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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Pilea depressa - Baby tears

This is Pilea depressa (baby tears) which has the same common name as baby tears for another species (Soleirolia Soleirolii) 

I know.. I know.. I almost felt like head banging on the wall feeling with why there is not enough confusing on just get the name right? 
Yeah... tell me about it.

Well frustration on ID aside, this plant can be prove challenging as it may not seemed as easy as it looked. I had killed it few time and managed to regenerate it back with the few strands all over again.
And again over the years.

This is no easy plants - you may considered it that it can even move a grown man into tears..
Pun aside (baby tears) jokes aside.

It does well as cascading basket plant, often suggested to use for terrarium plants too. Also I had tried growing it as ground cover and it appear to do well in that condition too.

This one requires bright indirect light area - a right balance of not too hot nor too shaded.


Do care to keep the plant in a small pot in a condense way as they love to grow in a tight closed condition.

This require a fast draining medium - something like a good mixture of perlite, sand & cocopeat.

It should not be a strong drainage mix where it doesn't hold any moisture at all but it should not be holding water too where the roots and stem can rot too. The balance of both is ideal.

The roots do not grow too deep a flat pot is more ideal and practical than a deep pot.

Also it would be great to push the stem deep for propagation and place a support for it as the bottom cascading plant vine can get bottom heavy and may uproot the whole structure eventually causing the whole thing to slowly dry away. (by then, it is too late to safe anything as they are withered away)

I water daily and twice during the hot dry days.

These can go without water for few days to a week and perhaps you have to take note on how the foliage appearance - if it appears withered or drying than watering is mandatory.

The downside of watering will cost the leaves to turn yellow and start rotting - therefore - the right balance is necessary.

Do place it a position where it can cascade and trail downward.

As there is a free space for it to tangle downward or else the whole vine may get messed with other plants and it can be messy.

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