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Peperomia Prostrata (String of Turtles): How To Grow and Care

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The Peperomia Prostrata is a plant belonging to the Piperaceae family. They are small perennials succulents and are native to South and Central America, although some species are found in the African continent as well.

Peperomias are among the easiest plants to grow, as they require very minimal maintenance on your behalf.

Also known as String of Turtles, these plants are beautiful ornamental leaves, so you can easily decorate your home with these plants. Continue reading if you would like to know more about the Peperomia Prostrata plant.

Peperomia Prostrata Description

Peperomia Prostrata likes humid climates. They are a succulent plant, which means they are very small. They have white veins all over their leaves, and they can usually grow up to four inches in length. 


How To Care For Peperomia Prostrata

Here are some of the best tips for you to take care of your Peperomia Prostrata plants. 

Light

Even though Peperomia likes humid climates, they still need to have a bright light nearby for them to grow. 

They could be easily grown indoors like many indoor plants. However, you will need to place them next to a window or another source of light. 

Foliage

This plant’s leaves have a tiny dark green and blue tint to it. They also have similar patterned lines, which are called veins. They could either be white, maroon, dark blue, and purple. Usually, these veins will turn silvery-white as they become older.

Once you water your Peperomia Prostrata plant, you will see the leaves look swollen; this means they are correctly absorbing water. 

However, even though the Peperomia Prostrata plant does flower, it only produces a tiny cream flower on the plant’s long spikes. They will only last for a couple of days. They have no scent, and they are simply ornamental plants.

Do not worry if your plants start losing their bottom leaves; it is perfectly normal for them to do so as a way of regenerating new ones. But, if you start seeing that the Peperomia Prostrata leaves fall in large numbers, you should check your soil and the temperature where they are, as they may be affected by the conditions of either one of them. 

Water

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Even though the Peperomia Prostrata likes moist soil, you should be careful not to overwater them. In fact, you should touch the soil first before watering, and if the soil is completely dry, then you should water them then. 

Make sure you do not overwater your plants, as they will become wilted or you will see some scab-like protuberances in their leaves. And they are not very pleasant to look at, so make sure your water supply remains steady and balanced! 

Soil Type

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Peperomia Prostrata prefers a loose, fertile, and well-drained soil in order to thrive. You will not need to repot your plant to a larger container once you see it grow because even if they reach their optimum length and height, they are still tiny plants. 

On the other hand, you could repot it when spring starts so you could change the topsoil, especially if you see that it is not growing correctly. 

Pests

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The Peperomia Prostrata can suffer from bugs who will leave a white mark at the bottom of the leaves. You will think they are dirty, but this is all because of the mealy bugs. 

Besides, they could also suffer from discolored foliage, especially when you are overwatering them. 

If your plant is looking dull and lifeless, then maybe you will need to place it where it receives strong sunlight throughout the day. Do this for a week or so, and check again on how the plant is doing. 

Propagation

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The String of Turtles plant can be easily propagated if you wished to do so. You only need to have cut about 3 inches of your plant’s stems. Make sure you have the leaves attached to it still. 

Then, fill the container with moist and well-drained soil and place your small cuttings into it. Please put it in a place where it receives steady sunlight throughout the day, and water it. That’s it! This way, you will be able to propagate as many Peperomia Prostrata as you want. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the answers to your questions about Peperomia Prostrata!  

Can you start a peperomia from a clipping or a stem, or is it started by seed?

Ideally, it would help if you started your peperomia from a clipping or a stem. This is not to say you cannot start it by seed, but it will take a long time to grow and thrive. If you start your plant by seed, you will need to take care of them even more, as they will need your help to grow. 

How do I tell when my Peperomia needs to be repotted?

Place your hands in the soil and see how it feels. Is it dry? Is it compacted? If your soil is compacted, then you can repot it, but first, you will need to work on your soil. Add some compost or maybe purchase a mixture of fertilized soil to help you out. 

You can also shake out the roots of your plant, but you will need to do this very gently. Then, repot them and place them in the slightly moist soil you were able to produce. 

Lastly, when you repot your peperomia prostrata, make sure you put the plant in the same way as you took it out of the pot in the first place. This will help your plant to readjust without feeling too stressed out by growing in a completely different position from before. 

Can I split a peperomia plant?

You could do so, but you will need to be very careful when doing it. It is better to take a cut from the stem to propagate your plant. 

Is The String of Turtles Plant Invasive?

Some people may think the String of Turtles plant is invasive. In fact, in some parts of Brazil and Argentina, this plant is considered an invasive weed, as it is known to propagate quickly. 

The peperomia prostrata does not compete against other plants, yet it could invade other areas as it grows. 


Conclusion

This succulent plant is delicate-looking. They will thrive both indoors and outdoors, and they look great in a hanging basket or outdoor container.

They are straightforward to take care of, making them the right choice of plant for beginning gardeners. Their plump and perfectly round leaves will sure catch everybody’s attention, especially as they start growing and spreading! 

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