Pilea Peperomioides Spring Care
Updated: Jun 29, 2020
Caring for your Pilea all year round is vital to keeping it healthy. In the spring, Your Pilea will require a certain type of care to recover from the stress of the winter season and prepare for the upcoming summer months. The following is a guide that will help you keep your Pilea feeling and looking great this springtime.
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Trim Your Pilea
One of the most important parts of taking care of your plant in the spring is giving it a good trim.
Over the fall and winter months, your plants will likely experience stagnation, dulling, and overall stunted growth.
You can help encourage new leaves growth by trimming the plant in the early springtime. Remember to be careful when you trim – you don’t want to cut too much, as this may cause issues with growth. Think of it as getting your own hair trimmed: nothing too drastic, just a little off the top and the sides!
Give It A New Pot
Pilea needs to be repotted in a new pot or planter every year, and the springtime is the best time to give your plant a new home.
If you keep your plant in the same pot for too long, it can increase the chances for issues such as root rot, pests, and even stunted growth. Allowing your plant some fresh room to grow in a new pot is the perfect way to encourage it to come back to life. You will probably see increased growth during the upcoming spring and summer season thanks to your plant’s bigger home!
And, it’s the perfect chance for you to spruce up your home decor by choosing a pot with a new color or style that will shake things up inside your space.
Add A Boost Of Fertilizer
Fertilizer can really help your Pilea come back to life after the cold season. Including a feeding schedule in your care routine will make a big difference for your plant’s growth during the spring and summer!
Make sure you purchase a high-quality fertilizer with the right ratio. We suggest using an all-purpose 20-20-20 fertilizer diluted to half-strength. It’s important not to get something too strong since this can cause burnout for your plant and create issues with growth.
And remember, when it comes to fertilizer, less is more; once a month is enough to give your Pilea more color and enhance growth.
Dust Your Pilea
You’ve likely dusted your bookshelves, knick-knacks, and maybe even the top of your TV once in a while, but you probably haven’t thought to give your plant a good dusting!
Dust can build up on plants as easily as other stationery items in your home. Just like you need to remove dust from your electronics to prevent problems, removing dust from plants is necessary to keep them healthy.
However, don’t break out a feather duster when it comes to cleaning up your Pilea! Instead, use two soft cloths: keep one dry and get the other slightly damp with some water. Then use the dry cloth to carefully rub the dust off the plant leaves, the pot, and anything else that has accumulated dust, dirt, or other debris. Once the bulk of the dust and debris is gone, give the leaves a gentle cleaning with the damp cloth.
Remember to be gentle! You don’t want to damage any leaves. While cleaning every leaf, support it with your hand, so you don’t bend or break it. Do it every two weeks, and your Pilea will look healthier and shinier.
Check The Moisture Levels
The air can get very dry in the winter in most environments, which can wreak havoc on your Pilea. You will need to help your plant bounce back from the dry air of the winter season by increasing the amount of moisture the plant receives.
This can be done in a few ways, including moving the plant to an area of the home with higher humidity (such as the bathroom or the kitchen); checking the moisture level of the room with a moisture sensor and acting accordingly; misting the leaves frequently; buying a humidifier or creating a pebble tray.
Consider Watering More Often
In the spring, you might find your Pilea needing water more often than during the winter months.
To make sure you don't overwater, increase the water frequency gradually. Check your Pilea soil frequently, and give water only when it feels dry on the top.
Move Your Plant Outside
If night temperatures are consistently above 55 °F, you can consider moving your Pilea outside to the patio or garden.
Choose a shady area and water the plant in the early morning only. Keep in mind that you will need to protect your plant from direct sunlight and strong winds.
Your Pilea might start to dry out faster when outside, especially on warmer days – check the soil often. On the other hand, if it has rained for a couple of days, you can skip watering.
And have fun!