- Peperomia prostrata - String of Turtles
Peperomia prostrata - String of Turtles
Caring for your new leafy green friends
Please don’t put me on or close to a radiator, the heat will dry me out.
Take me out of any ceramic pots when watering to stop my roots rotting.
I need light to survive. Please give me light!
I don’t like draughts! Keep me away from any cold spots in the house.
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.
Delivery & Returns
Please be aware that your plant may vary from the picture as this is a living item. Variations of shape and colour are perfectly natural and to be expected. We will send you a plant as close to the picture and description as possible. The picture shown is an example of what's in stock unless stated otherwise.
Our plants are sent with a detailed care guide to help you look after them. You must provide the adequate conditions to keep them alive.
Shipping & Delivery
We can only ship within the UK. Orders from abroad cannot be fulfilled and will be cancelled & refunded.
We pack and ship all orders on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to prevent plants waiting in transit over the weekend.
We do send all our plants via next day delivery, however couriers can sometimes take longer.
We guarantee our plants 14 day from receipt. We guarantee to send happy and healthy plants, however, it is your responsibility to care for them and we cannot be held responsible for neglect or mis care. Please send us a picture within 24 hours of receiving your plant and we'll help you out with your issue.
If returning your order, please keep all original packaging and use this to send the plant back to us. This will ensure the plant is kept as safe as possible on its return.
To allow the plant to acclimatise in its new home, there should be no repotting of the plant for a minimum of 14 days after receipt. If any plant has been repotted or a cutting has been taken then we are not able to accept returns.
We are happy to replace your plant if it is very badly damaged in transport. The loss of a leaf in transport on a healthy plant should not generally be cause for any concern. We cannot give a refund for snapped leaves.