Melisse & Co. - Ways to Style the Garden With Baby Tears (Soleirolia Soleirolii)
Soleirolia Soleirolii, formerly known as Helxine soleirolii
Baby tears feature tiny white flowers.
The golden Aurea variety has a beautiful yellowish tone with broad leaves. It is commonly known as Golden Baby’s Tears.
Baby tears needs well-draining moist soil with sufficient air circulation. Tip: Thoroughly mixing in coco coir, perlite or vermiculite to your soil with help with proper drainage.
It grows in the shade locations and areas of indirect light.
This plant grows well in consistently moist and can rot in soggy soil.
Fertilizeing frequently during it's growth season in the spring and summer will help this plant grow faster and keep it healthy. A great rule of thumb is to fertilize every two weeks.
Use a balanced liquid fertilizer that is diluted to about half.
Baby tears can be propagated by division pretty easily. Make sure to fertilize after propagation to help it bounce back from any potential shock.
Baby’s tear plants are prolific growers so pruning them back will keep them contained and under control.
There’s a slight pest possibility with Pilea plants, namely whiteflies, scale, and aphids. To help control pests, add a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide into a 1pint of water and spray the foliage. Leave the solution in for about 10 minutes and water the entire plant thoroughly. Also, consider neem oil.
Baby Tears vs. Irish Moss
Baby tears plants are sometimes confused with Irish moss (Sagina subulata). Although they resemble one another from afar, Irish moss has very fine, thread-like foliage, which differs from the teardrop-shaped leaves of baby tears.
Similarly, Irish moss likes moist soil and partial shade, but it's hardy down to USDA growing zone 4. In addition, it works better as a landscape perennial rather than as a houseplant.
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