How to Grow String of Turtles Indoors “Peperomia Prostrata“
The string of turtles, also known as peperomia prostrata, is a small succulent houseplant that is easy to grow and propagate. It is native to South America and grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 through 12. A string of turtles has trailing stems with small, round, dark green leaves. When grown indoors, it can be used as a hanging plant or placed in a pot on a windowsill.
Select-String of Turtles Soil
String of turtles soil is very easy to make. I use two parts peat moss, two parts perlite (or horticultural vermiculite), one part coarse builder’s sand and one or two handfuls of bonemeal fertilizer.
Mix the peat moss with the builder’s sand first; then add the vermiculite and bonemeal. Mix it all up until you can feel that the potting mixture is uniform in texture and moist but not soggy. Fill a clean, empty 12-inch plastic pot about halfway with the soil mixture; then dampen it with just enough water to make it moist and pack it down firmly.
Place one or two small “Peperomia Prostrata” plants in the pot, spreading the roots out as you do so. Fill in around the plants with more of the soil mixture, packing it down firmly. Water thoroughly and keep the soil moist but not soggy.
That’s all there is to it! With a little bit of care, your string of turtles plants will thrive and provide you with years of beautiful green foliage.
Watering String of Turtles
It’s important to water string of turtles in moderation. The soil should be kept moist but not soggy, which means you need to check it every day. I make this task easier by setting my potted plants in a dish filled with pebbles and water. As the soil dries out, the level in the dish goes down. Be sure to empty the dish every day or two so it doesn’t overflow.
String of turtles plants can also dry out quickly, which is why it’s a good idea to place them in a humid environment, such as your kitchen near the stove, bathroom or laundry room. However, be careful not to let peperomia prostrata sit in water or it will rot.
Fertilizing String of Turtles
I fertilize my string of turtles plants every month with a water-soluble fertilizer at half the recommended strength. You can also use a liquid fertilizer that contains iron, which helps to keep the leaves dark green. String of turtles plants prefer an evenly moist environment but do not like to sit in water or they will rot. If you’re growing this plant indoors, mist it with water every day.
Fertilize monthly with a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer (such as NPK 10-10-10) at half the recommended strength. You can also use a liquid fertilizer that contains iron, which helps to keep the leaves of your string of turtles plants dark green. A string of turtles plants prefer an evenly moist environment but do not like to sit in water or they will rot. If you’re growing this plant indoors, mist it with water every day.
Light for String of Turtles
“Peperomia Prostrata” plants prefer bright light but can tolerate low-light conditions; however, if your string of turtles plants starts to stretch toward the light, move them away from the window. The thin leaves of this succulent will quickly become sunburned and turn brown-not a good look for such an attractive plant.
The Most String of Turtle Plant Varieties
You can find string of turtle plants with green, scalloped or variegated leaves at your local garden centre; however, there are other varieties that are very attractive. One of my favourites is String of Turtles II, which has green leaves that are edged in creamy white; String of Turtles Golden (Peperomia prostrata ‘Variegata’), which also has creamy-white edges; and String of Turtles Marble Queen (Peperomia obtusifolia ‘Aureo-marginata’), which has leaves with a bright yellow margin.
A “Peperomia Prostrata” plants caring Tips
There are a few things you can do to ensure your Turtles plants stay healthy and thriving. Here are some tips:
- Make sure the potting soil is well-draining. Poor drainage can lead to root rot.
- Water regularly, but be careful not to overwater. Turtles plants do best when they’re watered evenly and regularly, but they don’t like their roots to sit in water.
- Provide plenty of sunlight. Turtles plants need at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.
- Fertilize regularly. A balanced fertilizer can help your plants grow healthy and strong.
Following these tips will help ensure that your Turtles plants look great and stay healthy for years to come!
- Easy to grow
- Proper name: Peperomia prostrata
- Hardy in zones 9-11 or indoors
- Easy to grow indoors or out
- Terrarium, Fairy Garden or House Plant
- Peperomia Prostrata has small light green leaves with dark green patterns on them
- As it grows, the plant will trail, making it an excellent hanging plant
- Beautiful addition to any home