When you propagate your Pilea using a plantlet that doesn't have roots yet, you want to make sure it's strong enough to survive on its own.
What you need to do is to put the baby in water first. Leave it there for at least 2 weeks. At that point, you will see some roots growing.
The leaves of the plantlet shouldn't touch the water. Once the baby has little roots, you can put it
in some soil!
Plant your Pilea in a pot, with soil
and some perlite. Then place it in
an indoor location where it receives bright light but no direct sun.
Remember to water once a week, always from the top, and keep the top of the soil moist.
You will then see some baby plants popping up, both from the roots and the stems, once your Pilea has had some time to grow and feel comfortable in its new habitat.
The easiest way to propagate your Pilea is cutting those plantlets you can see popping up from the soil.
Just follow their stem about 1 cm underneath the soil. Then cut the plantlet with a sharp knife. If the baby plant already has roots, you can put
it straight into some moist soil.
And remember: the bigger the baby is
(a few inches works fine)
the more chances of surviving away
from the Mother Plant!
After a few weeks, the plantlet will get anchored to the soil and start growing new leaves.
Give your newly born Pilea plants
to friends and family, so they can start to propagate their collection too!
We've created the perfect gift package: your Pilea will be ready
to be shared and re-potted
as many times as you want.
You can cut and re-pot baby Pileas as many times as you want, as long as they keep growing healthy.
That's the magic of Pilea: little sprouts constantly grow around the plant,
and you can easily cut them and
re-plant them to make your Pilea family bigger and bigger!
You just have to be patient: it might take a while before you can see your baby Pilea growing its own roots, especially during the winter.
Once you see some new leaves showing up, you can be sure the plant is happy and comfortable.
Spring is the best time to propagate your Pilea: the plant will grow faster and make more babies.