How to take care of a Pilea plant (and make it thrive!) – The pilea has landed!
Introducing my new favorite plant. I have to admit I had been considering getting a Pilea for a very long time, but I was always a little nervous about adding a new plant to my stable, which is admittedly overflowing as it is. I also set up my entire herbal routine so it always takes a while to add new ones.
Recently I saw a very sad Pilea in a garden store with a little red tag on it that said $ 3. If that wasn’t a sign then I don’t know what it is! I brought it home and brought it back to life from its sad little state in what you see here…. Interestingly, it wasn’t difficult at all growing up and germinated a lot of new little babies.
How to take care of a Pilea plant (and make it thrive!)
Which makes it a win in my book. So if you are planning to install any of these gorgeous plants in your home, here are some tips on how to take care of a pilea and make it thrive!
What is a pilea?
The Pilea (Pilea peperomioides), has several names! Including: Chinese Money Factory, UFO Factory, and Friendship Factory. It is a visually very interesting plant that is easily distinguished by its tree-shaped stem and disc-shaped leaves. It was originally imported to Norway from Yunnan, nicknamed the Chinese currency plant, and it spread across Scandinavia due to its easy spread.
Where to place your pilea?
In terms of light, the best location for a pilea is bright light, without direct sunlight. This is because direct sunlight can scorch the leaves.
That said, be aware that a pilea likes a lot of sun, but not too much direct sun. I keep our plant on the north side of the house where there is a lot of reflected sunlight and little direct light. Mine bloomed here! If you are in the northern hemisphere, this will be the south side of the house for you.
How to take care of your pilea?
Pilea needs a well-draining potting soil, and a pot with drainage holes is really important. The soil needs to dry out mainly between waterings, with more watering required in warmer, warmer weather.
If the leaves start to appear droopy, this is a sign that the plant needs water. Because they tend to grow towards the light, I have found that rotating the plant once a week keeps it from warping. I also like to wipe its leaves every few weeks as these round discs can collect dust. I use this fertilizer and have found that the pilea has grown a lot since I started.
Think about propagating!
What I like most about pilea is that it grows little baby plants… They are actually called “puppies”! How cuttteee. This is part of the reason why you probably see them everywhere now, they send little plant babies through the soil, which you can separate from the mother plant. Which makes them easy to grow commercially and relatively inexpensive.
To propagate the plant, simply follow the stem a few inches below the ground and use a clean, sharp knife to free the baby plant. You can then put it in a new pot and keep the soil moist, or place it in water and watch it grow new roots. If you choose the second option, replant in a small pot after the roots have grown.
Troubleshooting your Pilea
Excessive watering: It’s important not to overwater your plant, as it likes to dry out completely between waterings. In fact, overwatering is the number one killer. Make sure your pot has drainage holes. If not, your plant will drown in the water at the bottom. Water your pilea only when the top of the soil is dry to the touch.
Underwatering: If you notice that your leaves are falling, it may be because it needs to be watered.
Root rot: If your plant looks bad and you see mold on the surface of your soil, your plant may have root rot! Take it out of the pot and check the roots. Healthy roots are light in color, and rot appears in dark or mushy roots. Cut off the rotten roots and repot.
Not enough light: If you notice that the leaves on your plants are starting to curl, your plant may not be receiving enough light.
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