Is Pilea Spruceana Toxic To Cats?
Pilea members are not considered poisonous to cats, dogs, other pets, or humans. If you have a furry friend who likes to nibble on your houseplants or a small child who wants to explore the world with their mouth, this plant is a good choice.
It is vital to note that any plant can trigger an upset stomach in pets. If your cat or dog nibbled on your Pilea and got a good bite out of it, it could cause vomiting or diarrhea. However, nothing out of the ordinary is to be expected.
After all, cats use their natural reaction to eating plants to get rid of furballs! It’s disgusting, but it’s not too serious until it happens more than once or twice after ingestion.
Why Is My Pilea Spruceana Not Growing?
Insufficient light: If your Pilea is not developing as it should, it could be due to a lack of adequate light. When a plant does not get enough light, it must expend all of its energy stretching and reaching for more light. That consumes energy that could be used to generate fresh growth.
A leggy Pilea is the best sign that your plant requires more light. Pileas that are leggy, or etiolated, have long, stretched-out stems, thin leaves, and sparse stalks because they have had to modify their growth to gain access to more light.
Pileas thrive in a lot of bright, indirect light. They require as much sunlight as possible, yet they cannot withstand the harshness of direct sunlight since they are prone to the plant equivalent of sunburn.
Your Pilea has gone dormant: Every plant has a growing season as well as a dormant season. The growing season in nature is the time of year when the weather offers what a plant requires to develop new growth.
We expose plants to a steady light source and temperature when we take them indoors, but we do not shorten their growing season.
The growing season occurs throughout the warmest months of the year. The growing season is defined by the last and first frosts of the year, and it lasts from spring to early October for the majority of us.
Your plant will develop faster during this period since it converts sunlight into energy more quickly. The further you are from the equator, the shorter your area’s growing season will be, and vice versa.
Tropical places have growth seasons that last for the most of the year, whereas sites much further north or south of the equator will not have enough heat or sunlight for much of the year, resulting in much shorter growing seasons.
When your Pilea is dormant, it will not produce new growth. If you live in the northern hemisphere and are reading this in late fall or winter, the most likely reason your Pilea is not growing is that it is dormant.
Overwatering: Pileas are tough and easy to care for, but they have one big flaw: overwatering. Many houseplant owners are scared of not watering their Pileas sufficiently, so they overcompensate and water the plants excessively. The most prevalent cause of ill Pilea plants is overwatering.
There are two types of overwatering. The first is when you overwater your Pilea too regularly. The second is caused by insufficient drainage. Plants become overwatered and suffer when planted in a container and/or soil that does not aid in the plant draining and drying out rapidly between waterings.
Pileas should be planted in a container with a drainage hole in quick draining soil, such as a succulent or cactus blend. Water them only when the top inch of soil is dry.
Lack of nutrients: Plants in nature have constant access to new nutrients. Wild plants may usually find the nutrition they require through rainfall or by extending their roots to reach fresh soil.
Plants that are moved indoors do not get access to fresh nutrients since they are limited to what is available in their little containers.
Pileas can initially get all they need from potting soil, but the available nutrients are quickly depleted. They are deprived of the nutrients they require to grow unless we explicitly provide nutrition to their soil.
One reason your Pilea has ceased growing is that it has drained the nutrients in its container. This is where fertilizer enters the picture. By fertilizing Pileas once a month, we can replenish the soil with nutrients that the plant can absorb.
It needs repotting: When attempting to figure out what’s wrong with our houseplants, we frequently overlook what’s going on beneath the surface. Unhealthy roots or roots that have run out of room to develop could be the cause of your Pilea’s lack of growth in the leaves and stem.
Your plant’s root system is responsible for absorbing water, oxygen, and nutrients from the soil, which it then uses to generate energy and develop. When the roots are unable to obtain what they require, the entire plant suffers.
As a plant grows above earth, its root system expands and spreads below ground. A Pilea can normally live in a single container for two years, but after that, it’s time to size up.
How Do You Propagate Pilea Spruceana?
Seeds and stem-tip cuttings are used for propagation.
Stem-Tip Cuttings (Moderate) can be obtained when specimens reach 8cm (3 inches) in height at the start of spring. Pinch or prune the top 3cm (1.1 inch) of growth to leave at least two nodes (leaves) – one for foliar growth and the other for root development.
Remove the lower leaves gently and place the bottom half of the stem in a moist potting mix. Although we recommend a ‘Houseplant’ labeled soil, a general-purpose compost with extra perlite and sand will also work well.
As long as perlite is added to the mix, oxygen will circulate freely around the cutting’s base, reducing the possibility of basal rot. Wrap the plant (and its pot) in a clear bag with small holes to maintain high humidity, as the lack of roots causes moisture loss within the stem.
Provide a bright, indirect area with consistent soil moisture to accelerate root development and improve overall health. Remove the bag whenever new growth appears and follow the care instructions above!
Where Is Pilea Spruceana Native To?
Pilea spruceana is often found in Ecuador and Peru’s hilly regions. Hugh Algernon Weddell named the species in the mid-18th century, placing it in the genus Pilea and using the specific epithet ‘spruceana’ to honor English naturalist Richard Spruce.
Pilea is derived from the Latin word pileus, which means ‘felt cap’ referring to the calyx covering the achene.
Does Pilea Spruceana Have Flowers?
Small clusters of white flowers appear about halfway down the stem and can remain for several days. This procedure typically begins in late spring; however, some specimens may flower before or after this date. It is, nevertheless, unusual for the plant to bloom inside.
Does Pilea Spruceana Need Fertilizers?
Pilea Spruceana requires fertilization every fourth week. To feed this plant, you should use a houseplant fertilizer. A liquid fertilizer can also be used. Whatever fertilizer you use, make careful to dilute it first to avoid scorching the roots.
Because this plant is not actively developing in the autumn and winter, it does not require much fertilizer. This plant should only be fertilized after six waterings during those days. Overfeeding can cause nutrient and salt buildup, which can damage the plant, so plan your fertilizing carefully.
Is Pilea Spruceana An Indoor Plant?
If you want to keep your plant indoors, do not put it directly in front of a window or under the sun, otherwise it will face leaf burn. If you see the leaves change their original color to light green or yellowish, please move the plant away from the window.
Does Pilea Spruceana Need Light?
To promote healthy growth and healthy leaves, place it in an area with plenty of lighting.
The Pilea Silver Tree creeps along the ground of the forest canopy in its natural habitat. Because it is protected from direct sunshine there, it requires similar circumstances when cultivated indoors.
This plant requires mild sunlight exposure to thrive. Too much direct or strong sunshine might harm its foliage.
Because of its low light requirements, you can place this plant in a variety of locations throughout your home. It can also be grown in a low-light environment at your office. Do not position it immediately on a window sill where the burning heat of the sun will burn its leaves.
How Often Do You Repot Pilea Spruceana?
Every two years in the spring, repot using Houseplant’ labeled compost and the next sized container with enough drainage.
Hydrate the plant for 24 hours before fiddling with the roots to avoid transplant shock. Add a thin layer of tiny grit to the pot’s base to increase drainage and reduce over-watering for those in a darker environment.
Why Is My Pilea Spruceana Dying?
After time, your pilea will eventually die if not provided proper care. This can happen during cooler seasons or after a storm. It will require more water than normal because of the lower temperatures and the lack of sunlight.
When plants are alive, they live off the energy they get from light (photons), warmth, and nutrients that plants absorb from water, soil, and air.
Also, in general, cats eating your Pilea spruceana won’t kill the plant.
Here are the most common causes of death in indoor plants:
- Not enough light
- Too much or too little water
- Frequent repotting—or, not enough pot and potting mix to support growth
- Not enough humidity/aeration/oxygen (maybe you don’t mist every day? Maybe it’s raining outside.)
- Insect damage
- Plant in a drafty area