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Widows Tears
Widows Tears
Widows Tears
Widows Tears
Widows Tears
Widows Tears
Widows Tears
Tinantia anomala
Also known as : Ol' Fuzzyface
The widows Tears (Tinantia anomala) is a rare flowering plant from Texas and Mexico. It grows in partial shade among rocky outcroppings and crevices. Bees are common visitors to the widows Tears' flowers, and wild turkeys and squirrels will happily eat the seeds.
Planting Time
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Late fall, Winter, Early spring, Mid spring
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Attributes of Widows Tears

Lifespan
Annual
Plant Type
Herb
Planting Time
Late fall, Winter, Early spring, Mid spring
Bloom Time
Spring
Plant Height
60 cm
Spread
45 cm
Flower Size
2.5 cm
Flower Color
Blue
White
Purple
Lavender
Leaf type
Evergreen

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Distribution of Widows Tears

Habitat of Widows Tears

Limestone gravel, among boulders and in crevices in ravines and on open, wooded slopes and floodplains in dappled shade
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What is the best way to water my Widows Tears?
To water Widows Tears, you can use a garden hose with a spray nozzle, a watering can, or just about any other common watering tool. Generally, Widows Tears is not too picky about how they receive their water, as they can live off of rainwater, tap water, or filtered water. Often, you should try not to water this plant from overhead, as doing so can damage the leaves and flowers and may lead to disease as well. At times, the best method for watering this plant is to set up a drip irrigation system. These systems work well for Widows Tears as they apply water evenly and directly to the soil. For one Widows Tears that grows in a container, you can use a similar watering approach while changing the tools you use. To water a container-grown Widows Tears, use a cup, watering can, or your tap to apply water directly to the soil.
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What should I do if I water my Widows Tears too much or too little?
The remedy for underwatering Widows Tears is somewhat obvious. When you notice that your plant lacks moisture, simply begin watering it on a more regular basis. The issue of overwatering can be a much more dire situation, especially if you fail to notice it early. When your Widows Tears is overwatered, it may contract diseases that lead to its decline and death. The best way to prevent this outcome is to choose a proper growing location, one that receives plenty of sunlight to help dry the soil and has good enough drainage to allow excess water to drain rather than pooling and causing waterlogged soils. If you overwater your Widows Tears that lives in a pot, you may need to consider changing it to a new pot. Your previous container may not have contained soil with good drainage or may not have had sufficient drainage holes. As you repot your overwatered Widows Tears, make sure to add loose soils and to use a pot that drains efficiently.
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How often should I water my Widows Tears?
Widows Tears needs water regularly throughout the growing season. Beginning in spring, you should plan to water this plant about once per week. As the season presses on and grows warmer, you may need to increase your watering rate to about two to three times per week. Exceeding at this rate can be detrimental to your Widows Tears. With that said, you should also ensure that the soil in which your Widows Tears grows remains relatively moist but not wet, regardless of how often you must water to make that the case. Watering Widows Tears that lives in a pot is a bit different. Generally, you'll need to increase your watering frequency, as the soil in a pot can heat up and dry out a bit faster than ground soil. As such, you should plan to water a container-grown Widows Tears a few times per week in most cases, versus just once per week for an in-ground plant.
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How much water does my Widows Tears need?
There are a few different ways you can go about determining how much water to give to your Widows Tears. Some gardeners choose to pick their water volume based on feeling the soil for moisture. That method suggests that you should water until you feel that the first six inches of soil have become moist. Alternatively, you can use a set measurement to determine how much to water your Widows Tears. Typically, you should give your Widows Tears about two gallons of water per week, depending on how hot it is and how quickly the soil becomes dry. However, following strict guidelines like that can lead to overwatering if your plant requires less than two gallons per week for whatever reason. When growing Widows Tears in a container, you will need to use a different method to determine how much water to supply. Typically, you should give enough water to moisten all of the layers of soil that have become dry. To test if that is the case, you can simply stick your finger in the soil to feel for moisture. You can also water the soil until you notice a slight trickle of excess water exiting the drainage holes of your pot.
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How can I tell if i'm watering my Widows Tears enough?
It can be somewhat difficult to avoid overwatering your Widows Tears. On the one hand, these plants have relatively deep roots that require you to moisten the soil weekly. On the other hand, Widows Tears are plants that are incredibly susceptible to root rot. Along with root rot, your Widows Tears may also experience browning as a result of overwatering. Underwatering is far less likely for your Widows Tears as these plants can survive for a while in the absence of supplemental watering. However, if you go too long without giving this plant water, it will likely begin to wilt. You may also notice dry leaves.
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How should I water my Widows Tears through the seasons?
You can expect your Widows Tears’s water needs to increase as the season moves on. During spring, you should water about once per week. Then, as the summer heat arrives, you will likely need to give a bit more water to your Widows Tears, at times increasing to about three times per week. This is especially true of Widows Tears that grow in containers, as the soil in a container is far more likely to dry out faster than ground soil when the weather is warm. In autumn, while your Widows Tears is still in bloom, it may need a bit less water as the temperature has likely declined, and the sun is no longer as strong as it was in summer.
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How should I water my Widows Tears at different growth stages?
Widows Tears will move through several different growth stages throughout the year, some of which may require more water than others. For example, you will probably start your Widows Tears as a seed. While the seed germinates, you should plant to give more water than your Widows Tears will need later in life, watering often enough to maintain consistent soil moisture. After a few weeks, your Widows Tears will grow above the soil and may need slightly less water than at the seedling phase. Then, once this plant is mature, you can begin to use the regular watering frequency of about once per week. As flower development takes place, you may need to give slightly more water to aid the process.
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What's the difference between watering Widows Tears indoors and outdoors?
There are several reasons why most Widows Tears grow outdoors rather than indoors. The first is that these plants typically grow to tall. The second reason is that Widows Tears needs more daily sunlight than most indoor growing locations can provide. If you are able to provide a suitable indoor growing location, you may find that you need to give your Widows Tears water a bit more often than you would in an outdoor growing location. Part of the reason for this is that indoor growing locations tend to be a lot drier than outdoor ones due to HVAC units. The other reason for this is that soil in containers can dry out relatively quickly as well compared to soil in the ground.
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Widows Tears favors an environment where it's exposed to the sun for a portion of the day. In its natural habitat, it would grow in places where sun filters through. It can endure less than optimal light conditions. But too much sun exposure or very little could hinder its healthy growth.
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Temperature
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Widows Tears naturally thrives in temperate regions, favoring 68 to 95°F (20 to 35℃) temperature range. It loves moderate warmth but can handle higher temperatures. According to seasons, adjust temperature to fit its natural habitat needs.
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Tinantia anomala
Also known as: Ol' Fuzzyface
The widows Tears (Tinantia anomala) is a rare flowering plant from Texas and Mexico. It grows in partial shade among rocky outcroppings and crevices. Bees are common visitors to the widows Tears' flowers, and wild turkeys and squirrels will happily eat the seeds.
Planting Time
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Late fall, Winter, Early spring, Mid spring
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Attributes of Widows Tears

Lifespan
Annual
Plant Type
Herb
Planting Time
Late fall, Winter, Early spring, Mid spring
Bloom Time
Spring
Plant Height
60 cm
Spread
45 cm
Flower Size
2.5 cm
Flower Color
Blue
White
Purple
Lavender
Leaf type
Evergreen
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Distribution of Widows Tears

Habitat of Widows Tears

Limestone gravel, among boulders and in crevices in ravines and on open, wooded slopes and floodplains in dappled shade
Northern Hemisphere
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About 3-6 hours sunlight
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Widows Tears favors an environment where it's exposed to the sun for a portion of the day. In its natural habitat, it would grow in places where sun filters through. It can endure less than optimal light conditions. But too much sun exposure or very little could hinder its healthy growth.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
1. Choose the right type of artificial light: LED lights are a popular choice for indoor plant lighting because they can be customized to provide the specific wavelengths of light that your plants need.
Full sun plants need 30-50W/sq ft of artificial light, partial sun plants need 20-30W/sq ft, and full shade plants need 10-20W/sq ft.
2. Determine the appropriate distance: Place the light source 12-36 inches above the plant to mimic natural sunlight.
3. Determine the duration: Mimic the length of natural daylight hours for your plant species. most plants need 8-12 hours of light per day.
Important Symptoms
Insufficient light
Widows Tears thrives in full sunlight but can tolerate partial shade. Although symptoms of light deficiency may not be easily noticeable, when cultivated indoors with inadequate light, they may become apparent.
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Small leaves
New leaves may grow smaller in size compared to the previous ones once they have matured.
Leggy or sparse growth
The spaces between leaves or stems of your Widows Tears may become longer, resulting in a thin and stretched-out appearance. This can make the plant look sparse and weak, and it may easily break or lean due to its own weight.
Faster leaf drop
When plants are exposed to low light conditions, they tend to shed older leaves early to conserve resources. Within a limited time, these resources can be utilized to grow new leaves until the plant's energy reserves are depleted.
Slower or no new growth
Widows Tears enters a survival mode when light conditions are poor, which leads to a halt in leaf production. As a result, the plant's growth becomes delayed or stops altogether.
Lighter-colored new leaves
Insufficient sunlight can cause leaves to develop irregular color patterns or appear pale. This indicates a lack of chlorophyll and essential nutrients.
Solutions
1. To optimize plant growth, shift them to increasingly sunnier spots each week until they receive 3-6 hours of direct sunlight daily, enabling gradual adaptation to changing light conditions.2. To provide additional light for your plant, consider using artificial light if it's large or not easily movable. Keep a desk or ceiling lamp on for at least 8 hours daily, or invest in professional plant grow lights for ample light.
Excessive light
Widows Tears thrives in full sun exposure but can adapt to partial shade. Despite being tolerant of different light conditions, it may experience sunburn, which often manifests with subtle and not easily visible symptoms.
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Chlorosis
Chlorosis is a condition where the plant's leaves lose their green color and turn yellow. This is due to the breakdown of chlorophyll from excessive sunlight, which negatively affects the plant's ability to photosynthesize.
Sunscald
Sunscald occurs when the plant's leaves or stems are damaged by intense sunlight exposure. It appears as pale, bleached, or necrotic areas on the plant tissue and can reduce the plant's overall health.
Leaf Curling
Leaf curling is a symptom where leaves curl or twist under extreme sunlight conditions. This is a defense mechanism used by the plant to reduce its surface area exposed to sunlight, minimizing water loss and damage.
Wilting
Wilting occurs when a plant loses turgor pressure and its leaves and stems begin to droop. Overexposure to sunlight can cause wilting by increasing the plant's water loss through transpiration, making it difficult for the plant to maintain adequate hydration.
Leaf Scorching
Leaf scorching is a symptom characterized by the appearance of brown, dry, and crispy edges or patches on leaves due to excessive sunlight. This can lead to a reduction in photosynthetic capacity and overall plant health.
Solutions
1. Move your plant to the optimal position where it can receive abundant sunlight but also have some shade. An east-facing window is an ideal choice as the morning sunlight is gentler. This way, your plant can enjoy ample sunlight while reducing the risk of sunburn.2. It is recommended to trim off any completely dehydrated or withered parts of the plant.
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Essentials
Widows Tears naturally thrives in temperate regions, favoring 68 to 95°F (20 to 35℃) temperature range. It loves moderate warmth but can handle higher temperatures. According to seasons, adjust temperature to fit its natural habitat needs.
Regional wintering strategies
Widows Tears is highly cold-tolerant and does not require additional frost protection measures during winter. However, before the first freeze in autumn, it is recommended to water the plant generously to ensure the soil remains moist and enters a frozen state. This helps prevent drought and water scarcity for the plant during winter and early spring.
Important Symptoms
Low Temperature
Widows Tears is extremely cold-tolerant, but the winter temperature should be maintained above {Limit_growth_temperature}. If the temperature drops below this threshold, although there may not be any noticeable changes during winter, there may be a decrease in sprouting or even no sprouting during springtime.
Solutions
In spring, remove any parts that have failed to sprout.
High Temperature
Widows Tears is not tolerant to high temperatures. When the temperature exceeds {Suitable_growth_temperature_max}, its growth will stop, and it becomes more susceptible to rot.
Solutions
Trim away the sunburned and dried-up parts. Move the plant to a location that provides shade from the midday and afternoon sun, or use a shade cloth to create shade. Water the plant in the morning and evening to keep the soil moist.
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