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SeeDee
Oct 21, 2017 12:13 PM CST
Got a pilea about 8 weeks ago, and I think it's been doing well.

This is the first plant I've ever taken seriously, I did a lot of research once I got her and it's been very beneficial. However, I made the mistake of over watering her about 3 weeks ago and had to deal with fungus gnats.

They didn't appear to cause any harm to the plant. Her leaves have been green and alive and all the leaves, save for 3, stand erect.
I also give her a misting once a day now, as of 2 days ago and keep her on a desk out of direct sun but within reach of sunlight.

So here are my questions:
Are pileas slow to grow? There isn't much if a difference in the way she looks now versus when I got her (I'll attach pictures, the droopy pic is from when I first got her).

And could the gnats from a few weeks ago have done damage that I'm only seeing now? 2 of the leaves have broken from the base of their stems, it looks like they wilted.
There's a third that droops a bit too but the stem is pretty strong, it just grows on an angle.
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plantladylin
Oct 22, 2017 2:10 PM CST
Hi SeeDee, Welcome!
I'm not certain but your plant looks like it might be the Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides) which is a more succulent variety of Pilea. The fungus gnats were indeed due to the soil staying too wet but I doubt the gnats would cause harm to the plant. Your Pilea looks very happy and healthy to my eyes and I wouldn't expect a tremendous amount of growth in 8 weeks, especially at this time of year when most plants naturally begin to slow down as winter nears. Once spring arrives and the weather begins to warm again, you should see new growth on your pretty Pilea. Just be careful with watering over the winter months as plants don't need as much moisture during their winter rest.
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SeeDee
Oct 22, 2017 2:43 PM CST
plantladylin said:Hi SeeDee, Welcome!
I'm not certain but your plant looks like it might be the Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides) which is a more succulent variety of Pilea. The fungus gnats were indeed due to the soil staying too wet but I doubt the gnats would cause harm to the plant. Your Pilea looks very happy and healthy to my eyes and I wouldn't expect a tremendous amount of growth in 8 weeks, especially at this time of year when most plants naturally begin to slow down as winter nears. Once spring arrives and the weather begins to warm again, you should see new growth on your pretty Pilea. Just be careful with watering over the winter months as plants don't need as much moisture during their winter rest.


Ah, okay that's a relief!
Thank you for the reply!
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plantladylin
Oct 22, 2017 2:49 PM CST
You are very welcome and I forgot to say Welcome! to the site!
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plantmanager
Oct 22, 2017 2:53 PM CST
Yes, Welcome to NGA! I've had it before, and it is a slow grower for me. Be sure not to overwater it. I tend to be bad about that.
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