Mind Your Own Business Plants

Do not get nettled if you are given a mind your own business plant even though it is in the same family.

Mind Your Own Business is not an instruction but a mat-forming plant also know as Baby’s Tears. It is a creeping perennial that bears minute flowers and forms a mat or small hummock of green foliage that creeps along the soil on thin stems and hangs down over the side of a plant pot. Indoors ‘Mind Your Own Business’ grows best in a cool room and will grow well with high humidity although that is not essential. Never let it dry out and the brighter the position the more water it will need.

There are 3 cultivars of Mind Your Own Business, Soleirolia soleoirolii the species which has green foliage, Variegata Silver Queen with grey-green foliage and Aurea Golden Queen.

Uses For Mind Your Own Business

Indoors ‘Mind Your Own Business’ grows best in a cool room and will grow well with high humidity although that is not essential.
Outdoors it is a relatively maintenance-free alternative to grass as ground cover in moist, shady areas. Frost hardy, its leaves are killed by winter frost, but it will recover to grow vigorously in spring and this is one reason it is used in Japanese gardens as an alternative to moss.
The free running nature of the plant allows it to clamber over rocks and logs making green lumps and hump in organic shapes.
In the picture above it is used in an Alpine garden display.


3 Responses to Mind Your Own Business Plants

  1. Alice May 11, 2016 at 16.03 #

    I am desperate to buy some potted Mind your own Business for indoor use as balls – but I can’t find wher to buy them even using the Internet. Can you help?

  2. Emma June 29, 2016 at 16.03 #

    Have a look on amazon under mind your own business, £5 odd, just checked they still did it and they do. Love this plant.

  3. Ajhr September 14, 2016 at 16.03 #

    Hi some garden centres have them in now, or they will get som in for you. I love this plant. It adds green structure to the smallest areas and I’ve got sone just in pots hanging.

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