All You Need To Know About Pilea
Updated: Jan 15
They call it Chinese Money Plant, Pancake Plant, Lefse Plant, Missionary Plant...
We like to call it Pass it On Plant! Easy to grow and to propagate, Pilea is one of the coolest houseplants around.
Pilea has come back! A pretty popular plant during the 60's and 70's, today it's conquering endless hearts on Instagram.
It gives instant warmth to the home, and it looks perfect when paired with a minimalist design, thanks to those smooth, unusual, modern-looking leaves, which remind of large green coins or small pancakes.
Pilea has always been not easy to find.
In the past, people used to call it "pass it-on-plant": the only way to get a Pilea was to know someone having a Pilea, and who was willing to give you one of the sprouts.
How To Grow Your Pilea
Pilea needs to be watered when the soil dries out: Pilea hates overwatering! You can water from above or from the bottom, just make sure that there's good drainage at the bottom of the pot. Remember to increase your watering when you repot your Pilea in a larger pot! If your home is dry, mist the leaves twice a week.
Remember also to feed once a month, using an all-purpose liquid fertilizer (20-20-20), diluted to half strength. Pilea will stay petite – 30-40 centimeters in high maximum, and will keep the air clean!
The best location for your Pilea is where it can receive bright indirect light but no direct sun. Rotate your plant occasionally if it receives light from only one side so that it keeps a nice even shape.
Also, Pilea likes it warm! Keep your plant between 60 and 80 °F (15-30 °C). Make sure the temperature doesn't go below 55° F (13° C) and avoid large fluctuations.
Pilea will suffer exposure to over 100° F (35° C): the best solution is to place your plant in a warm room with big windows, but out of the way of direct sunlight.
You can choose any pot for your Pilea; however, terracotta pots are considered the best choice for their ability to absorb moisture better. In any case, make sure the container you choose has drainage holes at the bottom so that the roots won't stay too wet.
Pilea loves humid environments: that is why is a great plant for terrariums!
Easy To Care And To Propagate
This amazing plant requires very little maintenance and will keep on growing indefinitely if you follow these simple care instructions. Once the plant has settled down in your house environment, sprouts will naturally start growing. Its beautiful dark green leaves flourish from a single stem and eventually form a thick canopy.
After one year you bought your Pilea, you can repot the plant in a bigger pot to give it more room. When repotting your Pilea, use any all-purpose or tropical soil mixture with good drainage. Do not be surprised if the soil beneath your Pilea is covered in roots; this plant is a voracious grower. Last but not least, be sure to repot your Pilea, or just change the soil, every two years for optimal health.
You can easily propagate your Pilea by stem cuttings and multiply your collection.
Cut the baby sprouts off, plant them in new pots and start your own Pilea Family!
A Plant Made To Be Shared
Don’t forget to gift your babies to friends and family! Once you have made some experience growing and nursing your first Pilea plant, you will propagate it easily and start spreading the Pilea fun around.