Baby’s Tears with its round tiny apple-green leaves cascading down to the slender, threadlike stems makes an appealing addition to any garden or pot.
Also famed as Soleirolia Soleiroli, Mind-Your-Own-Business and Irish Moss, this fast-growing evergreen plants spills beautifully over the sides of a pot or container.
Originated from the western Mediterranean islands, this ground-hugging plant makes a perfect mound of foliage, and with enough light, it can even bless you with tiny white flowers.
However, this mosslike, creeping plant can dry out quickly without enough care and attention. Whether you want it to grow it as an indoor plant in a terrarium or container, or under benches in a greenhouse, a lot of care is required to keep it alive.
Here are some helpful tips to plant, grow and care for the plant to make it last for years.
Plant it in a well-aerated, quick draining soil
The well-aerated, quick-draining potting soil with a good amount of peat moss is ideal for planting these delicate-looking foliage plants.
Use moist soil
Although the tiny strands of baby tears look delicate, it roots readily in moist soil. Lure out individual stems with some of their roots attached.
Dig a hole that is 2 times larger than the root ball in the soil and deep enough to keep the plant at the same level as the soil level in the container. Then set the plant in the hole and dribble a little soil over it.
Once you plant the baby’s tear, gently press the soil down and pour enough water to prevent the drying of the plant.
Provide medium to high humidity
Medium to high humidity is ideal for growing the moisture loving plant. If you want to boost the moisture in the air, keep it in a more humid room like a kitchen or bathroom.
Or you can just place it on a saucer of pebbles and water with the pot resting atop the pebbles. You can even group it with other houseplants or keep a small humidifier near it increase the moisture content.
Keep it in Normal room temperature
Place the plant in normal household temperatures or a little cooler to promote its growth. Normally 60°-75° is good for the plant. Even a light frost can dry the plant, but it soon rejuvenates upon the return of spring.
Fertilize in every 2 week
It is better to fertilize the Baby’s Tears plant in the spring and summer when it is growing. A houseplant fertilizer diluted to half of the recommended strength is ideal for growing the plant.
Let it have bright indirect light but no direct sun
Shade or part shade is best for the bay’s tear plant. While growing indoor, keep it in a bright window but make sure it does not receive direct sun.
The golden and variegated baby’s tears are more susceptible to browning and burning from the direct sun exposure. This creeping fig prefers a bright, indirect light so shade this plant from hot afternoon sun while planting it outdoor.
Provide ample horizontal room
As the plant tends to grow aggressively with its creeping stems if not outright invasive, make sure to offer ample horizontal space for the plant to grow.
Prune it occasionally
Snip off the faded blooms carefully or remove entire flower stalk once the blooming period is over. Removing old flower helps the plant utilize its energy on vigorous growth instead of seed production.
Trim the foliage through the season to eradicate damaged or discolored leaves, or to maintain its shape and fullness.
Don’t overdo the watering
The soil should be kept moist but make sure it is never soggy as if the soil stays too wet, it can rot the stems.
Daily watering for a couple of weeks is recommended for the new plants, but after that, it should be shifted to every two or three days depending on the weather and soil type.
Protection from pests
As these delicate looking plants are susceptible to whitefly, scale, and Aphids, so give attention and take proper care to prevent the damage.
There you go!
Just give a decent amount of light, high humidity, abundant water and occasional trimming and watch these stunning plants living happily for a long time.