pilea propagation

You may remember my ‘Serial Plant Killer Survivors‘ blog post back at the beginning of the year… and if not, I’m a self confessed Serial Plant Killer – unintentionally of course – trust me I do not enjoy accidentally killing plants that I have spent my hard earned money on. But, there is one plant in particular that has not only survived living in a house with me for years now, but it has grown it’s own baby plants – which basically means I’ve looked after it so well that it’s multiplying, right?! Something like that anyway.

So what is this super-green I hear you ask? The Chinese Money Plant, also known as Pilea AKA Easiest house plant to keep alive. I bought a couple on eBay a few years ago, you can pick them up for just over £1 on there – they are seedlings but they grow pretty quick with very little care, but if you prefer a larger, more established plant then there’s plenty available online. The best advice I can give to care for these plants is to keep them watered but let the soil dry out in between waterings – this way you won’t over water. Don’t let the soil get too wet or too dry. But it’s easy trust me. They’re pretty much impossible to kill!

So now you know how easy they are to keep alive (since I managed it), I thought I’d show you how easy it is to propagate the Pileas too!

You will be able to easily spot when your Pilea Plant has babies – check the stem carefully and at some point you will more than likely see little baby Pileas. If your Pilea is in pot with a little more room, Pilea babies can grown from the mother plant’s roots too so will pop up in the soil. Whichever baby you have, simply snip them – either right at the mother plan’ts stem if that’s where the baby is growing, or at the connection to the Pilea mother plant’s roots. Then you will have your very own little baby Pilea. Pileas that have grown from the mother plant’s roots are likely to grow a little quicker as they have already established their own roots so be patient if you’ve snipped yours from the stem – they will get there eventually. Of course here in Britain the weather and the temperature is very unpredictable – despite the glorious sunshine we are having at the moment – so when I’m growing baby seedlings I like to keep them in small greenhouses to keep them warm and protected until they are big enough to be potted up properly – and you won’t find a more stylish solution as these beauties from Pad Lifestyle – the Design House Stockholm Terrariums. I’ve used the small and the large but the X Large is perfect for creating a feature terrarium. They are so cleverly designed too – the top half of the glass (the lid) can be lifted off and used as a watering can with it’s spout. But when the lid is on the spout also functions as a valve to let the air in and regulates the moisture and temperature levels inside the greenhouse- clever hey? So yeah, pop the soil in the bottom half of the greenhouse, poke a little hold for your baby Pilea using your finger and gently place the cutting in and tuck it in with soil. Gently water it and that’s it. You’ve officially got green fingers 😉

When you see new leaves – hooray… you’ve done it! You’ve successfully propagated your own Pilea peperomioides! So give yourself a pat on the back fellow Serial Plant Killer!

Disclaimer: Pad Lifestyle were kind enough to gift these Design House Stockholm Terrariums to me.

pilea propagation

pilea propagation

pilea propagation

pilea propagation

pilea propagation

pilea propagation

pilea propagation

pilea propagation

pilea propagation

pilea propagation

pilea propagation

pilea propagation

pilea propagation

pilea propagation