Pilea peperoioides in terra cotta container


In Feature, Houseplants by Megan Nichols

They’re finally here!

You’ve been waiting, we’ve been searching, and we’ve finally found them! Pilea peperoioides has landed at Tonkadale.

If you know what we’re talking about, then you’re likely having a hard time sitting still right now. You can read this later (and be sure you do, because there’s good care info in this post), right now just get on over here and get some pilea! If you don’t know what we’re talking about, read on, and then check out #pilea on Instagram to see what all the fuss is about.

Pilea peperomioides is an adorable plant that just might be surpassing the fiddle leaf in popularity. This one can be tough to find, but despite it’s scarcity it’s not terribly difficult to care for, which is always good news. Here’s the rundown:

  • Pilea prefer bright, indirect light. Be sure to keep them out of direct, hot sun.
  • They enjoy regular watering, but do not want to be too wet or too dry, so keep soil just lightly and evenly moist. Be sure to empty any standing water after the plant has drained.
  • Regular, well-drained potting soil is required. We think Tonka-Terra is best.
  • Pilea prefer the same temperatures as humans. Don’t let the plant go below 50 degrees and don’t place it in an area where it will go through big swings in temperature (such as near a door to the outdoors or a heat vent).
  • Fertilize Pilea once a month with a balanced fertilizer.

Pileas interesting growth habit and beautiful leaves allow the plant to look great in any type of container. Just let your imagination and personal taste be your guide. Don’t forget to snap and post your favorite Pilea shots!