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General Needs

  • LightPart shade or Shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Pilea genus. This genus consists of 600 species of annuals and perennials, they can be creeping or upright and are usually small, the foliage many have simple lance-shaped leaves, others have heart-shaped foliage. The flowers are small and are cream to pink, they are followed by seed pods.

Characteristics

Annuals or Perennials, Evergreens, Semi-succulents

Origin

Australia

Interest and use

Grown for their ornamental foliage.

Cultivation

They are frost tender and will prefer a warm humid conditions, with well-drained humus-rich soil in partial-shade and do not over-water in the winter. Pinch out tips in growing season to avoid straggly plants.

Propagation

You can propagate from seed or cuttings or by division.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mite may be a problem.

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