String of Turtles

Posted by Hannah Brand on Jan 19th 2021

January 20th, 2021

String of Turtles

🌿Hey plant friends! 🌿

This week we are going to be talking about Peperomia prostrata [pep-er-ROH-mee-uh prost-RA-tuh] aka String of turtles. These cute little plants got their nickname because they look like the backs of turtles. They are native to the tropical rainforest of South America and are in the Piperaceae family.

A great thing about this plant is they don’t need to be repotted often. They have shallow roots so they love to be left alone so they can become full and trail down your favorite bookshelf.

Starting off with lighting these little guys are going to want a medium indirect light. One or two hours of direct light in the morning would be enough for this plant. Be light with watering, they don’t like too much water. It’s better to under water this plant than to over water. Really let the soil dry out in between. A big sign of over watering would be yellowing and dropping of the leaves. Since they like to dry out, I would recommend using a well-draining soil like the Espoma cactus mix. My favorite go to mix for many plants.

If you’re looking for a low maintenance plant that will stay small in size this is the plant for you! Seriously, how can one resist those tiny cute leaves?

We currently carry the String of turtles at the greenhouse in 2” pots. If you have any further questions feel free to reach out to us by phone, Instagram, or email us at

Happy planting!