The Pilea is known for the bright green, disc shaped leaves. Aside from their beauty they are low maintenance plants can adjust to lower light if needed. These plants are fast growing and perfect for a first time plant parent. 

  • Light

The Pilea will prefer a bright indirect spot in your home. Avoid direct sunlight as it will cause leaves to drop. For a Pilea to grow evenly, rotate every 2-3 weeks. 

  • Water

The Pilea likes for the soil to dry out about 75% of the way. Overwatering will cause yellowing leaves and leaf loss. 

  • Humidity and Temp

The Pilea does well in a drier environment so adding humidity isn’t necessary. Their ideal temperatures range from 65 to 75 degrees. Keep them away from heating vents in the winter to avoid an unhappy plant. 

  • Soil

Almost any well-draining potting mix will be sufficient for your Pilea. Our go-to recommendation for a high-quality soil that’s fast draining is Fox Farms Ocean Forest.

  • Fertilizer

The Pilea will benefit from fertilizer once a month during the growing season, spring and summer. No need to fertilize in the fall or winter. 


  • Pet friendly? 
Yes, Pileas are pet friendly but if consumed in large amounts could cause digestive problems. For a happy plant try to keep away from pets that tend to munch on the leaves or stems!
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