If you’re looking for a wonderful green ground cover that does well in the shade, then Baby’s Tears is your answer.  Native to the Mediterranean region, Baby’s Tears (Soleirolia soleirolii) have small green leaves and are also a classic addition to your indoor space, they are easy to maintain and propagate by dividing. They suit most climatic conditions, but cannot withstand frost.  

How to grow baby's tears in a garden

  1. Choose a spot in the garden that receives filtered sunlight or a highly shaded area.  Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed.  Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the main stem.
  5. Feed every 6 to 8 weeks with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.

Growing tips

  • They look very beautiful in hanging baskets or terracotta pots. 
  • As a ground cover you can grow them around rocks, but avoid direct sunlight. 

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