Peace in the HomeScientific Name : Soleirolia
Synonym: Peace in the Home, Babies tears
Peace in the Home is a delightfully delicate plant that looks like a carpet of tiny green leaves. The stems are slender and fragile with tiny bean-shaped leaves growing down them. As the stems grow they spread, and hang over the sides of the pot making them ideal as small hanging plants. The overhanging stems won’t grow too far, though, as Peace in the Home is a creeping plant and the trailing stems need contact with soil to spread.
Peace in the Home works well when planted in an open or closed terrarium (remember to allow the plant air circulation if using a closed terrarium!) although it will need trimming to keep its growth under control.
Peace in the Home is a fast growing plant and if it receives enough light it may produce tiny, white flowers. This lush plant is easy to grow and can be planted beneath larger potted plants creating a lush look and acting as a living mulch.
- Root rot, or rotting stems and leavesis caused by over-watering or insufficient air circulation if the plant is in an area of very high humidity, such as in a closed terrarium. Allow the plant to dry out a little and adjust your watering accordingly. Allow the plant to receive adequate air circulation by removing the lid of a closed terrarium during the day.
- Wilting or droopinghappens if the plant dries out too much, but will usually recover once you water it again. However, be careful of letting it stay too dry for too long. Increase your watering schedule or assess its environment, it may be that it is summer and hot and the plant needs more water, or perhaps it is situated near a warm window. Monitor and adjust your watering accordingly.
- Foliage turning brown:this is caused by letting the plant dry out too much. Ensure your plant is getting enough water so that the soil is kept constantly moist.
- Origin: Italy and surrounding islands
- Height: 5- 15cm
- Light: This indoor plant likes medium - bright indirect light (although it will grow in low light). Keep the plant out of direct sunlight.
- Water: Always keep the soil of the plant moist but make sure it never gets soggy as the delicate stems will rot quickly. Make sure the plant drains well. Water the plant at soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage too much.
- Humidity: Peace in the Homeloves high humidity, although it doesn’t require it. Increase the humidity by placing it among other plants or by planting it in a terrarium. You can also place the plant in a room that is prone to humidity such as the bathroom or kitchen. Make sure the plant receives good air circulation.
- Temperature: Average temperatures of 12-25°Cis ideal for Peace in the Home.
- Soil: Use an all-purpose potting mix.
- Fertilizer: Once every month during its growing period with a balanced fertilizer diluted by half.
- Repotting: Re-pot your plant during spring every two years in a container that is slightly larger than the diameter of the root system. Re-potting a larger Peace in the Home in a wide, shallow pot works well too as it will allow the plant to spread out and create a carpet-like effect.
- Pruning: Keeping the plant trimmed will keep your Peace in the Home neat and in the desired shape and size. Pruning also encourages the plant to develop more side shoots and flowers and reduces the plant’s demand for a larger root system.
- Propagation: Division during spring through to mid-summer. Divide the plant into smaller clumps by gently pulling it apart. You can also press any attached stem or shoot into moist rooting medium. The plant will take root and the ‘new plant’ may be cut away from the parent plant.
Terrarium Care Instructions
Take note of these Care instructions when Peace is placed in a Terrarium:
- Water: Keep soil evenly moist, but do not overwater.
- Light: Medium to Bright Indirect light.
- Humidity: Likes high humidity, however, remove the lid at night to allow to plant to breathe and prevent mould/rot. Alternatively, you may keep the lid off at all times.
- Fertilize: The plant should be fine without feed, but monitor it. If the leaves are yellow or growth of the plant is slow you may need to give the plant a little boost with some fertilizer. Use a little balanced fertilizer diluted by half.
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