The Pilea hasnt been a houseplant for very long. In the 1940s, the plant was brought to Norway by a Norwegian missionary who was living in China. The plant slowly spread through people sharing its pups, and within the last few years, it has made its way here to the States. It is quick and easy to propagate it's a great plant for all types of rooms, kitchens, and offices.
Your Pilea will do best in bright but indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight will scorch the leaves. This plant can adapt to lower light but the leaves will turn a darker green and the stems will stretch more.
Allow the soil to dry in between waterings, as Pilea do not like soggy soil. If the leaves start looking droopy, it is time to water your plant. They will require more water in warmer weather.
Pilea plants enjoy normal household temperatures of about 65°- 75° F.
Common Problems Q&A
Why are my leaves turning yellow?
This is very likely due to over watering. While the soil should remain damp, it should not be wet. You should only water your Pilea when the top 25% of the soil is dry.
Why are my leaves drooping?
Drooping leaves can be caused by both over watering and under watering. If the soil appears overly dry, watering your plant should perk it right up. If the soil is not dry and instead appears wet, try watering your plant less frequently.
Why are my leaves curling inward and cupping?
Leaves can begin to curl when the plant is not receiving enough light. Try moving your Pilea to an area with more light. Pilea plants do best in bright, indirect sunlight.
- Botanical Name: Pilea cadierei
- Common Names: Aluminum
- Description: Pilea cadierei, commonly called aluminum plant, is native to Vietnam. The foliage looks like it has been splashed with aluminum paint, hence the common name. This is an upright, herbaceous perennial that is noted for its textured green and silver foliage. It typically grows in a shrubby clump to 12” tall.
- Botanical Name: Pilea Repens
- Common Names: Bronze Pilea
- Description: This pilea has a unique, crinkley purple and silver leaf, with new growth starting as a beautiful deep bronze. This plant does not like to be moved around, and prefers a shady, but bright location (avoid direct sunlight).