Pilea peperomioides Care

Pilea Peperomioides is a very easy plant to care for and does not need a lot of maintenance. However, these tips can ensure that your plant looks healthy and beautiful for many years to come. 

Light: Indirect bright light. Avoid direct sunlight.

Water: In 2” Pot: Water when top of soil begins to feel dry. When Repotted in Larger Pot: Water when top 1/2” feels dry. Thoroughly water so that the full soil volume is damp. Wait until top of soil dries and repeat.

Fertilizer: An All Purpose Plant Food such as the Optimara Plant Food NPK 20-5-10 is perfect for pilea. Use every other week. 

Repotting: If the plant outgrows it’s pot, it may be time to repot. A simple well-draining potting mix and a larger pot (ideally incrementally bigger: 2” into 4”, 4” into 6”, etc). Ensure that the larger pot has drainage holes to prevent overwatering. Gently remove the plant and place it into the larger pot. Make sure that the bottom leaf stems are not covered by soil or hanging on the edges of the pot. (The exact potting mix used for all our plants is “Optimara Potting Soil”)

Droopy Plant after Shipping?: Don’t worry if your pilea looks especially droopy or drops a leaf or 2, after receiving it. If there is no other damage, this is simply the result of shipping stress on the plant. Put it in a bright place and water as usual. You should notice that the pilea perks up over the next week or two.