We are always on the lookout to find something a little bit different that will excite you and bring you joy, and I'm delighted to say that this month I think we've found just the plant! We're very excited to present to you the Pilea Depressa, or Baby's Tears.
The Pilea genus is distributed throughout the tropics, subtropics and temperate regions. Pilea Depressa is native to the Caribbean.
Light and position in the home
Baby's Tears plant will be happy in a range of light conditions. A bright or shaded spot away from direct sun is ideal, but it can tolerate some direct sun.
Flowers and foliage
Your Baby's Tears is a creeping and climbing plant which may produce tiny, white flowers (not significant enough to merit much attention). The small, green, thick succulent like leaves can be admired year-round, extending and eventually cascading down planters.
Watering and humidity
You can allow your Pilea Depressa to dry out quite a bit before watering. Wait until about 75% of the pot is dry, and avoid very cold water. This plant enjoys average to high humidity, so don't let it dry out completely.
Coming from the Caribbean, this plant likes it hot. Do not expose it to temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius. Most UK room temperatures should be fine, even during the high height of summer. Avoid sudden temperature changes.
Did you know?
Due to the Pilea Depressa's ability to grow happily in a range of conditions, its tolerance for higher humidity and robust nature of the creeping mats it forms, it is frequently used in animal vivariums to accompany dart frogs! #randomfactoftheday
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