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Baby's Tears

Soleirolia soleirolii

Baby's Tears Plant Features

Baby's tears is a charming houseplant that forms a dense mat of lush, rich green leaves and creeping stems that grow horizontally over flat surfaces or trail like a full head of hair from hanging baskets. Popular for generations, baby's tears is easy to grow. Its thickly growing leaves makes baby's tears an excellent houseplant for just about every decorating style. 

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Baby's Tears Growing Instructions

Grow baby's tears in medium light for best results. It can take brighter light indoors, especially in Northern climates, but needs more frequent watering with additional light. Baby's tears appreciates somewhat moist -- but not soggy -- potting mix, so water enough to keep the plant from drying out. If it does dry out too much, the plant may wilt dramatically, but usually recovers quickly once you water it again, so don't be too alarmed. 

Baby's tears appreciates abundant relative humidity (but doesn't require it). If you'd like to boost the moisture in the air for your baby's tears, consider keeping your plant in a more humid room, such as a kitchen or bathroom; placing your baby's tears on a saucer of pebbles and water (with the bottom of the pot resting atop the pebbles, above the water); grouping your baby's tears with other houseplants (as all plants add moisture to the air through their breathing process); or putting a small humidifier near your plant.

Note: Baby's tears is not intended for human or animal consumption.

Special Care

Although it's a superb houseplant, baby's tears is sometimes grown as an annual in mixed containers. Outdoors, it appreciates a shady spot and regular watering. Avoid direct sun; too much light outside will burn the leaves. 

  • Light

    Indoors: Medium light

  • Colors


  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Special Features

    Purifies the air

Complement your Baby's Tears with these varieties:
Baby's tears is a wonderful living mulch under taller banana.

Fern, Houseplant
Make ferns look even more lush by underplanting them with soft-looking baby's tears.

Peperomia is a perfect terrarium plant; baby's tears is, too!