How to Care for Pilea Houseplants
The Pilea houseplants used to be one of the trendiest houseplants for a couple of reasons. They are commonly grown indoors and its round and coin-shaped leaves make them unique and lovely. Another fact that makes the plan unique is that the petioles are attached near the center unlike most leaves where they are usually located at the edge of the leaf connecting to the stem.
They have the scientific name of Pilea peperomioides. Aside from that, they also have other names like Chinese Money Plant and The Missionary Plant. They are fast growing plants when they receive proper care. It can grow up to 12 inches in height and equal inches in width as well.
The Pilea houseplants belong to the Urticaceae family of the Plantae Kingdom. This plant was known to be found by a Norwegian Missionary from the Yunnan Province of China. It was said that he took some cuttings with him when he was going back to Norway and also he was able to travel past india and from then on the plant was known in many countries.
Pilea houseplants have different varieties and each of them are beautiful in their own way. They make great houseplants for they do not grow really big. They can also be pruned on however you want them to grow. They can be grown multiple times as it is easy to propagate as well.
For you to see how easy it is to grow, here is a care guide on how to keep your Pilea houseplants happy and healthy.
1. For Sunlight
Pileas do best in bright indrect sunlight. They can not tolerate direct light. They are okay in medium indirect light, but will not grow as well and will change in color and shape a bit.
Pileas are happiest in temps between 65-75F. They can tolerate a bit warmer but will be happiest around 70F.
Pileas do not like to stay moist, so let the plant's soil dry before each watering. Wait until the leaves look a bit droopy to water them This way you won't water them when they do not need it.
A well-draining potting soil is preferred by pilea houseplants, also, best to get them high quality soil. You can also make your own potting mix if that is what you want. Once you get your pilea from a greenhouse or nursery, you will most likely not need to repot them for it is guaranteed that they are already using great potting soil.
Pilea houseplants do not always need fertilizer. Rexommended frequency of giving them fertilizers is once a month. And it best done during the plant's active growth which is usually from spring to early fall. A dilluted liquid houseplant fertilizer should be used, this is to half the amount of fertilizer that you will feed your plant. As very strong fertilizers may cause problems to your plants.
There are several ways to propagate the pilea houseplants. The best and easiest way to do this is to take a healthy cutting from your plant, and placing it in a jar of water making sure that it is only the stem that is touching the water and not the leaves. Then wait for it until it grows strong and long roots till it is ready to be potted in soil.
Just like most plants, Pileas do not prefer to be rootbound and you may want to repot them every 2 years.
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