How to grow pilea in a pot

  1. Choose a warm spot indoors that is well lit but away from direct sunlight or draughts.
  2. Fill the pot with Yates Premium Potting Mix, specially formulated to suit indoor and outdoor plants.  
  3. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any matted or tangled roots.
  4. Position in a hole and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well keeping the water away from the leaves. 
  5. After the initial watering, keep the potting mix slightly moist. Watering can be reduced during winter.

Growing tips

  • If artificial heating or air conditioning is used, mist the foliage daily to increase humidity levels around the plant.

  • Dead leaves should be removed regularly and leaf tips pinched every so often to encourage a bushy plant.

  • Rotate plants by 90-180 degrees every few weeks to encourage symmetrical growth.

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Common Problems & Solutions

Two-spotted Mites: Yellow mottling or bronzing of the leaves. Significant distortion of flower and leaf buds. Fine webbing and other debris on affected leaves can be seen with heavy infestations.

Solution: Yates Natures Way Vegie & Herb Spray

Mealy Bugs: Newer growth appears distorted with a white ‘mealy’ substance in the leaf axils.

Solution: Yates Natures Way Vegie & Herb Spray

Inadequate Light/Temperature: Discoloured foliage with brown tips and margins.

Solution: Move to a brighter location. If the spot where the plant is growing is brightly lit – a sudden drop in temperature may cause similar symptoms.