Pilea Care Guide

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This family of plants are native to tropical regions of Central and South America. Most are fairly compact specimens that do not exceed 12” in height. Pilea are grown for its foliage, which can be either plain or variegated depending on the species. The commonly grown varieties in Pilea have large round button shaped leaves. These plants are often found as house plants since they are easy to care for.


This plant thrives in bright indirect light. Direct light should be avoided as it can cause Pilea’s leaves to fade and burn. Dark corners should also be avoided.

Water and Soil

Pilea like to dry out by about 50% between watering. This plant does not tolerate over watering so it is always best to err on the side of underwatering. This plant likes well-draining, porous soil that is airy and not compact. Water only when around 50% or more of the soil is dry. This can be achieved by amending a standard, well draining potting mix with perlite and peat.

Temperature and Humidity

Pilea prefer temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees F. Cold drafts and temperatures below 60 degrees F may damage this plants foliage and should be avoided. While this plant does fine in the humidity found in the average home, it would certainly benefit from added humidity.

What Else?

Pilea benefit from regular trimmings, which can encourage denser, bushier growth. Remove and discard any dead, discolored or damaged leaves. Healthy trimmings can be used for propagation, as Peperomia can be easily propagated through both stem and leaf cuttings.