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Pilea: The Pancake Plant

Pilea: The Pancake Plant

Pilea Peperomioides – also referred to as the Chinese Money plant, pancake plant or friendship plant, make the perfect houseplant if you’re looking to add a little dose of adorable to your space.

Lively and fairly easy to care for, this quirky plant brings a pop of vibrant green with their signature pancake-shaped leaves and airy nature. Known to grow up to 8-12” in height, we love that Pilea grows little babies so you can propagate your plant and share it with friends!

Information, Care & Maintenance for Pilea:  

Potting & Soil: Re-potting your Pilea plant will encourage growth, giving it some space to encourage the pups to spread out. When choosing a pot for re-planting, be sure to use a pot with a drainage hole to prevent root rot. Also, when re-planting, be sure to incorporate rocks at the bottom of your pot, about 1-inch deep to aid with drainage. Choose a quality, well-drained potting mix to allow for the water to move fluidly throughout.

Water: Pilea requires moderate watering, but the most leading causes of a failed plant are due to overwatering. Allow your plant to dry out between waterings and do not allow it to sit in water and get soggy. Try putting your finger in the dirt or lifting the pot to see if it still feels heavy from the last watering. If it feels dry to the touch, then it is time for watering. Try to stick to a weekly watering schedule. If you notice that your plant sprigs are drooping, this is the plant’s way of telling you that it needs more watering.

Rotate your plant with every watering as the Pilea will reach towards the light, the rotation will help to keep your plant growing evenly.

Light:  Bright indirect sunlight is what will make your Pilea thrive! Ensure that the location you choose isn’t direct light as this will cause your Pilea to burn. When choosing a spot for your plant, in the colder months keep them indoors near a bright window, in the Summer it is safe to bring your Pilea outside as long as it is in a covered area and brought back in before temperatures begin to drop.

Fertilize: Fertilize during the Spring and Summer months – use an all-purpose 20-20-20 houseplant fertilizer formula.

Do you already have a Pilea plant in your home? What are some tips that you’ve discovered to help keep your plant happy? We’d love to hear from you!

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