Pilea - Growing Instruction & Care

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Pilea (pahy-lee-uh)
Family: Urticaceae
Common Name: Chinese Money Plant, Friendship Plant, Missionary Plant, Pancake Plant, UFO Plant
Botanical Name:
Pilea peperomioides, Pilea Cadierei
Pet Friendly: Yes

Looking to add a low-maintenance yet visually stunning houseplant to your collection? Look no further than the Pilea plants. These rare plants, also known as Chinese Money Plants, boast distinctive round, glossy foliage that adds a unique texture to any room. One of the best things about Pileas is their easy propagation, as new plants can be grown from offsets or cuttings, making them a great choice for sharing with friends and family.

To ensure your Pilea thrives, it's important to provide it with well-draining soil, bright but indirect light, and consistent watering, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Additionally, Pileas appreciate higher humidity levels, which can be achieved through occasional misting or using a humidifier.

Overall, Pileas are a great choice for both beginner and experienced plant enthusiasts looking to add some style to their indoor spaces.

To ensure your Pilea thrives and stays lush and green, follow these simple tips:

  1. Watering: Water your Pilea when the top several inches of soil are dry to the touch. Make sure to saturate the soil and let the water drain through the pot. Water less during the winter months.

  2. Fertilizer: Use 1/2 strength complete liquid fertilizer twice a month during the growing season. Hold off during the colder months.

  3. Light: Pileas thrive in bright, indirect light. Avoid direct light, which can burn the leaves. Rotate the plant periodically for even growth.

  4. Soil: Use well-draining soil, such as a mix of potting soil and perlite or sand.

  5. Temperature: Keep your Pilea between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit and avoid temperature fluctuations and drafts.

  6. Humidity: Pileas prefer medium to high humidity. Use a humidifier or a pebble tray with water during dry winter months.

  7. Pruning: Pinch back leggy growth to keep a dense habit and promote healthy growth.

Remember to use a damp cloth to clean the leaves and to propagate your Pilea by snipping off a leaf and placing the cut end in water.

American Plant Supply offers all the growing supplies and Pilea plants you need to start your collection. Don't miss out on this easy-care, stylish houseplant that's sure to be a conversation starter in your home. Purchase yours today!