Plant Care Peperomia Prostrata

Peperomia Prostrata

4.7 out of 5 (54 experiences)

Peperomia Prostrata has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Peperomia Prostrata has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

About Peperomia Prostrata

This unqiue Peperomia species has taken the plant world by storm! Its trailing vines support tiny leaves that look just like a turtle shell 🐢 ! Peperomia fruits and seeds have traveled one of the longest distances ever recorded, over 3000 miles to an island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, while stuck to a bird's feet! 🦅


Peperomia prostrata

Also known as

String of Turtles, String of Turtles, Creeping Peperomia and Pepperspot

How to care for Peperomia Prostrata


How often to water your Peperomia Prostrata

Water needs for Peperomia Prostrata
0.5 cups
every 9

Peperomia Prostrata needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Peperomia Prostrata

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for String of Turtles in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Peperomia Prostrata: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Peperomia Prostrata may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Peperomia Prostrata in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Peperomia Prostrata

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Peperomia Prostrata: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Peperomia Prostrata after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Peperomia Prostrata is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Peperomia Prostrata

Peperomia Prostrata

Peperomia Prostrata

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Peperomia Prostrata has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 29
Peperomia Prostrata has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 19
Peperomia Prostrata has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 16
Peperomia Prostrata has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 4
Peperomia Prostrata has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Peperomia Prostrata has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
@mirandaaplanet avatar
leaf-1 119 Plants
xp 8,391 XP

I put this baby in the wrong conditions and it tolerated me somehow. Now it’s in an east facing window above the shower so it gets sun and humidity.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@Mabes avatar
leaf-1 85 Plants
xp 5,189 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA

I am struggling to keep my string of turtles alive. I bought 3 and 2 of them are dead :(
Guess I couldn’t give these babies what they needed.

Leaves fall off super easily :(

@geemcolo avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 1,367 XP

Very sensitive!!! Super pretty when taken care of well but it can lose leaves pretty easily.

@FestiveCorncob avatar
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 669 XP
globe Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui

Definitely put this plant in the bathroom as it lovesssss moisture

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@silverlinings avatar
leaf-1 106 Plants
xp 5,752 XP
globe Angus, Ontario

Nearly killed this poor baby but after moving pots and propagating her fallen babies, she’s coming back quickly and beautifully💕

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@Riggsbaby avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 110 XP
globe Lethbridge, Alberta

Just a cute little plant, grows easy and very little care needed! Plus it’s good for your pets tummies !

@Megan avatar
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 14,740 XP
globe Washington, DC

Super cute plant. Don’t over water - personally I like to squeeze the leaves and if they’re still really plump I wait to water it.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@Willisjanne avatar
leaf-1 56 Plants
xp 6,969 XP
globe Sherbrooke, Québec

Itsjust adorable

Fast grower Fast grower
@patiovert avatar
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 671 XP

So gorgeous and adorable simultaneously due to all of the tiny perfect turtle shell leaves! If you love hanging plants, please look into this little friend :) working on upping the humidity in my home, hopefully more growth to come!

Fast grower Fast grower
@honeyyvoiced avatar
leaf-1 46 Plants
xp 8,448 XP
globe Mount Prospect, IL

Beautiful variegated leaves; functions better as an indoor plant

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@angiez avatar
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 1,708 XP

This plant is adorable. I would recommend to give it a ton of humidity. The more the better! I put in a bag and it works great! Grows super fast too

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@zoimks avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 66 XP
globe Blairsville, GA

I need to repot it and it still spits out new growth, crazy man!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@ashleighrobb avatar
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 544 XP
globe Providence, RI

Cool plant! Took me awhile to find the right spot but it loves my South window with bright direct light 🌞 and now it is sprouting like crazy 🪴

@growwithme avatar
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 3,022 XP
globe San Francisco, CA

The cutest “string of” plants in my opinion. It’s like having a bajillion pet turtles 🥺

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@sarahnotsara avatar
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 999 XP
globe White Lake charter Township, MI

A little tricky in my experience, but easy to propagate if you need to start over!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@NormaTu545 avatar
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 541 XP
globe Escondido, CA

I left it on my windowsill and it burned in a few days. Half the foliage turned black. The other half only lived for a month. This feels like an intermediate plant. Too sensitive for me. Not beginner friendly, I feel.

Browns easily Browns easily
@CarleyGoshaw28 avatar
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 593 XP

Bought this beautiful full pot a few months ago, it has done nothing but prosper!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@christian avatar
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 1,086 XP
globe Kent, OH

These plants make me want to shrink down and saddle up on the leaves and pretend I’m mounted on the shell of a massive majestic tortoise. They are cuties and great lil pals. Very much recommend

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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