Pilea foliage range from textured and lance-shaped leaves to tiny heart-shaped and moss-like foliage. Some Pileas are upright bushy types and some can be trailing types. Most Pileas are commonly cultivated as houseplants due to their interesting foliage and ease of care.
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Below is a general care guide for Pilea plants which can slightly differ depending on variety.
Light & Temperature
Most Pilea plants thrive in bright, indirect light. As the plant tends to stretch toward the sun, ensure a weekly rotation of the plant for an even growth on all sides. Do not expose your Pilea to direct sun as this can burn the leaves. Pileas can withstand lower light conditions but their foliage will not be as vibrant and the plant can grow leggy.
Indoors, Pileas are happy with normal room temperature. Protect them from being exposed to too much cold or hot air.
Watering, Humidity & Misting
Pilea plants have moderate to high water needs. Water only when the top inch of the soil has dried out. Droopy leaves can indicate thirst and the plant’s need for more water. Generally, the more light it receives, the more water the plant will require.
Pilea enjoys regular high humidity. Occasional misting can be done.
Soil and Repotting
Pilea plants prefer a moderately rich, well-draining potting mix.
It is recommended to repot a Pilea once every two years or when roots are growing through drainage holes or rising above the soil level.
Pileas are easy to propagate by cuttings. Place cuttings in moist peat and keep them warm until they root. Your new plants should show roots and be ready for potting after 3-5 weeks.
Use a balanced fertiliser formulated for houseplants. Follow the directions on the label of our Down to Earth. organic plant food.
Some Pileas are toxic if ingested and should be kept out of the reach of children and pets.
Under the right care and conditions, your plant will grow happy and healthy. But here are some issues you may encounter while caring for a Pilea:
Aphids and whitefly - When spotted, wipe off with insect killing soap or apply neem oil.
Droopy and curling leaves - This is usually due to overwatering. Allow Pilea to dry out then slowly increase the amount of water as you see the plant recovering.
Brown leaf edges- This is usually due to too much light. Gradually move your Pilea to a better, shadier spot.