pilea peperomiode

Round leaves for me!

Since becoming a plant enthusiast and aquiring quite a large collection (that will continue to grow larger), I now find excitment in the rarer or harder to get your hands on plants. I also tend to like the obscure and “different” looking plants. And here lately I’ve been drawn to odd shaped leaves, particularly round ones. While I have a few plants with round leaves now (and many mopileapeperomiode (1)re I still want to add) there is one that has stolen my heart and quickly became my favorite plant of them all; and that’s really hard to do. I do admit I have many favorites but this one takes the cake. So, without further ado let me introduce you to my collection of Pilea Peperomiodes.

fit is not a destination. it is a way of life.Pilea peperomiodes are also known as the “pancake plant”, the “ufo plant”, and the “chinese money tree”. It took a lot for me to get my hands on these, they actually came all the way from Germany. Apparently, as the history goes, they are from China and became known as the “pass it on plant” because you only got it from a friend propagating their Papa pilea (1)own. I do know that most nurseries have never even heard of this plant and it felt pretty cool being able to introduce people like that to a new plant. I made it my mission to find one, and ended up with three (actually 4, one more is on the way!). They are super easy plants, and look so freakin’ cool with their big round leaves. They grow EXTREMELY fast and they produce these little “babies” which you then can propagate and make new plants. I haven’t given it a go yet because I am very nervous at the very thought of attempting that and it turn outmama (1) right. But, I do have lots and lots of . babies that could be detached if I wanted to do so. I’m trying to get the nerves up but the plan is to do so and then hopefully ship some out and continue the tradition of passing the plant on. And with it being such an easy plant to maintain, I think everyone should have one in their home. Pilea’s literally tell you when they need water, their leaves will start to droop. Some of my favorite plants are ones that actually show signs of needing water. I like to think they are communicating with me, I guess they actually are though, aren’t they? I water mine once or twice a week I would say. They like the sun, I rotate them through getting sun to moving them under myHappy memorial day (1) grow lights since the days are still pretty short. My littlest pilea went through quite a struggle. I suppose it had something to do with it being shipped in an alcohol box (since Germany cannot export alcohol). My guess is it got scanned one too many times? And while everywhere that poor plant went they had to check again to make sure it wasn’t liquor in the box it lived in the dark. So when it arrived it was completely dTHEY GROW SOestroyed. All of the leaves were dark brown, rotted, and slimy to the touch. The leaves and their stems just fell right off, it was so devastating to me. But I had faith in the root system of this plant, if nothing else. So, I planted the roots and the little tiny main stem (what was left of it) and I’ll be damned that plant is doing amazing. It has produced so many leaves it is just crazy to me. Nature never ceases to amaze.  So yea, pilea peperoAND THEY EVENmiodes are the bees knees and if you are an indoor garden person, you need one of these in your house pronto. Also, if anyone has any questions about this plant I would be more than happy to answer them!

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2 thoughts on “Round leaves for me!

  1. Thanks for sharing this story. My soon-to-be mother-in-law has two pilea’s that I have been obsessing over the last couple of years. She was kind enough to give me a cutting over xmas it did not survive the plane ride. I was pretty devastated. She was confident that it would revive itself, but I suspect the root system wasn’t established enough. I’m glad to hear that you had more success!!

    Eventually I tracked down a pilea at a local plant shop (in Toronto, ON), which is a rare find! And it’s big and glorious and has lots of babies! Yay for Pileas! They are so “in”right now.

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    1. yes oh yes! I am so happy to hear that you found another pilea at a plant shop, a rare find indeed. I do not believe they have made their way to the US yet. And yes I feel like all I see is pileas everywhere right now.I would love to see pictures of yours!!!


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