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A symphony of leaf shapes, colors, and textures gives this diverse group of houseplants great character. It’s challenging to choose a favorite, as each displays the intricate beauty of nature with colorful veining and texture-rich leaves that beckon you to reach out and touch them. Also called friendship plant, pilea is easy to grow in medium light, making it perfect for everywhere: desktops, nightstands, sunny tabletops, and more.
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Pilea Care Must-Knows
Pilea grows well in medium light but tolerates low light. A slow-growing plant, pilea maintains its small stature for years. Don't hesitate to move pilea around the house—think of it as a mobile accessory. This easy-care plant is great for adding life to any room.
Water pilea when the top inch or so of soil dries out. Like most houseplants, it's better to keep pilea a bit on the dry side rather than get it too wet. It grows well in humid conditions and thrives in a terrarium.
Its common name—friendship plant—alludes to the ease of sharing pilea. You can multiply your own plants and share extras with friends. Pilea is easy to root from stem cuttings. Simply cut a young, vibrant stem that has three or four leaves. Remove the leaf nearest the cut end of the stem and sink the cutting into moist, soilless potting mix. At least 1 inch of the stem should be in the potting mix. Keep the potting mix moist and the cutting will produce roots within a couple weeks.
In-the-know houseplant aficionados have fallen in love with Chinese money plant (Pilea peperomioides). Its almost-round, bright green leaves are held above the soil by central stems. This plant's minimalist appearance and easy-growing ways make it a favorite interior decor accent for modern homes. Chinese money plant is tough to find at nurseries. If your local nursery doesn't stock it, check online.