Gardening

Pilea: a plant with a designer look


Pilea peperomioides, also called Chinese money plant, is a decorative and design plant.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Pileapeperomioides
Family : Urticaceae
Type : Succulent plant

Height
: 30 cm
Exposure : Bright
Ground : Lightweight, well drained

Foliage
: Persistent

Planting and repotting pilea

Planting or repotting pilea is an important step because it is this which conditions the good recovery and growth of the plant over the seasons.

Exhibition of the pilea:

Pilea is native to southwestern China and likes hot summer climates and mild winter.

Outdoors, it should therefore not withstand temperatures below 10 ° in winter.

The pilea likes them sunny but not scorching situation, so avoid putting it behind a window facing south, especially in summer.

  • It's better to grow your pilea indoors, because he wouldn't resist the slightest frost

Repotting the Pilea:

  • You will be able repot your just pilea after purchase if you bought it outside of the flowering period but the pots are generally intended to be kept for at least 1 to 2 years after purchase.
  • Then a repotting when your pilea is cramped, apply with potting soil mixed with sand.

In summer, you can put your pound outdoors as early as May when there is a risk of frost and until the end of summer. Choose a bright location, but avoid direct sunlight during the hottest hours of the day.

Cut the pilea:

Pilea reproduces by cuttings from young stems of around 6-7 cm.

Recovery is generally quite easy.

  • Cut off young stems that already have a few leaves with a sharp, disinfected blade. Be careful, these young shoots are fragile to handle.
  • Plant the young stem in special cutting soil
  • Keep the soil always moist without flooding it so as not to rot the young roots.
  • Keep your cutting in the light but without direct sunlight

Maintenance of the pilea

If the maintenance of the pilea is easier, a few steps will allow you to have a very beautiful plant and for a long time.

Here are our tips for a good growth of your pilea over the seasons:

  • He needs a lot of light
  • Water regularly, about 2 times a week but not excessively so as not to flood the roots.
  • The contribution ofspecial houseplant fertilizer in spring and summer is a plus for the growth of your pilea.

Pile size:

If you want to keep a compact habit and promote branching, simply pinch the young stems after a bud.

The term to pinch means to cut with your fingernails, a small blade or a small chisel, the whole being to stop the growth of a stem so that it branches out.

Pilea and red spiders:

Here is how to fight against these mites, red spiders.

To know about pilea peperomioides

Originally from China, Pilea peperomioides first arrived in the Nordic countries, in Norway more precisely, after a missionary had the good idea to bring back a cutting in 1945.

Pilea peperomioides is an example of a plant that first spread thanks to cuttings made by gardening enthusiasts without the development of professional botanists.

While the genus Pilea contains more than 600 tropical species, it is the pilea peperomioides that is found the most and that is the most valued as a houseplant.

But there are also hanging pilea, ideal in suspension.

Rather fast growing, the pilea will reach its adult size (about 30 cm) after about 2 years.

Smart tip

Tradition has it that you bury a coin at the foot of the pilea to attract prosperity to your home. And if by luck you get rich, it's up to you to offer her a pot equal to what she has brought you, why not in gold!

Video: Pilea Pepermioides Care and Propagation. This Thing Is Huge! (October 2020).