How to Care for a Pilea Peperioimides

How to Care for a Pilea

Use these instructions to care for a Pilea Peperomioides indoor plant. This guide will tell you how to water your Pilea; its light, temperature, and humidity preferences; and any additional care your plant might need to help it grow.

 
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS
Your Pilea will do best in a bright, indirect sunny spot in your home. Even though this plant is part of the succulent family, do not place your Pilea in direct sunlight since it will scorch the leaves. In order to prevent your Pilea from growing lopsided, rotate it at least 2-3 times a week since it grows towards the sun. This plant can adapt to lower light areas, but the leaves will turn a darker green and the plant will spread out more.

WATER REQUIREMENTS
Allow the soil to dry between waterings, as Pilea do not like soggy soil. Watch the leaves—when they start looking a tad droopy, it’s time to water your plant. In warmer weather, they need to be watered more frequently.

HUMIDITY PREFERENCE
This plant does not require any extra humidity and does well in a drier environment.

OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE
Normal household temperatures between 65-75 degrees are fine. However, make sure that your Pilea does not sit near the heating vents in the winter, as it will drop its leaves.

PLANT FOOD
For best results, use a general liquid houseplant fertilizer at half strength twice during the spring and summer.

ADDITIONAL CARE
If you notice white spots on your Pilea, they are most likely caused by salts and chemicals in your water. If you do not have a filtration system, leaving the tap water in an open container overnight before watering can help remove some of the chlorine and fluoride.

TOXICITY
Pilea are generally non-toxic for humans and pets. However, when ingested in very large quantities, they can cause a mild digestive reaction.