Pilea Peperomioides care

Placement

PRO TIP:

The Pilea Peperomioides, also known as the Chinese Money Plant easily makes everyone's favorite houseplant list. This plant is low maintenance and known for its circular bright green leaves.  Place your Pilea in a bright spot near a window. It is best to keep the plant out of direct sunlight, but close to a light source. Too much direct sun can cause the leaves to burn. On the other hand, too low of light can cause the leaves to fade and the overall health to suffer. Be sure to rotate the plant frequently as they grow quickly and lean towards the light.

We also have a guide for how to measure light in your space.

 

Pilea Peperomiodes Leaf

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Routine Maintenance

PRO TIP: This plant is very easy to propagate! Root cuttings or pups in soil or water and watch them grow.

Always be sure to assess your plants watering needs upon receiving it.  Before giving your plant a drink, it is best to check the moisture level in the soil first.  Allow the top 2”-3” of the soil to dry between waterings. Often times the plant will droop as an indication that it’s ready for water. Though always feel the soil before watering to eliminate any other cause.

Consider aerating the soil of your plant before the initial watering. We compact the soil to avoid shifting during transit, so aerating can help the soil breath and allow for moisture to be released.

Plants purchased in a pot without a drainage hole, have been set up with a built in drainage system. A layer of hydro stones (porous, absorbent material made of recycled glass) has been placed beneath the soil to act as a reservoir and retain any excess water that flows through the soil. You will need to be slightly more cautious not too pour too much water into these containers as there is no way for the water to escape. We suggest pouring small amounts of water in bit by bit, until you have reached the desired moisture level in the soil. We estimate ¼ - 1 standard measuring cup, in total, per watering.

For plants potted with a drainage hole, water until it begins to come out the bottom of the pot and into the catch tray. Empty the catch tray before returning the plant back to its location.

For regular upkeep, dust the leaves often so the plant can photosynthesize properly. When dusting, take the opportunity to inspect the underside of leaves and keep an eye out for pests. Using fertilizer spring through fall will enhance your plants foliage and promote new growth. Rotate your plant periodically to ensure even growth on all sides.

Remember each plant is a unique living thing and may have varying needs, especially in their individual locations. Pay attention to the condition of your Pilea Peperomioides and its watering needs and you will have a  long and happy relationship.

Standard Planter Instructions

There are two types of standard planters offered by Greenery NYC—those with drainage holes, and those without. Within those two categories are an array of sizes and styles to choose from. All these factors play a role in the quantity and frequency of water given to your plant.

Plants purchased in a pot without a drainage hole have been set up with a built in drainage system. A layer of hydro stones (porous, absorbent material made of recycled glass) has been placed beneath the soil to act as a reservoir and retain any excess water that flows through the soil. You will need to be slightly more cautious not to pour too much water into these containers as there is no way for the water to escape. We suggest pouring small amounts of water in bit by bit, until you have reached the desired moisture level in the soil.

For plants with a drainage hole, water until it begins to come out the bottom of the pot and into the catch tray.

Always be sure to assess your plants watering needs upon receiving it. Refer to the routine maintenance section for moisture requirements. Desktop Aglaonema require approximately ¼  to 1 measuring cup of water for the initial watering. Floor plant Aglaonema require 3 - 6 cups of water for the initial watering.

Self Watering Container Instructions

The self-watering planters require a good, solid watering of the topsoil after they are first placed. This is important, because the roots of the plants need to grow into the reservoir in order to drink from it. Follow the standard planter instructions for the first four weeks until the reservoir is ready to be tested.

TEST: After four weeks, fill the reservoir until the red indicator reaches the MAX line. If the indicator goes down over the first few days, it means the plant is ready for reservoir servicing. If not, be sure to continue top watering for a few more weeks, until the plant starts drinking from the reservoir.

RESERVOIR SERVICING: Once the indicator goes down, do not refill the reservoir right away. Similar to how humans need a breath of air between gulps of water, almost all plants require a drying out period.  Ficus Audrey need to dry out between waterings only slightly, so once the reservoir is empty wait a few days before you refill. Always allow for the reservoir to empty all the way, and after the drying out period, be sure to fill it until the indicator reaches the MAX line.

From here on out, you should NEVER topwater the plant. If you water from the top, it can drown the plant. In the Self Watering Container, the top layer of soil will eventually become extremely dry and hard, and may even pull away from the edges of the pot. This is not a cause for concern, but simply because the plant is drinking directly from its roots in the water reservoir.

Frequently Asked Questions

The lower leaves on my Pilea are turning yellow and falling off. What is going on?

  • Most often this is due to an issue with watering. It is more common that this plant get over watered rather than under watered, but it could be either. Consider recent care given and feel the soil of your plant. If the soil is moist, then aerate it and wait until it is dry before you water. If the soil feels really dry, then you likely underwatered and your plant needs a drink.

How do I propagate my Pilea?

  • There are two ways to do this. Either in soil or in water. We have found the soil method is quite easy and eliminates one step, but it’s entirely up to you! Once you have had your plant for a while, you will most likely see it produce little offshoots or pups in the soil. Remove this shoot and be sure to take some of its roots along with it. Pot it up in a small 2” terra cotta pot and care for it as usual. You will need to monitor this plant more frequently than the mother plant because the pot is so small and the plant will need more water until it’s roots have established.
  • To root in water, simply take a leaf cutting and let the stem sit in water until a good amount of roots appear. You can also take a pup and let its roots sot in water and grow. Transfer to a small pot and provide care as usual.

Why are my Pilea’s leaves drooping?

  • This could be happening for a few different reasons. The Pileas leaves often droop when the plant is thirsty. Feel the soil, if it’s dry to the touch in the top few inches then your plant is ready for a drink. If the soil is moist throughout then the droopiness is being caused by something else.
  • Another reason your Pilea could be droopy is the plant could not receiving enough light. This plant prefers a bright, but indirect light source. It will not fare well in low light conditions.

What are the white spots under my pileas leaves?

  • The white spots are pores! Also known as stomata. They are a mineral residue from water vapor being released through the pores. Not to worry, they are not pests or fungus.

Why are there brown spots on my Pileas leaves?

  • This is often a cause of overwatering. When over watered the Pileas leaves will develop brown spotting and edges, and the leaves will begin to fall off the plant. If your plant is showing these symptoms, feel the soil. If it’s moist then hold off on watering until the soil dries all the way through the pot. Reference the care instructions for re establishing a watering routine with your plant.
  • Other causes for brown spotting are, too much fertilizer, too much sun, or pests.

How often should I fertilize my plant?

  • In general, house plants will thrive when they are fertilized spring through fall. Fertilize once a month with an organic houseplant fertilizer, following the package instructions for dilution and administration. Greenery NYC uses an organic potting mix with a slow release fertilizer in the soil so your plant will not need fertilizer within the first 6 months of receiving it.

How often does my plant need to be repotted?

  • For smaller desktop plants, we suggest repotting once every 12-18 months. Typically you want to choose a potting vessel 1”- 2” larger in diameter to allow for growth. Don’t choose a pot much larger than the previous as this could drown the plants roots. If you prefer to maintain the current size of your plant, repot into the same vessel, providing new soil and trimming away some roots and foliage. Repotting in the spring or summer is ideal.

Pro - Tip: Rotate your plant frequently to keep it’s growth even and symmetrical!

Pro - Tip: This plant is super easy to propagate! Root cuttings or pups in soil or water and watch them grow.

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