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Albany, new york
Kbuasod
May 28, 2020 6:44 AM CST
hi all. I am by no means a plant expert. In fact, I just ventured into the world of indoor house plants this last year. I bought a creeping charlie (Pilea nummulariifolia I believe) because it looked so full and green, and I was hoping it would drape nicely towards the floor. Basically since I brought it home, many of the leaves shrivel up quickly, turn brown/black and fall off. Every time I remove the plant to water it, tons of leaves just fall off.

I water it about once a week but sometimes twice if I feel the soil is dry. As you can see in the photos, it is hanging between two large windows so that is the light it receives.

I am at a loss for what could be causing it to look so awful. It was very full when I bought it and now looks pathetic at best.

Any tips for saving it?


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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 28, 2020 7:52 AM CST
Your plant is not getting as much light as you think. It is off to the side of the nearest window so little of the light reaches it. The other window is too far away for your plant to benefit. Try to keep it in front of one of the two windows.

If you want a plant for that location, a Pothos would be a better choice because it does not require as much light as your Pilea.

Pilea is a fragile plant that will drop leaves in a hurry if watering is not just right. I suggest that you water it thoroughly as soon as the top half-inch of soil feels dry to your touch.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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