Plant Care String of Turtles

String of Turtles

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String of Turtles has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
String of Turtles has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

About String of Turtles

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! 🦅

Taxonomy

Peperomia prostrata
Peperomia
Piperaceae
Piperales

Also known as

Creeping Peperomia, Pepperspot and Peperomia Dragon Skin

How to care for String of Turtles

💦 Water

How often to water your String of Turtles

Water needs for String of Turtles
0.5 cups
every 9

String of Turtles 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 String of Turtles

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for String of Turtles in your home

Light needs and placement for plant String of Turtles: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

String of Turtles 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 String of Turtles in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize String of Turtles

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for String of Turtles: 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 String of Turtles after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

String of Turtles 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!

Benefits of Growing String of Turtles →

Common String of Turtles Problems →


💦 Water Needs

String of Turtles prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

String of Turtles Water Frequency →

String of Turtles Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

String of Turtles may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

String of Turtles Light Requirements →

String of Turtles Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

String of Turtles is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

String of Turtles Toxicity to Cats →

String of Turtles Toxicity to Dogs →

String of Turtles Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

String of Turtles prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

String of Turtles Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

String of Turtles does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for String of Turtles →

When and How to Successfully Repot String of Turtles →


💩 Fertilizer

String of Turtles should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize String of Turtles →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for String of Turtles to go dormant in the summertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

String of Turtles is native to Worldwide.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your String of Turtles bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

String of Turtles Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

String of Turtles has long, trailing foliage which makes them a great addition to a hanging planter. The newest growth will emerge from the tip of the stems.

How and When to Prune String of Turtles →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
String of Turtles can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.

String of Turtles Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of String of Turtles can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

How to Propagate String of Turtles →


🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in String of Turtles, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for String of Turtles

String of Turtles

String of Turtles


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

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

String of Turtles has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 28
String of Turtles has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 19
String of Turtles has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 16
String of Turtles has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 4
String of Turtles has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
String of Turtles has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
@mirandaaplanet avatar
@@mirandaaplanet
leaf-1 119 Plants
xp 8,391 XP
04/03/2022

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
@@Mabes
leaf-1 85 Plants
xp 5,189 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA
02/27/2022

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
@@geemcolo
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 1,471 XP
02/10/2022

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

@FestiveCorncob avatar
@@FestiveCorncob
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 669 XP
globe Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui
01/25/2022

Definitely put this plant in the bathroom as it lovesssss moisture

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@silverlinings avatar
@@silverlinings
leaf-1 111 Plants
xp 7,980 XP
globe Angus, Ontario
01/11/2022

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
@@Riggsbaby
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 110 XP
globe Lethbridge, Alberta
11/29/2021

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

@Megan avatar
@@Megan
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 14,740 XP
globe Washington, DC
11/28/2021

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
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@@Willisjanne
leaf-1 56 Plants
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globe Sherbrooke, Québec
09/04/2021

Itsjust adorable

Fast grower Fast grower
@patiovert avatar
@@patiovert
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 671 XP
08/18/2021

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
@@honeyyvoiced
leaf-1 39 Plants
xp 9,352 XP
globe Des Plaines, IL
08/14/2021

Beautiful variegated leaves; functions better as an indoor plant

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@angiez avatar
@@angiez
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 1,708 XP
08/01/2021

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
@@zoimks
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 66 XP
globe Blairsville, GA
07/19/2021

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@ashleighrobb avatar
@@ashleighrobb
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 544 XP
globe Providence, RI
06/18/2021

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
@@growwithme
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 3,022 XP
globe San Francisco, CA
06/17/2021

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
@@sarahnotsara
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 999 XP
globe White Lake charter Township, MI
05/17/2021

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

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@NormaTu545 avatar
@@NormaTu545
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 541 XP
globe San Diego, CA
04/30/2021

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
@@CarleyGoshaw28
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 593 XP
04/08/2021

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@christian avatar
@@christian
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 1,086 XP
globe Kent, OH
04/07/2021

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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