Pilea Peperomiodes Care And Growth

by Suzi Tehan

Known as the Chinese Money Plant or the Friendship Plant, Pilea peperomiodes has a fascinating history, Swedish missionaries brought it to Europe from the Himalayas, where it became popular and spread world wide because of its easy propagation. The good thing about it is that it's easy to care for and readily available.

Pilea doesn't need a lot of light. It prefers bright indirect light but can adapt to medium light and can tolerate a few hours of direct sunlight.
One shouldn't overwater the soil and let it dry out between waterings. In the right conditions, Pilea can grow up to three feet tall!
Fertilize the plant 1-2 times per month with indoor plant food during the spring and summer, or a slow release feed all year.

Common problems with Pileas include drooping leaves, curling leaves, brown spots and white grains on the leaves. Drooping leaves can be caused by either under or over watering. Curling leaves can be caused by too much sunlight, brown spots can be caused by sunburn or fertilizer burn, and white grains on the leaves are mineral deposits.

To keep your Pilea Peperomiodes healthy, remove dry or dead leaves, prune and shape it, clean its leaves, and repot it when needed. Keep the plant in a moderately warm environment and avoid drafty or cold windows. 

Recent research has shown that Pilea Peperomiodes prefers higher humidity levels and benefits from regular misting or placing a humidifier near the plant.

It is important to mention that Pilea Peperomiodes is a toxic plant for pets, so it is recommended that it should be kept out of reach of animals at all times.

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