Pilea Q&A: 5 Common Questions Answered
Updated: Jun 29
Why doesn't my plant grow larger? Where can I buy a Pilea? Leaves are turning yellow, what's the problem? Why should I feed my Pilea? If you are asking yourself one of these questions, you are in the right place: we have got answers!
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1. How can I make my plant grow larger?
The most beautiful thing about Pilea plants is that they all look different and they all do their own things, even when you are treating them all the same.
Some Pileas will grow tall, and others will grow large. Some have big leaves; others have small leaves. Some will grow fast, and others will stay petite.
Every Pilea is different and will look different. Do not worry too much if your Pilea doesn't look "perfect" or doesn't grow the way you want. In the end, we love them all in any case, whatever the shape they are!
2. How can I ship or mail Pilea babies to my friends and family?
Firstly, wrap the baby in a dry paper towel as the sprouts can retain their internal moisture for up to a week. The dry paper towel absorbs any external humidity that can cause the plantlet to rot during shipping.
Secondly, wrap the baby and dry paper towel in a plastic bag, and ship in any container sturdy enough to prevent the plants from being crushed (most cardboard or carton works just fine).
3. Why are my Pilea’s leaves turning yellow?
If a Pilea’s outside or bottom leaves are turning yellow, it means that they are aging. They can be safely removed or just left to fall off naturally.
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.
Another reason why Pilea's leaves turn yellow is a nitrogen deficiency. Give your Pilea a high-nitrogen nutrient formula. You may consider adding a regular dose of an amino-acid supplement to your monthly feeding program: it can help the plant to get all the nitrogen it needs.
4. Why do I need to feed my Pilea once a month?
Every plant needs six macro-nutrients to survive. They get carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen from air and water, but they also need nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium; here’s why we need to feed them with some fertilizer!
On every fertilizer label, you can notice three numbers, such as 20-20-20. These numbers may vary depending on the fertilizer and show you what proportion of each macro-nutrient the fertilizer contains. The first number is always nitrogen, the second is phosphorus, and the third is potassium.
Feed your Pilea once a month to give it more color and enhance growth; we suggest using an all-purpose 20-20-20 fertilizer diluted to half strength.
5. Where can I buy a Pilea? Do you sell online?
Unfortunately, at the moment we don't sell online. You can find our Pilea in many retailers and nurseries all around North America.
Send us a message through the contact form including your address, area code, and any further questions, and we will be happy to help you. Also, you may consider checking pileamap.com: a useful website with a map showing several shops currently selling Pilea!