Sunday, April 14, 2013

Baby Tears - 'Mini' Plants for Miniature Gardens

Baby Tears - Helixine soleirolii
First in a series,

Common name:  Baby Tears

Botanical name:  Helxine soleirolii

  Why would you want it?

      Baby tears is an heirloom plant.  It is an old time houseplant that my Mother grew on the windowsill.  If yours died out you could get a start from your neighbor.

  What is its best feature?

      It is a fast growing green foliage plant with cute tiny leaves—giving the name—Baby tears.

How would you grow it?

      Grow in a small pot as a houseplant somewhere that you see it regularly so that you can avoid extreme drought which kills it.  However, if any green survives, it will grow back quickly.  Having the pot sit in water is equally deadly.

What would you do with it in a Miniature Garden?

      Baby tears can be used as groundcover in your Miniature Garden.  It is dense and green so it could represent a grassy area.

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