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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 6 to 12 inches
Plant Spread: 6 to 12 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green
Other: Greenish-white
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Underground structures: Tuber
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM


Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Jul 23, 2020 9:18 AM

I'd tried growing Pilea peperomioides as a houseplant a few times over the years but I never seemed to have much luck keeping one alive for very long. My current plant was purchased in February 2019 and it did okay for a few months but eventually began to decline, as had those I'd owned in the past. So I decided to try wick watering the Pilea, which is what I've done with all of my other indoor plants. For wicks, I cut nylon pantyhose into short strips and using a small wooden dowel I very gently push the nylon up into the soil through a drainage hole in the bottom of the pot. I sit the plastic nursery pot down inside a more decorative container with pebbles in the bottom and I always keep a small amount of water in the cache pot that wicks water up into the soil as needed. I've now had this plant for seventeen months and it seems quite happy and healthy.

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This plant began to decline within a few months of purchase so I decided to wick water. It's been more than 2 years now and although the plant (in my opinion) isn't thriving, it's still alive and doing okay.
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