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What Is Going On With My Pilea? 5 Most Common Problems

Updated: Jun 29, 2020

Wondering what's wrong with your Pilea? Be sure to pay attention to some signals!

Your Pilea will always let you know if it isn’t getting the love and the care it needs.

Let's go through some problems you can get while growing a Pilea and read how to fix them!

Pilea Peperomioides Most Common Problems

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1. My Pilea’s color is fading

You can see Pilea’s dark green color fading to lighter green or yellow if your plant has not been fed during the last month. Feed your Pilea with all-purpose 20-20-20 fertilizer once a month to give it color!

2. Some of the leaves are starting to curl or to droop

Also, make sure to place your Pilea in a spot where it doesn't get direct sunlight.

You can also check for bugs.

3. Some of the bottom leaves are yellowing and falling off

Your Pilea is just aging. The bottom leaves are the oldest ones: they will yellow and eventually fall off. You can let them fall off on their own, or you can pluck them off.

If the younger leaves are turning yellow, it could mean that your Pilea is being overwatered. Let the soil dry out in between waterings and you should see the leaves regain their nice green color.

4. I’m getting brown spots on the leaves

Both over-fertilizing and overwatering can cause brown spots. Over-fertilizing could cause chemical burn: be sure you’re not overdoing it.

Brown spots could also appear because of a sunburn: probably, your Pilea got too much direct sunlight. Check very closely also for bugs.

5. My pet ate my Pilea

First of all, don’t worry about your pet: Pilea is non-toxic to both pets and people. It isn't very tasty, however!

As long as there is still one leaf attached to the main stem, your Pilea can grow back to its regular shape. However, if all that remains is the central stem, unfortunately, there is a tiny chance your plant will survive.

Don’t forget that, if there are no leaves but still some sprouts, you can always replant these babies to grow some new Pilea plants.


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Jan 02, 2019

Hello there! We are really glad you appreciate our website. We believe our new blog post will help you! It’s all about curling and drooping leaves. Here it is: Good luck with your Pilea!


Jan 02, 2019

Howdy. Awesome site! I have had a few pileas but bought my first large one recently. I've been treating it the same as the others but it doesn't seem to be happy. Any ideas what's wrong with this fella?

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