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Baby Tears (Soleirolia Soleirolii)

Baby Tears (Soleirolia Soleirolii)

A charming little plant with delicate, small leaves that give a lush, soft appearance. This mat-forming plant is a versatile selection for your terrarium, adding an appealing layer of texture and color.

Baby Tears Care Card

Light requirementsBright, indirect light
Watering frequencyKeep soil consistently moist
Humidity levelHigh, 70% or more
Temperature range55-75°F (13-24°C)
Soil typeMoist, well-draining, rich in organic matter
multiple baby tears plants in separate containers

With its low-growing, mat-forming habit, Baby Tears is an excellent choice for the foreground of a terrarium. Its fine, dense foliage creates a beautiful carpeting effect, making it a great choice for tropical or woodland terrariums that offer high humidity and moist conditions.

Detailed Care Instructions

Light: Baby Tears prefers bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, while insufficient light can cause the plant to become leggy.

Water: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. The plant is not drought-tolerant and requires regular watering to thrive.

Soil and Fertilizer: Plant your Baby Tears in well-draining soil that retains moisture and is rich in organic matter. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer monthly during the growing season (spring and summer).

Pruning and Repotting: Trim back any leggy or overgrown areas to maintain a compact, lush appearance. As this plant grows quickly, it may need repotting annually or when it outgrows its space.

Troubleshooting Common Problems

Yellow leaves can indicate overwatering, while brown, crispy leaves might suggest low humidity or underwatering. Baby Tears can be susceptible to common pests such as aphids and spider mites.


Baby Tears is easily propagated through stem cuttings or by division. Simply take a cutting, ensuring there’s a node present, and place it in moist soil or water to root.


Why is my Baby Tears plant wilting?

This could be due to under watering or low humidity. Ensure the plant is getting enough water and increase the humidity if necessary.

Can Baby Tears grow in low-light conditions?

Baby Tears can tolerate low-light conditions but will not thrive as well as it does in bright, indirect light. In low light, it may become leggy as it stretches towards the light source.

Are Baby Tears safe for pets?

Yes, Baby Tears are considered non-toxic to both cats and dogs.