Baby's-Tears aka Irish Moss
Baby's-tears is a creeping herp that is native to the Caribbean. The stems are slender with rooting at nodes. It sports a mass of tiny circular leaves (1/4" across) on a thin trailing stem giving a matted, finely textured look.
- This plant is difficult to grow under average home conditions. It prefers humid conditions and requires a knowledgeable and experienced gardener.
- This plant complements many areas of your home or office.
- This is a very popular groundcover in conservatories.
- Frequently used as groundcover in terrariums.
- Add Baby's Tears to an indoor fountain or garden, as a ground cover.
- The plant grows well in shallow containers and can be transferred outdoors where it will spread well between rocks and in crevices. Read on to learn more.
Selecting The Right Plant:
- Choose a sturdy, shapely, healthy plant free from insect and disease damage. New leaf growth is desirable.
- Avoid those with yellow or brown leaf margins, wilted or water soaked leaves.
- Use either a small planter (terrarium, hanging basket) or large planter (groundcover).
- Medium light-requirement. Choose east or west window
- Water frequently and thoroughlyl Keep soil evenly moist to touch (not saturated). Don't let sit in water.
- Ideal temperature would be 61 - 70 (degrees F) days, 56 - 65 nights.
- Fertilize every 2 weeks, but don't overfertilize.
Tips & Warnings
- The Baby's Tears can be pruned to any shape you like.
- Root rot: Provide adequate drainage. Do not allow plant to sit in water.
- If the plant starts to die, trim browning foliage and it is likely to regenerate.
- Don't put your plant in direct sunlight.
- Avoid fertilizer burn: Leach pot with water 3 times between fertilizer applications.
- Don't put your Baby's Tears plant in a drafty area. The cold air could kill it.
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