How to Care for Baby's Tears Plant (Soleirolia soleirolii) Indoors

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Baby's Tears Plant Care, Soleirolia soleirolii Care

Botanical name: Soleirolia soleirolii
Synonym: Helxine soleirolii
Family: Urticaceae
Common names: Baby's Tears Plant, Mind Your Own Business, Angel's Tears, Bits and Pieces, Bread and Cheese, Corsican Creeper, Corsican Curse, Paddy's Wig, Irish Moss

Baby's Tears Plant Description

Baby's Tears Plant (Soleirolia soleirolii) is a fast-growing plant that is ideal for a hanging basket or for covering soil around tall plants but care should be taken as the plant can smoother low-growing plants.

Baby's Tears Plant has a number of common names like Mind Your Own Business, Angel's Tears, Bits and Pieces, Bread and Cheese, Corsican Creeper, Corsican Curse, Paddy's Wig, Irish Moss among others.

Baby's Tears Plant formely called Helxine soleirolii is fast grow and easy to propagate where a small clump of the plant will grow into a mossy mound in no time when placed on moist soil.

The Baby's Tears Plant bears green or yellow tiny leaves and multitudes of tiny white flowers. The leaves in Baby's Tears Plant are slightly stalked, about 5mm across. The minute flowers produce oval seeds.

Soleirolia was named after Joseph Francois Soleirol by Espirit Requien, a French Naturalist. Soleirol, an amateur botanist collected the plant in Corsica an island in the Mediterranean Sea.

Baby's Tears Plant Origin

Baby's Tears Plant is native to the Northern Mediterranean region in and around Italy and nearby islands.

Baby's Tears Plant Varieties

Several varieties are available argentea has silvery leaves. Aurea has golden-green foliage. Variegata has silvery green variegated leaves.

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Baby's Tears Plant Care, Soleirolia soleirolii Care

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Baby's Tears Plant (Soleirolia soleirolii) Care Indoors

Baby's Tears Plant Light Requirements

Baby's Tears Plant (Soleirolia soleirolii) grows best in bright, indirect light or semi-shade but it will survive almost anywhere.

However, keep your Baby's Tears Plant away from direct sunshine to prevent sun burn. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to Water Baby's Tears Plant

Water Baby's Tears Plant (Soleirolia soleirolii) liberally and keep soil moist at all times during the growing season.

Reduce watering for your Baby's Tears Plant during the cold season to keep the soil slightly moist as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Ensure the pot for your Baby's Tears Plant has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of your plant.


Temperature for Baby's Tears Plant

Average warmth with a minimum of 120C is ideal for your Baby's Tears Plant.

Protect your Baby's Tears Plant from cold draughts to prevent sudden changes in temperature. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Baby's Tears Plant

Baby's Tears prefers high humidity inorder to thrive. To raise humidity for your Baby's Tears Plant, set the pot on a wet pebble tray. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

You can also grow your Baby's Tears Plant in a terrarium as a high humidity can be maintained inside a terrarium. Read more on how to make a terrarium for houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Baby's Tears Plant

Feed Baby's Tears Plant with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer every 2-3 weeks during the growing period.

Withhold feeding for your Baby's Tears Plant during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to Repot Baby's Tears Plant

Repot Baby's Tears Plant during the growing season when it becomes root-bound.

Use a pot 1 size larger for your Baby's Tears Plant and one that has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting and eventual death of your plant.

Soil for Baby's Tears Plant

The best soil for Baby's Tears Plant should be rich in organic matter and free-draining to prevent it from getting soggy while providing the required nutrients. Most multi-purpose potting mixes are ideal for Baby's Tears Plant.

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How to Prune Baby's Tears Plant

Pruning Baby's Tears Plant involves cutting back the stems when they become straggly to rejuvenate growth. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

Baby's Tears Plant (Soleirolia soleirolii) Propagation

Baby's Tears Plant (Soleirolia soleirolii) propagation can be done by plant division at any time of the year.

How to propagate Baby's Tears Plant by plant divison

Take out your Baby's Tears Plant from its pot and carefully divide the plant into several sections.

Pot these Baby's Tears Plant sections in moist free-draining soil in individual pots.

Ensure the pots for your Baby's Tears Plant cuttings have a drainage hole inorder to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Place these pots in a warm shaded place and maintain the soil moist through out until new growth emerges on your Baby's Tears Plant cuttings.

Allow the new Baby's Tears Plants to be well established before transplanting.

Baby's Tears Plant Care, Soleirolia soleirolii Care

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Baby's Tears Plant (Soleirolia soleirolii) Problems Indoors

Baby's Tears Plant (Soleirolia soleirolii) has few problems when grown indoors. It is a relatively hardy plant but poor cultural practices will result in poor growth. We have outlined the common problems in Baby's Tears Plant herebelow. Read on for the remedies and solutions.

Baby's Tears Plant brown, shrivelled leaf tips

Brown, shrivelled leaf tips in Baby's Tears Plant are caused by too dry air (low humidity).

Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Baby's Tears Plant. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

You can also grow your Baby's Tears Plant in a terrarium as a high humidity can be maintained inside a terrarium. Read more on how to make a terrarium for houseplants.

Baby's Tears Plant pests

The common pests in Baby's Tears Plant are Aphids, Whiteflies and Red Spider Mites.

Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Mist the leaves of your Baby's Tears Plant regularly to reduce infestation by these pests.

Baby's Tears Plant rotting and dying

Rotting and dying in Baby's Tears Plant is due to root-rot disease which is promoted by soggy soil.

Ensure the pot for your Baby's Tears Plant has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting and eventual death of your plant.

Is Baby's Tears Plant (Soleirolia soleirolii) toxic?

Baby's Tears Plant (Soleirolia soleirolii) is non-toxic to both humans and pets. The plant is safe to be grown indoors.

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