Peperomia prostrata is a small trailing plant from the Piperaceae family with round succulent leaves which resemble turtle shells. This plant is native to rainforests in Brazil. They form a thick mat of growth and will cascade over the sides of a pot.
Foliage: Approximately 25cm in length
How do you take care of a Turtle String?
Take care of a Turtle String by keeping it in temperatures between 18°C and 24°C. Keep it in bright, indirect light or use indoor grow lights. Peperomia prostrata thrives in moderate humidity, between 40-50%, place the pot on a tray of wet pebbles to create more humidity. Fertilise the plant once a month during spring and summer, using a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.
Is Peperomia prostrata a succulent?
Peperomia prostrata is considered to be a semi-succulent plant, as its leaves are thick and fleshy. The plant is not a true succulent as it does not grow well in arid conditions.
How often should I water my Turtle Strings?
Allow Turtle Strings’ soil to dry out slightly between watering's and water sparingly in winter. Never leave your plant sitting directly in water for long periods of time. Water from the base and don't over-water, they hate soggy soil.
Why do Turtle Strings turn yellow?
Turtle Strings turning yellow can be a sign that they have been overwatered. You should allow the top of the soil to dry out between waterings to ensure that the plant is not overwatered by accident. If the plant is given the correct growing conditions then it should return to its normal colouring after some time.
How do you treat Peperomia prostrata?
Give Peperomia some special treatment to allow it to thrive. Re-pot in spring, only when the plant has outgrown its pot. Re-pot to a slightly larger pot - anything too big would hold too much water and could cause root rot. Use a container with a drainage hole. Peperomia need well-draining soil.
How do you root a Turtle String?
Root a Turtle String cutting by taking a stem cutting and laying on top of some well-draining soil - the nodes will grow roots and eventually new vines will form. Keep the cutting warm and moist to encourage healthy growth.
Does String of Turtles flower?
String of Turtles produces small, trumpet-shaped white flowers during the early summer, once the plant has reached maturity. The number of these flowers largely relies on the quality of the dormancy period served in the previous winter.
Its dormancy period can be replicated by reducing the temperature of its room to 15°C starting from late autumn until early spring. During this time you should reduce waterings. Allow all of its soil to thoroughly dry out for two weeks in between waterings, and use tepid water when irrigating to protect the roots. Place the plant in direct light for a few hours during the early morning or late evening.
This plant is non-toxic.