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How to Care for Baby’s Tears Plant (Soleirolia soleirolii)​ 10+ Tips and Tricks

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10 Reasons to Make Baby’s Tears Plants the Star of Your Home Decor!

1.- About Baby’s Tears Plant

The Baby Tears Plant (Soleirolia soleirolii) is a low-growing, self-rooting, creeping plant that is native to the western Mediterranean islands of Corsica and Sardinia. It grows just 1 to 5 inches tall and roots itself wherever it spreads. Its thread-like green or pink stems and 1/4-inch green leaves mimic moss, and it is frequently utilized as a ground cover for shady areas in hot climes.

Pinkish-white flowers occasionally emerge in late spring and summer. Also known by the interesting names, mind your own business and peace in the home, as well as angel’s tears, Corsican creeper, and numerous other names. They apparently do not tolerate foot traffic well but are otherwise an easy plant to grow in baskets, containers, or directly in the garden.

It prefers shady locations and moist soil but will tolerate some sun if kept moist. Baby’s tears are delicate plants that add charm and interest to the garden. They are perfect for bringing a bit of the Mediterranean into your landscape. Additionally, research has shown that having plants in your house will have amazing benefits for you! Visit our article Amazing Psychological Effects of Nature in Pet-Friendly Interiors to find out more!

There are several popular varieties of this plant, such as Soleirolia soleirolii ‘Aurea‘: This variant has golden foliage; it grows a little lower and does not spread as much as other varieties of this species. Dappled light is preferable for this plant.

Soleirolia soleirolii’ Golden Queen’ has yellowish leaf borders.

One of the best-known varieties in the world, Soleirolia’ Silver Queen’, with silver-gray foliage.

Finally, there is Soleirolia soleirolii ‘Variegata,’ formerly called ‘Argentea.’ One of the most distinctive features of this species is the silvery-white stippling on its silvery-white leaves.

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

Thorsen’s Greenhouse Live Silver Baby Tears Plant, Pilea Glauca, Live Indoor Plant, 4″ Diameter Pot

2.- Selecting the Best soil for Baby’s Tears Plants

Baby Tears Plants (Soleirolia soleirolii) is one of the most diminutive and delicate-looking indoor plants. And yet, don’t let their small size and dainty appearance fool you; They are actually surprisingly tough little plants that can thrive in a wide range of growing conditions.

These plants will do best in well-drained soil or potting mix that is rich and treated with humus, compost, or manure. This will aid in regulating the plant’s soil moisture levels, but it will also help them flourish. They can be grown as a house plant  or in a container with a drainage hole using commercial potting soil.

To ensure that the soil drains quickly, you may need to add one part of coarse builder’s sand to every three parts of potting soil. The sand should prevent the delicate stems of this young potted plant from rotting, as it requires high humidity and a constant supply of moisture to thrive. They are delightful little plants that are well worth the effort it takes to keep them healthy and happy.

3.- Selecting the right pot for Baby’s Tears Plants

These plants are amazing little creepers that work great in a wide variety of settings. In a small hanging basket, they can spill attractively over the sides. In a terrarium, they can creep to the edges of the glass, hiding the bare soil. They are also excellent for edging a mixed outdoor planting.

The key to success with this plant is to choose a wide and low container, with holes in the bottom for drainage. With a little care, they will thrive in any environment, bringing a touch of greenery to even the smallest space.

Since S. soleirolii is not one of the indoor plants that can grow in water, you must take care not to confuse it with the plant that can be found in aquariums and is also known as baby’s tears. It is also commonly used in terrariums and mixed containers. 

4.- The Best light for Baby’s Tears Plants

These plants are said to be able to withstand direct sun in milder coastal settings. Still, they are more susceptible to sunburn in hotter regions. As a result, it is cultivated in the shadow or partial shade the vast majority of the time. They can be used as both an indoor and outdoor plant.

Indoors means bright, indirect light or an east- or west-facing windowsill where they receive part-day sun. If somewhat sheltered, it could also function as a ground cover for a larger plant in a south-facing window. If its green hue bleaches, relocate it somewhere less bright.

They make an excellent addition to any garden as they are low maintenance and can tolerate various growing conditions. They can add a splash of green to any garden and are sure to bring a smile to your face.

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

Thorsen’s Greenhouse Live Silver Baby Tears Plant, Pilea Glauca, Live Indoor Plant, 4″ Diameter Pot

5.- How to Water Baby’s Tears Plants

These tender plants prefer moderate humidity and evenly moist soil, so it’s important to always keep the soil mildly moist during spring and summer. As the days become shorter from autumn to winter, reduce watering somewhat to prevent root rot, but never let the soil totally dry out.

These plants are also sensitive to overhead watering, which can cause the foliage to become matted. To avoid this, water your plant from below by pouring water into the saucer of the container and allowing it to drip through the drainage holes into the soil. Add additional water as needed until the soil’s surface feels damp, then pour away any excess water remaining in the saucer.

6.- How to Fertilize Baby’s Tears Plants

These plants should be fertilized once a month with a balanced houseplant fertilizer, such as 20-20-20, at half the dosage advised on the package during spring and summer. Avoid feeding the plant during fall and winter, as growth typically slows to a crawl during these seasons.

This infant moves by creeping, and if its crawl is still quick, you may want to limit the frequency with which you fertilize the plant. Recommence monthly fertilization in the spring and never fertilize when the soil is entirely dry since this might cause root damage.

7.- Best Temperature and Humidity for Baby’s Tears Plants

This plant prefers daytime temperatures between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime temperatures between 50 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit. However, they can typically withstand average household temperatures and humidity. Set it in the room with the lowest temperature and a humidity tray to keep your plant as happy as possible.

This entails a tray filled with gravel that constantly has a little amount of water at the bottom, with the water kept at a depth that prevents it from touching the pot. Additionally, you may need to spritz the plant daily with rainwater or spring water to help increase the humidity around it. With a little love and care, your plant will thrive and bring you enjoyment for years to come.

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

Thorsen’s Greenhouse Live Silver Baby Tears Plant, Pilea Glauca, Live Indoor Plant, 4″ Diameter Pot

8.- Propagating Baby’s Tears Plants

Because the stems of this plant root at the nodes as they spread, the plant can propagate itself. Therefore, you need to just divide it to produce new plants, preferably in the spring when it is most active in growth. At that point, you may simply remove the plant from its pot and cut it vertically with a sharp knife.

Separate it into as many pieces as you desire and place each piece in its own pot of organic potting mix. It is generally advisable to keep newly divided plants out of direct sunlight for a few days as they recuperate from “surgery.” This plant is not only easy to propagate, but they are also beautiful and make a great addition to any indoor garden.

9.- Baby’s Tears Plant Common Pests and Diseases

These plants are relatively easy to care for. Still, yellowing or browning leaves can indicate problems with watering or light exposure. These plants are shallow-rooted plants, so they dry out quickly. Be sure to check the soil regularly and water the plant when the top inch of soil is dry. If the leaves begin to turn yellow or brown, this may be a sign of overwatering.

They also require high humidity, so misting the leaves regularly can help prevent leaf browning. They will also grow best in indirect light, and too much direct sunlight can fade the foliage and cause scorching. If you see yellow lower leaves on your baby’s tears plant, this may be a sign of root rot.

Remove the plant from its pot and cut off any rotten or mushy roots. Repot the plant in fresh soil and give it more sun and less water. Your plant will thrive and fill your home with a little care.

10.- When should I repot my Baby’s Tears Plant?

These plants grow quickly and will need to be repotted regularly. Repotting is easy to do and only requires a few supplies. This plant prefers a large pot and high-quality potting mix. The plant’s stems are fragile, so be careful not to damage them when removing the plant from its current pot.

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

Thorsen’s Greenhouse Live Silver Baby Tears Plant, Pilea Glauca, Live Indoor Plant, 4″ Diameter Pot

11.- How to prune Baby’s Tears Plants

These plants are beautiful and can be very invasive plant if not kept in check. It is important to prune often so that they do not overgrow their container or spill onto paths. They can quickly overtake other small plants if left unchecked.

Pruning improves Baby’s Tears’ look and encourages fresh growth. Trim the green stems to prevent reversion if you have a golden or variegated variety. They are very hardy and can tolerate being cut back quite severely. If you cultivate it as a houseplant companion, trim it regularly to keep it in bounds. Small terrariums and rock gardens require pruning more often than larger ones.

This plant is a beautiful houseplant that makes wonderful houseplants or groundcovers outdoors. However, they can be very invasive if not kept in check. Regular pruning is necessary to keep this plant under control.

Final Thoughts

Arranging plants in your home is an exciting experience. When planning to spruce up your interior design decor, it’s important to consider Baby’s Tears plants as a key element. These lush and slender houseplants are unique in their own way — with vibrant foliage and small leaves that resemble teardrops, they create a graceful environment for any area of your home.

Not only do Baby’s Tears provide visual appeal, but they also offer psychological benefits that come from their natural texture and environmental greenery. The perfect spot for this houseplant can be found by determining adequate sunlight levels, humidity, and air movement balance.

Taking the necessary steps to avoid mistakes, understanding plant care tips, knowing plant toxicity considerations, and knowing where to purchase inspired pieces that fall within your budget are all important aspects. To find tips on how to rid of common houseplant pests or ideas on sunny hanging gardens, get creative with these delightful little plants! And remember these reasons to add them to your houseplant collection: 

  1. Its delicate house plant appearance resembles a stunning mat or carpet of tiny green leaves.
  2. It draws fascinating history from its origins in Corsica and Sardinia.
  3. Offering both table and hanging options, it effortlessly complements any space.
  4. Taking pleasure in bright, indirect light but never direct sun keeps it blooming.
  5. Watering the soil regularly helps to prevent root rot – the main disease associated with it – caused by over-watering.
  6. Fertilizing at 1/2 the recommended strength guarantees growth during active times of spring and summer.
  7. An ideal temperature range of 60-75 degrees lets this little plant thrive perfectly indoors or in even slightly cooler environments.
  8. High humidity coupled with good air circulation ensures that this delicate houseplant color remains vibrant for years to come. 
  9. In late spring, there’s an added bonus of tiny white star-shaped flowers popping up!
  10. The right potting soil containing peat moss is sure to bring a long life to your Baby’s Tears Plant!

Care for Baby’s Tears Plants – FAQ

Is Baby Tears Plant Care difficult?

No, Baby Tears plant care is not difficult, and these plants are relatively easy to care for and only require a few supplies.

Does Baby’s Tear plant produce flowers?

Yes, baby’s tear plant can produce tiny white flowers.

Can you plant a Baby’s Tears plant outside? 

Yes, it does very well outside in shady rock gardens, spreading like a fluffy green carpet.

Does Baby’s Tears Plant have other names?

Yes, other common names include Corsican curse, Corsican carpet plant, Irish moss (not to be confused with Sagina Irish moss ), and “mind-your-own-business.”

Does Baby’s Tears Plant require direct sun?

No, they prefer bright indirect light. Too much direct sunlight can fade the foliage and cause scorching.

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

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M.Arch. Julio Arco
M.Arch. Julio Arco

Bachelor of Architecture - ITESM University
Master of Architecture - McGill University
Architecture in Urban Context Certificate - LDM University
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