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Peperomia Prostrata - ‘String of Turtles’ Hanging Basket

$39.99
4.5" Hanging Basket

 

Introducing the mesmerizing String of Turtles, a delightful trailing succulent that will steal your heart with its unique charm. This captivating plant boasts dainty, heart-shaped leaves adorned with intricate, turtle-shell patterns. These beautiful leaves cascade gracefully, creating a living green waterfall that adds a touch of whimsy and elegance to any space. The String of Turtles is not only a visual delight but also a low-maintenance beauty, making it an ideal choice for both beginners and seasoned plant enthusiasts. Whether placed on a shelf, in a hanging planter, or as part of a decorative arrangement, this plant brings a natural, enchanting touch to your home. 

Ed's Plant Profile

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

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Light: Prefers medium to bright indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, while too little light can result in leggy growth and faded colors. Ideal placement is near an east or north-facing window.
  • Water: Allow the top 1-2 inches of soil to dry out between waterings. Over-watering can lead to root rot, while underwatering can cause the leaves to shrivel. Water less frequently during the winter months when the plant's growth slows down.
  • Humidity: Average household humidity levels are sufficient, but the plant can benefit from increased humidity during dry winter months. Consider using a humidifier or placing the plant on a humidity tray.
  • Temperature: Thrives in temperatures between 65-85°F (18-29°C). Protect the plant from drafts and sudden temperature changes, which can stress it and cause leaf drop.
  • Pruning: Prune occasionally to remove any dead or brown leaves and to maintain the desired shape and size. Regular pruning can also encourage bushier growth.
  • Feeding: Feed monthly during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength. Over-fertilization can cause nutrient burn and damage the plant.
  • Propagation: Easily propagated through stem or leaf cuttings. Take a cutting with a few leaves attached, allow it to callous over for a day or two, then place it in a pot with well-draining soil or water until roots develop.
  • Growth: Trailing, vining growth habit. Can reach a length of 12-24 inches when mature, making it ideal for hanging baskets or as a trailing plant on shelves.
  • Common Pests: Watch for common houseplant pests such as mealybugs, spider mites, and aphids. Inspect the plant regularly and treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
  • Toxicity: Non-toxic to humans and pets, making it a safe choice for households with children and animals.