Whether you have been growing a pilea peperomioides for a while or have just landed the new ‘aluminium’ variety with amazing silver markings, you have in your hands one hot little green potato! These plants are very cool and surprisingly easy to care for. With behaviour similar to a succulent they prefer well-draining soil and to dry out quite a bit between watering.
Very bright indirect sunlight ideally for 6 to 8 hours a day as your pilea hails from the warm climate of Vietnam. Definitely no direct sunlight or you will burn those amazing leaves.
Pileas water needs are similar to a succulent, they like to dry out a bit between waters so ALWAYS check the soil before adding water and ensure that the top 3 inches are totally dry (use a soil moisture metre so you can get down that far and get an accurate reading). If it is dry enough then you can add a tall glass of water.
Feed with a slow-release fertiliser once every six months following the instructions on the packet (remember, when you receive a plant from Green Assembly, it has enough slow-release fertiliser to last the first 6 months). During the warmer months, they like a drink of the stinky liquid fish stuff (like Seasol) every second or third month, again be sure to follow the dilution instructions on the packet. Then sit back and watch him sprout fresh new leaves.