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  • Writer's pictureRachelle Ford

Pilea Plant Care Cheat Sheet

Pileas come in many shapes, sizes, textures, and colors, making them a generally compact and fun plant for your space. They are also considered pet safe and non-toxic to cats and dogs.

Lighting: This a low to medium light tolerant plant that can handle about 2-3 hours of direct light. To maintain the plant's size, a minimum of 200 FC is required. To achieve good growth, you will want to look for 400 FC.

Watering: This plant should dry out at least 1/2 of the pot before its next watering. If forgotten, it will tell you by showing wilting or shriveling leaves.


This quick cheat sheet is meant to give you tips and tricks for how to best care for your plant. All of the information above is based on my personal experience and advice with houseplants and the lighting requirements are a reference from Daryl Chang of House Plant Journal.

*FC is lighting measured in Foot Candles and requires a light meter to get an accurate reading.

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