Baby's tears grows well beneath ferns.

Growing Soleirolia Soleirolii in Texas

by Jenny Green

Soleirolia soleirolii brings back sweet memories for many moms with its pretty leaves that resemble tiny teardrops, inspiring its common name, baby's tears. Growing 3 to 6 inches tall and spreading indefinitely, baby's tears is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11, so it grows outdoors only in south Texas in USDA zone 9 areas, but its shiny golden, lime green or rich green leaves make it an attractive indoor plant. Baby's tears is invasive when growing in the ground outside, and it's gardeners who do the weeping if it gets out of control.

Outdoor Ground Cover

Grow baby's tears outside in USDA zone 9 areas of Texas, such as Corpus Christi and Victoria, in any well-drained soil. Plants tolerate partial shade and full shade, but their leaves may scorch in full-sun sites.

Space baby's tears plants 6 to 12 inches apart for rapid ground cover or as far as 3 to 6 feet apart. Plants spread indefinitely in suitable conditions.

Water baby's tears regularly in summer so that the soil stays moist. Reduce watering in winter so that the soil is only slightly moist.

Dig up small rooted sections of baby's tears with a trowel to grow new plants. Plant in a pot filled with potting soil, or immediately transplant to another area of the garden. Water thoroughly.

Indoor Houseplants

Grow baby's tears indoors in Texas's USDA zones 5 through 8, such as Dallas and Austin, in pots with drainage holes and filled with three parts general purpose potting soil mixed with one part horticultural grit.

Place pots on a bright windowsill with shade from hot sun.

Water so that the soil remains moist through summer, allowing pots to drain before returning them to their drain trays.

Items you will need

  • Trowel
  • Plant pots
  • Potting soil
  • Horticultural grit


  • Baby's tears rarely suffers from pests or diseases.
  • Grow baby's tears in hanging baskets or window boxes to limit its spread outside in USDA zone 9 areas, or as an annual in colder zones.

About the Author

A graduate of Leeds University, Jenny Green completed Master of Arts in English literature in 1998 and has been writing about travel, gardening, science and pets since 2007. Green's work appears in Diva, Whole Life Times, Listverse, Earthtimes, Lamplight, Stupefying Stories and other websites and magazines.

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