How do you treat Pilea Peperomioides in the winter?
Pilea Peperomioides is not a hardy houseplant and will likely die if it is moved outdoors during winter. When there are extended periods of cold temperatures, the plant should be placed in a warm place away from direct sunlight. You can place it outside during summertime when temperatures reach above freezing.
Pilea Peperomioides despises chilly drafts: if you feel the chill, chances are your Pilea Peperomioides does as well! Pay close attention to the location of the plant. Keep it away from front doors and drafty windows, and never leave it unattended on an unheated porch or garage.
Pilea Peperomioides likes moist soil but not wet, soggy soil. It is also important to water the plant when the top inch of the soil has dried out. Never overwater your plant or dry it out completely. It is a very slow grower, so watering it more often will suffice if you do not notice any changes in its health.
How often should you water Pilea in winter?
During the warmer seasons, water once at least half of the soil is dry, and wait until the soil is completely dry in the winter.
Always give them a thorough soak in copious amounts of water. I normally soak them for a few hours in a few centimeters of water while simultaneously watering them from above to remove the leaves.
Pilea Peperomioides do not have a long root system. So, it is important to soak their soil for a few well-draining hours.
Do not leave the plant in standing water for long periods as this will cause the roots to rot. The leaves will also start folding and distortion of the leaves and stems may occur.
Pilea Peperomioides usually absorb water faster than they do food. To avoid the plant from starving, you should use a high-quality succulent fertilizer.
What conditions do Pilea Peperomioides like?
Pilea Peperomioides plant needs the following conditions for its optimal growth.
Light: Keep Pilea Peperomioides in a warm, sunny spot with indirect light. It prefers bright, filtered sunlight or indoor low-light conditions but will do well with full sunlight that doesn’t cause it to burn. Full sun is best during the summer.
The Chinese money tree pales under strong direct sun and may start to develop black spots on the leaves. Pilea Peperomioides should be placed outdoors in a part of the garden that receives lots of natural light. In winter, it can be placed next to a big window for bright light.
Temperature: Pilea Peperomioides requires temperatures between 60°F and 86°F (16°C and 30°C) for optimum growth. The Chinese money plant will not do well in temperatures below 50°F (10°C).
Water: Pilea Peperomioides is a succulent plant, so it needs to be watered less than a normal leafy green indoor plant. It doesn’t tolerate standing or soggy soil, so keep the soil slightly moist but not soaked. The best time for watering is in the morning. Try to avoid overwatering and let the soil dry out between watering.
Humidity: Plants that come from subtropical climates thrive on humid conditions. Pilea Peperomioides is used to high humidity and likes to be misted with water regularly. It should be misted 2-3 times each week, or whenever the air in the room starts feeling dry.
Fertilizer: Pilea Peperomioides is an indoor plant so it will not need fertilizing during winter. If you want to give your plant a boost, place it in a large bucket of water and sprinkle in a high quality fertilizer. Then, let it sit for a few hours before you water the plant normally.
Propagation: Pilea Peperomioides can be propagated by taking a 3-4 inch cutting from the main stem and planting the cutting in some moist soil so that it touches the surface of the soil. Cover this with potting soil and lightly water to settle the soil around the cutting. Place this pot in a warm, sunny spot and keep wet until you see new leaves growing.
Soil: Pilea Peperomioides is a fast growing plant, which means that it will need a well-draining soil with plenty of air space. It is used to living in sandy, peaty soil and will thrive in a soil mix consisting of 3 parts potting soil, 1 part sand and 1 part perlite. However, it can also be grown in an all-purpose potting soil.
What family is Pilea Peperomioides?
Pilea Peperomioides is part of the Urticaceae are a family, the nettle family, of flowering plants. The genus Urtica is the source of the family name. The Urticaceae family contains some well-known and valuable plants, including the genera Urtica’s nettles, ramie, mmaki, and ajlai.
The genus name, Pilea, is derived from the Greek word ‘pilei,’ meaning a type of limestone. This is due to the plants’ physical structure. The Chinese money tree was named after the Chinese coin ‘money.’
The plant superficially resembles many species of Peperomia (thus the specific name Peperomioides), which are also widely cultivated but belong to a different family, the Piperaceae. Additionally, it is occasionally mistaken with other plants having peltate leaves, such as Nasturtium, Umbilicus, and Hydrocotyle.
This species is found exclusively in China, in the southwest province of Sichuan and the western province of Yunnan. It thrives in woods at elevations ranging from 1500 to 3000m on shaded, wet rocks. It is threatened with extinction in its natural environment. However, it is preserved as an attractive plant in China and across the world.
What type of potting soil is used for Pilea Peperomioides?
The Chinese money plant needs a light-weight potting soil to grow, as the roots are not very deep. The soil is best if it has good drainage properties. Since Pilea likes’ humid atmosphere and moist soil, it is important to ensure that the moisture does not remain in the pot for long periods of time.
A mixture of 1 part potting soil with 1 part perlite is an ideal choice when planting Pilea Peperomioides. An all-purpose potting soil is also a good choice. Pilea Peperomioides is classified as a tropical plant and can grow with the use of a peat-based potting soil.
What is the right temperature for Pilea Peperomioides?
Pilea Peperomioides needs to be exposed to warm temperatures between 60°F and 86°F (16°C and 30°C) for optimum growth. The plant will not do well in temperatures below 50°F (10°C). When temperatures increase above 86°F, Pilea will start dropping its older leaves.
Pilea Peperomioides is not a cold-sensitive plant and does well in areas that experience low temperatures. It is tolerant of light frost, but this will kill the plant if light frost occurs over a period of several days or more. Pilea Peperomioides is a tropical plant and will not do well if exposed to temperatures below 60°F (16°C).
Where Pilea Peperomioides should be placed in a house?
The Chinese money plant is used indoors because it does not like the direct sunlight. Bring them indoors and place them near a bright window (which is indirect light).
Mine is in the brightest window in my house, and they really adore it. My mother had a Pilea on her dining room table (it was dimly lit), and it began to grow big and leggy—a very long central stem with only a few branches. It is best to keep them in a warm and bright area of the house.
Plants need bright light and indirect light. This means that they need to be close enough to a window so they get some sun, but not so close that the direct sunlight burns them.
If your plant is too far away from a window, you will have to supplement the natural light with artificial lighting. Keep your plant in a cool room with temperatures between 60°F and 86°F (16°C and 30°C) for optimum growth.
Does Pilea Peperomioides like to be misted?
If the Chinese money plant is in an area with really warm temperatures and is kept in a humid environment, it will not be watered with regular. Instead, it should be misted twice a week to keep it hydrated.
If you want your plant to be closer to being a houseplant, then it needs to be watered every couple of days instead of weekly. The Chinese money plant does not like water on its leaves constantly, as this damages the skin and can lead to fungus growth.
Pilea Peperomioides will not like being regularly misted in an attempt to increase humidity. Extremely wet conditions can also damage the leaves of the plant and cause bacteria to grow on them. Misting should only be done when necessary.
Does Pilea Peperomioides have shallow roots?
The Chinese money plant does have shallow roots, but this does not mean that you should plant it in a saucer. The roots are shallow, but they can spread out to a great distance from the base of the stem.
Pilea Peperomioides will not do well if its roots are restricted and planted in a small pot. It should be planted in a pot with plenty of room for root development.
Pilea Peperomioides will also do better in a pot containing compost, small pebbles and sand. The main reason that Pilea Peperomioides will have shallow roots is that it loves to spread out. It is not a dwarf plant, but it will still grow if it has many short stems with deep roots.