The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Pilea

Family: Urticaceae.

Pilea cadieri Pilea involucrata
Pilea Genus of about 600 species of erect or creeping, semi-succulent annuals and evergreen perennials, sometimes woody at the base, found in rainforest throughout tropical regions worlwide, except Australia. The many species of Pilea (Aluminium Plant) grow best in an east window or a medium light intensity. In a south window, protection from the sun is needed. Keep the soil moderately moist and use a house plant fertilizer according to label directions. The plants are intolerant of low humidity. Ideal temperatures are 62 to 65 F at night and up to 85 F during the day. Pilea
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth in summer - minimum 60 F in winter. Brightly lit spot. Keep well away from direct sunlight. Grow in soilless potting mix. Keep compost moist at all times but never waterlogged. Reduce watering in winter. Use soft, tepid water. Misting is necessary. Take stem cuttings in spring/summer. Sow seed at 66-75 F (19-24 C) in spring.
Pilea cadierei "Pan Am"
Pilea cadierei "Pan Am" (cultivar) Pilea cadierei "Pan Am"
Pilea cadierei "Silver tree"
Pilea cadierei "Silver tree" (cultivar) Pilea cadierei "Silver tree"
Pilea microphylla 'Variegata'
Tricolor Artillery Fern

Tiny rounded leaves of white, pink and green variegation are borne on succulent stems. Much more compact than the common Artillery Fern making it an excellent choice for terrariums and dish gardens.

Average Mature Plant Size: 6''H x 8''W

Hardy to about 35F for short periods.

Pilea microphylla 'Variegata'

User-submitted additions and corrections:

marilyngross@earthlink.net
usa
18th Feb 2005
Is this plant named after the former Pan Am airlines?
tk
6th Jul 2005
The Pilea with the poffy leaves are not easy to take care of. Mine hates alot of water, it likes to be dry
mary young
usa
15th Dec 2007
I have had mine for several years and when the weather gets coolish it blooms. color is white and globular by spring it is scragily so I cut it back and by late summer it is well shaped again. I neglect it mostly but it comes through every year with blooms I keep it in the shade.
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