How to Care for a Baby’s Tears Plant

Last Updated: October 16, 2023

Baby's Tears Plant

Baby's Tears Plant

Also often grown outdoors, Baby’s Tears plants are great indoor potted plants for houseplant beginners as they are pretty easy to care for, are fast growers and couldn’t be simpler to propagate.

Native to western areas of the Mediterranean region, Baby’s Tears plants are small bushy plants with tiny round leaves. They are known by a large variety of common names including Mind-Your-Own-Business, Corsican Creeper, Baby Tears Plant, Angel’s Tears and Corsican Carpet and are rarely referred to by their Latin name of Soleirolia soleirolii.

In this article, we will go through everything you need to know to successfully grow and care for a Baby’s Tears plant, from basic environmental requirements to propagation methods and how to revive your plant if it’s dying.

How to Care for a Baby’s Tears Plant

There are a few main things to consider to best care for your Baby’s Tears. They can adapt to a wider range of environments compared to some fussy plant types but you’ll see the healthiest and fastest growth when things are just how they like it.

When it comes to sunlight, avoid intense direct sun rays during summer as this can very quickly dry out, scorch and burn the delicate leaves on your Baby’s Tears plant. Instead, find somewhere with bright but indirect sunlight.

A little but often watering technique is best when caring for a Baby’s Tears plant as they really don’t like their soil to become fully dried out for long periods of time. They have delicate roots, stems and leaves which doesn’t leave much space for water storage and makes them very susceptible to drying out quickly.

Below you’ll find a brief overview as well as more detailed instructions on how to care for a Baby’s Tears plant, prevent it from dying and keep it happy, healthy and thriving!

Baby’s Tears Plant Overview

Origin: Western Mediterranean

Latin Name: Soleirolia soleirolii

Common Name(s): Mind-Your-Own-Business, Corsican Creeper, Baby Tears Plant, Angel’s Tears, Corsican Carpet.

Plant Family: Nettle family

Difficulty Level: Easy

Height and Size: 4 inches tall (10 centimeters), 36 inches wide (90 centimeters)

Growth Rate: Fast

Flowering: Produce small white flowers in spring and summer.

Pruning: Only to remove dying/dead leaves or to shape your plant.

Cleaning: Use a feather duster to remove dust.

Light Requirements: Bright but indirect light.

Water Requirements: Moderate to frequent watering.

Best Soil: A standard potting mix but with additional humus or compost.

Ideal temperature: 60-80F (15-27C)

Fertilizing Routine: Apply a well-balanced fertilizer at half strength once a month during spring and summer.

Ideal Humidity Level: Over 60% humidity.

Propagation: Stem cuttings

Repotting Frequency: Once a year, in spring.

Toxicity: Non-toxic and safe for pets and humans.

Risk of Pests: Rare but risk of aphids, whiteflies and scale insects.

Common Problems: Leggy, yellow or brown foliage.

Baby’s Tears Plant Family

Part of the Nettle family, Baby’s Tears plants is a flowering plant that’s fast-growing and spreads quickly when not grown in a pot.

Baby’s Tears Plant Appearance

Compact and bushy, the Baby’s Tears plant is known for its small and delicate round leaves. If grown in a pot, it will eventually hang over it and cascade downwards to become a trailing plant. If grown on a large bed outside, they will spread evenly and quickly.

Care Difficulty Level

Although they do need tending to fairly often, the Baby’s Tears plant can still make a good plant for beginners. They grow relatively quickly and can adapt to a range of environments and homes.

Baby’s Tears Plant Height and Size

When mature, a Baby’s Tears plant can reach a height of 4 inches (10 centimeters) and a width of around 36 inches (90 centimeters). They will start to cascade down your pot if it outgrows the width.

Growth Rate of a Baby’s Tears Plant

Baby’s Tears plants are fast-growing houseplants and will grow rapidly. They will quickly become root bound and need repotting to continue healthy growth. Prune back regularly if you want to control growth.

Flowers on a Baby’s Tears Plant

As your plant matures, it can begin to grow tiny white flowers during spring and summer. However, they aren’t anything special and are quite insignificant in appearance and smell. They will wilt and die quickly.

We actually often prune these off our plant so it can focus its energy on growing new healthy leaves.

Pruning your Baby’s Tears Plant

If you spot any issues on your plant such as brown or yellow leaves, then prune these from your plant so that no energy is wasted trying to revive them. Once the foliage has discoloured, there is no way for it to return to the luscious green colour, unfortunately.

Other than pruning dead or dying leaves from your Baby’s Tears plant, you may also choose to prune your plant during spring and summer to maintain the shape and size that you want. They are fast-growing plants so may need to be pruned more regularly than your other plants.

Cleaning your Baby’s Tears Plant

Cleaning and general maintenance can be a little trickier with these plants as they have such thin, small, delicate and highly breakable leaves and stems. The best way to clean them is to use a feather duster that is soft and light and brush it over your plant.

If the leaves are dirty or the dust doesn’t go away with a feather duster, then we recommend submerging your plant in water to clean it. Don’t use running water over your plant as the water pressure can break and damage the leaves and stems but submerging it removes this danger and is a great way to keep the leaves looking and feeling fresh.

Baby's Tears (Soleirolia soleirolii)

Baby's Tears (Soleirolia soleirolii)

Light Requirements for a Baby’s Tears Plant

Bright indirect light is best for your plant and they don’t do so well with bright direct light as this can damage their delicate leaves. Not only can the intense direct sunlight dry out the leaves quickly, but it can also scorch and burn your plant, causing the leaves to turn yellow. You can get away with some direct sunlight during winter though as the sun is a lot weaker but just make sure to relocate your plant in spring.

While Baby’s Tears plants can grow and survive in low light areas it’s important to note that growth will be slower and smaller. It can happen that your plant becomes leggy when growing in low-light areas which is why you’ll often see this happen in winter.

One great thing about this plant though is that they technically can survive under just artificial lighting so can be a great option for offices.

Water Requirements for a Baby’s Tears Plant

Baby’s Tears plants don’t like their potting mix to dry out so need regular watering to keep the soil moist. Cut back on watering slightly over winter but less than you would other houseplants as they don’t become fully dormant over winter and can still suffer from dried out foliage if their potting mix is dry for too long.

Best Soil for a Baby’s Tears Plant

A standard houseplant potting mix will work well for your Baby’s Tears Plant but any added humus or compost will aid growth. If growing outdoors, added manure will really help your plant.

The ideal temperature for your Baby’s Tears Plant

Baby’s Tears plants thrive in the average temperatures of your home so try to avoid extremes caused by radiators, AC vents or drafty windows. The best thing to do is invest in a digital thermometer if you don’t already have one as this will help you to spot any fluctuations early before they cause any damage to your plant.

Baby’s Tears Plant Fertilizer Requirements

Apply a well-balanced fertilizer at half the recommended strength once a month during spring and summer. It’s best to use a water-soluble fertilizer so that you can monitor and control the strength and regularity of feeding to avoid over-fertilization and yellow leaves.

Do not fertilize during fall and winter as these are the more dormant periods where you will see a lot less growth and feeding during this time can damage your plant’s health.

Ideal Humidity Level for your Baby’s Tears Plant

Another really important thing to take into account when caring for a Baby’s Tears plant is humidity. They like a high level of humidity in the air so mist regularly and invest in a humidifier to keep them happy. Ideally, you want to grow your Baby’s Tears Plant in a humidity of over 50%.

If you have a well-lit bathroom, this can be a great place for your Baby’s Tears Plant as the natural steam from showering means this is often one of the most humid rooms of your home.

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Soleirolia soleirolii plant

Propagating your Baby’s Tears Plant

Baby’s Tears plants actually form roots wherever stems touch soil which is why they grow so quickly. So all you need to do to propagate them is take cuttings and place them in soil. It really is that easy!

Mist and lightly water the cuttings and after a few weeks you should start to see a root system developing under the soil and new leaves may even be growing!

Repotting your Baby’s Tears Plant

As these plants are very fast-growing, they will need repotting once a year to avoid them becoming rootbound. They have quite small thin roots though so you shouldn’t need to repot any more than this.

Look out for signs that your plant is rootbound which include roots growing out of the drainage holes at the bottom, growing out of the top of the pot or your plant not producing any new growth in spring and summer. There are a few other causes of stagnant growth, however, so do check over your plant and its environment before assuming that it’s rootbound.

If you want to limit the growth of these fast-growing plants, you can stop repotting your plant and allow it to become rootbound. The level of new growth will slow and it won’t outgrow the space very fast.

Baby’s Tears Plant Toxicity to Humans and Pets

Luckily Baby’s Tears plants are completely non-toxic and pet friendly so you don’t need to worry about having them around your beloved furry friends or young children.

Treating and Preventing Pests

If your plant is growing outdoors for even some of the year, then there is an increased risk of pests. But even if it’s only growing indoors, it can happen that your Baby’s Tears Plant starts to suffer from aphids, whiteflies and scale insects.

Check over your plant regularly to help you spot any potential infestations early as this gives you the best chance of a successful treatment.

If you do spot pests, isolate your plant and thoroughly check over all other houseplants in the same room. The next step is to start a rigorous treatment of both neem oil and an insecticide to fight the infestation.

Baby’s Tears Plant Common Problems

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