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Each leaf on the string of turtles looks like the shell of a miniature turtle strung together. Every tiny leaf on its trailing vine has intricate multi-colored patterns covering its surface—the colors become muted with age and eventually become bicolored by maturity, typically a darker green contrasted by light green.

String of Turtles

  • Light: String of turtles plants love bright indirect sunlight and will thrive in these conditions.

    Water: Make sure the pot has drainage holes, water well, then let the soil dry out between waterings

    Soil: Make sure the soil drains well

    Size: 12 in. long, 3-4 in. wide

    Special Notes:

    It's small in size and has a slow growth rate, reaching full maturity in three to five years. This makes string of turtles a good choice if you have limited space.

     Keeping these plants in full sun for too long will damage the leaves, but too little light and they will fail to produce new growth. Because of the vining nature of the plant, make sure light reaches the top of the plant so that it continues to produce new growth.