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Melisse & Co. - Ways to Style the Garden With Baby Tears (Soleirolia Soleirolii)

Melisse & Co. - Ways to Style the Garden With Baby Tears (Soleirolia Soleirolii)

 Soleirolia Soleirolii, formerly known as Helxine soleirolii

Melisse & Co. - Ways to Style the Garden With Baby Tears (Soleirolia Soleirolii) - Garden Landscape Design Groundcover Ideas

Appearance

Baby’s Tears plants resembles a dense, yet delicate bed of tiny green leaves.
These delicate looking plants provide a beautiful soft looking layer of green carpet in moist gardens.  They can grow as high as 2" and as wide as 18".
 

Applications

These no mow, low growing plants that give off a moss-like look. Baby tears plants offer a great alternative to grass in areas of indirect sun. It is relatively low maintenance and provides a gorgeous soft groundcover in the garden. In addition to being a great plant for landscaping, it also makes a great houseplant or as a garden bed in fairy gardens or terrariums. Their draping properties also make baby tears great hanging plants.

Origin

Soleirolia soleirolii ( Baby’s Tears) plants, formerly known as Helxine soleirolii originated from Corsica and Sardinia and belongs to the Urticaceae family. 

Bloom

Baby tears feature tiny white flowers. 

Types: Aurea

The golden Aurea variety has a beautiful yellowish tone with broad leaves. It is commonly known as Golden Baby’s Tears. 

Care:

Soil:

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. 

Water:

This plant grows well in consistently moist and can rot in soggy soil. 

Fertilize:

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.

Propagation

Baby tears can be propagated by division pretty easily. Make sure to fertilize after propagation to help it bounce back from any potential shock. 

Pruning

Baby’s tear plants are prolific growers so pruning them back will keep them contained and under control. 

 

Pests

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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