Care of a Baby's Tears Plant

Overview

The baby's tears plant, so-named for its tiny, rounded leaves, may look delicate, but it's actually a sturdy, fast-growing plant that will thrive with a minimum level of care. Baby's tears (Soleirolia soleirolii) may even surprise you with tiny flowers if conditions are just right, according to the online resource Guide to Houseplants. Plant baby's tears in its own container, as it tends to be a bit aggressive and can easily crowd out other plants.

Step 1

Plant baby's tears in a container filled with a peat-based commercial potting soil. Use a container with drainage holes in the bottom.

Step 2

Water baby's tears regularly, and keep the soil evenly moist. Baby's tears needs moisture in order to survive.

Step 3

Improve humidity around the baby's tears by placing the plant on a tray of wet gravel or pebbles. Keep a low level of water in the tray and don't allow the water to touch the bottom of the container.

Step 4

Fertilize the baby's tears plant every other week during spring and summer. Use a regular liquid fertilizer for indoor plants, but dilute the fertilizer to half strength.

Step 5

Prune the baby's tears plant as needed to maintain the desired size and a pleasant, rounded shape.

Things You'll Need

  • Container with drainage hole
  • Peat-based commercial potting soil
  • Regular fertilizer for indoor plants

References

  • Guide to Houseplants: Baby's Tears
  • University of Georgia: Growing Indoor Plants with Success
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About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.