Peperomia Prostrata - ‘String of Turtles’

What To Expect

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While it’s common name may lead you to believe this plant is closely related to a String of Pearls or Hearts, you’d have more luck looking towards our Peperomia collection. The Peperomia Prostrata or ’String of Turtles’ is a rare variety of Peperomia with a trailing/vining growth habit and thick, round leaves resembling a turtle’s shell. Despite it’s succulent appearance this plant benefits from evenly moist soil that doesn’t dry out fully between watering and bright, indirect light up to full sun. This plant is extremely easy to propagate making it easy to encourage full growth or a great gift for friends- simply cut a few inches of vine (with a node or two) place on top of soil, keep moist and wait! You’ll have a whole lot of baby turtles in no time, and they might even produce those famous Peperomia ‘rat tail’ flowers!

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Peperomia Prostrata 
  • Pronunciation: pep-er-ROH-mee-uh
  • Common Name(s): String of Turtles
  • Family: Piperaceae
  • Native Range: Brazil

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Light: Medium to bright indirect light
  • Water: Allow to dry between watering. Avoid over-watering
  • Humidity: Average household humidity. May benefit from humidifier during dry winter months.
  • Temperature: 65-85F
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves.
  • Feeding: Fertilize using a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer monthly during spring and summer
  • Propagation: Stem/leaf cuttings
  • Growth: trailing, vining 
  • Common Pests: Look out for mealybugs
  • Toxicity: Non-Toxic