdoors during the cold winter season. Avoid growing in temperatures under 30° F (-1.1° C) it will die in cold and freezing temperatures. Make sure to move and grow this succulent indoors during the cold winter season. You can then move it back outdoors once the weather gets warmer. Make sure to grow it outdoors in a succulent pot or container so you can easily move it when you need to.
Plant in an area that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight every single day. Make sure this succulent gets enough sun so it can grow healthy, produce its colors, and avoid etiolation. If growing indoors make sure to place it where it gets enough sunlight. If your house doesn't get enough sunlight, try investing into some grow lights.
How to Propagate Senecio Vitalis “Blue Chalk Fingers”
Same thing as for leaf propagation, but this time you will need trimmers to get a clean cut of the cuttings. Cut off the cutting at an angle with trimmers, and make sure there’s enough room to plant the cuttings. Let the cutting form a callus by waiting 2-4 days. After a callus forms then go ahead and plant the cutting in well-drained succulent soil.