How to Keep A Pilea Plant Alive

I might say this a lot, but the Pilea plant is seriously one of my very favorite plants of all plants.

What do I love so much about Pilea?

Besides the fact that it’s super funky looking, it’s also known as the Pass It On Plant.

That’s right, you grow it, propagate it and then pass on the new plant to someone else who might loe it!

It’s the most wholesome thing ever.

Let’s Learn About Pilea Plant

Pilea is the quirky little plant that is just kind of minding its own business but still somehow is the plant that gets all the attention.

It has such a cheerful and relaxed look to it.

Pilea grows natively in China in shady, damp, rocky areas. It’s actually very rare in the wild.

Shady, damp and rocky is a unique environment as compared to most houseplants, so the Pilea is going to need some unique circumstances in your home.

Not difficult. Just different from your average Pothos, potentially.

How to Care for Your Pilea Plant

Ok, here are the essentials: water, light, soil and fertilizer so that you can make it just right for your new Hoya Heart.


Pilea is technically a succulent so it won’t need a whole lot of watering. You can water it when the top .5 inch to inch of soil is dry.

Pilea will let you know when it needs to be watered with its droopy leaves.

It’s a good idea to keep Pilea in a pot with a drainage hole so that you can be sure it never has soggy roots.


Pilea can grow in low light to bright indirect light. Although it is a succulent, it won’t like bright direct light. You might see some signs of sunburn if you put it in direct light.

If you want your Pilea to grow symmetrically, give it a quarter turn when you water it. It will grow toward the light.


Remember we said that Pilea grows in rocky areas of China? And that it’s a succulent?

Those are your clues to what kind of soil it will like.

Your Pilea will be happiest with a soil that drains well like a Cactus & Succulent mix.


You don’t need to fertilize Pilea much. Once or twice during the growing season with half strength general liquid houseplant fertilizer will do just fine.

Things to Keep An Eye On with Pilea

Pilea don’t have too many problems, but there are a few things to keep an eye on.

#1. White spots on the leaves.

This might be from the chemicals in the water you’re giving your Pilea. You can get a filter or let the water you use to water your plants stand out, uncovered overnight.

It should help with the chemicals.

#2. Yellowing leaves

Unless you have severely neglected watering, this is almost always going to be due to overwatering.

Stop watering! Let the soil dry out a bit and then make sure you are checking the soil before you water your plant.

Remember, top inch or so of soil can dry out before watering. And when in doubt, do without.

You Gotta Take Home a Pilea Now!

You know how to keep a Pilea alive and it is going to be one of the best plants in your collection.

It’s weird to say plants have personality, but Pilea really does have personality!