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Baby's Tears · Wiki

Botanical Name: Soleirolia soleirolii

Baby's Tears plant gets its name from the tiny, round leaves cascading down slender, fragile stems. Other common names for this plant include "Mind-Your-Own-Business" and "Irish Moss".

This fast-growing evergreen has a low, spreading habit that spills beautifully over the sides of a container. It won't grow far though, because the creeping stems need to have contact with the soil.

Given enough light, it may produce tiny, single flowers in the leaf axils.

Although this creeping plant seems well-suited for the moist environment of a terrarium, it is invasive and will crowd other plants. Trim with scissors to keep growth under control.

Re-pot Baby's Tears in the spring when it outgrows its pot; a wide, shallow, pot will work. Baby's Tears makes a beautiful ground cover when planted under tall potted plants; however, it's a good idea to combine Baby's Tears with plants that prefer constant moisture.

Buying Tips
• Baby's Tears is formerly known as Helxine soleirolii and is still sometimes labeled by growers with that name.
• Don't be afraid to buy a small plant, this will grow fast.
• Some colorful varieties are available:
     Aurea has golden-green foliage.
     Variegata has silvery green variegated leaves.


Care Tips

Origin: Italy

Height: Up to 6 in (15 cm)

Light: Will grow in low light, but prefers bright, indirect light. Keep out of direct sun, which will scorch the leaves.

Water: Keep the potting medium moist at all times as Baby's Tears will not tolerate dry soil.

Humidity: This plant thrives in high humidity.

Temperature: Normal room temperatures of between 60-75°F (16-24°C)

Soil: Any good potting mix; African violet potting mix works well to maintain moisture which this plant craves.

Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks spring through summer with balanced liquid house plant fertilizer diluted in half.

Propagation: Divide plant into smaller clumps by gently pulling it apart.
Posted By Gremelin Posted on June 23rd, 2018 · Updated on September 1st, 2020
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