House Plant Care - Pilea

House Plant Care - Pilea

By Vijay Krishna

House Plant Care - Pilea

Pilea peperomioides is known as one of the most desired home plants.

 

Sustaining the Plant

If the plant is kept away from the light, then it’s time for us to start picking the yellowish dried fallen leaves. Anything less than a daily high of 150 foot-candles will cause the plant to adjust by aborting older leaves. In a few months, if the plant would succumb to root rot because its soil stayed moist for too long. It can be solved by aerating the soil.  You would be left with no more than two to three leaves growing very slowly at the top of a bare stem, and the constant yellowing and dying off. It’s just an adjustment period to low light.

 

To Do: For Growth

It will grow nicely when you give a nice sky view from the window and proper sunlight. The new leaves will grow more than 4” in diameter. Whereas, older leaves will still become yellow and fall off, but the overall plant will remain lush. When piles grow with more than 200 foot-candles, it tends to use up soil moisture within a few days. Keep the soil evenly moist and well aerated during growth. Be very careful while aerating, as you accidentally don’t disturb the beneath runner who turns up into pups.