Pilea Plant Care Guide

Did you know we are the first (as far as we have been able to find) commercial grower of Pilea peperomioides in California? And one of the first stores in the US to offer them for less than $100? Our entire plant journey began with a question from a friend. She wanted to know if we knew where to get a Pilea. We found a few cuttings on eBay for $100-$300, and 2 year waitlist from a greenhouse in the northeast. Realizing that nobody could get them, we invested a few thousand dollars in cuttings and supplies, and spent a year building up enough stock to begin selling. Fast forward 4 years and here we are, selling all kinds of plants and doing our best to teach you to care for them, but Pileas will always hold a very special place in our hearts and our home.

Care Guide

🪴 Common Name: Friendship Plant, Chinese Money Plant, Missionary Plant

🔬Scientific Name: Pilea peperomiodes


💚 Why we love it: Pileas are one of the all time easiest plants to propagate and share with a friend (hence their common name Friendship Plant)!


☀️Light: Needs lots of bright, indirect light to grow full and stay a nice deep green. Low light will usually cause it to grow tall with long, sparse petioles.

💧Watering:  Let at least half of the potting mix dry out between watering! You can let all the potting mix dry out, but don't leave them fully dry like that for long! They can struggle from underwatering if they are frequently left completely dried out for more than a few days.


☁️Humidity: Higher humidity helps them keep their leaves nice and flat instead of cupping, but they can remain perfectly happy and healthy with medium to even slightly low levels of humidity.

🌡 Temperature: They'll do best in a temperature range of about 60-90.

🐶: Pet safe!

🌱 Pro Tips: The leaves pop off easily, and cannot be propagated. It's not a big deal to lose leaves by accidentally popping them off, as long as you're not losing more than about 10% or so of the total foliage at a time. Older (lower) leaves will also yellow and die over time and this is just a natural part of their aging process. Pileas can look very different depending on how they were propagated and their conditions, so don’t beat yourself up if yours doesn’t look like someone else’s!


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