One look at this plant and you will see why it is incredibly popular and often hard to find. The tiny leaves look like pearl-sized turtle shells. Similar to its cousin Peperomia ‘Hope’ the leaves appear plump and round!
Grow Pot Size: 2” Overall Height Including Grow Pot: 4-6” Plant Care Level: Easy
Its succulent leaves have a smooth rubbery texture to them. These leaves are adapted for holding water. They can be forgiving if you miss the occasional watering, as long as you don't make it a habit! Overall the Peperomia ‘String of Turtles’ is easy to care for!
Peperomia 'String of Turtles’ Care Tips
Binomial Name:Peperomia prostata
Care Level: Easy
Light: Bright to medium light with no direct sun
Water: Water when the top 2” of the soil is dry
Pet Friendly: Yes
The Peperomia 'String of Turtles’ Story
Where is it from? The ‘String of Turtles’ is native to South America! Specifically the rainforests of Brazil.
Who is the Peperomia 'String of Turtles’? The ‘String of Turtles’ is a delicate small vining plant with pearl-sized and shaped leaves. Each leaf is decorated with purply brown markings and white veins. These marks are what give it its common name! The vines grow in a dense matting nature and can be really tricky to handle.
Good For You! Pet Friendly! Peperomia is one of the few plant genus out there that are pet-friendly!
Is the Peperomia 'String of Turtles’ the right plant for me?
The delicate appearance of this peperomia might have you running for the hills! But we promise that they are relatively easy to care for. They are also extremely easy to propagate and grow quickly, so if you ever run into a hiccup it's not too late!
We suggest keeping these plants in their nursery pot or in a pot with a drainage hole so that you can easily bottom water the plant. The thick matting of the vines can make the plants tricky to water. If you are unsure you can always use a moisture meter to help you.
Pet Friendly: Yes, this interesting plant is perfect for pet-friendly homes!
Location Suggestions: The ‘String of Turtles’ works well in just about every location you put them in. Try placing them on a shelf in your living room or bedroom.
Prefers bright to medium light with no direct sun
Allow the top 2” of the soil to dry before watering
Average from 65°F to 75°F
Follow a monthly fertilizing schedule when the plant is actively growing. In most cases, this is in the spring and summer. Use a balanced fertilizer - this means a ratio of NPK that is all the same. Ex: 10-10-10.
Non-toxic. Always keep plants out of reach of pets and children.
Place the plant under a showerhead and gently rinse off any dust or debris.
Yellowing is a sign of overwatering. Whereas browning is from a lack of water or from too much heat.
General Information About Your Plant
South America - Brazil
Obiculre in shape. Deep green with small dark green variegation.
Peperomia enjoys being root bound so repotting every 12-18 is not necessary.
Use a well-draining, high organic matter soil mix.