Pilea: Runner-up in this year's Favourite Office Plant

on Monday, 09 July 2018. Posted in News

Pilea peperomoides took second place to this year's winner, Monstera deliciosa. In fact Pilea took the three opposing votes to Monstera's winning five votes.

Pilea large

Pilea peperomoides aka the money or missionary plant
Pilea proved to be a popular contestant for second place mainly chosen by judges for its appropriateness as a desk plant. We would be happy to have one of these on our desks for sure.

Pilea desk

Having said that, where's there's one Pilea there are likely to be several more. It seems to be very easy to propagate.

Pilea family 2


Pilea family 1

'Part of the reason that this plant has spread so far without being widely sold commercially is that it is fairly easy to propagate. A happy plant will eventually send plantlets up through the soil, which you can separate from the mother plant. Follow the stem about an inch under the soil, and use a clean, sharp knife to cut the baby plant free. Plant in a new pot and keep the soil moist until the plant is well-anchored and begins to produce new leaves. New plantlets also grow straight from the stem, and you can cut these free, place in water until roots develop in a week or two, and then follow the same directions as above. Learn to do it yourself, then spread the wealth!'

Propogation Pilea

Spread the wealth

The Pilea is also known as the Chinese Money Plant hence the wealth reference. Of course we have no evidence to say that this plant makes anyone money!

Like the Monstera, Pilea seems to be hit on social media with an enormous amount of pictures on both Pinterest and Instagram. Like Monstera, it's becoming popular as a work of art in its own right or transferred to print on paper.

Pilea paper

Courtesy of @jessicanielsen

Caring for Pilea

  • Likes the light but not full sun
  • Water moderately
  • Easy to care for
  • Too tender to go outdoors in our climate
  • Grows to about 15 cm tall
  • Can add depth to a green wall

This uber-trendy houseplant originates from China but was brought to the west by a visiting Norwegian missionary - hence one of its names.

Thanks to @Iplantstop and @emm_triplett

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